JSN Students Attend Policy Summit

Six Jefferson School of Nursing (JSN) students were selected to attend the American Association of Colleges (AACN) Nursing Student Policy Summit in Washington D.C. March 17-19, 2013. The students were:

Nora Vizzachero, DNP student
Angela Miller, DNP student
Adrianne Dudley, BSN student
Joanna Cirillo, BSN student
Caitlin Tambussi, BSN student
Grace Feinstein, BSN student

At the summit, students participated in learning sessions focused on the federal policy process and nursing’s role in professional advocacy. As part of the program, the students and JSN Dean Beth Ann Swan, PhD, CRNP, FAAN, who was attending AACN’s Spring Annual Meeting for deans in D.C., visited Capitol Hill and met with the legislative representatives for Senator Robert P. Casey, Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz and Congressman Robert Brady.

“I was inspired by learning about the process of influencing government and congress, and the experience of the Capitol Hill visits was thrilling,” says DNP student Nora Vizzachero. “I plan to continue my political activism and am emailing follow up messages to the congressional staffers we met with.”

BSN student Joanna Cirillo shares that enthusiasm, saying, “Attending the SPS really opened my eyes to the necessity of nurses’ voices in the policy making procedure, from organizational to the federal level. My career goals have shifted to include more advocacy and healthcare policy reform.”




Published: 03-21-2013

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