Student Policy Summit
Information About the 2014 Student Policy Summit Will Be Available Fall of 2013
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.
For more information about the 2013 Summit, click here: http://www.aacn.nche.edu/events/2013/03/17/student-policy-summit.
Scholarship Winners Chosen!
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!
|Erin Johnson Cole
University of Utah
|Ilona van der Ven
Hartwick College, NY
Testimony from Past Student Policy Summit Attendee
"The Student Policy Summit opened my eyes to the importance of policy within the nursing profession. Attending the Summit allowed me to draw clearer connections between the traditional nurse’s role at the bedside and the importance of nursing’s voice to influence health policy. After advocating on Capitol Hill and hearing from inspiring leaders in nursing, including advisors for Medicare and Medicaid, the National Institute of Nursing Research, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I caught the policy bug! I was able to use my time during the Policy Summit to network and returned in the summer to intern on Capitol Hill for Senator Jeff Merkley and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing in the Department of Government Affairs. I have learned advocacy is a nursing role that occurs in so many ways beyond direct patient care, and there is a great need for nurses to be involved while critical decisions affecting the future health of Americans are being made. I would encourage any student that is curious about the policy process or wants to learn more about federal programs that influence nursing to join us in the Nation’s Capital!"