Government Affairs

Student Policy Summit

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March 23, 2015, AACN’s Spring Congressional Reception. House Nursing Caucus Co-Chairs Representatives Lois Capps (D-CA) and David Joyce (R-OH) (center, front row), and Representative Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) (upper left) with AACN Student Policy Summit attendee’s and AACN leadership, President, Dr. Eileen Breslin, Government Affairs Committee Chair, Dr. Anita Hufft, and CEO, Dr. Deborah Trautman. 

Grassroots prize - Submissions due by 5:00pm (ET) on December 1, 2015

AACN’s Government Affairs Committee is pleased to announce the Student Grassroots Prize which will provide $500 each to three exceptional students who have created a project that raises awareness to engage individuals (i.e. students, coworkers, or other colleagues in the community) toward a common local, state, or federal policy effort. Available only to attendees of the 2015 Student Policy Summit, applicants will have until the December following the Summit to submit a short project summary and other forms of media (e.g. video) detailing the grassroots project they have created.

Click here for eligibility and application details.

On behalf of all of the contributors to the award-winning book, Policy and Politics in Nursing and Health Care, who so generously donate their time to advance nurses' knowledge of health policy and political action, the editors of the book, Diana J. Mason, Judith K. Leavitt, Mary W. Chaffee, and its publisher, Elsevier, are pleased to sponsor this new Grassroots opportunity.


2015 SPS Attendees Share Their Experience

Don Boyd, MPhil, MS, CRNA
PhD Candidate, Columbia University School of Nursing

“The AACN Student Policy Summit was an amazing opportunity to experience policy in action. The Summit provided a succinct overview of our federal political processes and taught the importance of advocating for the nursing profession. " Read More >>



Ann Muñana, MSN, MJ, RN
Georgetown University

“What an incredible experience! From the moment I checked-in at the registration desk, I could feel the energy and excitement" Read More >>

2016 Student Policy Summit - March 20-22, 2016

Registration Opens October 12, 2015 at 12:00 pm (EST)

Please note that this page will be updated as more information is available. The details below are meant to provide the public basic information prior to the opening of registration on October 12.

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 Summit are immersed in didactic program sessions focused on the federal policy process and nursing’s role in professional advocacy. Please note: This page will be updated periodically closer to the date of the Summit. Confirmed registered students will also receive additional details about conference logistics, Capitol Hill visits, and expectations. 


The cost of registration attendance for the Student Policy Summit is $249.00 per student. Payment is due by credit card at the time of registration, and registrants must adhere to the cancellation policies. 

Registration Requirements:

  • To register, an individual must login to My AACN. This grants access to register for AACN events, including the Student Policy Summit.
    • You will be prompted to enter your academic email address, which will determine if your account already exists in our system. If the system does not recognize your email, you will be prompted to create a profile (click “Continue to Create a New Account”). Please use your academic email address when registering for the Student Policy Summit.
  • An individual must be a baccalaureate or graduate nursing student at an AACN member school.
  • 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.
  • A maximum of two students per member institution will be allowed to register for the conference. This includes registration spots that are granted through sponsorship opportunities.
  • Registrants MUST have acquired approval from the individual who serves as the voting representative to AACN’s membership (dean/director/chair of your nursing program) to attend prior to registration. While there is no specific form to be filled out confirming approval, a confirmation email will be sent to the student’s dean notifying that their pre-approved student has registered. Should AACN staff receive a response from a dean that a student did not receive their consent to register, that student’s registration will be cancelled.
  • To register, click here.


Final payment for the Summit must be received before 5:00 pm (ET) Friday, February 26, 2016 or the registration will be canceled. If your school is covering the cost of your registration, you may want to confirm that your payment has been received.

Substitution, Cancellation, and Refund Policies

  • Student substitutions for registration can be submitted with no charge until 5:00 pm (ET) Friday, January 29, 2016. Substitutions received after that time will be processed as a cancellation. Please submit cancellation and substitution requests to Brandon Azevedo at
  • Cancellations after 5:00 pm (ET) Friday, January 29, 2016, but before 5:00 pm (ET) Friday, February 27, 2015 will receive a 50% refund of the registration fee with a written cancelation.
  • Cancellations after 5:00 pm (ET) Friday, February 26, 2016 will receive no refund.
  • Registrants can expect a refund of their registration fee, minus a $25 handling fee, if written cancellation is submitted before 5:00 pm (ET) Friday, February 26, 2016.

Hotel Accommodations

A block of rooms has been reserved at The Park Hyatt Washington, for students attending the Summit. Please refrain from arranging hotel or travel arrangements until you have successfully registered.

The Park Hyatt Washington
1201 24th Street
Washington, DC 20037
Phone: 202-789-1234

The room rate is $285 single/double. The cutoff date for reservations at the group rate is February 26, 2016. For reservations, call 888-421-1442 and request the group rate for AACN/Student Policy Summit. You may also place your reservation online.

The room block may fill before the deadline, so please make your reservation early. If/when the room block fills, AACN will post a list of alternative hotel on its website.

The following hotels are within walking distance of the Park Hyatt Washington and may have availability over the meeting dates:

The Fairmont
2401 M Street, NW
Washington, DC 20037

The Westin Georgetown
2350 M Street NW
Washington, DC 20037

Best Western Georgetown Hotel and Suites
1121 New Hampshire Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20037

Embassy Suites Washington
1250 22nd Street, NW
Washington, DC 20037


View 2016 Draft Agenda


Sponsorship of the 2016 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. See more information on specific sponsorship packages.


More details to follow as we get closer to the opening of registration on October 12. If you have any questions, please contact Lauren Inouye or Brandon Azevedo with further questions.

See you next March!