Join us and start the New Year off right by making a commitment to support your profession in Nashville on February 4th!

We invite all RNs, APRNs, and Nursing Graduate Students to join us this year at our refocused “Nurses Day on the Hill” and Legislative Reception!

It will be a full day of advocacy, networking with nurses from across the state, learning about issues, and meeting with legislators.  We will be advocating for TNA sponsored legislation that makes changes to the Nurse Practice Act.  For TNA’s legislative program of promoting and protecting the registered nurse to be successful we need nurses like you to be involved and attend this event.


Registration Fees (includes all materials, lunch & reception):
Nurses Day on the Hill & Legislative Reception: Nurses $65
Nurses Day on the Hill & Legislative Reception: Graduate Students $50
Legislative Reception Only $35





Tentative Event Agenda:


(all times are CST)

Activity Location
9:00 – 9:30 AM Registration: Plan to arrive at 9:00 to receive your materials for the day, your legislative appointment times and other important information. The Nashville Public Library – Downtown
9:30 AM Welcome & Opening Remarks The Nashville Public Library – Downtown
9:40 AM Legislature 101: Refresher on how a bill becomes a law, the demographics of our State Legislature, and legislative processes. The Nashville Public Library – Downtown
9:50 AM Legislative Issues Update: Briefing on current legislation that effects nursing and healthcare in Tennessee; focusing on any major legislation that TNA is tracking. The Nashville Public Library – Downtown
10:10 AM Modernizing the Nurse Practice Act Legislation Briefing:

  • Legislative History/How did we get here?
  • Messaging and talking points
  • Goals to accomplish at the legislature in the afternoon
The Nashville Public Library – Downtown
11:00 AM Boxed Lunches & Discussion The Nashville Public Library – Downtown
12:00 PM March to the Capitol/Cordell Hull Legislative Building
12:00 – 4:00 PM Visit Committees, meet with legislators, deliver information packets to Legislative Offices. Cordell Hull Legislative Building
5:00 – 7:00 PM Legislative Reception Woolworth on 5th


Event Locations:

Morning Workshop: The Nashville Public Library – Downtown (parking garage attached.) , 606 Church St.

Afternoon: The Cordell Hull Legislative Building, 425 5th Avenue N.

Evening Reception: Woolworth on 5th, 221 5th Avenue N.(between the Cordell Hull Bldg. and the Library)


Questions? Contact TNA’s Government Affairs Director Kathleen Murphy, Kathleen.Murphy@TNAOnline.org



Additional Information:

What’s NEW about this event?
In the past our Legislative Summit has been held later in the Spring after the Legislature has voted or taken positions on many issues.  The TNA Board has decided to refocus our advocacy efforts by changing the format of this event for a bigger impact on legislation and the RN’s role in advocacy.  This event gives you the opportunity to share and advocate on important legislative issues facing Tennessee.  You can attend the full day or just the legislative reception.


Why you should attend:
Politics and state legislative policy affect health care and every aspect of nursing.  Since nurses are experts about the nursing profession and care for our patients, nurses should have a seat at the policy decision making table.  Legislators need to meet nurses who can be their go-to source for information.  This is your opportunity to make that connection with your legislators and others.  Sharing your experiences with legislators and providing information is the most powerful way to advocate for your profession and health care. Studies show that one-on-one communications between constituents and their elected officials often cause a tipping point that results in them supporting legislation.  Your voice does make a difference!


What you will gain from attending:
Participating will connect you with the statewide nursing community and inspire you to become even more involved in nursing advocacy.  Our team of seasoned nursing advocates will coach you with advice, political insight and their own personal stories during the morning workshop and lunch.  Importantly, in the afternoon, you will get to see democracy in action! This experience will empower you to be a better advocate!  You will leave having a better understanding of the legislative process and how to effectively advocate.  The legislative reception gives you an opportunity to get to know legislators and legislative staff on a personal level outside of the hectic legislative office atmosphere.  Think of it as a nursing social hour with legislators!


You don’t need previous experience!
The only thing you need is the willingness to share your stories and experiences of how legislative decisions impact your life, your profession, your family, and your patients.  We will give you the materials you need including talking points on our priority legislation and background information.  These events will make the legislative process and being a nurse advocate less intimidating.  We encourage you to bring a fellow nurse to join you on this advocacy adventure!

Together we can make a real difference in moving forward to modernize the Nurse Practice Act!