Nurse in Washington Internship (NIWI)
Nurse in Washington Internship (NIWI)
NIWI 2014 took place Sunday, March 30 - Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at the Capitol Skyline Hotel in Washington, DC.
Please check back in Fall 2014 for information on NIWI 2015.
Click here to visit the NIWI Facebook page!
Comments from NIWI Participants
- Wonderful Conference/Internship. I have learned a lot, I especially have the confidence to approach legislators to ask/request support for the nursing profession.
- Excellent opportunity for RNs to learn how easy it is to get involved and take action.
- Great conference! This internship has increased my confidence in how to deal with public policy issues and interact with members of Congress and their staff.
- Thank you for this amazing experience. The speakers were insightful and informative on the current happenings in Washington. This is an outstanding event!
NIWI is open to any RN or nursing student (all levels of education) that is interested in an orientation to the legislative process. There is not an application or acceptance process to attend NIWI. You just need to register and pay the registration fee. For more information on our scholarships, see below.
||By February 28, 2014
||After February 28, 2014
Non NSNA Member
(any level of education)
NIWI typically begins on Sunday at noon and concludes on Tuesday with a closing reception at 5pm.
- Describe how nurses can be involved and influence policy at the local and national level.
- Discuss how to work effectively with legislative staff to advance policy agendas.
- Describe key steps to effect change in the legislative process.
- Identify techniques to advance legislative issues at the grassroots level.
- Identify legislative, political, and economic forces driving health care policy and delivery changes today.
- Learn to schedule Capitol Hill meetings.
The NIWI Experience
- Advocacy 101/201 Breakout Sessions: Overview of Public Policy Process
- Advocacy Training
- Panel Session with Professional Nurse Advocates
- Congressional Staff Panel Session
- State Team Break Outs for Hill Preparation, including role playing
- Opportunity to meet with your Representative and Senators on Capitol Hill
- Networking with other nurses with similar clinical and political interests
The recipients of the full scholarships to NIWI 2014 are:
- Lavoy Bray of Richmond, Virginia. He is a member of the Alliance member organization, the American Assembly for Men in Nursing. Mr. Bray serves as Deputy Director, Psychiatric/Behavioral Health Nurse at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
- Anna Dermenchyan of North Hollywood, California. She is a member of the Alliance member organization, the American Nurses Association. Ms. Dermenchyan serves as a Clinical Quality Specialist at UCLA Health.
- Myna Shegog of Waukegan, Illinois. She is a member of Alliance member organization, the International Association of Forensic Nurses. Ms. Shegog serves as the SAFE Medical Program Manager at Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center.
The recipient of the registration scholarship is Jan Stull of Avon, Colorado. She is a member of the Alliance member organization, the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses. Ms. Stull is a Perioperative Educator at Vail Valley Medical Center.
The recipient of the student registration scholarship is Lisa Klasek-Gray of Charleston, South Carolina. She is a member of the Alliance member organization, Sigma Theta Tau International. Ms. Klasek-Gray is a nursing student at hte Medical University of South Carolina.
Check back in Fall 2014 for information on the 2015 NIWI scholarships provided by the Alliance.
Many Alliance member organizations also offer scholarships to their members for the NIWI program. Please check with your organization for more information.
- AACN-American Association of Critical-Care Nurses supports the NIWI program by providing a number of scholarships annually to its members for participating. Details at http://www.aacn.org/scholarships.
2013 Scholarship Reports
The recipient of the 2013 full NIWI scholarship, provided by The Alliance, was Mary Atkinson Smith, DNP, FNP-BC, ONP-C, RNFA, CNOR of Starkville, Mississippi. Smith is a member of the American Nurses Association (ANA), the National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses (NAON), the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), and the Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association. Click here to view Mary’s report on NIWI.
The recipient of the NIWI 2013 registration scholarship, provided by The Alliance, was Patricia Lane, MBA, BSN, RN of Midlothian, Virginia. Lane is a member of the National Association of Neuroscience Nurses (AANN). Click here to view Patricia’s report on NIWI.
The recipient of the NIWI 2013 student registration scholarship, provided by The Alliance, was Paige Pendarvis of Old Town, Maine. Pendarvis is a member of the National Student Nurses Association (NSNA). Click here to view Paige’s report on NIWI.
Nursing Contact Hours
This continuing nursing education activity was approved by the Tennessee Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. This activity is approved for 5.75 Contact Hours.
For More Information
Please contact Alliance Headquarters Offices at 859-514-9157 or szach@AMRms.com.