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Funding for Nursing Education and Research

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AACN is deeply concerned about proposed spending cuts, outlined in President Trump’s Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Proposal, to programs that would negatively impact students, the nursing workforce, patients, and communities across the country. In addition to advocating on behalf of our member schools, AACN is partnering with the following coalitions to protect federal funding for a wide scope of initiatives that keep our nation healthy and ready to face the challenges of tomorrow:

What Can You Do to Support Healthcare, Research, and Education?

Join AACN’s Grassroots Network by visiting our Take Action page. On this page, you can sign up to become a member so that you will receive calls to action, including those urging Congress to protect funding. To find your elected officials, please visit our Take Action page.

Title VIII’s Community Impact: A StoryMap

AACN is relaying to Congress the ground-level community impact of Title VIII programs. View our story map of community profiles from across the nation.

Below highlights AACN’s work to protect and enhance federal programs through the appropriations funding process:

May 11, 2017
American Association of Colleges of Nursing and National League for Nursing Oppose Cuts to Nursing in President's FY 2018 Budget Proposal
Reacting to President Trump's proposed budget, the National League for Nursing (NLN) and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) expressed the associations' alarm at the negative impact that certain elements of the budget will have on the nursing workforce and the nation's access to high-quality nursing care. Read more.

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.

Funding Chart for AACN Programs of Interest

FY 2018 Congressional Testimony

FY 2018 Dear Colleague Letters

AACN Requests for FY 2018