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AACN's Washington Weekly

Published October 27, 2021

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AACN’s Fall 2021 Virtual Hill Day Recap

On October 25, AACN members went to more than 214 virtual hill meetings from 47 states and Washington DC, as we advocated on behalf of academic nursing. This virtual event was held prior to the Academic Nursing Leadership Conference (ANLC), which will take place this weekend (October 30-November 1). Collectively, participants advocated for Senators and Representatives to:

  • Cosponsor and pass the Future Advancement of Academic Nursing (FAAN) Act (S.246/H.R. 851): Invests in schools of nursing to ensure nursing education pathways remain strong during all public health challenges;
  • Cosponsor and pass the Student Assisted Vaccination Effort (SAVE) Act (S.2114/H.R.5699): A bipartisan bill that makes permanent the ability of health professions students to administer vaccines during a federally declared public health emergency. The House companion bill was introduced over the weekend and arrived just as our AACN members “went” to the Hill.
  • Support at least $314.472 million for Title VIII Nursing Workforce Development Programs and at least $200.782 million for the National Institute of Nursing Research in Fiscal Year (FY) 2022.

Additionally, AACN Advocates joined the conversation and sent more than 230 messages to Capitol Hill, asking Congress to prioritize support for academic nursing as we continue to confront current and future public health challenges.

Missed the virtual event? Take action today on these key issues by visiting AACN’s Take Action page.

Thank you again, and we look forward to continuing our work together as we elevate academic nursing!

Funds from the American Rescue Plan to be used to Address Healthcare Workforce Shortage

On October 14, the White House announced $100 million in funds will be directed to the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) to help address the healthcare workforce shortage. The NHSC offers loan repayments and scholarships to clinicians in exchange for multiple years of service in areas that have a health professional shortage. States may apply for funding until April 2022. For more information, click here.

Request for Information: AHRQ's Role in Climate Change and Environmental Justice

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) requests comments on how they can have the greatest impact in addressing climate change. Specifically, AHRQ is looking for information on how to build resilience within the healthcare system, increase sustainability, and address environmental justice issues. Learn more or submit a comment here by December 13, 2021.

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