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. Students who attend SPS are immersed in didactic program sessions focused on the federal policy process and nursing’s role in professional advocacy. The 2015 Summit will take place March 22-24.

Additional information, including registration details, regarding AACN’s sixth annual Student Policy Summit will be available on this website in late August of 2014.

View the 2014 Student Policy Summit Agenda.

Testimony from Past Student Policy Summit Attendees

Erin Johnson Cole
2013 SPS Attendee and
Scholarship Winner

"The AACN Student Policy Summit was an inspiring reminder of the important role that nurses play at the policy table. Nurses have a natural place in politics. We advocate for our patients at the bedside; we must do it in the halls of Congress, too. Meeting nursing leaders from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the National Institute of Nursing Research, and the US Department of Health and Human Services reinvigorated and renewed my commitment to make my voice heard and to take my advocacy beyond the bedside. At the AACN Student Policy Summit, students learn how to effectively advocate and then get to put it into action directly on Capitol Hill. I met with my Senator’s staff to promote the unique role of nursing and to advocate for the education of future nurses and nurse faculty. The AACN Student Policy Summit is a remarkable opportunity to learn from lobbyists, legislators, and nursing policy leaders about how we as nurses can be a part of our vibrant political system to influence the national agenda. I would highly encourage all nursing students to join us in the nation’s capital for the 2014 Student Policy Summit. Come discover your own place at the policy table!"

Ilona van der Ven
2013 SPS Attendee and
Scholarship Winner

“The American Association College of Nursing Student Policy Summit was the gateway and foundation to advancing my passion for health policy. Before attending, I was nervous that I wasn’t as up to date, or didn’t know enough about health policy and role of nursing in advocacy. However, the Student Policy Summit served as an inspiration, provided an abundance of knowledge, and gave attendees the opportunity to make lasting connections. Learning about nursing’s role in policy first-hand from nursing leaders from the National Institute of Nursing Research and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services was eye-opening to say the least! Not only did we hear from powerful people, but we were able to spend a day on Capitol Hill in Senators’ and Representatives’ offices, advocating on behalf of some of the most important issues facing our economy and healthcare system today. I was so inspired that I returned to my school and organized an interdisciplinary, community-wide Health Policy Summit to spark the interest in others about the importance of political advocacy and health policy. Jenny Carson, BSN, RN (a former 2012 Student Policy Summit attendee), came to Hartwick College and served as our keynote speaker, where over 100 students, faculty and community members attended.  No matter whether you are an undergraduate student or graduate student, the Summit is applicable to everyone in the nursing profession. It is an exciting time to be involved with health policy, and no better place to start than the Student Policy Summit in our nation’s capital!”