Jane Glaze and Theresa Coyner participated in the Nurse in Washington Internship (NIWI) on March 11 - 13, 2018. NIWI is a workshop designed to help nurses learn the legislative process and prepare to meet with congressional members. NIWI is offered through the Nursing Community which is comprised of approximately 57 nursing organizations. The workshop was intense with each participant preparing for congressional visits well beyond the 8A to 5P workshop hours. Each participant met with their respective senators and district house representative.
The legislative "asks" for the Nursing Community this year consisted of requesting continuation of Title VIII which is a program which provides funds to educate nurses as well as retaining nursing faculty. NIWI attendees also "asked" for funding of Title VIII. The last "ask" was to help clarify the language in a bill to include nurse clinicians as well as nurse practitioners as qualified counselors for individuals with opioid dependency.