The American Association of Directors of Nursing Services (AADNS) is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to leading and empowering DONs/DNSs with best-in-class education, resources, legislative representation, and a strong collaborative community that advocates for and ensures resident-directed long-term and post-acute care communities. 

During a series of Nurse Leadership Summits convened during 2015, nurse leaders across the country identified the need for a strong national professional nursing association that would empower nurses as leaders, lead the change for a new care delivery model, and elevate the voice of our profession. In March 2016, AADNS launched with the objective to meet these needs and to advance resident-directed care. Currently, AADNS represents more than 5,750 facilities and the dedicated professionals working in those facilities.

Mission Statement

Advancing post-acute care through innovative nurse leadership.

Who are our members?

Our members include:

  • Directors of nursing services/directors of nursing
  • Vice presidents of clinical nursing
  • Assistant directors of nursing services
  • Corporate nursing officers
  • Other nursing executives and leaders