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AACN's Washington Weekly

Published September 29, 2021

American Association of College of Nursing - Washington Weekly - Your Inside Track to Federal Policy

AACN Participates in 2021 Rally for Medical Research’s Virtual Hill Day

On September 23, AACN proudly joined our colleagues for the 2021 Rally for Medical Research Virtual Hill Day. Along with AACN, more than 400 organizations and individuals joined this year’s event to advocate for continued congressional funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH). In these meetings, AACN emphasized the need for sustained and increased funding for the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) and highlighted the groundbreaking work of our nurse scientists. In addition, we highlighted how these resources are invaluable to ensure the pathway for future researchers remains strong. AACN looks forward to continued efforts as we advocate for NINR and NIH. For more information on Rally for Medical Research, click here.

U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps Service Recognition Included in House Passed National Defense Authorization Act

On September 23, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 4350, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2022. This legislation included the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps Service Recognition Amendment, which would provide nurses who served as members of the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps during World War II with honorable discharge from the Department of Defense, a service medal, and graveside marker. The House sponsor of the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps Service Recognition Act (H.R. 2568/S.1220), Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (D-IL-17), offered this amendment. To read Rep. Bustos’ press release, click here.

AACN has been a steadfast supporter of this bipartisan effort. In fact, since June, AACN Advocates have sent more than 500 messages to their members of Congress urging passage of this important legislation. The NDAA avenue is just one pathway to passage, as Senate Veterans’ Affairs already advanced this bill out of committee earlier this year. AACN will continue to monitor the advancement of U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps Service Recognition Act and looks forward to working with the House and Senate to ensure this bill becomes law.

Due October 1: Apply for a $10,000 All of Us Research Program Mini-Grant Award

Applications are due this Friday for four $10,000 All of Us Research Program grants. The NIH-funded program highlights the important need for more individuals from underrepresented communities to participate in biomedical research. Your school’s participation will have a direct impact on advancing cutting-edge cures and precision medicine. Learn more about the program via video here. For further information and the application, click here.

You're Invited! Monday, October 4, 2021, 4:00-5:00 PM (ET). Virtual Congressional Briefing on the Future of Nursing 2020-2030 Report: Charting a path to achieve health equity. Click Here to register today!

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