Hill Day: An All-Day Advocacy Training Event for Oncology Nurses


Are you interested in learning how to influence legislation for the health of your patients? Join more than 100 oncology nurses for Hill Day on April 23 in Washington, DC. You’ll take to the steps of the United States Capitol and raise awareness for patients with cancer, nursing education, a strong healthcare workforce, and continued federal investment in research funding.

Throughout the day, U.S. senators and representatives, federal policy leaders, and congressional staff will brief you on the current legislative environment. You’ll get the inside information on how laws are made, how Congress works, and how you can be an effective advocate. 

Sessions include

  • Civics 101: What Makes Washington Work?
  • ONS Health Practice Agenda: Avoiding Legislative Landmines and Policy Pitfalls
  • “Are You Talking to Me?”: How to Take a Congressional Meeting
  • A lunchtime talk by special guest speaker Patricia A. Grady, PhD, RN, FAAN, Director, NIH National Institute for Nursing Research

Each participant will be briefed by ONS Health Policy Director Alec Stone on the formal “asks” of the day, including policy requests on symptom management, education reimbursement, nursing workforce education grants, access to prescription medications, and funding for evidence-based research. You’ll then attend scheduled congressional meetings with your U.S. House and Senate offices to make the “ask” yourself. 

You’ll cap off your day with a congressional reception on Capitol Hill honoring members of Congress who have championed the oncology nursing profession. Don’t wait to put your passion for quality cancer care in motion—register for this unique opportunity when you sign up for Congress. 


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About Heather Swift

Heather “Swifty” Swift has been Kicking mAss since 1998. At 28 she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer as a recently single mom with two small babies on her hip. After completing treatment with the thought that cancer was in her rear view mirror she worked, locally, as a volunteer for Ithaca Breast Cancer Alliance doing community outreach to be certain that no one faced cancer alone. In 2005, she had a secondary diagnosis of breast cancer and tested positive for the BRCA2 mutation, which only amped up her commitment to creating positive change and to becoming a strong and effective advocate for the young adult cancer community. Now, at age 42, Swifty, her partner, Brian, and her two teenage children work together locally, nationally and internationally to advocate for change. Swifty regularly meets with legislators to work towards tangible change in health care, legislation that addresses the needs of cancer patients, care-partners, and families. She works directly with clinicians, medical/nursing students, youth & college students, cancer support organizations and others to educate them about the special needs of young adults living with a cancer diagnosis. Swifty is passionate about providing support by connecting people living with cancer to resources, to other cancer survivors, and to mobilizing and training individuals and groups to find their inner advocate. Swifty currently works with a number of amazing, hand-selected organizations, which provide her with opportunities to educate, to advocate, and to change the conversation about cancer and to work to bring an end to the disease. A few include: LiveSTRONG, mAss Kickers, Imerman Angels, National Breast Cancer Coalition, Cancer Resource Center of the Finger Lakes, Dusty Showers & The Second Basemen, and Stupid Cancer. Swifty is an oncology nursing student in upstate New York, loves time with her family, paddling sports, and peanut butter. She is a Virgo, but not the really anal-retentive type. Her strange fascination with superheroes makes her popular in geek circles, but it can be endearing. Swifty will be riding a llama across Oregon in July of 2012 and really does believe we can achieve and end to cancer and in world peace. Motto: Never Give Up! Favorite quote: “Our own life has to be our message.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh

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