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.


2016 Student Policy Summit - March 20-22, 2016
- Registration Opens October 12, 2015

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. 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, and students MUST have dean approval to attend prior to registration. Upon registering, a confirmation email will be sent to the student’s dean notifying that their pre-approved student has registered. 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.


A room block will be held at the Park Hyatt Washington, and confirmed registrants may wish to book rooms at other nearby hotels.


The final agenda for the 2016 Summit will be released closer to the event.

View 2015 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!