Scholarships Available For Nurse In Washington Internship Three-Day Program
The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) offers for the second year scholarships for the Nurse in Washington Internship (NIWI) program – Sunday, March 13, to Tuesday, March 15, 2011, Washington, D.C.
Sponsored by the Nursing Organizations Alliance, a coalition to create a strong voice for nurses, the highly regarded three-day internship gives clinicians a chance to learn how to advance healthcare agendas on a local, state and national level through the legislative process. NIWI provides advocacy and public policy training, role-playing exercises and opportunities to meet with Capitol Hill representatives.
Michelle Legg – RN, BSN, CCRN, coronary care nurse, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond – received a 2010 NIWI scholarship. She encourages nurses to apply for this year’s program saying, “Political activism is an avenue to help you help your patients. This is a great educational opportunity to learn how to extend that advocacy.”
AACN offered 21 NIWI scholarships in 2010. Applicants must be AACN members and submit a plan that shows how the program will help their professional development. They must assess gaps in their health policy knowledge and skills; identify what they want to learn; and explain how they will evaluate their learning.
The application deadline for NIWI scholarships is Nov. 1. Applicants must be accepted by the NIWI program, a process that requires a separate registration. Visit www.nursing-alliance.org for NIWI information and www.aacn.org/scholarships for information about the expanded AACN scholarship program, which provides qualified learning opportunities to members year-round.
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses