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REGISTration NOW CLOSED for the 2016 Student Policy Summit

Registration is now closed. If you wish to be put on the waitlist, please contact Brandon Azevedo at

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. 


Substitution, Cancellation, and Refund Policies

Final payment for the Summit must be made at the time of registration. If your school is paying for your registration, please be prepared prior to registration.

  • Student substitutions for registration can be submitted with no charge until 5:00 pm (ET) Friday, March 4, 2016. Substitutions received after that time will be processed as a cancellation. Please submit cancellation and substitution requests to Brandon Azevedo at
  • Cancellations before 5:00 pm (ET) Friday, January 29, 2016, will receive a full refund, minus a $25 handling fee, with a written cancellation submission
  • Cancellations made between 5:00 pm (ET) Friday, January 29, 2016, and 5:00 pm (ET) Friday, February 26, 2016, can expect to be refunded 50% of the registration fee, minus a $25 handling fee, with a written cancellation submission.
  • Cancellations after 5:00 pm (ET) Friday, February 26, 2016 will receive no refund.

Preparatory Webinars

AACN staff will host a set of two mandatory webinars prior to the beginning of the Student Policy Summit. The webinars will constitute an overview of information attendees need in order to maximize their time in DC. Please mark your calendars for the following dates and times. Please note, if you cannot view the webinar live, an archived webinar will be availabe afterwards on the following web page:


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 Agenda


Thank you to the sponsors of the 2016 Student Policy Summit! See the complete list of sponsors.

Grassroots prize Winners announced

2015 Grassroots Prize Recipients

AACN is pleased to announce the 2015 Grassroots Prize recipients from Columbia University:

  • Talia Borgo, master’s student
  • Donald Boyd, doctoral student
  • Heidi Hahn-Schroeder, doctoral student
  • Thania Lee, master’s student
  • Sarah Rudolph, master’s student 

Created as a new initiative for the 2015 AACN Student Policy Summit, the Grassroots Prize granted a total of $1,500 to these past attendees for a project they designed to raise awareness to engage individuals in policy and advocacy. AACN thanks its generous contributors from 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, were pleased to sponsor this opportunity.

These five recipients describe how they impressed upon fellow students the importance of professional advocacy:

“Upon return from the AACN Student Policy Summit, the Columbia University School of Nursing (CUSON) attendees wanted to give back to our student body by presenting our experiences from the Summit in the school’s Health and Social Policy class.  We presented to more than 150 audience members were comprised of first-year bachelor’s students, master’s students from all of the NP specialties: Adult Gerontology Acute Care, Adult Gerontology Primary Care, Family, Pediatric, and Psych/Mental Health, Nurse Anesthesia students. Read more >>

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.


If you have any questions, please contact Lauren Inouye or Brandon Azevedo with further questions.

See you in March!