Legal Notices and Privacy Policies
The American Association of Post-Acute Care Nursing (AAPACN), Inc. (AAPACN) is a Colorado non-profit corporation and maintains this website for the personal use of American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordination (AANAC) and American Association of Directors of Nursing Services (AADNS) users. Your access to and use of the website is subject to all legal notices and all applicable laws. By accessing and browsing the website, you accept the terms and conditions contained in this section of the website, without limitation or qualification. Please read the legal notices carefully, and if you disagree with any of the language, terminate use of this website or your membership with AANAC and/or AADNS.
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Use of Content
All information, documents and materials posted in this website are solely for the use of AAPACN users and may not be resold, republished, or copied, without the prior consent of AAPACN. In addition, all information, documents, and materials posted in this website are subject to change. In order to receive AAPACN’s written consent, please fax or mail your written request to AAPACN at:
400 South Colorado Boulevard, Suite 600, Denver, CO 80246
AAPACN has revised this privacy statement, effective January 1, 2016, in order to demonstrate our commitment to privacy for our website users and AAPACN members. The following paragraphs disclose our information gathering and dissemination practices. The privacy statement may change at any time; any changes will be posted on this page. Should you have additional questions, comments, or concerns, please contact us by regular mail, email, fax, or phone:
400 South Colorado Boulevard, Suite 600, Denver, CO 80246
AAPACN’s websites (AANAC.org and AADNS-LTC.org) have many sections that are open to all users, with no registration required. For these sections, our web server automatically recognizes no information regarding the web domains of the website visitors. It’s not technically possible to extract an email address simply by visiting a web page. It is possible to extract what website the visitor came from. AAPACN does not track this information. The website writes a “cookie” to the hard drive of every visitor whether they are members or not. The home page writes a temporary cookie that records that visit as having been counted. Its sole purpose is to prevent the web server from counting the same visitor more than once. Some of AAPACN’s web pages will also send a “cookie.” Any restricted segments of AANAC.org and AADNS-LTC.org require a unique membership login and password. When a visitor successfully enters membership login information, the system generates a cookie which is used to recognize the visitor for the remainder of the session. If a user checks the “Remember Me” box when logging in, the system will maintain the cookie on the user’s hard disk for 30 days. If cookies are blocked or restricted in any way, the user will not be able to log into the website.
Cookies are small files saved to the user’s computer’s hard drive that track, save, and store information about interactions and usage of the website.
You can set your browser not to accept cookies, and these websites will tell you how to remove cookies from your browser. Please note, that in a few cases, some of our website features may not function if you do this and therefore doing so may affect your enjoyment of our website.
Web-based Forms and Contact Information
AAPACN’s websites (AANAC.org and AADNS-LTC.org) use various web-based forms for requesting information, opting in for news and requesting AAPACN materials. We collect visitors’ contact information, such as mailing address and email address. This contact information is used to send the requested information and materials to the users. In some cases, this identifying information is provided to business partners, training partners, corporate sponsors, agencies, for profits organizations, and other selected parties who agree to AAPACN’s usage requirements. [Visitor’s personal identifying information is not provided to third-party organizations]. Users may opt-out of receiving future information from AAPACN by e-mailing or faxing notification to the numbers listed above in this section. In certain instances, AAPACN may release lists of individuals who request to receive and/or download potential certification holder information to select other parties, who agree to AAPACN’s usage requirements.
Policy on the Release of Member Information
AAPACN is a non-profit organization whose mission is to benefit the public and advance the nursing profession through AAPACN’s mission to advance post-acute care through innovative nurse leadership. From time to time, AAPACN partners with other non-profit organizations, for-profit organizations, agencies, regulators, media, and others. AAPACN has determined that by sharing the following information about its members and certification holders AAPACN will be able to further its mission: Whether the person(s) has ever been certified by AANAC or AADNS, the date that status was achieved, and whether AANAC or AADNS considers the person(s) to have current certification status.
A first name and last name.
An email address.
A home or other physical address, including street name and name of a city or town with zip code.
The phone number(s) of the person(s).
