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JULY 20, 2016
AACN Submits Comments to the Veterans Health Administration
Read AACN comments in response to the Veterans Health Administration’s (VHA) proposed rule on APRN practice. The rule would support APRNs serving in the VHA to practice to the full extent of their education and training, and would help ensure that Veterans have access to safe, high-quality, and timely care. Read more >>
JULY 14 , 2016
AACN Commends Senators Merkley and Burr for Introducing Title VIII Legislation
On July 14, 2016, Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) introduced the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act of 2016 (S. 3245). The legislation would reauthorize the Nursing Workforce Development programs (Title VIII of the Public Health Service Act) through 2021 and offers minor technical changes to align the programs with current nursing practice.  Read more >>
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.
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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 >>

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