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

  • Finalized Opioids Package Awaits President’s Signature

    Advocacy, Policy— October 09, 2018

    The Senate passed the finalized comprehensive opioid package today by a vote of 98-1, which includes a provision that would permanently authorize NPs and PAs to prescribe Medication-Assisted Treatments (MATs) and provide a five-year authorization for the other three APRN roles to prescribe MATs. The legislative package also includes student loan repayment for the substance use disorder workforce in areas of national need. The House passed the conferenced opioid package by a vote of 393-8.

  • 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.