Connect with Congress

AACN encourages its member deans, faculty, students, and public stakeholders to advocate on behalf of issues impacting the healthcare community and America’s patients. The tool kit below provides resources to help you succeed in your advocacy efforts.

AACN is a nonpartisan organization that serves to educate and advocate for sound policy that improves nursing education, research, and practice. AACN views federal advocacy as having an integral role in the ability to shape, advance, and promote a professional nursing workforce that meets America’s healthcare needs. 

Advocate Resources

From Patient Advocacy to Political Action: AACN's Guide to Understanding Healthcare Policy and Politics

This book will strive to help nursing students, faculty, chairs, directors, and deans better understand the policy process, the issues facing nursing education, and how to participate in effective advocacy. The guide is designed to offer a refresher course on some basic civics with more complex themes related directly to nursing policy.

Map of Capitol Hill

Capitol Hill can be a confusing place for a first time advocate. This map will help you navigate the area and get to your meetings in a timely manner.




Commonly Used Terms on Capitol Hill

There are many commonly used terms on Capitol Hill that are associated with the legislative process and hard to understand  for many advocates. This document has a list of those terms and can serve as your personal “Capitol Hill Dictionary.” 

Who Are Your Federal Legislators?
Legislative Resources
AACN's Advocacy Day

2017 Fall Advocacy Day 

On October 30, academic nursing leadership established a record presence on Capitol Hill, with over 270 deans and associate deans from all 50 states and the District of Columbia meeting with 130 Congressional offices. AACN’s Fall 2017 Advocacy Day, part of AACN’s the Academic Nursing Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C., had members meet with their federal legislators to connect on pressing national priorities impacting patients’ health and nursing education. See infographic.

Congressional Caucuses


Join AACN's Grassroots Network

Sign up to become a member of AACN’s Grassroots Network in order to receive AACN Action Alerts, and our weekly newsletter, Washington Weekly. If you have any questions regarding this toolkit or AACN’s Grassroots Network, please contact Kate Priddy, AACN’s Government Affairs Assistant, at


If you have any questions, please contact AACN’s Director of Government Affairs, Lauren Inouye.