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May 23, 2017

AACN and NLN Oppose Cuts to Nursing in President’s FY 2018 Budget Proposal

Reacting to President Trump's proposed budget, AACN and the National League for Nursing (NLN) 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.


May 5, 2017

Task Force Updates and Opportunities for Member Feedback

As part of the work to advance AACN’s new Strategic Plan, AACN established 5 Task Forces in 2016. Please note the information below on reports and opportunities for member feedback. Final task force reports and position statements will be presented to membership at the 2017 Fall Semiannual and 2018 Spring Annual Meetings. View AACN Task Forces feedback opportunities for membership. Final Reports will be presented to membership at the Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 Annual Meetings.


May 2, 2017

AACN Applauds the Gold Foundation for Continued Funding for White Coat Ceremonies

For the fourth consecutive year, The Arnold P. Gold Foundation (APGF) and AACN are partnering to promote compassionate care by sponsoring White Coat Ceremonies at schools of nursing across the nation. This year, APGF is providing $50,000 to support events designed to instill a commitment to humanistic, patient-centered care among nursing students beginning their studies this fall.


April 27, 2017

Schwartz Center and AACN Receive Macy Grant to Launch Compassion Scholars Program

The Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare, a national leader in the movement to strengthen and sustain the human connection at the heart of healthcare, and AACN have received a $33,000 grant from the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation to develop a Compassion Scholars Program.


March 20, 2017

Membership Approves Position Statement on Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity in Academic Nursing

During the business meeting of AACN’s Spring Annual Meeting (held March 20, 2017 in Washington, DC), an overwhelming majority of members in attendance voted to adopt the Position Statement on Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity in Academic Nursing.


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.


February 15, 2017

AACN Announces Election Results

AACN is pleased to announce the results of its 2017 election to fill seats on the AACN Board of Directors and Nominating Committee.


February 7, 2017

AACN Applauds Bipartisan Commitment to Meeting Healthcare Needs

AACN applauds the introduction of the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act of 2017 by Representatives David Joyce (R-OH), Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), Doris Matsui (D-CA), Rodney Davis (R-IL), Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), Patrick Meehan (R-PA), and Kathy Castor (D-FL). For over 50 years, Title VIII programs have helped provide a direct response to the call for nursing services across America. This legislation would reauthorize the Nursing Workforce Development Programs (Title VIII of the Public Health Service Act) through Fiscal Year 2022 and aligns them with current trends in the profession.


January 31, 2017

AACN to Move Headquarters Office in Washington, DC

AACN is pleased to announce that it will be moving its headquarters office to 655 K Street, NW in Washington, DC in late summer 2017. At its new home base, AACN will be co-located with peer associations representing medicine, dentistry, physician assistant education, and veterinary medicine.


January 24, 2017

AACN Announces CNL Visionary Leader and Vanguard Awards

AACN is pleased to announce that Ms. Elizabeth Murphy, Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer at Mercy Health Saint Mary's, is the recipient of the 2017 CNL Visionary Leader Award. The highest honor presented by AACN to practice leaders making significant contributions to advancing the Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) initiative, this award will be presented at the 2017 CNL Summit in Atlanta, GA on February 22, 2017.


January 10, 2017

Joint Statement from the Tri-Council for Nursing

View the Tri-Council for Nursing latest joint statement that informs consumers, providers, and policy makers about the changing nature of care in the community and the importance of high impact teams, highlighting the roles of registered nurses and community health workers.


January 3, 2017

A Message from AACN’s Board Chair and President/CEO: The Policy Work Ahead in 2017

January 3, 2017 is the start of the 115th Congress with one-third of the United States Senate and the entire House of Representatives taking their oath of office or swearing in. For the association, this launches an incredibly active time as we work to educate new members of Congress, those returning, and the incoming Trump Administration on the important lens academic nursing provides to transform national policy.


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