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February 7, 2017
AACN Applauds Bipartisan Commitment to Meeting Healthcare Needs of the Nation's Most Vulnerable PopulationsAACN applauds the tremendous bipartisan support for the reintroduction of the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act by Representatives David Joyce (R-OH), Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), Doris Matsui (D-CA), Rodney Davis (R-IL), Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), Patrick Meehan (R-PA), and Kathy Castor (D-FL). The legislation would reauthorize the Nursing Workforce Development programs (Title VIII of the Public Health Service Act) through 2022, providing essential funding for nursing schools, faculty, and students to promote the health of the nation. Read AACN’s full press release.
January 27, 2017
AACN Sends Letter to Congressional Leadership on Health Reform PrioritiesOn January 27, AACN relayed to the House and Senate leadership and committees of jurisdiction academic nursing’s priorities surrounding access, affordability, and quality in future reform measures. This letter marks the most recent of AACN’s communications to the 115th Congress. Read the letter here.

January 25, 2017
Diversity and Inclusivity: Advocating for AACN’s Strategic PriorityOn January 25, AACN along with 44 higher education associations issued a joint letter of support for the passage of the Bar Removal of Individuals who Dream and Grow our Economy Act (BRIDGE Act S. 128, H.R. 496). The bipartisan legislation would protect undocumented young people brought to the U.S. as children, should the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program be discontinued under the new Administration.

January 13, 2017
AACN Submits Comments to VA on APRN Practice Final Rule AACN submitted public comments to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) regarding its final rule on APRN practice. AACN commends the VA for granting three of the four APRN roles (nurse practitioner, certified nurse-midwife, and clinical nurse specialist) the ability to practice to the full extent of their education and training, but urges the VA to extend this policy change to certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) as well. AACN implores the department to more fully utilize CRNAs so that Veterans can receive timely care to high-quality anesthesia services. Read Comments >> 
January 3, 2017
AACN Works With 115th Congress

Chair Juliann Sebastian, PhD, and Chair-Elect Ann Cary, PhD, join Members of Congress on Capitol Hill to launch the start of the 115th Congress. Today, January 3, 2017, one-third of the United States Senate and the entire House of Representatives took their oath of office through a swearing in ceremony. Read a message from AACN's Board Chair and President/CEO: The Policy Work Ahead in 2017 regarding this event. Read More >>


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