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The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses is the largest specialty nursing organization in the world, representing the interests of more than 500,000 nurses who are charged with the responsibility of caring for acutely and critically ill patients. The association is dedicated to providing our members with the knowledge and resources necessary to provide optimal care to critically ill patients. In addition to publishing a monthly newsletter, AACN publishes a scientific research journal, a clinical magazine for the practicing nurse, and a quarterly series for advanced practice nurses.

Established in 1974, the National Teaching Institute (NTI) & Critical Care Exposition is the cornerstone of AACN's business. The National Teaching Institute is the premier clinical education program for nurses caring for patients with critical and complex health problems. NTI curriculum offers a variety of formal, self-paced and interactive sessions covering a wide range of clinical content. The Critical Care Exposition is the largest and most comprehensive trade show for acute, advanced practice and critical care nurses. Approximately 500 companies exhibit annually, presenting more than 7,000 NTI participants with the latest in healthcare equipment, devices, supplies and pharmaceuticals, plus training materials, publications, education and career opportunities.

Step Foward

Step Forward - AACN President's Theme

On July 1, President Vicki Good launched Step Forward as AACN's theme for 2013-2014.

"We lead when we step forward", Good explains. "Stepping forward  starts with just one step at a decisive moment. When we take that first  step, we carry out our unique role advocating for patients and their  families, so they can move from the darkness of a challenge to the light of a solution." (To read Good's full remarks click here).

AACN Chapters are comprised of a diverse group of AACN members who share a common goal to provide the highest quality patient care. Through continuing education, local decision making and community service, these nursing professionals enhance their clinical and leadership skills. AACN has over 240 chapters nationwide, representing all 50 states and three foreign countries.

Chapters bring AACN's mission and vision to life within their communities. Comprised of members dedicated to providing the highest quality care to their patients and continually advancing themselves, local chapters provide an essential component of AACN by focusing on the key initiatives of Certification, Healthy Work Environments, and the Beacon Award. Chapters also serve their communities through a variety of service activities. Chapter membership is available to all AACN National members.

BCCAACN is the Broward County Chapter of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. Our goal is to improve the quality of acute and critical-care nursing throughout Broward County and project a positive image of our profession.

BCCAACN was organized in 1972, and has continued to hold regular educational meetings and a yearly spring seminar since that time. We are a Florida provider for nursing education and our lectures and seminars are granted contact hours from AACN. We also sponsor CCRN and PCCN review courses, which prepare nurses for their national certification exams.  In co-operation with the Dade and Palm Beach chapters, we held regional seminars which were the first organized in Florida.

Throughout our history, our organization has supported members by participating in issues which concern acute and critical care nurses and by providing them with current information and knowledge to assist them to provide their patients and families with the best care possible.


Broward County Chapter AACN PO Box 9092 Fort Lauderdale, FL 33310