If lists of certification holders or members are provided in fulfillment of such requests, the effective date of the information will be included on the list. AAPACN may provide information other than that listed above to government/regulatory agencies, employers, and others solely to allow for the proper identification of person(s) associated with the requesting agency. AAPACN will respond fully to any appropriate request for information from any governmental unit or agency. If a member has a change to his/her personal identifiable information, he/she should go to the AADNS website and find the membership info section to change his/her profile.
AAPACN does not discriminate in membership/certification or employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Physical, electronic, and managerial procedures have been employed to safeguard the security and integrity of personal information. All AAPACN agents and contractors with access to personal information obtained on AAPACN’s websites (AANAC.org and AADNS-LTC.org) are also bound to adhere to their contractual obligations. To protect the security of information supplied by users in order to access restricted areas, users must provide login and passwords to access their information.
THE MATERIALS CONTAINED IN THIS WEBSITE ARE PROVIDED ON AN “AS IS” AND “AS AVAILABLE” BASIS, WITHOUT REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND. AAPACN EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ALL SUCH REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION WARRANTIES OF TITLE, NONINFRINGEMENT, OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. AAPACN DOES NOT WARRANT THE ACCURACY OR COMPLETENESS OF THE INFORMATION, TEXT, GRAPHICS, LINKS OR OTHER ITEMS CONTAINED WITHIN THESE MATERIALS. AAPACN MAY MAKE CHANGES TO THIS WEB SITE AT ANY TIME WITHOUT NOTICE. WHILE AAPACN STRIVES TO KEEP THE INFORMATION ON THIS WEB SITE ACCURATE AND CURRENT, AAPACN CANNOT GUARANTEE THE ACCURACY, COMPLETENESS OR TIMELINESS OF THE INFORMATION. INFORMATION WITHIN AAPACN’s WEBSITES MAY CONTAIN TECHNICAL INACCURACIES OR TYPOGRAPHICAL ERRORS. AAPACN IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR EMPLOYMENT ADS POSTED INFORMATION OR THE ACTIONS OF EMPLOYERS OR EMPLOYEES IN HIRING SOMEONE FOUND ON AAPACN’s WEB SITES. AAPACN MAKES NO EMPLOYMENT GUARANTEES IN RELATION TO THIS PORTION OF THE WEB SITE. AAPACN RESERVES THE RIGHT TO MAKE CHANGES, CORRECTIONS AND/OR IMPROVEMENTS TO THE INFORMATION CONTAINED WITHIN THIS WEB SITE, AT ANY TIME, WITHOUT NOTICE.
Limitation of Liability
YOUR USE OF AND BROWSING IN THIS WEB SITE ARE AT YOUR OWN RISK. IN NO EVENT SHALL AAPACN NOR ANY PARTY INVOLVED IN CREATING, PRODUCING, OR DELIVERING THE WEB SITE BE LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES WHATSOEVER ARISING OUT OF THE USE OF, OR INABILITY TO USE, THE WEB SITE, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, EVEN IF AADNS OR OTHER PARTY HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBLITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. BECAUSE SOME JURISDICTIONS PROHIBIT THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF LIABILITY FOR CONSEQUENTIAL OR INCIDENTAL DAMAGES, THE ABOVE LIMITATION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.
AAPACN reserves the right to make changes to AAPACN’s websites and any Legal Information contained herein at any time by updating this page without notice to you. You should visit this page from time to time to review the then-current Legal Information because they are binding on you. Your use of this website following any such change constitutes your agreement to follow and be bound by the Legal Information as changed. If any change is unacceptable to you, your only recourse is to terminate your use of the Web site.
This website is controlled by AAPACN from its offices within Arapahoe County, the state of Colorado, the United States of America. As such, U.S. federal laws and the laws of the State of Colorado will govern the Legal Information section, excluding any principles or rules of law that may direct the application of the law of another state. You hereby irrevocably and unconditionally consent to submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of the State of Colorado, eighteenth judicial district, and/or the United States District Court for the District of Colorado, for any litigation arising out of or relating to the use of AAPACN’s websites, waive any objection to the venue of any such litigation in the Colorado courts and agree not to plead or claim in any Colorado court that such litigation brought therein has been brought in an inconvenient forum. If any provision of this Legal Information section shall be unlawful, void or for any reason unenforceable, then that provision shall be deemed severable from the Legal Information and shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any remaining provisions.
