Policy & Advocacy

AACN is a nonpartisan organization that serves to educate and advocate for nursing education, research, and practice.

Introducing Nursing Voices, Nursing Votes


AACN’s Nursing Voices, Nursing Votes is a nonpartisan initiative designed to encourage students, faculty, and deans to vote and amplify their voices as nurses.

Learn more about this new initiative

Policy & Advocacy News

  • AACN Launches Nursing Voices, Nursing Votes Initiative

    Press Release, Policy— August 07, 2018

    AACN is pleased to unveil Nursing Voices, Nursing Votes, a nonpartisan initiative designed to encourage, educate, and engage nursing deans, faculty, and students as they amplify their voices during election season.

  • AACN Commends the House for Passing Legislation that Builds the Nursing Workforce

    Press Release, Policy— July 23, 2018

    AACN applauds the United States House of Representatives for passing legislation that is indispensable to the health of the nation. The Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act of 2017 (H.R. 959) provides critical support to nursing students, faculty, and programs, which ensures access to care across the continuum and in every community.

  • Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act Advances Out of Committee

    Policy— July 12, 2018

    Today, the House Energy and Commerce Committee advanced the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act of 2017 (H.R. 959) out of the committee by a voice vote. H.R. 959 now awaits a vote on the House floor. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) commends the Committee’s commitment to our nation’s health by supporting this key legislation.

  • Thank You to Our Grassroots Members and Happy Fourth of July!

    Advocacy— July 03, 2018

    Check out the progress AACN’s Grassroots Network has made on AACN’s top legislative priorities.

  • Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act Advances Out of House Subcommittee

    Policy— June 27, 2018

    Today, AACN commends the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health for advancing the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act of 2017 (H.R. 959) to the Full Committee for further consideration and for their tireless dedication to our nursing workforce. The Title VIII Programs are successful in increasing the number of nurse faculty and the supply of nurses needed to meet the healthcare needs of our nation, both now and in the future.

    Nursing Caucus Co-Chair, Representative David Joyce (R-OH) recognizes, “Being a nurse is truly hard work. As the husband to a nurse, I understand the great detail, training, and education that goes into their daily work to keep patients safe and healthy. As the House Nursing Caucus Co-Chair, I am proud to see the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee advance my legislation, the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act of 2017, to expand access to nursing workforce programs so our nurses can provide the greatest quality care to patients across the country.”

    Representative Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), Co-Chair of the House Nursing Caucus, said: “Nursing shortages across the country are straining care, especially in our rural and underserved communities, endangering patient health and well-being, and driving up healthcare costs. In the next two years alone, the U.S. is on track to face a shortage of roughly 200,000 nursing professionals. Reauthorizing federal funding for vital programs that provide nurses with training, education, and financial support will expand access to quality healthcare for our communities. I urge Congress to pass these bipartisan bills so we can build a 21st century healthcare workforce that meets the needs of our future.”