2022 Nurse in Washington Internship (NIWI)

Monday, March 21 - Wednesday, March 23, 2022
The Alexandrian Hotel
480 King Street
Alexandria, Virginia

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NIWI Attendance

NIWI is open to nurses, nursing students, and nursing organization staff leaders that are 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 Attendee Benefits

  • We help you develop the confidence to walk into any legislator’s office to advocate for nursing issues
  • Making meaningful connections with legislators to lay the foundation to build an ongoing relationship
  • Connect you to a community of nurse advocates from your state and attend Hill meetings with your Senators as a group

NIWI Learning Objectives

Nurses who attend the NIWI Conference will have the opportunity to learn:

  • How to be an involved influencer at both the local and national level
  • How to communicate effectively with both legislative staffers and elected officials to advance a policy agenda
  • The specifics of the legislative process from Advocacy, to Lobbying, Campaigning and Giving Testimony
  • What key issues impacting nursing and health care might be of personal interest
  • How to identify who your elected representatives are, how to learn about them, how to schedule a meeting with them, how to communicate with them, and how to influence them

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Conference Schedule
Monday, March 21: 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm ET
Tuesday, March 22: 9:00 am - 4:30 pm ET
Wednesday, March 23: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm ET

Registration Fees


By February 15, 2022

After February 15, 2022




Member of a NOA Organization



Full-Time Student/NSNA Member









Full-Time Student/Not a Member of NSNA





Nursing Contact Hours

This continuing nursing education activity will be submitted to the Montana Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation, to award contact hours.

Hotel Information

The conference will be held at The Alexandrian, 480 King St., Alexandria, VA 22314.

Reservations can be made by clicking here. The room rate is $225/night plus applicable taxes. The rate cannot be guaranteed after February 15, 2022.

Conference Cancellation Policy

Any cancellations must be made in writing directly to the Nursing Organizations Alliance. If received by February 25, 2022, The Nursing Organizations Alliance will apply a $50 administrative fee and refund the remainder of the registration fee. After February 25, 2022, no refund will be given. Replacements are always welcome and can be arranged through NOA Headquarters.

For More Information

Please contact NOA Headquarters Offices at 859-514-5802 or [email protected].

Comments from Previous 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 Funding Opportunities

Funding opportunities are available for the 2022 Nurses in Washington Internship (NIWI) program.

                      2019 2020 2021

2021 Scholarships

The recipients of the complimentary registration to NIWI 2021 are:

  • Anne DeLeo, MSN, CRNP, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She is a member of the Society of Otorhinolaryngology Head and Neck Nurses. Click here to view Anne's report on NIWI. 
  • Nikule Abel, Nursing Student, Board of Director, of Las Vegas, Nevada. She is a member of the National Association of School Nurses.

The recipients of the 4th Annual Lois Capps Scholarship to NIWI 2021 are:

  • Nicole Schwartz, RN, MSN, GNP-BC - Department of Veterans Affairs, of Santa Cruz, California. She is a member of the Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association (GAPNA)
  • Tracy Fasolino, PhD, FNP, ACPHN - Associate Professor, Clemson University, of South Carolina. She is a member of the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA)

2020 Scholarships

NIWI 2020 was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic; no scholarships were awarded in 2020. 

2019 Scholarships

The recipients of the full scholarship to NIWI 2019 is:

  • Laurie Combe, MN, RN, NCSN, of Spring, Texas. She is a member of the National Association of School Nurses. Click here to view Laurie's report on NIWI. 

The recipients of the registration scholarships are:

  • Debra Drew, MS, ACNS-BC (retired), RN-BC (retired), AP-PMN, of Maplewood, Minnesota. She is a member of the American Society for Pain Management Nursing. Click here to view Debra's report on NIWI. 
  • Rachael Viale, MSN, RN, of Sacramento, California. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International. Click here to view Rachael's report on NIWI.

The recipient of the full student scholarship is Ashley Moore, BSN, MS Candidate (2020), of San Francisco, California. She is a member of the Oncology Nursing Society. Click here to view Ashley's report on NIWI.



On-Site COVID Safety Protocols


The safety of the NIWI attendees is of utmost importance to NOA. NOA is working with the Alexandrian Hotel in Old Town Alexandria to ensure that all safety protocols on the federalstate, and local levels are being met and that our attendees feel safe.

 Additional Precautions*

  • The Alexandrian will have hand sanitizer stations located throughout our meeting space. We ask that everyone be extra vigilant in proper hand hygiene.
  • Hand-shaking and hugging should be minimized or avoided.
  • While masks are not currently required for vaccinated persons in Virginia, NOA is strongly encouraging and recommending the use of masks during NIWI regardless of vaccination status.
  • Participants will utilize name badge stickers to indicate comfort level with distancing and masking.
  • We will have reduced numbers seated at each table, allowing for social distancing between participants while seated.
  • Attendees are asked to self-monitor for symptoms. Anyone with symptoms should seek testing and follow-up according to the results.
  • In addition to the waiver completed by all attendees during the online registration process, all attendees will be asked to complete an attestation form in the days leading up to the conference to enhance awareness of potential COVID-19 symptoms. 

NOA is closely monitoring any developments pertaining to COVID-19, the Delta, and the Omicron variant. NOA staff and leadership will make informed decisions about NIWI based on sound information and guidance provided by the World Health Organization (WHO) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We will also coordinate with our host venue, the state of Virginia, and the city of Alexandria. We will make every possible effort to ensure the NIWI conference is preserved and advise you as soon as possible regarding any modifications to the existing plan.

*Precautions are subject to change as conditions evolve.


NOA's Commitment to a Respectful and Courteous Conference Experience

The Nursing Organizations Alliance (NOA) has a zero-tolerance policy for unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. NOA conferences are intended for networking and collaboration in the nursing community. We value the participation of each member of the community and want all attendees to have an enjoyable and fulfilling experience. Accordingly, all attendees are expected to show respect and courtesy to other attendees throughout the conference and at all conference events, whether officially sponsored by NOA or not.

NOA is dedicated to providing a harassment- and discrimination-free conference experience for everyone regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, race, age, or religion. NOA does not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. Conference participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the conference (without a refund) at the discretion of the conference organizers. Click here to view our full conference anti-harassment policy. If you need to report an incident, please use our harassment/discrimination reporting form. Our anti-harassment and discrimination policy can be found by clicking here.