Position Statements

A position statement is like a thesis or goal. It describes one side of an arguable viewpoint. When writing a position statement, the author(s) gather a list of reasons to support a particular viewpoint and make their stand clear to the audience.

AAACN Position Statements

The Role of the Registered Nurse in Ambulatory Care Position Statement - Updated 2017

In 2011, the American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing published the first-ever position statement regarding the role of the Registered Nurse in Ambulatory Care. Since that time, tremendous changes have occurred in health care, especially in ambulatory care.

This updated position statement reflects the current state of ambulatory care and the crucial role of the RN as a care provider, care coordinator, and care partner.  It also highlights potential role changes and adaptations for the future.

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How can you use the Role of the RN in Ambulatory Care Position Statement and Position Paper within your organization? Download this tip sheet, developed by the AAACN Role of the RN Position Paper Task Force, which provides examples of practice applications for many of the recommendations defined in the position paper.

Position Paper on the Role of the Registered Nurse in Ambulatory Care Nursing - Updated 2017

The task force that updated the position statement on the Role of the RN in Ambulatory Care has also revised the position paper that supports the statement. The position paper was published in the January-February 2017 issue of Nursing Economic$.

The paper outlines the evolution and future direction of health care in ambulatory care settings; the explosive development of technology; changes in reimbursement models; changing roles for ambulatory care nurses (including care coordination); and challenges faced by the profession of nursing and the specialty of ambulatory care nursing.

Healthcare reform, the Affordable Care Act, the  implementation of  care coordination as a strategy to improve health and prevent re-hospitalization, and the transition from volume-based to value-based care have resulted in an increased focus on the ambulatory care setting as the site of health care provision now and in the future.

The position statement and paper are key documents to be referenced by nursing and health care professionals, consumers, regulatory agencies, and federal, state, and local governments.

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View Endorsements

  • Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses
  • American Association of Nurse Anesthetists
  • American Association of Occupational Health Nurses
  • American Nephrology Nurses Association
  • American Psychiatric Nurses Association
  • American Society for PeriAnesthesia Nurses
  • Association for Nursing Professional Development
  • Association of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition Nurses
  • Association of Rehabilitation Nurses
  • Infusion Nurses Society
  • National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners
  • National Association of School Nurses
  • Oncology Nursing Society
  • Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates

AAACN/AONE Joint Statement

The Role of the Nurse Leader in Care Coordination and Transition Management across the Health Care Continuum.

The American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing (AAACN) and the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) convened in early 2015 for a Day of Dialogue to discuss the role of the nurse leader in Care Coordination and Transition Management (CCTM) across the Care Continuum.

The group, comprised of nurse leaders in acute care and ambulatory care/outpatient settings, and nurse researchers, discussed what is needed to improve patient care coordination and transition management throughout the health care system (acute to outpatient settings and vice versa) and how nurses are well positioned to coordinate and deliver these services to patients.

Through a series of facilitated dialogue, the group developed a joint statement that outlines the strategies needed to enhance care coordination and transition management of patients across the health care continuum.

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Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) Position Statement

Provides a clear explanation of the benefits of being a Compact state and provides documentation in support of legislation or regulation adopting the NLC.

Position Statement Template

A new tool has been developed by a member task force that will give the Board of Directors, members, and our nursing colleagues a standard format for writing a position statement. This tool will also help the Board of Directors evaluate position statements AAACN is asked to endorse by other organizations.

Download the Template and Instructions