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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.

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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.