Government Affairs

Student Policy Summit

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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, up to four students per institution. Students who attend Summit are immersed in didactic program sessions focused on the federal policy process and nursing’s role in professional advocacy.

Registration for the 2018 Student Policy Summit (March 25-27) will open on October 11. Additional details for registration will be made available in the coming weeks. Registration is on a first come, first served basis, and registration slots will not be reserved in advance.


2017 Agenda

Grassroots Student Ambassadors

Kelsey Mumford, Bachelor of Science in Nursing
University of Texas
Kelsey Mumford will use her ambassadorship to advocate for an opt-out organ donation policy in the state of Texas. Kelsey plans to create an advocacy committee in the University of Texas Nursing Students Association. With this taskforce, she will gather community support to engage with members of the Texas State legislature.



Kerri Nelson, Doctor of Nursing Practice
Pennsylvania State University
Kerri Nelson will use her ambassadorship to raise awareness and advocate on behalf of the Rare Disorder campaign. Kerri plans to create a coalition of supporters, including the National Organization for Rare Disorders. Using SMART goals, Kerri will utilize social media and town meetings to meet with legislators in South Carolina to discuss this issue.



Read more about the Grassroots Student Ambassador Prize.

Future Involvement

Here is the latest Internship Bulletin from the House of Representatives Vacancy Announcements. Internships are a great way to use what you learned at the Student Policy Summit to stay active in the policy process!


Highlights from AACN’s 2017 Spring Congressional Reception


If you have any questions, please contact Ellie Cook with further questions.


Please note this event will be photographed. Photos taken by AACN may be used in AACN publications, website, and/or social media.