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AORN Federal Advocacy Update

Publish Date: June 24, 2020

AORN represents operating room nurses and supports all nursing through its membership in the Nursing Community Coalition (NCC), which is comprised of 63 member organizations that are a cross section of education, practice, research, and regulation within the nursing profession.

As a member of the Nursing Community Coalition, AORN recently joined other nursing organizations to send a letter to Congressional appropriators in support of FY 2021 Title VIII funding at $278 million and $182 million in funding for the National Institutes for Nursing Research (NINR). As hearings and bill markups take place in the coming weeks, we will send another letter to appropriators reiterating these requests. Title VIII Nursing Workforce Development is the main source of federal funding for nursing education at all levels and is even more critical than usual during public health emergencies.

AORN also joined nursing colleagues in sending a letter to the Administration supporting full practice authority for CRNAs at the Veterans Administration (VA). Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, CRNAs have provided critical lifesaving care and performed some of the most high-risk procedures to the provider such as intubation and airway management. We urged the VA to take swift action to make CRNA full practice authority permanent.

We continue to monitor Congressional hearings and actions taken toward efforts to combat COVID-19 and policies to provide additional economic recovery stimulus packages. Another legislative priority includes the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps Service Recognition Act, which recognizes service in the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps during World War II as active military service. Individuals who served in the corps are eligible for specified honors and burial benefits.

Please contact AORN Government Affairs with any questions or for more information about AORN’s efforts at the national level.