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Welcome to the Respiratory Nursing Society web site.
The society for professional respiratory nurses

The Respiratory Nursing Society (RNS) is the professional association for nurses interested in respiratory health and quality nursing care for those with respiratory disorders. RNS provides an opportunity for nurses in a variety of practice settings to develop a strong respiratory knowledge base and skills important for quality respiratory nursing care. To accomplish this RNS:

  • provides educational opportunities that teach nurses and other health care providers respiratory concepts that promote positive individualized outcomes,
  • supports the standards of care for quality respiratory nursing practice developed by the Society,
  • promotes and disseminates research, and
  • serves as a formal network for communications in the field of respiratory nursing

The purpose of the Respiratory Nursing Society

The Respiratory Nursing Society (RNS) began as a specialty nursing organization in 1990 for the dual purpose of:

  • Promoting the practice of respiratory nursing through professional development of its members, and
  • Promoting safe and effective respiratory health care for society, including activities related to health promotion, disease prevention, and care through all phases of illness and across all age spans and cultures.

Enhance your professional development

Whether you work in an office, hospital, clinic, school, or research setting, RNS can help you improve your practice with these benefits of membership:

  • Communication and interaction with peers.
  • Networking with colleagues.
  • The opportunity to make a difference in the future of respiratory nursing.
  • Involvement in the growth of the specialty.
  • Active committee participation

Expand your educational resources

The Respiratory Nursing Society (RNS) understands your needs to stay updated on changes in nursing practice and to strive continually for excellence in your personal and professional development. RNS offers these key member benefits to help you meet your goals.

  • 4 issues annually of the Society's newsletter, Perspectives in Respiratory Nursing (clinically based articles and news)
    Here is a sample of our newsletter.
  • Reduced rate for the annual educational conference
  • Standards and Scope of Respiratory Nursing Practice (Currently being revised)
  • Position Statements on issues that affect respiratory nursing care


Respiratory Nursing, A Core Curriculum

Respiratory Nursing, A Core Curriculum. 

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