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Student Policy Summit Scholarship Winners Chosen!

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Each year, AACN is proud to fully sponsor two exceptional nursing students to attend the Student Policy Summit in March. These students are chosen from a highly competitive pool of applicants from AACN member schools across the country. Ilona van der Ven is a BSN student at Hartwick College in New York. Erin Johnson Cole is a second year DNP student at the University of Utah, studying nurse midwifery and women’s health. Congratulations Ilona and Erin!

The Student Policy Summit is a three-day conference held in Washington, DC offering didactic program sessions focused on the federal policy process and professional advocacy to students at AACN member schools. SPS attendees will meet with legislators on Capitol Hill to discuss pressing national issues related to nursing education, research, and practice. For more information about the Summit, please see:


  Erin Johnson Cole
DNP Student
University of Utah
  Ilona van der Ven
BSN Student
Hartwick College, NY