The Association of Community Health Nursing Educators (ACHNE) provides a meeting ground for those committed to excellence in community and public health nursing education, research, and practice. 




ACHNE is currently accepting abstract submissions for the 2017 Annual Institute.
To submit your abstract via the ScholarOne system, please click here.
Abstracts must be submitted by Friday, November 18, 2016, 11:59 PM ET.



2017 ACHNE Annual Institute
Developing and Supporting Leadership
June 8-10, 2017
Lord Baltimore Hotel
Baltimore, MD

At this conference participants will:

1. Explore methods to participate, promote, and develop a national public health nursing education and healthy public policy agenda to influence future health care delivery
2. Examine processes and approaches for engaging in local, regional, national advocacy to promote public health nursing education and the role in population health
3. Develop communication and decision making strategies for managing change for benefits of students, , community and populations.
4.  Engage in collaboration and interprofessional networking to promote health in global communities and the public health nursing workforce
5.  Evaluate the role of mentoring in career management
6. Assess processes for becoming involved in local, state, national and international taskforces, committees, and boards to influence change.




Programs Offering Public Health Nursing Education

Innovative Teaching Strategies

Political Advocacy

Nursing Workforce Development Programs: Demonstrating 50 Years of Success.

Public Health Nurses - The Time Has Come to be Counted In!

The second phase of the Public Health Nurse Workforce Survey for local and state health departments can be accessed at Encourage your health department to participate!
For more information, contact

Workforce Survey Findings of the 2012 Public Health Nurse Workforce: Enumeration and Characterization of the Public Health Nurse Workforce


Political Development & Certification

ANCC Certification Exam and Transition to Portfolio Certification
ANCC is eliminating the certification exam for individuals certified as APHN-BC or PHCNS-BC.  The certification is being replaced with a portfolio process for specialty certification.  For questions please contact ANCC at 1-800-924-4194 or

Updated QUAD Council Competencies for Public Health Nurses

Clinicians who hold the PHCNS-BC credential may request to change their credential to APHN-BC at the time of renewal. Please click here for information.

Conference Information
Position Papers

2016 Annual Institute Abstracts and Presentations are now posted on the Members Only section.

The ACHNE position paper, Academic Faculty Qualifications for Community/Public Health Nurse Educators has been approved.


The ACHNE position paper, Disaster Preparedness White Paper for Community/Public Health Nursing Educators has been approved.


The ACHNE position paper, Graduate Education for Advanced Practice Public Health Nursing: At the Crossroads has been approved.


2009 ACHNE PHN Research Priorities.


Fall 2009 Essentials of Baccalaureate Nursing Education for Entry Level Community/Public Health Nursing