AACN's Washington Weekly

Published August 14, 2019

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AACN Leads Nurse Nominations to Federal Advisory Committees

Since July 2018, AACN has been the convener of the Nominations Consortium. Through this ad hoc consortium, AACN collaborates with fellow nursing organizations to identify and nominate experts in the nursing field for membership on federal advisory committees. While individuals interested in serving on federal committees may also self-nominate, the consortium provides a unified voice that has had a successful track record. In fact, since AACN initiated the consortium, we are pleased to report that 20 percent of AACN-led nominations have been selected to serve.

For those interested in appointments to advisory committees or the nomination process, solicitations are updated daily on federalregister.gov. Candidates supported by AACN will be asked to submit an updated CV and biosketch highlighting their expertise in the field associated with the appointment. For more information, contact Dr. Colleen Leners, AACN Director of Policy at cleners@aacnnursing.org, or Kate Priddy, Policy Manager at kpriddy@aacnnursing.org.

AACN Participates in Primary Care Stakeholder Meeting

On August 9, AACN was invited to participate in the Primary Care Stakeholder Meeting held by the Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA). This meeting focused on interprofessional industry insight on how to improve workforce distribution and transform healthcare delivery in rural and underserved areas. Topics of discussion covered primary care education and training, including a presentation by Dr. Barbara Brandt, Director of the National Center on Interprofessional Practice & Education. AACN continues to work closely with HRSA to ensure strong nursing workforce programs in primary care settings and to increase access to high-quality, affordable care.

The Bipartisan Policy Center Hosts Discussion on Rural Health Care

On August 13, AACN staff participated in the Bipartisan Policy Center’s (BPC) discussion on the future of health care in rural areas. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA), along with an impressive bipartisan panel of health care professionals, discussed how to ensure access to high quality health care in rural America. Much of the discussion focused on telehealth and patient access to providers through technology and new models of care. This discussion was held in conjunction with the BPC’s Rural Health Task Force initiative. Watch the full conversation here.