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AACN's Washington Weekly

Published December 11, 2019

AACN Reiterates Funding Requests to Appropriators


On December 5, AACN sent a letter to House and Senate appropriators reiterating our funding requests, including: (1) at least $259.472 million or up to $279.472 million for existing Title VIII Nursing Workforce Development Programs, which is aligned with the House-passed Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (LHHS-ED) appropriations bill;  and (2) at least $172.417 million for the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) as outlined in the Senate-proposed LHHS-ED appropriations bill in Fiscal Year (FY) 2020. Additionally, AACN highlighted the importance of the Nurse Faculty Loan Program and supported the monies included in the House-passed LHHS-ED bill for gun violence research. This letter was sent as appropriators are hoping to finalize and come to agreement on FY 2020 funding levels before the current deadline of December 20. Read the full letter here.


AACN Honors the 25th Anniversary of the Student Aid Alliance


On December 4, AACN attended a commemorative breakfast celebrating 25 successful years of the Student Aid Alliance (SAA), a coalition of more than 80 higher education organizations in support of federal student aid. AACN is proud to be a member of the coalition as well as a supporter of SAA’s Save Student Aid campaign. During the breakfast, a bipartisan group of Representatives, who support and recognize the importance of Student Aid, addressed the group. Those present included Representative Tom Cole (R-OK-04), Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, who kicked off the remarks by highlighting the impact these programs have on students within his district and across the nation. In addition, Representative Marc Veasy (D-TX-33), a Pell Grant recipient himself, reflected on the deep impact the Pell Grant Program has on students in rural and underserved areas. For more information on what the Student Aid Alliance supports, click here.

Non-Opioid Choice Advocates Present Solutions at Summit


On December 5, the nonpartisan coalition, Voices for Non-Opioid Choices, of which AACN is a member, hosted “Solutions Summit: Policies to Address Acute Pain and Opioid Addiction in America” in Washington, DC. During the summit, healthcare providers, patients, and other stakeholders discussed the need for policy changes to prevent addiction and counteract the over-prescription of opioids devastating communities across the country. Solutions presented advocated for improved incentives for various pain management options and pain management protocols as well as education and training for providers to combat the status quo.

Among the speakers was Dr. Bruce Schoneboom, Associate Dean at Johns Hopkins School of Nursing and current member of the Department of Health and Human Services Inter-Agency Pain Management Best Practices Task Force. Dr. Schoneboom presented the task force’s final report and recommendations, which addresses pain management education for the healthcare professions. Download and share the Report on Pain Management Best Practices: Updates, Gaps, Inconsistencies, and Recommendations  and final report resource kit.

See AACN’s comments on AACN Comments on Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force Draft Report.


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