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PPI is home to the Center to Champion Nursing in America, an initiative of AARP, the AARP Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The Center coordinates the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, a nationwide initiative to transform health care through nursing, engaging a wide range of health care professionals, consumer advocates, policy-makers, and the business, academic, and philanthropic communities. More

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Andrea Brassard, RN, DNSc, MHP, FNP

Senior Strategic Policy Advisor, Center to Champion Nursing in America

Andrea Brassard, AARP

Andrea Brassard, RN, DNSc, MHP, FNP

Andrea Brassard provides content expertise to the Center to Champion Nursing in America and the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action. She marshals resources for the development of evidence-based public policy solutions that promote an adequate and sustainable nursing workforce that is prepared and empowered to provide the care that consumers need in an evolving health care system. She represented AARP on the HRSA Negotiated Rulemaking Committee for the Designation of Medically Underserved Areas/Populations & Health Professionals Shortage Areas.

She received both a Master of Public Health and a Doctor of Nursing Science degree from Columbia University, where she was a public policy fellow. Her dissertation was "Predictors and Outcomes of Home Care Use in Urban Elders." Her advanced family nurse practitioner certificate was earned at the George Washington University. She volunteers quarterly as an attending at the GWU medical student HEALING clinic for underserved Washington, D.C. residents.

Areas of expertise

Primary Care, Scope of Practice, Health Professionals Shortage Areas / Medically Underserved

Selected publications

Removing Barriers to Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Care: Home Health and Hospice Services Brassard, Andrea.  AARP Insight on the Issues, 66, July 2012.

Removing Barriers to Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Care: Hospital Privileges Brassard, Andrea and Mary Smolenski.  AARP Insight on the Issues, 55, October 2011. 

O'Grady, E.T, & Brassard, A. (2011).  Health-Care Reform:  Opportunities for APRNs and Urgency for Modernizing Nurse Practice Acts. Journal of Nursing Regulation, 2 (1), 4-9.

Johnson, J., Dawson, E., & Brassard, A. (2010). Chapter 9. Consensus model for advanced-practice nurse regulation: A new approach. In E. M. Sullivan-Marx, D. O. McGivern, J. A. Fairman & S. A. Greenberg (Eds.), Nurse practitioners: The evolution and future of advanced practice (5th ed., pp. 125-142). New York: Springer.

Kane, R.L., Rockwood, T., Hyer, K., Brassard, A., Gessert, C., & Kane, R. (2005) Rating the importance of nursing home residents' quality of life. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 53, 2076-2082.


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