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

2018 Spring Advocacy Day 

On March 26, AACN’s Advocacy Day broke record attendance with 371 member deans, directors, chairs, and students visiting more than 120 Congressional offices on Capitol Hill. AACN members attending the Deans Annual Meeting and students participating in the Student Policy Summit convened in Washington, DC to educate federal legislators on programs and legislation impacting nursing education, research, and care delivery.  See infographic.

Congressional Caucuses
  • House and Senate Nursing Caucuses
  • Senate NIH Caucus


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 Policy Coordinator, at


If you have any questions, contact AACN Director of Government Affairs Rachel Stevenson at 202-463-6930, ext. 271 or