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AACN's Washington Weekly

Published October 23, 2019

2019 Capitol Hill Day: AACN Members Advocate for Nursing Education & Workforce 


Thank you to all AACN advocates for taking time to meet with your federal legislators during AACN’s 2019 Capitol Hill Day! AACN members have an invaluable and long-term impact in Washington, DC, ensuring that federal policies support our nursing education and workforce priorities. View highlights of AACN’s Capitol Hill Day, Congressional Reception, and 50th Anniversary Gala in our 2019 Fall Advocacy Day infographic


Representative Underwood Makes Historic Proclamation Honoring AACN   

“AACN has been the leader for nursing education in Congress…We’re going to get Title VIII across the finish line!”

– Rep. Lauren Underwood (D-IL-14)

At the Congressional Reception, Representative Lauren Underwood (D-IL-14) presented a copy of Congressional Record honoring AACN’s 50th Anniversary. Congresswoman Underwood recognized AACN for its leadership in educating the nursing workforce, commitment to advancing research, and dedication to driving excellence in academic nursing. She spoke to our rich history, visionary leaders, and steady hand at guiding healthcare and higher education policy throughout the past five decades. 

Read the official Congressional Record honoring AACN’s 50th Anniversary.

Dr. Sally Cohen Receives 2019 Lois Capps Policy Luminary Award

Sally Cohen, PhD, RN, FAAN, Clinical Professor at the New York University Rory Meyers College of Nursing, received the 2019 AACN Lois Capps Policy Luminary Award, on Monday, October 21, during AACN’s Academic Nursing Leadership Conference. The annual award was created in 2009 to recognize monumental leadership in advancing health care policy and the nursing profession at the federal level.

AACN recognized Dr. Cohen for her exceptional contributions to the nursing workforce and health policy over the years. In addition to her commitment to advancing sound policies, including legislation impacting care coverage, bullying prevention, and the rights of children, Dr. Cohen is a leading exemplar of successful integration of health policy into nursing education. AACN sincerely thanks Dr. Cohen for empowering future generations of nurses to be lifelong advocates for our most vital issues. 

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