Nurse in Washington Internship (NIWI)

Nurse in Washington Internship (NIWI)

NIWI 2015
March 15-17, 2015
The Westin Crystal City
1800 Jefferson Davis Highway
Arlington, VA

Room Rate: $189.00/night plus taxes. For reservations call 703-486-1111. Rate cannot be guaranteed after February 14, 2015.


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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 Attendance
 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. 

Registration Fees 

  By February 13, 2015 After February 13, 2015
Alliance Member $525.00 $575.00
Non-Member $625.00 $675.00
NSNA Member $300.00 $300.00

Non NSNA Member
(any level of education)

$400.00 $400.00

Meeting Schedule
NIWI typically begins on Sunday at noon and concludes on Tuesday with a closing reception at 5pm.

Internship Objectives

  • 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

2014 Scholarships 

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. Click here to read Mr. Bray’s report on NIWI.
  • 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. Click here to read Ms. Dermenchyan’s report on NIWI.
  • 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. Click here to read Ms. Stull’s report on NIWI.

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.


2015 Scholarships

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   

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