AMSN Overview

The Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN) is the only specialty nursing organization dedicated to the practice of medical-surgical nursing.

AMSN is a vibrant community of more than 11,500 medical-surgical nurses who care about improving patient care, developing personally and professionally, advocating for the specialty of medical-surgical nursing, and connecting with others who share their compassion and commitment.

The strategic goals focus on workplace advocacy; evidence-based practice, research and knowledge; professional development; national leadership and influence; and organizational health.


Taken at an AMSN Annual Convention.
Taken at an AMSN Annual Convention.

The mission of AMSN is to promote excellence in medical-surgical nursing. 


Medical-surgical nurses use their powerful voice and focused action to continuously improve patient care.


Medical-surgical nursing is a distinct specialty with its own body of knowledge. 

We believe patients receive better care when medical-surgical nurses:

  • Engage in ongoing professional development
  • Use evidence-based practices
  • Speak with a unified voice
  • Serve as leaders on healthcare teams
  • Have the necessary resources to deliver excellent care 
  • Practice in a healthy practice environment

Learn More

  • Read more about the Specialty of Medical-Surgical Nursing
  • Read the AMSN Strategic Plan
  • View the AMSN Organizational Chart