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January 13, 2017
AACN Submits Comments to VA on APRN Practice Final Rule AACN submitted public comments to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) regarding its final rule on APRN practice. AACN commends the VA for granting three of the four APRN roles (nurse practitioner, certified nurse-midwife, and clinical nurse specialist) the ability to practice to the full extent of their education and training, but urges the VA to extend this policy change to certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) as well. AACN implores the department to more fully utilize CRNAs so that Veterans can receive timely care to high-quality anesthesia services. Read Comments >> 
January 3, 2017
AACN Works With 115th Congress

Chair Juliann Sebastian, PhD, and Chair-Elect Ann Cary, PhD, join Members of Congress on Capitol Hill to launch the start of the 115th Congress. Today, January 3, 2017, one-third of the United States Senate and the entire House of Representatives took their oath of office through a swearing in ceremony. Read a message from AACN's Board Chair and President/CEO: The Policy Work Ahead in 2017 regarding this event. Read More >>

December 13, 2016
VA Issues Final Rule with Public Comment on APRN PracticeOn December 13, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released a final rule open for public comment regarding Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) who serve in the Veterans Health Administration The rule grants three of the four APRN roles (nurse practitioners, certified nurse-midwives, and clinical nurse specialists) the ability to practice to the full extent of their education and training, but does not include certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs). Read AACN’s Press Release >>
December 9, 2016
Senate Passes FY 2017 Continuing ResolutionLate on December 9, the Senate passed the FY 2017 Continuing Resolution (CR, H.R. 2028) by a vote of 63-36 to avert a government shutdown. The CR will fund the federal government through April 28, 2017. The House of Representatives had passed this measure by a vote of 326–96 on December 8. President Obama signed the bill into law on December 10.

December 7, 2016
21st Century Cures Act Passed by Congress; Awaits President’s SignatureAACN commends Congress for passing the 21st Century Cures Act (H.R. 34) with overwhelming bipartisan support in both chambers. For more information, including AACN’s support for Cures, visit our Legislation page.

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