Published February 09, 2022
AACN Submits Comments on PREVENT Pandemic Act Discussion Draft
At the end of January, the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee released a discussion draft and section-by-section of the bipartisan Prepare for and Respond to Existing Viruses, Emerging New Threats, and Pandemics Act (PREVENT Pandemics Act). In addition, the HELP Committee invited the public to submit comments on the draft legislation. In response to this request, AACN joined with the Federation of Associations of Schools of the Health Professions (FASHP) by sending comments urging the inclusion of the Student Assisted Vaccination Efforts (SAVE) Act to the PREVENT Pandemics Act. AACN also sent our own response to the discussion draft, which highlighted the need for the FAAN Act and mental health resources. AACN reiterated the importance of nurse scientists and researchers, and called for strengthening the current and future public health workforce. To read AACN’s comments, click here. We look forward to working with the Committee as they continue their efforts to finalize the pandemic preparedness bill.
AACN Attends Public Service Loan Forgiveness Informational Webinar
On February 2, AACN attended a technical webinar hosted by the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Coalition. This webinar is part of an ongoing series providing updates and answering questions on the PSLF and the Department of Education's Temporary Waiver announced on October 6, 2021. The next webinar is scheduled for March 2, 2022 at 12:00 pm EST. For further information, view the PSLF fact sheet here and click here to view the past and upcoming webinars.
Biden-Harris Administration Relaunches Cancer Moonshot
On February 4, the Biden-Harris Administration relaunched the Cancer Moonshot, which aims to reduce cancer by at least 50% over the next 25 years. This initiative also seeks to support patients and families as they live with and survive cancer. The Administration encourages cancer screenings that were sidelined because of the pandemic. You can view President Biden’s remarks here, the fact sheet here, and the Cancer Moonshot website here.
Register today for AACN’s 2022 Student Policy Summit!
Reserve your spot today for the upcoming in-person Student Policy Summit taking place March 27-28, 2022, at the Park Hyatt in Washington, DC. Baccalaureate and graduate nursing students enrolled at an AACN member institution may participate to learn more about the policy process from leading experts. For more detailed information, the current agenda, or to register, visit the Student Policy Summit website. We look forward to seeing everyone in March!