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AACN's Washington Weekly

Published November 03, 2021

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

RADM Susan Orsega, the recipient of the 2021 Policy Luminary Award | Our Featured Speaker: Chief Nurse Office Rear Admiral Mix | Dr. Leners, our Director of Policy presented about our partnership with NIH on the All of Us Research Program

2021 Academic Nursing Leadership Conference: AACN Advocacy and Policy Recap

This past weekend, AACN hosted the 2021 Academic Nursing Leadership Conference. Thank you to our AACN Advocates and members for your engagement throughout the past week! Below are a few highlights from the government affairs and policy perspective on the conference:

  • On Monday, October 25, our member school deans, directors, chairs, and associate deans/directors visited more than 214 Congressional offices to advocate for issues impacting academic nursing.
  • On Sunday, October 31, Chief Nurse Officer Rear Admiral Aisha Mix presented on advancing public health and prioritizing health equity.
  • The 2021 AACN Lois Capps Policy Luminary Award was presented to RADM Susan Orsega, Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Health and the U.S. Surgeon General. This annual award was created in 2009 to recognize leadership in advancing healthcare policy and the nursing profession at the federal level.

Consideration on Build Back Better Act Continues

On October 28, the House Democrats released a pared down version of the Build Back Better Act. This version is now estimated to be $1.75 trillion. This reconciliation package includes many academic nursing priorities, such as:

  • $170 million to Diversify the Nursing Workforce in Maternal and Perinatal Health: To award grants to schools of nursing to create more inclusive learning environments and expand the perinatal nursing workforce;
  • $200 million for Nurse Corps Programs: To support scholarship and loan repayment for nurses and nursing students working in underserved areas; and
  • Additional provisions that support the public health infrastructure, pandemic preparedness, maternal health, and address healthcare risks associated with climate change also were included.

To see the full bill, click here. For the Section-by-Section, click here.

AACN will continue to monitor this ongoing process as the Build Back Better Act moves through the House and Senate. Please follow @AACNPolicy for the latest updates.

Open Enrollment Began November 1

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