Student Policy Summit
The AACN Student Policy Summit is a three-day conference held in Washington, DC and is open to baccalaureate and graduate nursing students enrolled at an AACN member institution. Students who attend SPS are immersed in didactic program sessions focused on the federal policy process and nursing’s role in professional advocacy. Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Registration priority will be given to applicants who have not previously attended the Student Policy Summit. Registration is limited to five students per AACN institution. The 2014 Summit will take place March 23-25. Register now for the Summit.
2014 KeyNOTE SPEAKER
Beatrice J. Kalisch, PhD, RN, FAAN
IOM AAN/ANA/ANF Scholar
Shirley Titus Distinguished Professor of Nursing and Director of Innovation and Evaluation at the University of Michigan School of Nursing
Read more about Dr. Kalisch.
For more information about the 2014 Summit, visit http://www.aacn.nche.edu/events/2014/03/23/sps.
Registration is temporarily suspended due to database maintenance. We will reopen registration on Monday, November 25, 2013 at 9:00 AM ET. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding as we work to improve our systems to better serve you.
View a draft version of the 2014 Student Policy Summit Agenda.
Sponsorship of the 2014 Student Policy Summit will help ensure the Summit remains an affordable experience for all students, and your support is integral to its success. If your institution is interested in sponsoring, please contact Lauren Inouye at firstname.lastname@example.org. See more information on specific sponsorship packages.
AACN is pleased to sponsor two exceptional students with a full scholarship to attend this event. This scholarship includes the cost of registration, airfare, and hotel accommodations. Additionally, the winning scholarship application essays will be featured in the conference materials for the SPS and made available to participants in AACN’s 2014 Spring Annual Meeting, which is attended by nursing school deans and directors in Washington, DC.
For information on how to apply, see scholarship information.
Testimony from Past Student Policy Summit Attendees
"The AACN Student Policy Summit was an inspiring reminder of the important role that nurses play at the policy table. Nurses have a natural place in politics. We advocate for our patients at the bedside; we must do it in the halls of Congress, too. Meeting nursing leaders from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the National Institute of Nursing Research, and the US Department of Health and Human Services reinvigorated and renewed my commitment to make my voice heard and to take my advocacy beyond the bedside. At the AACN Student Policy Summit, students learn how to effectively advocate and then get to put it into action directly on Capitol Hill. I met with my Senator’s staff to promote the unique role of nursing and to advocate for the education of future nurses and nurse faculty. The AACN Student Policy Summit is a remarkable opportunity to learn from lobbyists, legislators, and nursing policy leaders about how we as nurses can be a part of our vibrant political system to influence the national agenda. I would highly encourage all nursing students to join us in the nation’s capital for the 2014 Student Policy Summit. Come discover your own place at the policy table!"
“The American Association College of Nursing Student Policy Summit was the gateway and foundation to advancing my passion for health policy. Before attending, I was nervous that I wasn’t as up to date, or didn’t know enough about health policy and role of nursing in advocacy. However, the Student Policy Summit served as an inspiration, provided an abundance of knowledge, and gave attendees the opportunity to make lasting connections. Learning about nursing’s role in policy first-hand from nursing leaders from the National Institute of Nursing Research and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services was eye-opening to say the least! Not only did we hear from powerful people, but we were able to spend a day on Capitol Hill in Senators’ and Representatives’ offices, advocating on behalf of some of the most important issues facing our economy and healthcare system today. I was so inspired that I returned to my school and organized an interdisciplinary, community-wide Health Policy Summit to spark the interest in others about the importance of political advocacy and health policy. Jenny Carson, BSN, RN (a former 2012 Student Policy Summit attendee), came to Hartwick College and served as our keynote speaker, where over 100 students, faculty and community members attended. No matter whether you are an undergraduate student or graduate student, the Summit is applicable to everyone in the nursing profession. It is an exciting time to be involved with health policy, and no better place to start than the Student Policy Summit in our nation’s capital!”