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Our one-year, flagship advocacy program.

Empowering nurses to lead new campaigns.

The Advocacy Institute Fellowship is an immersive program designed to help nurses develop the skills and knowledge necessary to lead advocacy initiatives affecting legislation, regulations, and policies in California.

During their one-year commitment, Fellows will leverage ANA\California's network of coalitions, partners, media, and political contacts to engage new opportunities for creating sustainable change in nursing.

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An Advocacy Institute Fellow is an ANA\California member who demonstrates a passion for policy development and advocacy, as well as an understanding of the state legislative processes with a specific focus on advancing the profession of nursing through legislation, regulation, and policy.

This unpaid, non-residential Fellowship is one year in length. Conditions permitting, Fellows may be encouraged to travel at least once during the year to meet with the ANA\California Board of Directors, staff, coalition partners, and colleagues. Other work is conducted through distance technology.

Fellows work with ANA\California's CEO, Communications & Programs Manager, and a designated mentor to identify deliverables and participate in campaign activities.

Fellows are provided with:


  • Opportunity to expand knowledge of a specified area of health policy with the support of ANA\California's expertise

  • Mentorship with an esteemed ANA\California member

  • Development of expertise in integrating policy and media

  • Continuing education opportunities, including participation in ANA\California sponsored webinars, panel discussions, and conferences

  • Ability to audit legislative, regulatory, and policy meetings

  • Opportunities to network

Who Can Apply
The Fellowship is open to ANA\California members who demonstrate an interest in and commitment to health, healthcare, and influencing health policy and media at the state and local levels.

Application Requirements
To be considered for this Fellowship, please complete the online application below. 

Applicants must also meet the following requirements:


  • Minimum two (2) years of continuous ANA\California membership.

  • Minimum Baccalaureate level degree in nursing.

  • Willingness and ability to commit to five (5) hours per month.


Fellows must be willing and able to meet minimum expectations, including but not limited to:

  • Bi-monthly meetings with ANA\California's Communications & Programs Manager

  • Regular communication with ANA\California CEO

  • Contact a member of the California Legislature and provide comments

  • Attend and provide comments at a California BRN Meeting

  • Attend quarterly networking sessions

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