Policy & Advocacy Past News

  • An Overview: AACN’s 2017 Fall Advocacy Day

    Advocacy— November 13, 2017

    On October 30, academic nursing leadership established a record presence on Capitol Hill, with over 270 deans and associate deans from all 50 states and the District of Columbia meeting with 130 Congressional offices. AACN’s Fall 2017 Advocacy Day, part of AACN’s the Academic Nursing Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C., had members meet with their federal legislators to connect on pressing national priorities impacting patients’ health and nursing education.

  • AACN Releases 2017 Graduate Nursing Student Debt Report

    Policy— October 18, 2017

    Last winter, AACN conducted the 2017 Graduate Nursing Student Loan Survey on student loan debt acquired by postgraduate nursing students, which make up 32% of AACN’s student population within member schools. After receiving IRB approval, the survey was disseminated to more than 12,000 individuals. The resulting report, The Numbers Behind the Degree: Financing Graduate Nursing Education, included data on 2,235 students in 328 schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Key findings of the report provide insight on graduate nursing student loan debt, loan repayment, and financial support. Read the report.

  • AACN’s Faculty Policy Think Tank Releases Report

    Policy— October 12, 2017

    The Think Tank was created to inform and improve the state of health policy education in undergraduate and graduate nursing programs. The ultimate goal of the Think Tank was to consider ways that will help create a generation of future practitioners who understand the macro and micro drivers that impact policy and have the ability to skillfully insert nursing expertise in these discussions at all levels. Read the report.

  • The “Graham-Cassidy” Health Reform Bill

    Policy, Advocacy— September 22, 2017

    Senators Lindsay Graham (R-SC), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Dean Heller (R-NV), and Ron Johnson (R-WI) introduced a bill that would, in short, repeal the individual and employer mandates; move to provide states with block grants in lieu of federal subsidies; and repeal Medicaid expansion.

  • AACN Board Chair Testifies Before House Energy and Commerce Committee

    Policy— September 14, 2017

    On September 14, AACN Board Chair Juliann Sebastian, testified before the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Subcommittee on Health, on H.R. 959: Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act of 2017.  

  • AACN Urges Congress to Find Legislative Solution for DACA “Dreamers”

    Policy— September 13, 2017

    AACN joins over 75 national associations in sending a letter to Congressional leadership urging permanent, legislative action to address protection for individuals who are registered under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), an Executive Order established in 2012. 

  • AACN Submits Comments on Medicare Relief Red Tape Project

    Policy— August 30, 2017

    On August 25, AACN responded to a request from the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health. The call for comments allowed stakeholders to share solutions on how to reduce Medicare “Red Tape” though regulations and mandates and ultimately improve seniors’ health care. 

  • Congress Reaches a Deal in an FY 2017 Omnibus

    Policy— August 09, 2017

    During the late evening on April 30, Congress reached a deal on a final Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Omnibus Appropriations bill which will run through September 30, 2017. In total, the omnibus provides $161 billion in discretionary funding for Labor, Health and Human Services and Education (LHHS-ED) programs, which is $934 million less than the FY 2016 enacted level.

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

    Policy— May 23, 2017

    Reacting to President Trump's proposed budget, AACN and the 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.

  • Title VIII Reauthorization Introduced in Senate

    Policy— May 11, 2017

    On May 11, 2017, Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Richard Burr (R-NC), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), and Susan Collins (R-ME) introduced the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act of 2017. AACN commends the commitment of these Senators during National Nurses Week to bolster the pipeline of nurses for future healthcare needs.