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AACN’s Top Leaders Advocate for Academic Nursing

Published September 20, 2017

This month saw two of AACN’s Board members represent academic nursing on the national stage.


AACN Board Chair Juliann Sebastian Testifies Before Congressional Committee

AACN Board Chair Juliann Sebastian, dean and professor of the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing, appeared before the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee, Health Subcommittee on September 14 at a hearing titled, “Supporting Tomorrow’s Health Providers: Examining  Workforce Programs Under the Public Health Service Act.” Dr. Sebastian testified in support of H.R. 959, the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act of 2017. She urged the subcommittee to pass the bill to ensure the future sustainability of the Nursing Workforce Development Programs.  Read Dr. Sebastian’s full testimony and view her presentation (starts at 2:17.20).  For more details, see AACN's Washington Weekly.




Board Chair-Elect Ann Cary Participates in Panel at the 2017 National Health Research Forum

On September 7, AACN Board Chair-Elect Ann Cary, dean of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Nursing and Health Studies, participated as an invited panelist at the 2017 National Health Research Forum. Organized by Research!America, the forum was held in Washington, DC.  The forum sparks stimulating conversations among top leaders in government, industry, patient advocacy, and academia regarding current issues that could impact the trajectory of medical and health research and innovation. Dr. Cary represented academic nursing on the panel. View the video of the full panel discussion.