NIWI Logo and Capitol BuildingNurse in Washington Internship (NIWI)

Monday, March 23 - Wednesday, March 25, 2020
2020 Notice:
Out of growing concern related to COVID-19, the 2020 NIWI program has been cancelled.
Please check back at a later date for information about the 2021 program.

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NIWI Attendance

NIWI is open to any nurse or nursing student (all levels of education) that is interested in an orientation to the legislative process. There is not an application or acceptance process to attend NIWI. You just need to register and pay the registration fee. For more information on our scholarships, see below. 

NIWI Registration Fees


By February 20, 2020

After February 20, 2020

NOA Member

$525.00 $575.00


$625.00 $675.00

Student Rates:

NSNA Member

$300.00 $300.00

Non NSNA Member
(any level of education)

$400.00 $400.00

The NIWI Experience

  • Advocacy 101/201 Breakout Sessions: Overview of Public Policy Process or More Advanced Training for Those Who Already Have Advocacy Experience
  • Advocacy Training
  • Panel Session with Professional Nurse Advocates
  • Congressional Staff Panel Session
  • State Team Break Outs for Hill Preparation, including role playing
  • Opportunity to meet with your Representative and Senators on Capitol Hill
  • Networking with other nurses with similar clinical and political interests

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NIWI Objectives

  • Describe how nurses can be involved and influence policy at the local and national level.
  • Discuss how to work effectively with legislative staff to advance policy agendas.
  • Describe key steps to effect change in the legislative process.
  • Identify techniques to advance legislative issues at the grassroots level.
  • Identify legislative, political, and economic forces driving health care policy and delivery changes today.
  • Learn to schedule Capitol Hill meetings

Conference Schedule

NIWI begins on Monday at noon and concludes on Wednesday with a closing reception at 5pm.

For More Information

Please contact NOA Headquarters Offices at

859-514-9157 or [email protected].



Nursing Contact Hours

This continuing nursing education activity was approved by the Tennessee Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. NIWI2020 was approved for 4.75 contact hours.

Comments from Previous NIWI Participants

Wonderful Conference/Internship. I have learned a lot, I especially have the confidence to approach legislators to ask/request support for the nursing profession.

Excellent opportunity for RNs to learn how easy it is to get involved and take action.
Great conference!  This internship has increased my confidence in how to deal with public policy issues and interact with members of Congress and their staff.

Thank you for this amazing experience.  The speakers were insightful and informative on the current happenings in Washington.  This is an outstanding event!

NIWI Scholarships

                      2019 2020

2020 Scholarships

The NIWI 2020 Scholarship application window is now closed.

2019 Scholarships

The recipients of the full scholarship to NIWI 2019 is:

  • Laurie Combe, MN, RN, NCSN, of Spring, Texas. She is a member of the National Association of School Nurses. Click here to view Laurie's report on NIWI. 

The recipients of the registration scholarships are:

  • Debra Drew, MS, ACNS-BC (retired), RN-BC (retired), AP-PMN, of Maplewood, Minnesota. She is a member of the American Society for Pain Management Nursing. Click here to view Debra's report on NIWI. 
  • Rachael Viale, MSN, RN, of Sacramento, California. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International. Click here to view Rachael's report on NIWI.

The recipient of the full student scholarship is Ashley Moore, BSN, MS Candidate (2020), of San Francisco, California. She is a member of the Oncology Nursing Society. Click here to view Ashley's report on NIWI.

Many NOA member organizations also offer scholarships to their members for the NIWI program.  Please check with your organization for more information.