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Blugolds go to the Hill

| Jan Adams

Michael Jaeb, senior student nurse, attended the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Student Policy Summit in Washington, DC, March 25-27, 2019.  This three-day conference focuses on federal policy and the role nurse leaders can play in professional advocacy. Both baccalaureate and graduate nursing students enrolled in an AACN member institution are eligible to attend. A wide variety of health policy experts spoke at the Summit, including the keynote speaker, Dr. Alexis Bakos, who currently serves as the Senior Adviser to the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health and the Acting Director of the Division of Policy and Data within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Minority Health.

The Student Policy Summit takes place during the AACN’s Dean’s Annual Meeting and AACN Advocacy Day, which was also attended by Dean Linda K. Young PhD, RN, CNE, CFLE. The visit to Capitol Hill broke record attendance with more than 400 member deans, directors, chairs, and students from 45 different states. During their visits they educated federal legislators on programs and legislation impacting nursing education, research, and care delivery. For more information, please visit

Photo: Dean Linda Young, Michael Jaeb and other participants from Wisconsin nursing programs.