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Faculty Policy Intensive

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The American Association of Colleges of Nursing will hold its fourth annual Faculty Policy Intensive on March 21-24, 2016 in Washington, DC. This fully-funded, four-day immersion program is designed for faculty of AACN member schools who are interested in actively pursuing a role in healthcare policy. The Intensive offers participants the opportunity to enhance existing knowledge of policy and advocacy through sessions that will strengthen understanding of the legislative process and the dynamic relationships between federal departments and agencies, collaborative partnerships, and the individual advocate.

The Faculty Policy Intensive provides opportunities to:

  • Meet with leadership from federal departments and agencies to discuss policy initiatives
  • Network with Hill staff at AACN’s Congressional Reception.
  • Attend workshops to strengthen and refine communication skills for effective advocacy.
  • Engage with representatives from national organizations on current health policy issues and the role of the collective voice.
  • At the conclusion of the Intensive, participants will put their new skills to use as AACN Faculty Policy Fellows.
  • Along with cohort members and in collaboration with AACN’s Government Affairs Department, fellows will define and carry out a project on a policy topic to inform the AACN membership. 

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“I would recommend this program to any nurse educator who wants to gain a more national perspective, and  hear it directly from those who are making health policy decisions…”
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“The AACN Faculty Policy Intensive was indeed an intensive learning experience on the importance of policy for the future in nursing…”
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2016 Faculty Policy Intensive Fellows

Pamela de Cordova, PhD, RN-BC
Rutgers University

Natacha Pierre, DNP, FNP-BC
University of  Illinois-Chicago

Anne Derouin, DNP, CPNP
Duke University

Audra Rankin, DNP, APRN, CPNP
University of Louisville

Sherry Lawrence, DNP, RN
University of South Alabama

Mary Beth Steck, PhD, APRN, BC
Clemson University

Jennifer Ohlendorf, PhD, RN
Marquette University

Amber Vermeesch, PhD, MSN, RN, FNP-C
University of Portland


2015 Faculty Policy intensive fellows

2014 Faculty Policy Intensive Fellows

2013 Faculty Policy Intensive Fellows (Inaugural Class)



Please contact Senior Director, Government Affairs and Health Policy, Dr. Suzanne Miyamoto at