ANNA Member Linda Takvorian Reflects on 2015 Nurse In Washington Internship Program

ANNA member Linda Joyce Takvorian participated in the Nurse in Washington Internship (NIWI) program in Washington, DC, March 15-17, 2015. Sponsored by the Nursing Organizations Alliance, the NIWI program provides nurses the opportunity to learn how to influence health care through the legislative and regulatory processes. Participants learn from health policy experts and government officials, network with other nurses, and visit members of Congress. Read below to learn more about her NIWI experience.

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The 2015 Nurse in Washington Internship (NIWI) was an invaluable learning experience. The keynote speaker, Marla Weston, PhD, RN, FAAN, Chief Executive Officer of the American Nurses Association, provided the nursing interns with a meaningful talk focusing on the importance of ethics and integrity in nursing. The NIWI program included multiple sessions and speakers to prepare nurses from all over the United States to lobby on behalf of Title VIII, a bill that provides funding for nursing education, research, and practice. Besides learning about how our government passes a bill, we learned about the reality involved in passing a bill. The NIWI nurses then visited various Congressional and Senatorial offices to lobby for support.

This assembly of nurses, the Nursing Alliance, represented nurses from multiple nursing specialties that united to promote funding for Title VIII. The nurses from California teamed together to call on the respective California representatives and lobby. Many friendships were forged during the meeting and visits to the offices on the Hill. I am truly grateful and appreciative for the opportunity to attend this meeting. This experience reinforced the truth that nurses are true advocates, and just as we must advocate on behalf of our patients, we must advocate for our profession.

Linda Joyce Takvorian, MSN, RN, CNN
NIWI Grant Recipient
President, Los Angeles Chapter #508