As a nurse executive, you face many challenges in the daily pursuit of your job. What you may not realize is that there are a myriad of legislative challenges that could seriously impact the nursing profession as a whole. Congressional oversight dictates many of our own policies. The question is: do you want to have a seat at the table? Below are several issues that could be game-changers for our profession. We urge you to learn about each one and consider its impact on your ability to do your job.

Title VIII Reauthorization

Title VIII Nursing Workforce programs are currently operating without authorization. In today’s tight fiscal environment, programs without a current authorization run the risk of losing funding. Its critical Congress understands nursing workforce development programs are essential to ensuring there enough nurses to treat the patient population. 

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Reauthorize Nursing Workforce Programs

The Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act would reauthorize critical Nursing Workforce Development programs through the fiscal year 2022. The Nursing Workforce Development programs (Title VIII of the Public Health Service Act) bolster nursing education at all levels, strengthen nursing education and fund institutions educating nurses to practice in rural and medically underserved communities.

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Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act

Advanced practice registered nurses (APRN) and physician assistants (PA) are recognized as authorized Medicare providers and are able to certify patient eligibility for nursing home care; however, current law precludes these same practitioners from certifying patient eligibility for home health care services. As a result, APRNs and PAs are required to find a physician to certify eligibility. This unnecessary barrier can result in an extended hospital stay or nursing home admission because the patient could not return or remain at home without home health care services.

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Elevate Nursing Research and Data

The work of nurses is caring for patients. Nurses rely on data driven research to improve patient outcomes, quality, safety and the delivery of cost effective care. Research shows certain kinds of information technology can limit errors as well as improve care and efficiency. Read more

Promote the Value of Nursing

In the redesign of the health care delivery system towards one driven by a team of health care providers in a patient-centered environment, it is important nurse leaders articulate the value of nursing in improved patient outcomes, and care coordination. Read more

Sustain and Grow Funding for Nursing

AONE advocates for funding Nursing Workforce Development programs authorized under Title VIII of the Public Health Service Act(42 U.S.C. 296 et seq.). These programs support the supply and distribution of qualified nurses to meet our nation’s increasing health care needs. Read more