The AAACN Advocacy Committee makes recommendations for legislative priorities to the AAACN Board of Directors.
The Advocacy Committee also develops position statements on important legislative issues that affect your practice and patients, and is a source of information for legislation that will have an influence on how ambulatory care is provided in this country. Learn more below about our advocacy efforts and how members can get involved.
Members of the Advocacy Committee review legislative initiatives related to nursing practice on an ongoing basis. Through AAACN's involvement with the Nursing Community Coalition, a forum for professional nursing organizations to collaborate on a wide spectrum of healthcare and nursing issues, including practice, education, and research, the team reviews and determines if AAACN should support, or not support legislation that will affect AAACN members, and the practice of ambulatory care nursing.
AAACN has endorsed the following Nursing Community Coalition's (NCC) legislative initiatives:
- (June 2023) View recent Advocacy Committee sign-ons (14+).
- (September 2022) View recent Advocacy Committee sign-ons (36+).
Additionally, the Advocacy Committee seeks out opportunities to promote the value of the RN in legislation.
We realize that many AAACN members are interested in learning how they can advocate for the nursing profession, ambulatory care nurses, or themselves. There are several ways for you to have your voice heard on Capitol Hill.
• Contact your Congressional leaders personally. Your leaders have local offices, and you can schedule a meeting with them or one of their office staff members to discuss issues being considered in Washington that affect nurses.
• Contact any member of the Advocacy Committee with questions related to current legislation or ways you can advocate for ambulatory care nurses. We are here to help, and we welcome your dedication to your nursing practice and the future.
The following articles address the role of the nurse in the legislative process, how a bill becomes a law, and the basics of lobbying. Links to legislative resources are also provided.
- American Mobile
- National Nurses United
- United States Government Bills on Govtrack
- United States House of Representatives - Provides information on committees, representation, schedules and summaries of House floor debates, and information on contacting elected representatives.
- United States Senate - Senators, Committee Records, and schedules.
- The White House - Provides information on current issues, applications for appointments, cabinet members, opportunities for email updates and live chats with government officials.