Nursing Glossary

The nursing field has a lot of acronyms and terms that may be a bit overwhelming for new comers to the field. Listed below are the most common used nursing and healthcare acronyms and terms.

AAACN

American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing

AACN

American Association of Colleges of Nursing ( American Association of Critical-Care Nurses )

AAFP

American Academy of Family Practice

AAMN

American Assembly for Men in Nursing

AAN

American Academy of Nursing

AANP

American Association of Nurse Practitioners

AAP

American Academy of Pediatrics

AAS

Associate of Applied Science degree

ABNS

American Board of Nursing Specialties

ABSNC

Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification

AC

Acute Care

ACAPN

Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nurses

ACLS

Advanced Cardiac Life Support

ACN

Association of Camp Nurses

ACNN

Association of Child Neurology Nurses

ACNP

American College of Nurse Practitioners

ACNP-BC

Acute Care Nurse Practitioner-Board Certified

ACNPC

Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Certification

ACNS-BC

Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist - Board Certified

ACRN

AIDS Certified Registered Nurse

ACT

American College Testing

ADLS

Advanced Disaster Life Support

ADN

Associate Degree in Nursing

AE-C

Asthma Educator -Certified

AFPNP

Association of Faculties of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners

AFPRN

Association of Family Practice Residency Nurses

ALNC

Advanced Legal Nurse Consultant

AMP

Applied Measurement Professionals

AMSN

Academy of Medical Surgical Nurses

ANA

American Nurses Association

ANCC

American Nurses Credentialing Center

ANN

Academy of Neonatal Nursing

ANP-BC

Adult Nurse Practitioner-Board Certified

ANSI

American National Standards Institute

ANVP

Advanced NeuroVascular Practitioner

AOCNP

Advanced Oncology Certified Nurse Practitioner

AOCNS

Advanced Oncology Certified Clinical Nurse Specialist

AONE

American Organization of Nurse Executives

APHN-BC

Advanced Public Health Nurse-Board Certified

APN

Advanced Practice Nurse

APNA

American Psychiatric Nurses Association

APON

Association of Pediatric Oncology Nurses

APRN

Advanced Practice Registered Nurse

APSNA

American Pediatric Surgical Nurses Association

ARNP

Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner

ASN

Associate of Science in Nursing

ASTNA

Air & Surface Transport Nurses Association