Scholarly Research Societies

Scholarly Research Societies are organized regionally, nationally or internationally. They focus their work on the ongoing development and dissemination of nursing research and other forms of nursing scholarship, and provide forums for debate and discussion of issues related to the development of nursing knowledge.

American Association for the History of Nursing (AAHN)

AAHN is a network of discovery that advances historical scholarship in nursing and healthcare and promotes the development of historians. Our vision is to promote the appreciation and scholarship of the history of nursing to inform and shape nursing’s future. The organization is open to everyone interested in the history of nursing. Originally founded in 1978 as a historical methodology group, the association was briefly named the International History of Nursing Society. The purpose of the Association shall be to foster the importance of history as relevant to understanding the past, defining the present, and influencing the future of nursing by:

  • Stimulating national and international interest and collaboration in the history of nursing;
  • Educating nurses and the public regarding the history and heritage of the nursing profession;
  • Encouraging and supporting research in the history of nursing and recognizing outstanding scholarly achievement in nursing history;
  • Encouraging the collection, preservation, and use of materials of historical importance to nursing;
  • Serving as a resource for information about nursing history;
  • Producing and distributing educational materials related to the history and heritage of the nursing profession;
  • Promoting the inclusion of nursing history in nursing curricula;
  • Fostering interdisciplinary collaboration in history.

Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science (CANS)

An open membership entity of the AAN, was established in 2000 to foster Better Health through Nursing Science. The goals of the Council are to be a strong voice for nursing science at national and international levels by developing, conducting, and utilizing nursing science, to disseminate research findings across individuals and groups in scientific and lay communities, and to facilitate life-long learning opportunities for nurse scientists.

Conceived as a partnership with existing research groups or groups providing substantive researcher support, a consortium-type steering committee was convened to guide the Council. The founding steering committee from 2000-2002, chaired by Dr. Bill Holzemer (University of California-San Francisco), included representation from the four regional nursing research societies (Eastern, Midwest and Southern Nursing Research Societies and Western Institute of Nursing); the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses; American Nurses Foundation (ANF); Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI); and the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) (ex-officio). The steering committee continues with representation from the four regional nursing research societies, STTI, ANF and NINR (ex-officio).

Eastern Nursing Research Society (ENRS)

Comprised on RNs and others interested in promoting nursing research, ENRS is dedicated to creating a community of nurses interested in promoting research in the Eastern Region of the United State.  ENRS was established in 1988 as the research arm of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Nursing Association (MARNA) and the New England Organizations for Nursing (NEON). Regions include: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington, D.C. The mission is to promote nursing science in the Northeastern United States.

Midwest Nursing Research Society (MNRS)

The mission of MNRS is to advance science, transform practice and enhance careers through a network of scholars. Our vision is to become the premiere society that develops scholars, drives science, and leads innovation to improve the health of all people.  Our strategic plan is to:

  • Advance science
  • Transform practices
  • Enhance careers

NANDA International, Inc. (NANDA-I} 

NANDA International will be a global force for the development and use of nursing’s standardized terminology to ensure patient safety through evidence-based care, thereby improving the health care of all people.


To facilitate the development, refinement, dissemination and use of standardized nursing diagnostic terminology.

  • We provide the world’s leading evidence-based nursing diagnoses for use in practice and to determine interventions and outcomes.
  • We contribute to patient safety through the integration of evidence-based terminology into clinical practice and clinical decision-making
  • We fund research through the NANDA-I Foundation
  • We are a supportive and energetic global network of nurses, who are committed to improving the quality of nursing care and improvement of patient safety through evidence-based practice.

Sigma Theta Tau

Sigma’s mission is advancing world health and celebrating nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service. The organization was founded In 1922 by six nurses at the Indiana University Training School for Nurses, which is now the Indiana University School of Nursing, in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. The founders chose the name from the Greek words storgé, tharsos, and timé, meaning love, courage, and honor. Sigma became incorporated in 1985 and is a nonprofit organization with a 501(c)(3) tax status in the United States. From its inception, Sigma has recognized the value of scholarship and excellence in nursing practice. In 1936, Sigma became the first US organization to fund nursing research. Today, Sigma supports these values through its numerous professional development products and services that focus on the core areas of education, leadership, career development, evidence-based nursing, research, and scholarship. These products and services advance the learning and professional development of members and all nurses who strive to improve the health of the world’s people. The organization’s publications include two scholarly journals:  Journal of Nursing Scholarship and Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing™

Southern Nursing Research Society (SNRS)

Southern Nursing Research Society was founded in 1986 when sixty nurses met in Atlanta and debated the possibility of an organization for nursing researchers in the southern region. In 1987, SNRS was declared an independent organization. In 1992 and 1993, several organizational procedures were streamlined and formalized, Society archives were established and strategic planning was initiated. There are 14 states in the Society region: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia. In 1991, the boundaries were expanded to include the Caribbean, Latin America and the Bahamas.

The mission of the Society is to advance nursing research through

  • Dissemination and utilization of research findings
  • Facilitating the career development of nurses and nursing students as researchers
  • Promoting the image of nursing as a scientific discipline
  • Enhancing communication among members

Western Institute of Nursing (WIN)

The Western Institute of Nursing exists to bring together a diverse community of nurses in a shared commitment to advance nursing science, education, and practice to improve health outcomes. The goals of the Institute are to:

  • Provide forums for the exchange of scholarship and research
  • Stabilize and expand funding sources in order to meet financial goals.
  • Encourage the application of evidence based practice.
  • Encourage the incorporation of meritorious research in nursing curricula.
  • Facilitate WIN having a voice in healthcare policy deliberations and formulation.


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