In October 1984, eleven pediatric nurses met informally during the national meeting of the Child Neurology Society (CNS)
in Phoenix, Arizona and established the Child Neurology Nurse Specialist Group (CNNS). The focus of the group was to explore
the neurological problems affecting children and to advance the field of child neurology nursing. From this tentative step,
we grew into an international organization with broad interests ranging from scientific advancement to patient advocacy to
support for our colleagues in a rapidly evolving and changing health care environment. In 1992, we officially changed our
name to the Association of Child Neurology Nurses (ACNN). Our members include nurses with an array of experiences/roles
(acute care, office/clinic, advanced practice, academic) and credentials (RN, Bachelorís, Masterís, PNP, Doctorate).
We also encourage associate membership from LPNs, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech pathologists,
neuropsychologists, MDs and others.
For almost 25 years, we have hosted an ACNN conference in conjunction with our physician colleagues at the annual CNS meeting.
Our conference has increased in size and stature, with peer-reviewed abstract presentations on new clinical advances,
as well as, practical approaches to the care of children affected by nervous system diseases.
We continue to grow and strengthen every year. We are now more than 100 strong and have expanded into an organization that
provides an annual forum for new ideas, educational programs for both nursing colleagues and families, and support of
ongoing research with an emphasis on enhancing the quality of life of children with neurological diagnoses.
We currently have a voice on the executive committee of the CNS, and share their commitment and vision for a future that
prevents and cures neurological disease where possible while continuing to support children and families living with a chronic illness.