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.
Position statement: Policies to support family caregiversIn 2013, an estimated 40 million family caregivers provided an average of 18 hours of care per week, reflecting approximately $470 billion in unpaid caregiving contributions (Reinhard, Feinberg, Choula, & Houser, 2015). Projected demographic shifts in the U.S., including the rapidly aging population (World Health Organization, 2015) and increase of individuals living with chronic conditions across the lifespan (American Academy of Pediatrics, American Academy of Family Physicians, American College of Physicians, 2011; Houtrow, Larson, Olson, Newacheck, & Halfon, 2014), will increase the demand for family caregivers.