Nurse in Washington Internship (NIWI)


2017 Nurse in Washington Internship (NIWI)
March
12-14, 2017

The Westin Crystal City
1800 Jefferson Davis Highway
Arlington, VA 22202

Room Rate:
$229/night plus taxes. For reservations call (703) 486-1111 - Be sure to mention the NIWI/Alliance Meeting to receive the discounted rate. Rate cannot be guaranteed after February 9, 2017.

REGISTRATION FOR NIWI 2017 WILL OPEN IN FALL 2016.

Click here to view the agenda from the 2016 NIWI.
Click here to be added to our conference interest list. 

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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. 

NIWI Fees
  By February 4, 2016
After February 4, 2016
Alliance Member $525.00 $575.00
Non-Member $625.00 $675.00
STUDENT RATES:    
NSNA Member $300.00 $300.00

Non NSNA Member
(any level of education)

$400.00 $400.00
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
NIWI Pictures
 
2016 NIWI attendees from California pose for a photo during their visit to the Hill. Photo credit: Vivian Norman 
 
Over 70 nurses attended NIWI 2016. Photo credit: Vivian Norman 
 
Attendees at NIWI 2016 enjoyed an inspiring presentation by Representative Gale Adcock. 
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.
Meeting Schedule
NIWI typically begins on Sunday at noon and concludes on Tuesday with a closing reception at 5pm.
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 has been approved for 5.75 contact hours.
For More Information
Please contact Alliance Headquarters Offices at
859-514-9157 or szach@AMRms.com.
The Alliance is on Twitter!
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 pubdivc podivcy 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 Scholarships

2013 Scholarship ReportsThe 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.

2014 Scholarship ReportsThe 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

The recipients of the full scholarships to NIWI 2015 are:
  • Neil Ead of Cranston, Rhode Island. He is a member of the Alliance member organization, the American Pediatric Surgical Nurses Association. Mr. Ead is a Nurse Practitioner at Hasbro Children’s Hospital. Click Here to read Mr. Ead's report on NIWI.
  • Nancy Elliott of Jonestown, Pennsylvania. She is a member of the Alliance member organization, the Nurses Organization of Veterans Affairs. Ms. Elliott is a Safe Patient Handling & Mobility Coordinator at Lebanon VA Medical Center. Click Here to read Ms. Elliott's report on NIWI.
  • Curtis Olson of Lincoln, Nebraska. He is a member of the Alliance member organization, the Emergency Nurses Association. Mr. Olson is a Staff Nurse in the emergency department at Saint Elizabeth Regional Medical Center. Click Here to read Mr. Olson's report on NIWI.

The recipient of the registration scholarship is Linda Casale of Atlantis, Florida. She is a member of the Alliance member organization, the Nurses Organization of Veterans Affairs. Ms. Casale is a Staff RN at Veterans Affairs Medical Center-West Palm Beach. Click Here to read Ms. Casale's report on NIWI.

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.  
  • APHON-Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses supports the NIWI program by providing two scholarships to APHON members that meet the criteria. Details at http://www.aphon.org/about/niwi.cfm
  • NANN-National Association of Neonatal Nurses supports the NIWI program by providing scholarships to NANN members that meet the criteria. Details at http://www.nann.org/advocacy/content/niwi.html

2016 Scholarships

The recipients of the full scholarships to NIWI 2016 are:
  • Jodi Behr of Louisville, Kentucky. She is a member of the Alliance member organization, the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists. Ms. Behr is a System Educator at Norton Healthcare. Click here to view Jodi's report on NIWI.
  • Candance Lovelady of Houston, Texas. She is a member of the Alliance member organization, the American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nurses. Ms. Lovelady is a Registered Nurse Supervisor II at Kelsey-Seybold. Click here to view Candance's report on NIWI.

The recipient of the registration scholarship is Elizabeth Bolton-Harris of College Park, Georgia. She is a member of the Alliance member organization, the American Association of Heart Failure Nurses. Ms. Bolton-Harris is a Nurse Practitioner at Emory University Hospital Midtown. Click here to view Elizabeth's report on NIWI.

Check back in Fall 2016 for information on the 2017 NIWI Scholarships.