AACN's Washington Weekly

Published February 05, 2020

Top Five Reasons to Attend AACN’s Student Policy Summit: Register Today!

Spots are filling up quickly for AACN’s 2020 Student Policy Summit, an exciting three-day conference, held in Washington, DC from March 22-24. This Summit allows nursing students from AACN member schools to be immersed in stimulating program sessions focused on the federal policy process and nursing’s role in professional advocacy. Don’t miss this opportunity to:

  1. Advocate on Capitol Hill: Join with Deans and Directors as they meet with congressional leaders on Capitol Hill.
  2. Elevate Your Voice: Champion issues that truly matter to you, your education, your patients, and your community.
  3. Meet the Experts: Engage firsthand with federal legislative and policy experts.
  4. Build Your Professional Network: Connect with fellow nursing students from across the nation.
  5. Get Credit: Receive 8.25 hours of Continuing Education credits.

Register today, so you do not miss this wonderful opportunity!

Questions? Please contact AACN’s Government Affairs Assistant, Payal Shah at pshah@aacnnursing.org.

Nursing Voices, Nursing Votes: Counting Down to the 2020 Election

As we countdown to the 2020 Election, AACN is excited to continue Nursing Voices, Nursing Votes. This nonpartisan initiative informs AACN members, deans, faculty, and students on upcoming caucus and primary dates, voter registration deadlines, and additional state-by-state voting resources. Join the conversation, #NursingVoicesNursingVotes, by following @AACNPolicy and @AACNursing for election reminders and sign up using AACN’s online form to highlight your engagement during this election cycle.

Nurses Use Healthcare Automation to Help Patients Navigate the Healthcare Maze

On January 29, AACN attended a POLITICO panel discussion on the difficulties patients have navigating the healthcare system. The panel consisted of four speakers, including Representative Mark DeSaulnier (D-CA) and Bob McNellis, Senior Advisor for Primary Care at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, as well as others within the community.

Panelists highlighted ways to transform toward a more patient-centered system with greater partnership between patient and provider. One panelist, James Dias, Founder and CEO of Wellbe Inc., talked about their cloud-based platform, where nurses can serve as navigators by helping patients prepare for surgeries or treatments, aid in following discharge instructions, and continuing a follow-up with their providers.

AACN supports advancing sustainable models of care through innovations that will lead to a healthier nation. As healthcare costs increase and more individuals have multiple health conditions, supporting patients to better manage their own health is a core tenant of nursing care.