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New association for DNSs launches

March 28, 2016
by Nicole Stempak, Senior Editor
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The American Association of Directors of Nursing Services (AADNS) has officially launched today with more than 5,000 members.

"We are very excited about this opportunity to advance post-acute care nursing by fostering innovative nursing leadership," says Diane Carter, RN, MSN, RAC-CT, DNS-CT, FAAN, president and CEO of AADNS in a press release. "Through AADNS, we will empower nurses as leaders, drive change for a new care delivery model and elevate the voice of our profession."

AADNS represents more than a third of directors of nursing services working in long-term and post-acute care through its sister organization, the American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordination (AANAC).

With AANAC, AADNS has facilitated a series of nursing leadership summits. The inaugural AADNS nurse leadership conference will be Sept. 28-30 in Baltimore.

AADNS is a membership association for nurse leaders that offers education, resources, legislative representation and community. The nonprofit offers two certifications: Director of Nursing Services-Certified (DNS-CT) and QAPI Certified Professional (QCP).