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AACN's Washington Weekly

Published December 08, 2021

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AACN Sends Letter to Senators Urging Inclusion of Nursing Provisions in the Build Back Better Act

This week, AACN sent a letter to all Senators urging them to preserve academic nursing provisions in their version of the Build Back Better Act, including:

  • $500 million for Schools of Nursing in Underserved Areas: Similar to the Future Advancement of Academic Nursing (FAAN) Act, this section would provide much needed resources to support nursing schools, faculty, and students.
  • $500 million for the Nurse Corps: To support scholarships and loan repayment assistance for nurses at a healthcare facility with a critical shortage or nurse faculty at an accredited school of nursing.
  • $170 million to Grow and Diversify the Nursing Workforce in Maternal and Perinatal Health.

We need your help! Ask your Senators to keep these crucial investments in nursing education and the workforce in any final bill passed by the Senate. Send a message to your Senators today!

Biden Administration Announces COVID-19 Guidance in Response to New Variant

On December 2, President Biden unveiled a new domestic plan for COVID-19 during the winter season of 2021-2022. The plan includes an extension of the mask mandate on public transportation until March 2022, tighter restrictions for air travel entering the US, and efforts to increase vaccination rates in all qualifying adults and children. Much remains unknown about the newly discovered Omicron variant, and AACN will continue to monitor policy and research on this subject.  View the recorded message from the President here.

Federal Government Shutdown Adverted: President Signs Continuing Resolution

On December 3, the President signed a Continuing Resolution (CR) into law, which funds the federal government at last fiscal year levels until February 18, 2022. Congress will continue to work on their appropriations in the hopes of finding a bipartisan solution. View the current AACN Funding Chart for Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 here.

 

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