Individual Membership Awards

Selection Criteria

In evaluating whether or not an individual meets the criteria for individual membership the Board of Directors will give primary consideration to the contributions of the individual toward furthering the goals of AACN.

Significant emphasis on:

  • Service on the AACN Board of Directors, committees, or task forces
  • Regular attendance, participation, and presentations at AACN meetings

Other criteria for consideration:

  • Contributions to AACN publications, such as the Journal of Professional Nursing
  • Involvement in and recognition for promoting nursing education, research, and professional development at national, state, and local levels
  • Mentoring and leadership qualities

Nomination Process

The nominator is responsible for securing and submitting the following information:

  • Letter of nomination that outlines how the nominee meets some/all of the criteria;
  • At least two letters supporting the nomination from full institutional members of AACN;
  • If nominated for emeritus membership, written confirmation of emeritus status from the nominee’s former employer institution; and
  • A current curriculum vitae with nominee’s home address

Submission Process

Please send all nomination materials to Beth Aronson, Director of Membership and Business Development, at

The Board of Directors reviews and votes on all nominations for which it has received the complete nomination packet. The Board Chair notifies the nominator and persons who wrote the support letters of the Board decision.


For more information about the individual membership criteria and nomination procedure, please call the AACN membership department at (202) 463-6930.

Membership Categories

Individual memberships are given in the following categories:

Emeritus Membership

Emeritus membership may be conferred upon former AACN institutional representatives who have retired from the deanship and to whom the AACN member school has granted emeritus status.

See Members

Honorary Membership

Honorary membership may be conferred upon former active AACN institutional representatives who have retired from the deanship but who continue to further nursing education or health care.

See Members

Honorary Associate Membership

Honorary Associate membership may confer upon any individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the goals of the Association. (Interpreted from AACN Bylaws Article III, Sections 3 and 4)

See Members