NOA typically holds three events each year. The events are the Nurse in Washington Internship (NIWI), the Fall Summit and the Nursing Alliance Leadership Academy (NALA). The events focus on developing, strengthening, and broadening nurses’ leadership skills as well as providing a forum for our members to communicate and collaborate with each other. A more in depth description is provided below.
Nurse in Washington Internship (NIWI)
The Nurse in Washington Internship (NIWI) is held every February or March. NIWI provides nurses the opportunity to learn how to influence health care through the legislative and regulatory processes. Participants learn from health policy experts and government officials, network with other nurses, and visit members of Congress. Attendees include individual nurses and nursing students from across the country.
The Fall Summit
The Fall Summit is held every November and is designed to address current nursing issues, and to provide the leadership partnerships of the member organizations with opportunities for collaboration and professional development. Attendees of the Fall Summit are Executive Directors and Presidents of our member organizations. Together, our members represent over 60 organizations and over 800,000 nurses.
The Nursing Alliance Leadership Academy (NALA)
The first ever Nursing Alliance Leadership Academy was held in August 2005. Attendees included board members, elected leaders, committee members and paid staff from NOA member nursing organizations. Attendees were taught the role of boards, leadership styles, creative cohesive working groups, how to build commitment in a volunteer organization, and managing negativity and conflict. NALA provides high quality and broad education at an affordable price, while creating an opportunity for leaders from various organizations to build relationships and networks with their counterparts at other nursing organizations.