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JUNE 28, 2016
Veterans Access to Quality Care Alliance Holds Press Conference on VHA Proposed Rule
Today, AACN in collaboration with the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, and the American Nurses Association held a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. AACN member Jane Kirschling, PhD¸ RN, FAAN, Dean and Professor for the University of Maryland School of Nursing and Director of Interprofessional Education for the university represented the association in its on-going support for the Veterans Health Administration’s proposed rule to allow Veterans direct access to APRN services. Also present and speaking in support of the proposed rule were representatives from the Military Officers Association of America and the Air Force Sergeants Association.  Read more >>
May 25, 2016
VHA Proposed Rule Supports APRN Practice
Today, AACN applauds the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Veterans Health Administration (VHA) for issuing a proposed rule that would allow Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) to practice to the full extent of their education and training within VHA facilities. This landmark action underscores the important role APRNs play in providing safe, high-quality care across all settings. AACN, together with its colleagues in the APRN and nursing community, have been advocating for over three years to move this change forward. With over 8.7 million Veterans seeking care in more than 1,700 VHA care sites each year, full utilization of healthcare providers—including APRNs—is a necessity. Read more >>
April 29, 2016
AACN Announces Commitments by Nursing Schools to Combat Opioid Use Disorder
Today, Deborah Trautman, President and Chief Executive Officer of AACN, will offer remarks at a White House Champions of Change for Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery event in Washington, D.C. She was asked by the Administration to recognize AACN member schools committed to addressing opioid use disorder and overdose in America. Over the past month, 191 schools of nursing with advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) programs have pledged to educate their APRN students on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain. The addition of this content compliments the information APRN students currently receive on such topics as pain management and substance abuse. Read more >>
March 29, 2016
AACN Member Present to Represent Nursing at National Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit
Today, President Obama attended the National Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit in Atlanta, Georgia, as part of the White House’s ongoing efforts to combat the national opioid abuse and addiction crisis. This event convened community leaders, advocates, as well as professionals from local, state, and federal agencies, businesses, academia, educators, and health professionals. AACN member Lisa Eichelberger, DSN, RN, Dean, School of Nursing at Clayton State University, attended this event on behalf of the association.

FEBRUARY 9, 2016
AACN Calls for Strong Investments for Preparing the Nursing Workforce in Light of the President’s FY 2017 Budget
Today, AACN called for stronger investments regarding proposed funding levels outlined in President Obama’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Budget that would impact the nursing workforce, critical healthcare research, and ultimately, the delivery of care across the nation. Read more >>
February 2, 2016
AACN Attends Senate Finance Committee Hearing on Nomination of Mary Wakefield, PhD, RN, FAAN, as Deputy Secretary of HHSOn Thursday, February 4, the Senate Finance Committee held a hearing regarding the nomination of Mary Wakefield, PhD, RN, FAAN, for Deputy Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Read More >>

January 27, 2016
AACN’s Selects New Cohort for the 2016 Faculty Policy Intensive
AACN is pleased to announce the selection of eight distinguished nurse educators for the 2016 Faculty Policy Intensive (FPI). The 2016 cohort was chosen by AACN’s Government Affairs Committee from a highly competitive pool of applicants based on their past achievements and future interests. “AACN is excited to welcome the new cohort of nurse educators to our fourth annual Faculty Policy Intensive. By fostering the development of policy expertise in academic nursing, we are ensuring that future generations of nurses are equipped to improve health and health care at the local, state, and national levels,” says AACN’s President and CEO, Deborah Trautman.Read more >>
DECEMBER 9, 2015
AACN’s President and CEO Testifies Before Congress on Title VIII Programs
Deborah Trautman, PhD, RN, FAAN, President and Chief Executive Officer for AACN testified before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, at a hearing titled, Examining Legislation to Improve Health Care and Treatment. The hearing brought six healthcare bills before the Subcommittee members to discuss these pieces of legislation and ask questions of the six witnesses testifying on their behalf. Dr. Trautman spoke about the merits of the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act of 2015 (H.R. 2713)Read more >>


Additional Information

Watch a recording of the hearing.
To ask your Representative to cosponsor H.R. 2713, please visit Take Action.
Read AACN’s press release on the hearing.

November 10, 2015
Breaking News: Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Mike Rounds (R-SD) Introduce the Veterans Health Care Staffing Improvement Act
Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Mike Rounds (R-SD) introduced the Veterans Health Care Staffing Improvement Act. This legislation would help ensure that our nation's Veterans have access to high-quality care by allowing advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) to have full-practice authority within Veterans Healthcare Administration (VHA) facilities. AACN applauds this legislation for proposing a common-sense solution to the challenges the VHA faces in providing high-quality care to America’s Veterans. AACN, along with its APRN colleagues, continues to support efforts urging for full-practice authority for APRNs in the VHA.

November 10, 2015
AACN Supports Joining Forces Wellness Week
In recognition of Veterans Day, the AACN is pleased to announce its support and participation in Joining Forces Wellness Week 2015 (JFWW). JFWW was initiated to increase awareness about the unique health needs of our nation's veterans, service members, and their families by educating healthcare providers and students across the country.

OCTOBER 23, 2015
AACN Launches New Initiatives to Maximize Academic Nursing's Role in Shaping Health Policy
AACN is pleased to announce three initiatives that promote greater engagement of nurses in the health policy arena and develop new thought leaders for the profession. AACN's Health Policy Advisory Council (HPAC), Faculty Policy Think Tank, and Invitational Policy Faculty Symposium will help facilitate a larger footprint for the profession locally and globally on issues impacting health and healthcare.

OCTOBER 21, 2015
AACN Partners with the White House to Educate America's Nurses on Prescription Drug Abuse
AACN joined the Obama Administration and more than 40 other healthcare provider groups to announce new efforts to address the prescription drug abuse and heroin epidemic in the United States. AACN is a committed partner in this work and will be launching a national nursing education initiative among our members and supporting an important public awareness campaign. The severity of this crisis continues to rise, and AACN plans to take a leadership role for the academic nursing community. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more Americans die each year from drug overdoses than in motor vehicle accidents, and the majority of those overdoses involve prescription medications.

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 >>

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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