Nursing Students Attend National Policy Conference

March 26, 2015

AACN 2015

Dean Beal and students traveled to the American Academy of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) conference in Washington, DC

SNHS Dean Judy Beal and three  nursing students visited Washington, DC recently to attend the AACN Student Policy Summit. The three-day conference gave students a better understanding of how policies are developed at the federal level and how to be effective advocates for the nursing profession. It was also an opportunity to meet with Massachusetts legislators and nursing policy leaders as well as nurses and nursing students across the country.

“I was very impressed and proud of the articulate and meaningful messages our students shared with Legislative aides,” said Dean Beal. “Steven, Diana and Jennifer were exemplary representatives of Simmons and the nursing profession.”

Steven Dellacroce, a student in our RN-MSN program, Diana Hanan, a BSN-MSN student, and Jennifer Inloes, a Dix Scholar in our BSN program attended the conference in Washington, D.C. with Dean Beal, and we asked them about the experience.

Steven Dellacroce

"For me, the highlight was the nursing profession as a whole, coming together from every imaginable part of this great country. Our profession is so vast. The biggest take away was simple. There is so much to learn and so much to do. There is a wealth of misinformation pertaining to Affordable Care Act and what it is to different people. We need to be better educated and share the proper knowledge with our patients and colleagues."

Diana Hanan

"The most exciting part of the conference was just being around nurses who were so passionate about the work that they were doing, both in their clinical practices and academic pursuits. The enthusiasm and zest for learning were contagious!

I learned that we can all be involved in shaping the policies that affect nursing and health care. Opportunities are everywhere, and the information is out there; it's a matter of paying attention and taking the time to act. You don't have to be a senator or the president of an organization to make an impact."

Jennifer Inloes

"The highlight of the policy summit was having the opportunity to meet with Congressional staffers on Capitol Hill to discuss upcoming bills relevant to the nursing profession. Being able to directly advocate for the nursing profession in Washington, DC as a representative of Simmons College, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, and the Massachusetts Association of Colleges of Nursing was an empowering and rewarding experience."

Pictured Left to Right: Steven Dellacroce, Diana Hanan, Dean Judy Beal, a Northeastern nursing student, and Jennifer Inloes.