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AACN August Recess Toolkit

This toolkit provides American Association of Colleges of Nursing members with resources on how to best maximize advocacy efforts during the August Congressional Recess. Given that Members of Congress and their staff will be back in their home states/districts during recess, advocacy at the local level is critical during this time.

Webinar: “August Recess: What to Know While your Members of Congress are Back Home”

Archived (originally aired on July 23, from 2:00-3:00pm ET) An AACN webinar (now available for archived viewing) was presented by AACN’s Associate Director of Government Affairs Lauren Inouye to provide insight on effective advocacy outreach during August Congressional Recess.

Advocacy Tips

Dr. Becky Bowers-Lanier is the President of B2L Consulting, LLC, specializing in consulting with health care and education nonprofits on advocacy strategy and grassroots advocacy development. Becky has more than 20 years of experience as a staff nurse and nurse educator. She was the head of the Department of Nursing at Norfolk State University from 1987-1995. From 1995-2002, she served as Deputy Director of Colleagues in Caring: Regional Collaboratives for Nursing Workforce Development, a national project funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

In 2002, Becky became a lobbyist for nursing and health-related advocacy organizations in Virginia. Becky began her advocacy journey as the president of the Virginia Nurses Association from 1996-2000. She is the co-editor of State Nursing Workforce Initiatives, a 2006 winner of the American Journal of Nursing’s best book award.

She is also the author of Nurse’s Grant Writing Advantage, a 2012 publication of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. Becky holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing from the University of Pennsylvania, a master’s in public health from Virginia Commonwealth University, and a doctorate in higher education from the College of William & Mary.

View “Becky’s Clips” on Advocacy for counselors. She provides beneficial advice on advocacy involvement within the Commonwealth.

Becky's Clips: Talk on Advocacy Program I

Becky's Clips: Talk on Advocacy Program II

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