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 Annual Institute 

Registration is Open
2016 ACHNE/APHN Joint Meeting
Public Health Nursing: Key to Our Nation’s Health
June 2-4, 2016
Hyatt Regency Indianapolis
Indianapolis, IN


  1. Demonstrate integration of ACA into PHN practice and educational preparation of public health nurses.
  2. Illustrate strategies to increase cost-effective PHN practice.
  3. Examine educational and professional development opportunities to advance the field of public health nursing.
  4. Analyze innovative ways to promote public health nursing research.
  5. Identify Social Justice opportunities to support the advances of equity and cultural humility.
  6. Explore strategies for leadership development of public health nurses.






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

2015 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