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Federal Issues

The American Nurses Association (ANA) works to advance the nursing profession and improve health and health care for all. One of the primary ways we achieve this is by advocating on behalf of registered nurses at the top levels of government as policies are conceived, debated, and implemented.

ANA amplifies nurses’ voices by lobbying Congress and executive agencies, and by offering information and tools that empower nurses to share their perspective and expertise directly with policymakers.

In Congress

Every day ANA advocates on your behalf, educating and forging relationships with members of Congress and congressional staff on both sides of the aisle, and lobbying to advance ANA’s policy agenda in support of nurses and patients.

Agencies & regulatory affairs

When Congress passes laws, they rarely contain enough specific language to guide their implementation completely. It is the responsibility of the federal administrative agencies to fill in the details of new or amended laws with rules and regulations – and it is important that the voice of U.S. nurses is heard during this process. ANA monitors federal agencies as they issue regulations and implementation of federal laws.

Read about the agencies ANA monitors

Get Involved

Visit the online home of our federal advocacy program at RNAction, run by the ANA Department of Government Affairs (GOVA). Through this digital hub, you will find out exactly what ANA is doing to help advance the cause of nursing at a national level – and how you can get involved in the push for quality health care for all. 

  • Legislation & Issues. Learn about federal legislation and issues that affect us, our patients, and our nation.
  • RN Activist Toolkit. A resource for nurse-activists. Learn how to focus your efforts and your voice together with allies throughout the country.
  • Take Action. Because your voice matters – become an advocate!

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