A Foundation dedicated solely to Neuroscience Nurses and their Development

The Neuroscience Nursing Foundation was established in 1996 by the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses (AANN) in order to ensure the highest quality of care for people with neuroscience disorders, educate the general public about the care of neuroscience patients, and promote the unique specialty of neuroscience nursing. Since its establishment, the Foundation has provided education and research opportunities for registered nurses furthering their careers in the neurosciences.

Clinical neuroscience has become as broad as the field of internal medicine. The number of people suffering from neurological diseases such as stroke, brain tumors, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease, as well as head and spinal cord injury, is at an all time high. The need for education and research to better understand these disorders has never been stronger.

Through education and research, neuroscience nurses impact quality of life for people with neurological and neurosurgical disorders, they help reduce overall costs of patient care by providing preventive education to the public, and they develop special assessment skills which effect length of hospital stay and reduce pain and discomfort. Neuroscience nurses help both individuals and families manage their experience of living with neurological problems. It is neuroscience nurses who provide around-the -clock comfort, care, and support for patients and their families. During this time of health care flux, as the responsibilities of primary care nurses continue to increase, support for nursing education is critical.

The Foundation is committed to raising funds to support professional growth in neuroscience nursing.

Funds raised by the Foundation provide undergraduate and graduate scholarships as well as research grants. Undergraduate (baccalaureate) nursing programs emphasize decision-making, leadership, public health, research and health promotion, and thus prepare professional nurses to practice in a wide variety of settings and with diverse populations. Advanced practice nurses (nurses with graduate degrees), provide highly specialized service in tertiary-care institutions, outreach and community programs. Doctoral and post-doctoral nursing programs prepare intellectual leaders who are skilled in the techniques of research and advanced nursing theory. Both advanced practice and doctoral nursing programs are linked to one of the most interesting components of the nursing profession; nursing research. The Foundation recognizes the stability and leadership provided by the nursing profession at all levels and is committed to providing support to individual nurses to pursue their goals.