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NANN Scholarships and Contests


Nurse in Washington Internship Program

The Nurse in Washington Internship (NIWI) is an intense learning experience for nurses interested in becoming more involved in the legislative and regulatory aspects of healthcare. The 2017 NIWI program will take place March 12-14 in Washington, DC. The 3-day program aims to:

  • 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 healthcare policy and delivery changes today.
  • Learn to schedule Capitol Hill meetings.

The deadline to apply has passed. 

NICU Leadership Forum

Leadership in today's NICU requires knowledge, creative thinking, and problem solving to confront increasing regulatory, business, and personal challenges. The NICU Leadership Forum will provide you with practical solutions to help navigate through daily challenges while also providing the opportunity for you to network with your fellow NICU nursing leaders.

NANN is pleased to announce the availability of scholarships to attend the 21st Annual NICU Leadership Forum, April 25-29, 2017 at the Wigwam in Phoenix, AZ.

The deadline to apply has passed.

Conference Scholarship Program

NANN's Conference Scholarship Program will return in 2017. Please check back for more information.

March of Dimes Graduate Nursing Scholarships

To recognize and promote excellence in nursing care of mothers and babies, the March of Dimes offers several $5,000 scholarships annually to registered nurses enrolled in graduate programs of maternal-child nursing.

NANN Emerging Leader Program

NANN is partnering with AWHONN to host the highly regarded Emerging Leader Program (ELP), a selective, formal, leadership training program.  Nurses interested in nurturing their leadership potential and becoming more involved in NANN activities are encouraged to apply for the 2017 ELP.  This year-long program offers training sessions on a variety of leadership and management topics, increases awareness of advocacy and legislative action, enhances the participant’s professional network, and provides opportunities for NANN leadership experience. In addition to formal learning sessions, participants will work on a project with their identified mentor that will be presented in poster format at the 2018 NANN Annual Conference.

Important dates to note:

  • ELP Kick-Off Meeting will held in Washington D.C. in February or March 2017. Dates to be announced in December 2016.
  • ELP Meeting at AWHONN Annual Convention will be held June 24, 2017 in New Orleans.
  • ELP participants will attend the 2017 NANN Annual Educational Conference on October 11-14 in Providence, RI.

Participants must be NANN members for at least one year and have current or past involvement in a NANN chapter or national activities including committees, task forces, liaisons and other volunteer positions.  It is the responsibility of the applicant to seek out a mentor for guidance with a designated project.  Mentors are not required or funded to attend in-person meetings.  The application period for the 2017 Emerging Leader Program has ended. Stay tuned for details about our 2017 recipients and information regarding the 2018 program.


Faces of Neonatal Nursing Photo Contest

Neonatal nursing has many faces—its dedicated nursing professionals in the NICU, in transport, in home care, in academic settings, within local communities, up on Capitol Hill, and around the globe. There are faces of neonates from days old to years old, growing and prospering, and there are also faces of mothers, fathers, grandparents, and siblings. Join NANN in celebrating neonatal nursing by participating in the Faces of Neonatal Nursing photo contest.

Photo submissions and narratives will be displayed at the NANN 32nd Annual Educational Conference taking place October 26–29 in Palm Springs, CA, where conference attendees will determine the winning photo via an online ballot. The winner will receive a complimentary registration to NANN's 2017 annual conference, and the photo will be considered for use on the cover of an issue of Advances in Neonatal Care.

The deadline to submit photos has passed.

2016 winner

"The Giving Key" by Krista Gantt

Faces of Neonatal Nursing Contest 2016 Winner

Looking for inspiration? Please take a look at our past winners!

Brighter Tomorrows Story Contest

Working in the NICU means being part of some incredible stories. Enter the Brighter Tomorrows Story Contest and share yours for a chance to win complimentary registration for NANN's 33rd Annual Educational Conference in Providence, RI.

Stories should be relevant to neonatal nursing practice and relate a baby's or family's progress or describe the professional development of a neonatal nurse. Photos may accompany stories if the appropriate permission has been granted and a signed release form is submitted with the entry. Please submit all stories to

Please note: By submitting a story, you give NANN permission to reproduce it in the association's print and electronic media. The winning entry will be chosen in June 2017, and its author will be notified immediately thereafter. The winning story will be printed in a future NANN publication and posted on the NANN website.

2016's Winning Entry
Carrying a life and saving a life; our job is everything but ordinary.
Malissa McGillivray, RN
Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

The deadline to submit a story to the Brighter Tomorrows Story Contest is May 1, 2017