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AUGUST 5, 2015

Join the Veterans Access to Quality Healthcare Alliance in Supporting Full Practice Authority in the VA

You can help ensure that our nation’s veterans have access to high-quality, timely care by encouraging veterans and the public to tell Congress that it is imperative for advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) to have full-practice authority within the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). The VHA is considering a proposal that would allow APRNs serving within VHA care sites to practice to the full extent of their education and training, thus maximizing the utilization of these highly-educated and qualified clinicians. Visit the newly-formed Veterans Access to Quality Healthcare Alliance to learn more about this important initiative and how you can take action to support our country’s servicemen and women through nursing. 

July 15, 2015
House Nursing Caucus Co-Chair Lois Capps, RN, (D-CA) Urges Colleagues to Support H.R. 2713
Rep. Lois Capps, RN (D-CA) called upon her colleagues on both sides of the aisle to cosponsor the bipartisan Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act (H.R. 2713). This legislation is critical as it would reauthorize the Nursing Workforce Development programs (Title VIII of the Public Health Service Act) through Fiscal Year 2020. AACN sincerely thanks Rep. Capps for her work to champion this legislation alongside her Nursing Caucus Co-Chair, Rep. David Joyce (R-OH). Read More >>

July 10, 2015
House of Representatives Passes the 21st Century Cures Act (H.R. 6)
On Friday, July 10, the House of Representatives passed by a vote of 344 to 77 the 21st Century Cures Act (H.R. 6). Introduced by Representatives Fred Upton (R-MI) and Diana DeGette (D-CO), the legislation is a comprehensive package that that aims to bolster the discovery and timely translation of biomedical research and devices to the public. Read More >>

June 10, 2015
AACN Supports H.R. 2713
AACN expresses great appreciation to Representatives Lois Capps (D-CA) and David Joyce (R-OH), co-chairs of the House Nursing Caucus, for introducing the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act (H.R. 2713). Keeping America healthy demands an investment in the nursing workforce, including clinicians that provide direct patient care and the faculty who educate them. As the largest segment of the healthcare workforce, nurses are central to the team of providers who create, maintain, and promote a patient-centered healthcare delivery system. Read More >>

State Snapshots on Nursing Education, Research, and Practice

Title VIII Nursing Student Profiles

AACN Policy Brief - Investing in Today’s Nurses for Tomorrow’s Improved Health: Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization

Urge Your Representative to Co-Sponsor H.R. 2713

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AACN is committed to preparing the next generation of nursing advocates who can purposefully and effectively contribute to shaping public policy at the national, state, and local levels. AACN offers a fully array of grassroots opportunities, informational resources, professional development offerings, and networking platforms to ensure that students, faculty, and nursing stakeholders are well prepared to engage in the policymaking process. Read more in the new AACN's Advocacy at Work for You brochure.

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