New nursing services group promises a 'proactive' voice

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AADNS will raise the voice of the DNS, Carter says.
AADNS will raise the voice of the DNS, Carter says.

A new, post-acute care nursing organization looks to bring a “fresh and proactive” approach to the field, its leader says.

The American Association of Directors of Nursing Services (AADNS), sister organization to the American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordination (AANAC), formed in March.

The organization will offer leadership opportunities, educational tools and certification, as well as a way to “elevate the voice” of the nursing profession, said AADNS President and CEO Diane Carter, MSN, RN, RAC-CT, C-NE, FAAN.

“We've had a series of summits across the country, identifying what the priorities are and what we need to be doing to leverage the DNS voice out there,” Carter said. “That voice has been, for the most part, missing. And that is a key priority.”

The group will “represent the nursing voice inside the Beltway” with a full-time vice president of government affairs, Carter added.

AADNS' initial targets include legislation on 24-hour registered nurse coverage in long-term care facilities, observation status and reimbursement-related topics like bundled payments. AADNS will offer two certifications: Director of Nursing Services-Certified (DNS-CT) and QAPI Certified Professional (QCP). 

The group will hold its inaugural conference in September in Baltimore.