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Your Neonatal & Nursing Advocates

Through the leadership of NANN's Health Policy and Advocacy Committee, NANN seeks to optimize care and health outcomes for neonates and their families. NANN also impacts nursing practice regulation and policy by fostering member engagement and collaboration with other healthcare-related groups to shape legislative and regulatory issues at the federal and state levels.

NANN's Advocacy Agenda

In 2016 NANN is monitoring and supporting these legislative issues:

See NANN's Advocacy Agenda Highlights for a summary of 2016's top issues and advocacy resources.

Past Legislative Issues

Get Involved


Join the MyNANN Advocacy Community to share information and insights with like-minded members.


Participate and be heard! Contact your elected officials and advocate for neonates, their parents, and our profession.


Serve on NANN's Health Policy and Advocacy Committee to help guide NANN's advocacy focus and educate members on the issues.

NANN's Health Policy and Advocacy Committee recommends an annual advocacy agenda to the association's board of directors. Throughout the year, the committee monitors the association's priority health policy and advocacy issues, and develops and maintains key alliances with other advocacy groups.

Committee Members

Julie Sundermeier, DNP APRN NNP-BC, Chair
Stephanie Blake, MSN RN NNP-BC, Chair-Elect
Tara Boice, MSN RNC-NIC
Michelle Cherry, MSN RN
Claudia Decker, BSN RN-NIC-III
Tommie Farrell, BSN RNC-NIC, Board Liaison
Allyson Kayton, MSN APRN NNP-BC
Vicki Leamy, DNP NNP-BC
Elizabeth Welch-Carre, EdD(c) MS APRN NNP-BC, NANNP Council Liaison

To serve on the Health Policy and Advocacy Committee respond to NANN's Annual Call for Volunteers each spring. NANN has plenty of opportunities for those interested in joining committees.


Attend the Nurse in Washington Internship to jump start your advocacy education. NANN partners with the Nursing Organizations Alliance and sponsors two NANN members to attend this annual 3-day internship program in Washington, DC. Look for the applications announcement in the fall for the March event.


NANN provides legislative and advocacy tools to assist members with education and participation in the policy arena. At times, NANN also partners with other organizations to provide NANN members with the most current and relevant information.