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2017 Advocacy Packet Materials

AACN Members will be in Washington, DC March 18-21 for AACN's Spring Annual meeting. As the new Administration and the 115th Congress sets new policy, it is imperative that AACN's voice continues to urge Congress to support academic nursing's federal priorities.

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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.

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.

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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.