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AACN's Washington Weekly

Published March 24, 2021

2021 Deans Annual Meeting: AACN Policy and Advocacy Recap

As the virtual 2021 Deans Annual Meeting concludes, we want to thank our AACN Advocates, members, and students for their engagement. Below are a few highlights from the government affairs and policy lens.

Nursing Experts Speak at Deans Annual Meeting

One of the highlights of this year’s conference was the panel discussion on academic nursing and the ever-changing policy landscape, moderated by Mary K. Wakefield, PhD, RN, FAAN, Co-Chair of the National Academy of Medicine Committee on the Future of Nursing 2020-2030 Report and a member of President Biden’s transition team. Dr. Wakefield was joined by nursing experts and panelists, including Patricia Pittman PhD, FAAN; Betty Rambur, PhD, RN, FAAN; and Susan Birch, MBA, BSN, RN. These panelists outlined needs within public health, pressing issues relating to cost in the U.S. healthcare system, and how nursing schools, deans, and faculty play a role in developing and educating the next generation of our nation’s nursing workforce.

Dr. Philip Greiner Receives the 2020 AACN Advocate of the Year Award

Congratulations to Philip Greiner, DNSc, RN, Director of San Diego State University’s School of Nursing, recipient of the 2020 AACN Advocate of the Year Award. The award is granted annually during the Deans Annual Meeting to one distinguished member whose advocacy over the past year has promoted academic nursing’s priorities in the federal sphere. AACN recognizes Dr. Greiner’s steadfast advocacy for our nation’s nursing students and the profession by being a State Grassroots Liaison, a former member of AACN’s Board of Directors and Government Affairs Committee, attending biannual Capitol Hill visits, and encouraging students to participate in AACN’s Student Policy Summits. AACN applauds his leadership in strengthening the federal investment in nursing education, research, and practice. Thank you, Dr. Greiner, for all you do!

AACN’s Spring 2021 Virtual Hill Day

AACN was joined by more than 250 deans, directors, and chairs from 44 states as we advocated on behalf of academic nursing during our Spring 2021 virtual Hill visits. Collectively, participants attended nearly 170 meetings advocating for their Senators and Representatives to:

  • Cosponsor and pass the Future Advancement of Academic Nursing (FAAN) Act (S.246/H.R. 851);
  • Support at least $530 million for Title VIII Nursing Workforce Development Programs in FY 2022;
  • Support at least $193 million for the National Institute of Nursing Research in FY 2022; and
  • Include schools of nursing, deans, faculty, and students in all public health infrastructure and higher education proposals.

Additionally, AACN Advocates, including Student Policy Summit attendees, joined the conversation and sent more than 400 messages to Capitol Hill, asking Congress to prioritize support for academic nursing as we continue to confront current and future public health challenges.

Thank you again, everyone. We look forward to continuing our work together as we elevate academic nursing!

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