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May 11, 2017
American Association of Colleges of Nursing and National League for Nursing Oppose Cuts to Nursing in President's FY 2018 Budget Proposal
Reacting to President Trump's proposed budget, the National League for Nursing (NLN) and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) expressed the associations' alarm at the negative impact that certain elements of the budget will have on the nursing workforce and the nation's access to high-quality nursing care. Read more.

May 11, 2017
Title VIII Reauthorization Introduced in Senate
Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Richard Burr (R-NC), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), and Susan Collins (R-ME) introduced the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act of 2017. AACN commends the commitment of these Senators during National Nurses Week to bolster the pipeline of nurses for future healthcare needs. Read more.

May 1, 2017
Congress Reaches a Deal in an FY 2017 Omnibus
During the late evening on April 30, Congress reached a deal on a final Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Omnibus Appropriations bill which will run through September 30, 2017. In total, the omnibus provides $161 billion in discretionary funding for Labor, Health and Human Services and Education (LHHS-ED) programs, which is $934 million less than the FY 2016 enacted level. Read More.

April 10, 2017
AACN’s 2017 Spring Advocacy Day

On Monday, March 20, AACN member deans, faculty, students, and other stakeholders in the Grassroots Network advocated on behalf of workforce, research, and practice issues on Capitol Hill and across the nation. Advocates met with Members of Congress and their staff and participated in a virtual call to action via email and Twitter. View a summary of the day’s success.

April 6, 2017
House Dear Colleague Letter for Title VIII Yields Bipartisan Support
Over 90 Representatives signed a Dear Colleague Letter Circulated by House Nursing Caucus Vice Co-Chairs Reps. Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) and Rodney Davis (R-IL) requesting $244 million for the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Development programs in Fiscal Year (FY) 2018.

April 4, 2017
AACN Signs Letter Urging Congress to Protect Federal Student Aid
AACN joins the higher education community in sending a letter urging lawmakers to protect federal student loans and strengthen Pell Grants, as well as other programs that support current and prospective students. The letter highlights how these dollars are important investments in the American economy. For more information about the association’s principles for higher education policy, see AACN’s 2017-2018 Federal Policy Agenda.

March 16, 2017
AACN Strongly Opposes President's 2018 Budget Blueprint
President Trump released his FY 2018 America First - A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again. The budget proposes wide sweeping and devastating cuts to programs that ensure health across the nation. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) strongly opposes these cuts and warns both the Administration and Congress that decreasing federal dollars by this magnitude will threaten the lives and livelihood of millions of Americans. Read AACN's full press release.

March 8, 2017
AACN’s Testimony to House Appropriators Emphasizes Investments in Nursing Education, Research, and Practice
On March 8, AACN submitted testimony to the House Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Subcommittee urging investments in the following federal programs for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018:

  • Nursing Workforce Development programs— AACN and the Nursing Community coalition are requesting $244 million for to ensure a highly-educated nursing pipeline
  • National Institute of Nursing Research— AACN and the Nursing Community coalition are requesting $160 million to support the innovations of nurse scientists that drive evidence-based practice
  • National Health Service Corps—AACN and the Friends of the National Health Service Corps are requesting $380 million to ensure that clinicians (including Advanced Practice Registered Nurses) are serving in regions experiencing the highest demands for health services

AACN will keep you apprised as the appropriations process for FY 2018 continues to unfold. Read AACN’s testimony and the Nursing Community’s testimony, of which AACN is a member. Learn more by visiting AACN’s Appropriations Advocacy.

March 8, 2017
AACN’s 2017-2018 Federal Policy Agenda Highlights Priorities to Congress and the AdministrationAACN's 2017-2018 Federal Policy Agenda is comprised of four main priority areas for academic nursing in the 115th Congress and the Trump Administration:


Each of these priorities includes principles put forth by AACN’s Government Affairs Committee and Health Policy Advisory Council for sound policy development. This new agenda is founded on five core values that cut across all four priority areas, to promote policies that are:

  • Interprofessional
  • Sustainable
  • Innovative
  • Collaborative
  • Equitable & Inclusive

AACN member deans and students attending the Spring Annual Meeting and Student Policy Summit will take the Federal Policy Agenda to Capitol Hill during AACN's Spring Hill Day on Monday, March 20.

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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.