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AACN's Washington Weekly

Published February 19, 2020

Resolutions Honoring 2020 as the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife Introduced in Congress

AACN applauds the introduction of H. Res. 859 and S. Res. 500 supporting the goals and ideals of the “International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife.” These bipartisan resolutions recognize and honor the significant contributions nurses and midwives provide in communities across the globe and in our every corner of our nation. AACN commends Congresswoman and nurse, Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX), House Nursing Caucus Co-Chair Congressman David Joyce (R-OH), as well as Senate Nursing Caucus Co-Chairs Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Roger Wicker (R-MS) and a group of congressional cosponsors, for introducing these historic resolutions. AACN looks forward to celebrating current and future nurses throughout this historic year and for many years to come. 

Read AACN’s full press release here.

Countdown to AACN’s 2020 Student Policy Summit. Register Today!

AACN’s 2020 Student Policy Summit is nearly a month away! If you have students interested in attending this event, register them today by clicking here. This exciting three-day Summit, held in Washington, DC from March 22-24, provides baccalaureate and graduate nursing students the opportunity to participate in the federal legislative process and make academic nursing’s voice heard on Capitol Hill. Questions? Please contact AACN’s Government Affairs Assistant Payal Shah at We look forward to having your students join us next month!

Seeking Nominations: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force & Patient Engagement Advisory Committee

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is seeking new members for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF). The USPSTF is an independent body of experts that offers evidence-based recommendations to improve clinical preventive services for adults and children, including screening tests, counseling services, and preventive medications. Qualified applicants must demonstrate knowledge, expertise, and national leadership in research, clinical prevention, health promotion, and primary health care, as well as implementation of evidence-based recommendations in clinical practice. Please review all details on this nomination here. Nominations are due March 15.

The Food and Drug Administration is accepting nominations for voting members, excluding consumer representatives, to serve on the Patient Engagement Advisory Committee in the Center for Devices and Radiological Health. The Committee is looking for voting members that are knowledgeable in areas such as clinical research, patient experience, and healthcare needs of patient groups in the United States. They are also looking for individuals experienced in the work of patient and health professional organizations, scientific methodologies for patient-reported outcomes and eliciting patient preferences, and strategies for communicating benefits, risks, and clinical outcomes to patients and research subjects. More information about FDA advisory committee membership is available here. Nominations submitted by March 30 will be given first consideration

If you currently hold a faculty position, fit the criteria described above for the USPSTF or the Patient Engagement Advisory Committee, and are interested in being nominated by AACN and its ad hoc Nominations Consortium, please contact AACN Policy Manager Kate Priddy at by February 28.

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