Policy & Advocacy Past 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.

  • 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.”

  • AACN's Response to H.R. 6 Passing in the House

    Policy— June 22, 2018

    AACN, AANA, AANP, ACNM, and ANA congratulates Chairman Walden (R-OR), Chairman Brady (R-TX), Ranking Member Pallone (D-NJ), Ranking Member Neal (D-MA), Congressman Tonko (D-NY), and Congressman Lujan (D-NM), for their tireless work to pass H.R. 6, the 

    Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment (SUPPORT) for Patients and Communities Act.

  • AACN Welcomes New Director of Government Affairs

    Advocacy— June 20, 2018

    We are excited to announce that Rachel Stevenson, MA has joined AACN as the Director of Government Affairs. Rachel has experience working both in Congress and on Congressional campaigns, which will bring a wealth of expertise to AACN’s advocacy portfolio. She will be the lead staff advancing the Association’s federal policy agenda in Congress by working with AACN’s Government Affairs Committee, State Grassroots Liaisons, and the University Government Relations Collaborative. 

  • AACN Joins with Nursing Groups to Issue Statement on Immigration Policies

    Policy— June 19, 2018

    In response to the issue of immigrant children being separated from their parents at our nation's borders, AACN has joined with the Nursing Community Coalition to send a letter below to the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security requesting immediate action be taken to address this healthcare concern. AACN and 32 additional national nursing organizations—representing a cross-section of nursing education, research, practice, and regulation—remain concerned that this policy is detrimental to the health of immigrant children.

  • Senate HELP Committee Hearing on Healthcare Workforce

    Policy— May 24, 2018

    Dr. Julie Sanford, Director and Professor at James Madison University (JMU) School of Nursing and a member of AACN’s Government Affairs Committee, testified in front of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee during a hearing titled, “The Healthcare Workforce: Addressing Shortages and Improving Care.”

  • AACN Partners with NIH on All of Us Grant Program

    Policy— April 18, 2018

    AACN recently released a call for applications for the 2018 All of Us Research Program awarding up to seven mini-grants. The purpose of this grant is to raise awareness of the National Institutes of Health All of Us program, which sheds light onto underrepresented communities in biomedical research through engagement in the academic nursing community. Read more.

  • AACN’s 2018 Spring Advocacy Day

    Advocacy— April 06, 2018

    On March 26, AACN’s Advocacy Day broke record attendance with 371 member deans, directors, chairs, and students visiting more than 120 Congressional offices on Capitol Hill. AACN members attending the Deans Annual Meeting and students participating in the Student Policy Summit convened in Washington, DC to educate federal legislators on programs and legislation impacting nursing education, research, and care delivery.