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AACN's Washington Weekly

Published September 23, 2020

AACN Participates in Rally for Medical Research’s Virtual Hill Day

On September 16 and 17, AACN proudly joined our colleagues for the 2020 Rally for Medical Research Virtual Reception and Hill Day. Along with AACN, more than 300 organizations and courageous individuals joined this year’s event to advocate for continued congressional funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH). AACN joined advocates, researchers, and educators to meet with House and Senate offices to reinforce these important requests. Specifically, we emphasized the need for sustained and increased funding for the National Institute of Nursing Research and highlighted the amazing work of nurse scientists and nurse researchers. AACN also explained the importance of continued investment in all of NIH that leads to lifesaving treatments and cures for many diseases. For more information on Rally for Medical Research, click here.

U.S. House Passes ‘Clean’ Spending Bill

On September 22, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a ‘clean’ Continuing Resolution (CR) by a vote of 359-57.  This bill comes eight days before the September 30 deadline and would extend the current fiscal year (FY) 2020 spending levels until December 11 for federal programs, including those important to AACN. This stopgap also includes a new provision that would allow uniformed officers of the Commission Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service, many of whom are nurses and on active deployment, to accrue leave they have earned. Without this provision, these brave men and women would have lost leave while members of the other branches of the uniformed services were allowed to carry their leave over until September 30, 2023. This bill now heads to the Senate for further consideration. For a look at current funding levels and what we are working on for FY 2021 appropriations, click here

Mark Your Calendar: Register Today for AACN’s Webinar on National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Grant Opportunity

On September 30 at 2:00 pm, AACN will host a webinar titled NIDA Grant Opportunity: How to Elevate Your Career and Help the Community. Register today to hear directly from three previous NIDA grant awardees as they share their experiences on how this grant impacted their career and community in the fight against Substance Use Disorders (SUD). Attendees also will learn about upcoming NIDA mentored training awards to support graduate students (master's, doctoral (DNP, PhD), or post-doctoral) from an AACN member school who are focusing on SUD treatment practices in health care. Up to two $10,000 grants are available for the selected awardee(s) who develops a project that will advance research, dissemination, and adoption of evidence-based SUD treatment practices.  Click here to learn more and register for this webinar today.

Department of Education Announces New Distance Learning Regulations to Better Respond to the Needs of Diverse Students

On August 24, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced the publication of final rules for Distance Learning and Innovation. The Department has been working on these regulations for over a year in response to Secretary DeVos’ call for institutions, educators, and policymakers to “rethink higher education” while innovating educational opportunity and reducing costs for students and schools. Some of the tangible outcomes these regulations aim to achieve are: the creation of a new, student-centric system for disbursing Title IV; Higher Education Act (HEA) assistance to students in subscription-based programs; simplifying of the requirements for direct assessment programs, including how to determine equivalent credit hours; and allowing clock hour programs to utilize innovative learning models. The regulations become effective on July 1, 2021. For more details on these new regulations, click here.

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