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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. 

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 >>

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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