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

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2021-2022 Federal Policy Agenda

View the priority areas to learn about their corresponding principles for sound policies to advance health care and higher education. Spanning across these four priority areas are Core Values that serve as the foundation for this agenda.


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
Congressional Caucuses


Become an AACN Advocate

AACN Advocates; Building a lasting impact through the 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 Judy Ly, Government Affairs and Policy Coordinator, at


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