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AACN's Washington Weekly

Published September 11, 2019

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Call for Proposals: NIDA-AACN Mentored Training Award in SUD Treatment 

As a result of AACN’s continued collaboration with NIDA, we are proud to announce the opportunity to award two $10,000 grants to graduate students (master’s, doctoral, or post-doctoral) from an accredited program (or PhD program) at an AACN member school. These grants support projects focusing on research, dissemination, and adoption of evidence-based substance use disorder (SUD) treatment practices in health care. Applicants are encouraged to develop projects that address or improve current gaps in the dissemination of research findings or implementation/adoption of evidence-based treatment practices. The awardee will have an opportunity give a poster presentation of project results at an AACN conference. 

The joint NIDA-AACN award is supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) within the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and sponsored by AACN. These awards seek the development of expertise in substance use disorders (SUDs) through completion of a mentored experience and project that utilizes existing evidence-based treatment science. The AACN-NIDA partnership has awarded $30,000 to AACN members schools over the last three years. 

View the Call for Proposals. The application deadline is November 4, 2019. Apply here

Looking Ahead: AACN’s 2019 Fall Advocacy Day

For those attending AACN’s Academic Nursing Leadership Conference (ANLC), don’t forget to sign up for our Capitol Hill Day & Congressional Reception on Monday, October 21. This event is an excellent opportunity to meet your Senators, Representatives, and their staff to share top legislative priorities impacting nursing education, practice, and research. 

If you are unable to join us on Capitol Hill, you can still get involved by being an AACN Advocate! As an advocate, you will receive email updates on our virtual advocacy day to join your colleagues in advocating for on issues important to academic nursing. All AACN Advocates receive action alerts and our weekly newsletter, Washington Weekly, to keep you informed on policy developments and the latest nursing news from Washington, DC. 

Help Save Federal Student Loan Programs 

While Congress continues negotiations about the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA), AACN is committed to ensuring that our federal policy priorities – sustainability, inclusivity, and innovation – are included in any reauthorization. In AACN’s 2017 Student Debt Survey, we found that 69% of nursing students took at loans, and 57% planned on utilizing the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. We need your help to preserve federal student loan programs and ensure the inclusion of all nursing students, particularly master’s and doctoral students, when considering aggregate borrowing limits.

Please complete our brief Federal Student Loan Survey to help AACN understand your experience with federal student loans and/or grants.

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