Policy & Advocacy

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Policy & Advocacy News

  • AACN's Response to H.R. 6 Passing in the House

    Policy— June 22, 2018

    The American Association of Colleges of Nursing, the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, the American College of Nurse-Midwives, and the American Nurses Association congratulates Chairman Walden (R-OR), Chairman Brady (R-TX), Ranking Member Pallone (D-NJ), Ranking Member Neal (D-MA), Congressman Tonko (D-NY), and Congressman Lujan (D-NM), for their tireless work to pass H.R. 6, the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment (SUPPORT) for Patients and Communities Act.

  • AACN Welcomes New Director of Government Affairs

    Advocacy— June 20, 2018

    We are excited to announce that Rachel Stevenson, MA has joined AACN as the Director of Government Affairs. Rachel has experience working both in Congress and on Congressional campaigns, which will bring a wealth of expertise to AACN’s advocacy portfolio. She will be the lead staff advancing the Association’s federal policy agenda in Congress by working with AACN’s Government Affairs Committee, State Grassroots Liaisons, and the University Government Relations Collaborative. 

  • Senate HELP Committee Hearing on Healthcare Workforce

    Policy— May 24, 2018

    Dr. Julie Sanford, Director and Professor at James Madison University (JMU) School of Nursing and a member of AACN’s Government Affairs Committee, testified in front of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee during a hearing titled, “The Healthcare Workforce: Addressing Shortages and Improving Care.”

  • AACN Board Chair Ann Cary Testifies Before House Appropriations Subcommittee

    Press Release, Policy— April 26, 2018

    Dr. Ann Cary, Chair of the Board of Directors of AACN, will testify before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies. 

  • AACN Partners with NIH on All of Us Grant Program

    Policy— April 18, 2018

    AACN recently released a call for applications for the 2018 All of Us Research Program awarding up to seven mini-grants. The purpose of this grant is to raise awareness of the National Institutes of Health All of Us program, which sheds light onto underrepresented communities in biomedical research through engagement in the academic nursing community. Read more.