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AACN's Washington Weekly

Published May 11, 2022

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Happy National Nurses Week!

On May 10, Senate Nursing Caucus Co-Chairs, Sens. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Roger Wicker (R-MS) along with Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX-30), one of the nurses in Congress, and House Nursing Caucus Co-Chair Rep. David Joyce (R-OH-14) introduced a bicameral, bipartisan resolution that honors National Nurses Week. They were joined by more than 25 Senators and more than 40 Representatives to support the current and future nursing workforce. To view the press release, click here and for a copy of the resolution, visit here.

In addition, AACN participated in a Virtual Congressional Briefing and roundtable discussion on nursing education, workforce, and research priorities. This event was hosted by the Nursing Community Coalition (NCC) and had more than 100 attendees from Capitol Hill and beyond in attendance. This briefing comes as AACN joined 61 other nursing organizations sending a letter to all members of Congress highlighted our shared legislative requests, including the cosponsoring and passage of the FAAN Act. To read the NCC letter, click here.

As Nurses Week continues, please follow @AACNPolicy as we celebrate National Nurses Week and thank you for all you do!

NINR Releases 2022-2026 Strategic Plan

On May 6, the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) announced the release of the new 2022-2026 Strategic Plan. The plan will guide the institute for the next four years, outlining key priorities such as health equity, prevention and health promotion, and systems of care. NINR has been developing the plan throughout the past year after seeking feedback from organizations, such as AACN, who submitted formal recommendations last summer. The plan seeks to strengthen efforts to create and disseminate important nursing research that will inform public policy and enhance our nation’s healthcare system. To read NINR’s 2022-2026 Strategic Plan, click here.

AACN attends Bipartisan Policy Center Webinar on Nursing Workforce Shortage

On May 10, AACN attended the Bipartisan Policy Center virtual event “Shoring up the Nursing Workforce: What Policies Can Get Us Back on Track?” Speakers at the event included former AACN Health Policy Advisory Council Chair Dr. Polly Pittman who discussed nursing workforce pipeline restraints, career burnout, and “hero fatigue” stemming from the media narrative of the profession during the pandemic. Potential solutions proposed included tuition and loan assistance, wage increases, and flexible scheduling. To watch the event, click here.

Happy National Nurses Week! | As we celebrate the 202nd Birthday of Florence Nightingale, we honor our nursing deans, faculty, and students for leading the way. thank you for all you do! | #nationalnursesweek

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