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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published September 26, 2018

Rounds with Leadership: Strength in the Collective Voice: The Nursing Community Coalition Celebrates 10 Years


On September 12, 2018, the Nursing Community Coalition (NCC), of which AACN is the convening organization, hosted a three-part celebration to honor its 10 years of collective advocacy. An informal operation prior to 2008, the coalition began to formalize due to the efforts of then-Senator Barbara Mikulski's (D-MD) office and the nurses who were Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellows to expand nursing's voice in the national dialogue on healthcare reform. For the past decade, the NCC has been a beacon for unity within nursing advocacy and now includes 60 national nursing organizations. The NCC has developed a strong bipartisan, bicameral collaboration with the Congressional Nursing Caucuses to achieve the goal of working on important healthcare issues.

The NCC made its mark on Capitol Hill with the 2009 publication of its Commitment to Quality Health Reform: A Consensus Statement from the Nursing Community during the height of healthcare reform discussions. After months of negotiations, deliberations, and drafts, the Consensus Statement was signed by 41 national nursing organizations. The Consensus Statement, along with numerous comments, letters, and meetings on the Hill, played a vital role in the inclusion of key provisions in the Affordable Care Act of 2010, such as the ability of Certified Nurse Midwives to receive full Medicare reimbursement. The NCC proved to lawmakers that professional nursing organizations have a powerful stake in the future of our nation's health and, through the coalition, our collective voice would be heard. 


Weekly Digest

In the September 2018 issue of the Journal of Nursing Education, Dr. Amy J. Barton from the University of Colorado College of Nursing published an editorial titled "Improving Environments for Learning: Implications for Nursing Faculty." Inspired by her participation in an invitational meeting convened last April by the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation to develop recommendations for improving the learning environment in the health professions. Dr. Barton published this piece to share the recommendations developed and to continue the dialogue about creating exemplary learning environments. Faculty may also access the full Macy report on the conference proceedings, which is titled Improving Environments for Learning in the Health Professions.

AACN Updates

Dr. Darrell Kirch to Keynote ANLC Program with Chief Nursing Officers >>

CCNE Publishes New Installment of its 20th Anniversary Editorial Series >>

Make Plans Now to Attend the Executive Development Series in New Orleans! >>

Early Registration Ends October 12 for the IPEC Leadership Development Program >>


The Social Pulse

Duke University Nurse Leader Recognized for Diversity Efforts

Dr. Brigit Carter, Associate Dean at the Duke University School of Nursing, was recently named "Nurse of the Week" by Daily Nurse for her leadership in the university's programs for underrepresented minority students. Read more about her accomplishments and her work within the school of nursing's Academy for Academic and Social Enrichment and the Health Equity Academy here. Dr. Carter was recently appointed to AACN's newly formed Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Group, which will provide expert guidance on AACN's many diversity and inclusion initiatives.

Washington Weekly

In this edition of Washington Weekly: Conferenced opioid legislation includes provision authorizing APRNs to prescribe Medication-Assisted Treatments (MATs); Professor of Nursing, Dr. Christopher Friese, is appointed to the PCORI Governing Board; Join AACN's All of Us Research Program Mini-Grant informational call; and the CDC opened comments on the Surgeon General's call to action, "Community Health and Prosperity."


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