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NOVA on the Hill Day Scholarship Recipients

Posted By Ashley Lovelace, Wednesday, March 18, 2020

NOVA on the Hill Day Scholarship Recipients

NOVA awarded two scholarships in the amount of $250 each to provide support to two NOVA nurses to attend NOVA on the Hill Day on March 5, 2020 in Washington D.C. Congratulations to the 2020 NOVA on the Hill Day Scholarship Recipients: Ashley N. Jones and Steven D. Powell! Ashley works at the VA Maryland Healthcare System and Steven works at the Michael E. Debakey VA Medical Center. Enjoy their testimonials below.


Ashley N. Jones, MS, BSN, RN, OCN, CHPN

2020 NOVA on the Hill Day Scholarship Recipient

VA Maryland Healthcare System, Baltimore, MD


“Attending the 2020 NOVA Hill Day was one of the best days in my career as a VA nurse. The day began with meeting Congresswoman Lauren Underwood who answered questions and was very informative. I was able to meet with my Senator’s staff and discuss and advocate for issues that affect Veterans in Maryland and Veterans overall. I plan to use this experience to advocate for Veterans on the state and federal level. I will continue to advocate for the passing of the H.R. 647, Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act. This bill will increase hospice and palliative care education of all healthcare providers. I will return to NOVA Hill Day in the future to advocate for exceptional care for Veterans as well as optimal staffing for VA nurses. I plan to network with my fellow VA nurses from different states. It is beneficial to talk with nurses from different states to receive input and feedback to develop ideas for my local facility. Again, I am grateful for the opportunity and will see you next year!”

Steven D. Powell, MSN, BSN, BA, RN-BC

2020 NOVA on the Hill Day Scholarship Recipient

Michael E. Debakey VA Medical Center, Houston, TX

"I plan on using the experience from NOVA to share with my colleagues in Houston and the general public what NOVA’s Legislative Priority Goals are and the importance of contacting their representatives in Congress. Now that I have met with various individuals who handle this legislation, I know exactly who to contact when bills begin to get developed and introduced for a vote. The whole experience was absolutely wonderful! Getting to meet and network with fellow nurses passionate about advocacy from across the country was absolutely inspiring. Plus, as a millennial nurse, I was blown away that the day got kicked off with the first elected millennial nurse to Congress, U.S. Representative Lauren Underwood, joining us for breakfast. It is my hope to attend every NOVA on the Hill Day after this. For anyone that hasn’t been, do yourself a favor and plan on going to this awesome experience!"

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