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Nursing Community Coalition Letter Supporting Directive 1899 and Full Practice Authority for CRNAs at the VA

Forty-seven members of the Nursing Community Coalition sent a letter to the Administration  supporting the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Directive 1899 to remove barriers to practice and allow for Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) to practice to the full extent of their education and abilities.

Read the full letter here. (PDF download from www.thenursingcommunity.org website)

47 Nursing Organizations Seek to Remove Practice Barriers in the VA

For immediate release: May 19, 2020
For more information, contact: AANA Public Relations

Park Ridge (AANA)
—In a letter today to U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and leaders of the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs and Veterans Health Administration, the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) partnered with 47 national nursing organizations to request support for the Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Directive 1899 to permanently remove barriers and allow Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) to practice to the full extent of their education and training. 

According to the Nursing Community Coalition signatories, “allowing CRNAs to practice independently … illustrates CRNAs’ extensive education and training, as well as their expertise in providing high-quality care for their patients and our nation’s veterans.”


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National Advisory Council for Nursing Research - May 2020 Videocast

Join NINR for the next open session of the National Advisory Council for Nursing Research

May 19, 2020 | 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET
Virtual-only meeting via VIDEOCAST

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Nursing Community Coalition Steering Committee Sends Letter to Congress Outlining COVID-19 Legislative Priorities

On March 19, the Nursing Community Coalition Steering Committee sent a letter to House and Senate Leadership outlining the NCC's shared priorities for any COVID-19 legislative package. To download the letter, click here.

Nursing Community Coalition Statement on CARES Act Becoming Law

On March 27, the Nursing Community Coalition released a statement thanking Congress and the Administration for their quick and decisive action to pass and sign into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. To download the statement, click here.

CARES Act Passes Congress

The bipartisan Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic passed the Senate on March 27, 2020 and is headed to the President for his signature. The CARES act includes requirements for the inclusion of PPE in the Strategic National Stockpile, extra funding for NIH, and more that will assist healthcare workers on the front lines of the pandemic.

To read Research!America's statement, click here.

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NCC Statement on Year of the Nurse and the Midwife Resolutions

On February 14, the Nursing Community Coalition released a statement thanking the United States Senate and House of Representatives for introducing S. Res. 500 and H. Res. 859, resolutions honoring the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife. To download the statement, click here.

Congress Honors the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife

FNINR, a member of the The Nursing Community Coalition (NCC), thanks the United States Senate and House of Representatives for introducing S. Res. 500 and H. Res. 859, resolutions honoring the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife.

To view the full statement from the Nursing Coalition Community, please click here to download the PDF.

NCC Statement on President’s FY 2021 Proposed Budget

On February 10, the Nursing Community Coalition released a statement opposing the severe cuts made to key domestic and health care programs such as Title VIII Nursing Workforce Development Programs and the National Institute of Nursing Research in the Administration’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 budget. To read the statement, click here.

Research!America: Federal Policy Update - February 2020

Research!America recently released a federal policy update regarding the FY 21 budget. To read the full article on Research!America's website, click here.

On December 19, 2019, Congress passed and the president signed legislation funding the federal government for the remainder of FY2020, avoiding a government shutdown. The legislation included increases of $2.6 billion for NIH, $636 million for CDC, $203 million for NSF, and $91 million for FDA. AHRQ received level funding for FY20 (relative to the significant cut included in the Senate bill, this was a favorable outcome). The appropriations legislation also empowered CDC to begin upgrading our nation’s outdated disease surveillance system, permanently repealed the medical device tax, and reauthorized the Patient-Centered Outcomes Institute (PCORI) for 10 years.
With last year’s budget agreement, Congressional leaders and the White House have already locked in overall government spending levels for FY 21 non-defense discretionary (NDD) and defense spending, setting the stage for the 12 appropriations bills that would flow from those topline numbers. Unfortunately, the agreement provides for just a $5 billion increase across all agencies and programs in the non-defense discretionary category. 
These circumstances create challenges for Congress, but Research!America and the medical and health research advocacy community plan to continue to make the case for robust funding increases for science and public health agencies, since the dynamics created by the caps deal do not change the reality that medical, public health and scientific progress are not assigned the priority merited by their enduring and compounding national and global impact.
The President’s FY21 budget, which is nonbinding, will be unveiled on February 10. There is a rumored possibility that congressional leaders will attempt to expedite the appropriations process, working to wrap up FY21 funding by early summer. This being an election year further muddies the appropriations process outlook. For that reason, Research!America is launching a social media campaign making the case for an expedited appropriations process that includes the funding needed to secure our nation’s at-risk global R&D leadership.

 

FY 2020 Domestic Minibus (H.R. 1865) Finalized

Congress finalized negotiations on the federal budget to cover fiscal year 2020. The bill, which is expected to pass, includes $169.113 million for NINR, which is an increase of $6.121 million from FY 2019. The bill also includes $259.972 million for Title VIII Nursing Workforce Development programs, an increase of $10.5 million from FY 2019.

House Passes Title VIII Nursing Workforce Development Act of 2019

H.R. 728, the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Development Act of 2019, was passed in the U.S. House of Representatives on October 28, 2019. For more information, click here to read a press release from the Nursing Community Coalition.

Senate Bill Would Give NINR $9.425 Million Increase in FY2020

The Senate Appropriations Committee released its draft 2020 spending bill on September 18, 2019. The bill included an increase of $9.425 million for NINR’s budget, up to $172.417 million. The Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research appreciates the support for NINR from the Senate Appropriations Committee and looks forward to the boost in research this would provide to organization.

NINR Events in September 2019

Please see below for upcoming NINR Events


 

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FNINR Supports U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps

As part of the Nursing Community Coalition, FNINR signed on to a letter to the House and Senate Armed Services Committees urging them to include the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps Service Recognition amendment in the final National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). 

To read the letter, click here.