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AACN's Washington Weekly

Published March 16, 2022

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

Congress Passes and the President Signs Fiscal Year 2022 Omnibus

On March 10, Congress passed H.R. 2471, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2022, which funds the federal government for the remainder of Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 and provides aid to Ukraine. This roughly $1.5 trillion spending package provides increased investments for nursing education and research, including:

  • $280.472 million for the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Development Programs, a $16 million or 6.05% increase over FY 2021 levels;
  • $180.862 million for the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR), a $5.905 million increase; and
  • $44.959 billion for the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

On Tuesday, the President signed this omnibus into law. AACN looks forward to working with Congress as they begin consideration of FY 2023 appropriations and to building upon this foundation to support the current and future nursing workforce. To see the bill text, explanatory statements, and other documents, click here. To read AACN’s press release on the passage of the FY 2022 omnibus, click here,  and for more detailed funding numbers for priority programs, see AACN’s FY 2022 Appropriations funding chart.

AACN Submits Comments on the National Health Security Strategy Request for Information

On March 9, AACN submitted comments to help inform the development of the 2023-2026 National Health Security Strategy (NHSS). In February, the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) within the U.S Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), requested public comments regarding the national health security threats, challenges, and promising practices to help aid in the development of the NHSS. In our comments, AACN highlighted the current nursing workforce shortage and recommended partnerships with nursing schools and more support of preceptor programs. To view AACN’s comments, click here.

Apply to HRSA’s Nurse Corps Scholarship Program

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) 2022 Nurse Corps Scholarship Program application cycle is now open! The Nurse Corps Scholarship pays for tuition, fees, and other educational costs. In return, after graduation, scholarship recipients work at a Critical Shortage Facility. Make sure to review the application and program guidance to learn about details and eligibility. The application is due May 5, 2022 at 7:30pm EST. For more information, click here.

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