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AACN's Washington Weekly

Published April 07, 2021

AACN Attends Meeting with the Director of NINR

On April 1, AACN attended a Research!America meeting featuring Dr. Shannon Zenk, Director of the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR). In her presentation, Dr. Zenk discussed her background as a nurse and how working with low-income communities motivated her to apply her skills towards researching social determinants of health. She also highlighted the continued disparities of COVID-19, including infection rate, fatality rate, and vaccine hesitancy on communities of color, particularly in low-income neighborhoods. Additionally, Dr. Zenk emphasized how nursing’s holistic approach is ideally suited to address ongoing health disparities and other societal health challenges. To view the discussion, click here

National Health Service Corps Funding Opportunities Now Open

The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) has announced the application process for many of their programs is now open. This includes:

This announcement comes as the American Rescue Plan Act (H.R. 1319), which was signed into law on March 11, 2021, included $800 million in supplemental funding for NHSC as part of ongoing COVID-19 pandemic relief efforts. The deadline for applications is May 6, 2021 at 7:30 pm EDT. For more information, eligibility requirements, and to apply, click here.

Highlights from AACN’s 2021 Virtual Student Policy Summit

AACN’s 2021 Virtual Student Policy Summit was a record-breaking event with over 370 baccalaureate and graduate nursing students from 36 states and 71 schools. From March 1-31, students attended recorded and live sessions focused on the federal policy process and nursing’s role in professional advocacy. Speakers included Dr. Shannon Zenk, Director of the National Institute of Nursing Research, former Congressman Alan Wheat, and Dr. Susan Hassmiller of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Director of the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action. During the Summit, students were able to interact directly with live speakers as well as attend networking sessions to “meet” their peers across the country and exchange best practices. Below are some highlights from our esteemed speakers. Thank you again for participating in this year’s virtual offering, and we look forward to another successful Summit in 2022!

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