Even though a number of ANA members descend on Capitol Hill during the year
to lobby on ANA's key issues, it is essential for members to attend in-district
meetings when their Representative/Senators are in their district office.
Scheduling meetings with your congressional representatives in your home
district is the best way to make an impact on nursing issues.
Steps to ensure an effective meeting:
Send a letter or e-mail requesting a meeting. Most members of Congress can be
reached in their district office over Congressional recess and many are
available on Fridays.
Promptly follow-up your letter or e-mail with a telephone call to the
member's district office. Ask to speak with the member's scheduler who handles
district office appointments. You may be referred to the member's Washington, DC
office. If referred, the main number for the Capitol Hill switchboard is
202-224-3121. The switchboard can transfer you to any House or Senate
Invite colleagues, friends and family to attend the meeting. Hearing the same
message, individually and collectively from the nursing community makes this the
best way to make an impact on a member's position on our issues. ANA may also
contact you to attend a meeting we organize, or one organized through one of our
In advance of the meeting, the group should meet to strategize. A lead person
should be designated to deliver the key message you want to leave with the
member of Congress.
Your discussion with the member of Congress should be organized and focused
on ANA's principal issue(s). Ask directly for the member's help in supporting
ANA's position and try to get a clear sense of where the Member stands on ANA's
Every participant should immediately write an individual thank-you note to
the member of Congress and any staff member present during the meeting. Be sure
to express your appreciation to any of the member's staff who were involved in
scheduling or facilitating the meeting.
Whatever you choose to do to help, keep ANA in the
E-mail email@example.com to let us know
about your efforts