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Advocating for You and Your Neuroscience Patients

Through the leadership of AANN’s Advocacy Committee, AANN seeks to make your voice heard—advocating for the interests of neuroscience nurses and thus improving care and health outcomes for neuroscience patients and their families.

Publications

AANN provides legislative and advocacy tools to assist members with education and participation in the policy arena.

Advocacy Tool Kit

The purpose of the advocacy tool kit is to educate, inform, and encourage people interested in healthcare issues to become knowledgeable about the legislative process and become involved in health policy advocacy. Please use this information to take action to support neuroscience nurses to improve the nation's healthcare system.

Download the Advocacy Tool Kit

Integrating the IOM Future of Nursing Report into the AANN Strategic Plan

Download AANN's response to the 2010 IOM report to learn how the association plans to integrate the recommendations and inspire nurses to lead. Published March 2012.

Understanding the AANN Future of Nursing White Paper: Changes to AANN's Future

Use this PowerPoint created by the IOM Task Force to implement the AANN White Paper.

The Future of Nursing

View this presentation on 2010 IOM report and implications for neuroscience nursing by Joanne V. Hickey, PhD RN APRN ACNP-BC FCCM FAAN.

Position Statements

AANN has released the following position statements. Download the statements or their press releases for more information:

Initiatives and Activities

AANN partners with other organizations to provide members with the most current and relevant information.

The Nursing Community

AANN has decided to participate in The Nursing Community, a forum for national professional nursing associations to build consensus and advocate on a wide spectrum of healthcare and nursing issues, including practice, education, and research. This collaboration helps AANN address nursing issues.

Started in 2002 to help unify the voice of the profession on Capitol Hill, The Nursing Community has determined the funding request level for Title VII Nursing Workforce Development programs. Collectively, The Nursing Community is composed of 62 national nursing organizations that represent nearly one million practicing nurses, nursing students, and nursing faculty. To review the efforts of The Nursing Community, visit www.thenursingcommunity.org.

Nurse in Washington Internship

Each year, members of the Advocacy Committee represent AANN at the Nursing Organization Alliance (NOA) Nurse in Washington Internship (NIWI) held in Washington, DC. View the NOA website for details on NIWI.

Advocacy Committee

Policy Statement

AANN is committed to influencing legislation and public policy that advance neuroscience nursing as a specialty and excellence in patient care.

Scope

As the AANN defines the scope of its advocacy work, legislative and regulatory advocacy can include working on its own or in coalition on the development of policy statements on specific issues, educating or lobbying (i.e., making direct appeals to) policymakers on specific issues or proposals, endorsing or commenting on legislative or regulatory proposals or guideline statements, activating members to comment on a policy proposal, or tracking legislation and votes.

Purpose

Develop and implement the advocacy program that will allow AANN to respond to various endorsements and initiatives by following a systematic process to prioritize requests while defining advocacy activities that will be compatible with the mission, vision, and strategic direction of the association.

If you’d like to get more involved email the advocacy committee staff liaison, Olivia Schmit at oschmit@aann.org.