American Organization for Nursing Leadership

As the national professional organization of more than 12,000 nurse leaders, the American Organization for Nursing Leadership (AONL) is the voice of nursing leadership. Previously known as the American Organization for Nurse Executives (AONE), the organization changed its name in 2019 to better align with its core mission and vision.  

View 2022-2024 AONL Strategic Plan 


Transform health care through expert and influential nursing leadership.


Nursing leadership–one voice advancing health for all.

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Promoting Professional Development for Nurse Leaders


AONL advances the professional development of nurse leaders through innovative and competency-based learning experiences. Serving nurse leaders at all stages of their career journey, AONL offers in-person and online programs for executives, directors, managers and clinical leaders. Topics include health care finance, certification review courses, shared governance and emerging leader competencies. Each year, AONL’s annual meeting draws thousands from the nurse leader community and features more than 50 sessions as well as nationally renowned keynote speakers.

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Supporting policy for nurse leaders


The organization drives positive change with a collective voice to influence health care transformation. In collaboration with the American Hospital Association, AONL ensures the perspective and needs of nurse leaders are heard and addressed in public policy issues related to nursing and patient care. AONL’s advocacy activities include the federal legislative and regulatory arenas, as well as promoting the value of nursing leadership and its invaluable contribution to the greater health care team in pursuit of quality patient care.

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Becoming part of a diverse member organization


With more than 12,000 members, AONL brings together an inclusive network of nurse leaders who celebrate diverse perspectives and embrace new ideas. AONL serves leaders at every stage of their leadership journey—from emerging leaders to seasoned executives—across the care continuum. The organization’s more than 40 affiliates play an important role in helping nursing leaders forge strong links with colleagues in their state or region.


Organizational Timeline

1967–1976 | American Society for Hospital Nursing Service Administrators (ASHNSA)

1976–1985 | American Society for Hospital Nursing Service Administrators (ASNSA)

1985-2019 | American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE)

2019 - Current | American Organization for Nursing Leadership (AONL)

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