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AACN's Washington Weekly

Published March 04, 2020

Take Action: Urge Your Representative to Sign “Dear Colleague” Letter Supporting Title VIII

A bipartisan “Dear Colleague” letter urging the House Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee to provide the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Development programs with $278 million for FY 2021 is being circulated in the House of Representatives. Ask your Representative to support Title VIII funding by signing the bipartisan “Dear Colleague” Letter before March 9. Every signature counts!

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Congressional Briefing Looks at “Vaping—A Preventable Tragedy”

On March 3, AACN attended a congressional briefing hosted by the Oncology Nursing Society, National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, and the National Association of School Nurses titled “Vaping—A Preventable Tragedy.” As the House of Representatives passed H.R.2339, the Protecting American Lungs and Reversing the Youth Tobacco Epidemic Act of 2020 last week, this briefing continued the discussion of the healthcare impacts of vaping, especially on our nation’s youth, and the role of nurses, healthcare providers, and the government in responding to this public health crisis.

In addition to having nursing organizations and the Administration speak to this issue, attendees also heard from Representatives Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL-08) and Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL-23). Representative Krishnamoorthi shared his passion for tackling the problem and cited youth vaping as the greatest public health crisis facing America today. In fact, according to the Youth Tobacco Survey, the use of e-cigarettes continues to climb, citing more than 27% of youth reporting the use of these devices. Moreover, as of January 21, 2020 more than 2,700 people have been hospitalized due to e-cigarette product use-associated lung injury. AACN is appreciative of the efforts made to inform individuals on the details of the youth vaping epidemic and how the crisis impacts American’s youth.

Countdown to AACN’s 2020 Student Policy Summit: Registration and Webinar Updates

With AACN’s 2020 Student Policy Summit fast approaching, we are officially announcing that registration has been expanded to allow more than two students per school to attend. Should you have additional students interested in attending this exciting three-day conference, please let us know by clicking here. The Student Policy Summit is open to baccalaureate and graduate nursing students enrolled at an AACN member school. Please note that students must receive their dean’s permission to attend.  

The next Student Policy Summit Webinar for attendees, “Preparing for a Successful Student Policy Summit,” will be held on Wednesday, March 11 from 3:00 PM- 4:00 PM EST. This webinar is the second in the series of preparatory material targeted to the attendees of the Summit. To register, and for more information on this webinar, click here. Cannot watch live? Both webinars will be archived just before the Summit for viewing purposes. The first webinar of the series “A Civics Refresher: Overview of the 116th Congress and the Policy Process” can be found here.

Questions? Please contact AACN’s Government Affairs Assistant, Payal Shah at

Hill Day Hub: Your Online Advocacy Resource

AACN’s 2020 Spring Advocacy Day will take place on Monday, March 23 during the Deans Annual Meeting and Student Policy Summit. To assist deans and students in their advocacy efforts, AACN has provided a Hill Day “Hub” webpage, which will include valuable information and resources for AACN members to use whether they are attending in-person Capitol Hill visits, or participating virtually as an AACN Advocate. Remember to follow us at @AACNPolicy on Twitter and use the hashtags #AACNAdvocate and #AACNSPS2020.

Not joining us in Washington, D.C.? AACN Advocates will be able to help from home via an AACN Action Alert that will be sent on March 23. The message will reiterate the Congressional requests being communicated on Capitol Hill. Every voice counts!

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