Health Policy Overview
The Political Agenda
Describe the organization's level of activity in the political arena.
AACN will not participate or intervene in any political campaign on behalf of or
in opposition to any candidate in public office. AACN will participate in lobbying
activities but will limit these so they will not be considered a "substantial" part
of the Association's activities.
Describe the organization's level of activity in influencing healthcare policy in
general and specific to nursing.
AACN collaborates with other national organizations to address issues that affect
professional nursing practice and achievement of AACN's vision. Primarily we provide
information and educational materials to our members regarding issues that affect
the nursing profession, practice of acute and critical care nursing and the patients
and families that we care for.
AACN "lobbies" in the form of endorsing legislation and supporting coalitions' efforts
that AACN joins. Priority is given to specific nursing issues; however, many of
the health policy issues AACN addresses are global public health/community issues
such as our collaboration with organizations like the American Red Cross, the United
Network for Organ Sharing, the National Kidney Foundation and the Coalition for
Consumer Health & Safety, among others. Examples of activities engaged in and resources
provided include letter writing, congressional testimony, participating at the federal/national
level on committees and task forces that address health policy issues, public service
announcements, issue resource kits, practice standards and guidelines, position
statements and talking points.
Describe the organization's communication of health policy issues to its members.
Information is communicated to members primarily via association publications, educational
sessions and online.
Describe the public perception of the organization.
AACN is recognized as the world's largest specialty nursing organization and is highly
respected in the healthcare field, noted for our expertise in acute and critical care
nursing practice, standards, guidelines and literature, educational conferences and
Economics and Influence
Describe the organization's level of awareness of economic issues in healthcare.
AACN recognizes the tremendous impact the rising cost of healthcare has on access
and quality. Increasing technology, reform of the system and ethical issues all
impact the economics of healthcare. In addition, because of the strong market-driven
approach to healthcare reorganization today, there is significant challenge in making
sure that the right and need of patients to receive nursing care is protected and
that the workplace environment is safe, effective and conducive to the delivery
of high quality patient care. The Association's current and ongoing work in terms
of promoting the profession of nursing, addressing the nursing shortage and workplace
issues, end-of-life care, palliative care, pain management and advance directives
are strongly linked to AACN's mission, vision and values and AACN works in collaboration
with other professional organizations to promote patients' rights, workplace advocacy
and safe, cost-effective practice.
Describe the organization's level of involvement in influencing the economics of
AACN advocates for patient-centered, needs-driven care systems. Health promotion
and advocacy for systems geared toward health versus illness are central to our
community and nursing agendas for future healthcare reform. AACN advocates health
prevention strategies for keeping healthcare costs contained and promotes awareness
of the value of nursing in terms of cost, productivity and patient outcomes. AACN
participates on a national level to influence funding for nursing education, research,
recruitment and retention as well as to promote a safe and professional practice
Describe the future health policy direction of the organization.
The key to AACN's success is through its members. Therefore, AACN is committed to
providing the highest quality resources to maximize nurses' contribution to care
for acutely and critically ill patients and their families.
AACN will address and protect the interests and needs of its members
and be recognized for its positive contributions to the advancement of the nursing
Establish AACN as the voice for all nurses who care for or influence the care of
acutely and critically ill patients.
Create strategic partnerships that benefit or enhance AACN's role and effectiveness
as a leader in the nursing profession and healthcare.
Define and promote AACN's contribution to the nursing profession, healthcare and
society at large.
Strategies include the development of resources to assist nurses in addressing issues
of workplace advocacy, quality healthcare, patient safety and access to healthcare.
Through collaboration with other nursing organizations AACN will continue to broaden
its sphere of influence beyond acute and critical care to further the delivery of humane
and ethical healthcare, promote the safety and quality of the workplace environment
and support strategies to ensure an adequate supply of nurses for our nation's future.