Limitations on Use
AAPACN may from time to time monitor or review discussions, postings, transmissions and other information or material on this website; however, AAPACN is under no duty to do so and assumes no responsibility or liability arising from such matters nor for any error, defamation, libel, slander, omission, obscenity, pornography, or inaccuracy contained in any such discussion, posting, or transmission. Furthermore, you are prohibited from posting or transmitting any unlawful, threatening, libelous, defamatory, obscene, pornographic, or erroneous material or otherwise violate any law through the use of this website. AAPACN will fully cooperate with any law enforcement authorities or court order requesting or directing AAPACN to disclose the identity of anyone posting any such information or materials.
What Information Do We Collect?
We will collect your mobile phone number and other personally identifiable information that you voluntarily provide to us (“Personal Information”) in order to participate in AAPACN’s SMS (Text) Messaging Alert Program. You may refuse to provide your Personal Information, and this may lead to your inability to participate in the AAPACN SMS (Text) Messaging Alert Program.
Mobile devices may collect different information than what is collected by computers used to access our website. When connecting to our website using a mobile device that provides Internet access, if the mobile device service provider uniquely identifies the device, AAPACN will receive this information. AAPACN may use this unique mobile device identification information to offer extended services and/or functionality. Certain AAPACN services may require collection of the telephone number for your device. AAPACN may associate that telephone number with the mobile device identification information.
Some mobile phone service providers in the United States are required to operate a system that will pinpoint the physical location of devices that use their service. Depending on the provider, AAPACN may automatically receive such location information. AAPACN (or its service providers) may use and store this information to provide enhanced location-based services. However, it is not AAPACN’s practice to send unsolicited messages to your mobile phone.
How is Your Information Used and Shared?
Personal Information is collected in order to participate in the AAPACN SMS (Text) Messaging Alert Program pursuant to the specific Terms and Conditions for the AAPACN SMS (Text) Messaging Alert Program. AAPACN may use your Personal Information for the following purposes: to administer and improve the program and/or related services including SMS services; to provide Internet and/or mobile security; and to meet legal requirements. AAPACN, its affiliates and service providers may have access to your Personal Information and any information you enter through the text messaging service. AAPACN may work with affiliated organizations to perform certain functions on our behalf, such as managing data or processing information. These third parties will have access to your Personal Information only to the extent necessary to perform these specific functions and may not use it for any other purpose. We may also share your Personal Information with your cell phone service provider or their partners and/or subcontractors.
Privacy of Children
AAPACN does not knowingly collect Personal Information from children under the age of 13. Authorized users must be 18 years of age or older to participate in the AAPACN SMS (Text) Messaging Alert Program.
If you visit our website, AAPACN or a third-party may store or recognize some information on your computer in the form of a “cookie” or similar file that can help us make the site and/or services more functional. Cookies allow websites to “remember” a user’s activities and visits to a site. With most Internet browsers or other software, you can erase cookies from your computer hard drive, block all cookies, or receive a warning before a cookie is stored. Please refer to your browser instructions to learn more about these functions. If you reject cookies, functionality of the site may be limited, and you may not be able to take advantage of the site’s features. Some telephones may also store cookies. Check your phone’s make and model and/or contact your carrier to determine how to change browser settings.
Mobile alerts may contain links to other sites on the Internet that are owned and operated by third parties. AAPACN is not responsible for the collection or use of your information at any third-party sites.
We have reasonable administrative, physical and technical measures, policies and procedures in place to protect the privacy, security and confidentiality of your Personal Information that we collect and maintain. All Personal Information is stored on our secure servers, or that of our service providers, behind a firewall at a data center with strictly controlled access.
How Do You Contact AAPACN or Update Personal Information?
400 South Colorado Boulevard, Suite 600, Denver, CO 80246
We will retain your Personal Information for as long as your account is active or as needed to provide you with the services that you requested. We will retain and use your information as necessary to comply with our legal obligations, resolve disputes, and enforce our agreements.