AAN News & Opinion
Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights, Access & Justice: Where Nursing StandsAlthough the American Academy of Nursing (Academy) has for decades played a major role in advocating to protect the sexual and reproductive health (SRH) of all women and men regardless of race, color, sexual orientation, or social economic status, many government officials are aggressively pursuing ways to create barriers to evidence-based SRH care access. The Academy continues to “resist and respond” to these tactics, in the form of statements, policy briefs, amicus briefs and coalition letters—raising the voice of Nursing against the dismantling of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and longstanding national health goals, programs, and essential services.
Assessing and addressing cardiovascular risk in young womenOver the past 2 decades there has been an increase in cardiovascular disease (CVD) mortality for young women aged 35 to 54 years that corresponds with an increase in CVD risk factors. Yet, both young women and their providers underestimate CVD risk. Expert recommendations to provide patient education on CVD prevention and consider CVD risk factors in women have failed to detail the unique considerations in young women. The American Academy of Nursing (Academy) supports (a) increasing National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding for both basic research and clinical trials that focus on CVD risk in young women; (b) amplifying health-care system quality improvement initiatives to increase clinicians' rates of practice consistent with clinical guidelines for CVD risk; (c) partnering among primary care providers and specialists in women's health and cardiovascular health to assess and manage women's CVD risk; and (d) collaborating with public health and community organizations to lead initiatives for CVD risk reduction in young women.