Call for Interest: AACN Student Policy Summit (March 25-27, Washington DC)

The School of Nursing would like to support up to two students, undergraduate or graduate, to attend the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Student Policy Summit.  The conference focuses on the federal policy process and nursing’s role in professional advocacy.  Expenses would be paid by the School of Nursing.

AACN’s Student Policy Summit is a three-day conference held in Washington, DC that provides baccalaureate and graduate nursing students the opportunity to participate in the federal legislative process and make academic nursing’s voice heard on Capitol Hill.  This year they have confirmed a wide variety of nursing and health policy experts to speak at the Summit, including the keynote speaker, Dr. Alexis Bakos, who currently serves as the Senior Adviser to the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health and the Acting Director of the Division of Policy and Data within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Minority Health.

Need more information to be convinced to attend?  Here are the Top 5 Reasons you should attend AACN’s Student Policy Summit
1) Direct Engagement– This summit allows you to engage directly with speakers and AACN staff throughout the Summit.  The invited guest speakers are leaders in the policy arena.
2) Elevate Your Voice– The focus of this summit is to engage the political process.  Participation will give you the tools to advocate for issues that truly matter to you and your community
3) Head to Capitol Hill– AACN schedules Hill visits for you to meet directly with the congressional offices representing you in the United States Congress.  As part of the Summit, you will go to the Capitol to discuss issues on behalf of academic nursing.
4) Get Credit– By participating in the Summit, you will earn 8.25 hours of Continuing Education credits that you can use for licensure and certification.
5) Build Your Professional Network– Meet, connect, and network with the diverse group of 200 fellow nursing students from across the country who will be joining you at the Summit!

If you are interested in attending and representing the school at this conference, please contact Karen Mittelstadt, Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs, at

For more information on the summit visit the Student Policy Summit tab on AACN’s website.

This post was authored by Morgan Lewis on 01/24/2018.