Professional ambulatory care nursing is a complex, multifaceted specialty that encompasses independent and collaborative practice.

Happy AAACN nurses at a recent AAACN conference.

The American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing (AAACN) understands that professional ambulatory care nursing is a unique domain of specialty nursing practice that focuses on health care for individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations. Ambulatory care nurses practice in settings distinctive from other nurses. They practice in primary and specialty care outpatient venues, non-acute surgical and diagnostic outpatient settings in the community, and during telehealth encounters that occur across distances in the virtual environment.

Here are the health care professionals that belong to AAACN:

Ambulatory care nurses (including RNs, LPNs, LVNs), administrators, clinicians, directors, managers, nurse practitioners, and clinical nurse specialists

Care coordination and/or transition management nurses

Community health nurses, educators

Hospital-based clinic nurses

Hospital nurses transitioning to ambulatory care

Occupational health nurses

Military nurses

Non-nurse ambulatory care managers, administrators, and other professionals

Nurse educators

Nurse consultants

Nurses who work in: Veterans Administration outpatient settings, Corrections, Diagnostic Centers, Ambulatory Surgery Centers, Call Centers or Telehealth, Emergency Departments, Urgent Care Centers, Behavioral Health, and Pharmaceutical Sales

Parish nurses

Physician group practice and office nurses

Public health and public sector nurses

Research nurses

Student nurses

Are you an ambulatory care nurse? Find out!