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This article has been peer reviewed. It is the authors' final version prior to publication in Journal of Nursing Education. Volume 50, Issue 1, January 2011, Pages 14-20. The published version is available at DOI: 10.3928/01484834-20101029-05. Copyright © Slack Inc.


The potential for doctor of nursing practice students to inform and influence the national health care reform movement inspired faculty teaching an online Health and Social Policy course to create an assignment combining comparative effectiveness research with a trip to Capitol Hill to meet with congressional representatives. Preparing for and participating in such an assignment can present challenges for online doctoral students already busy with family and professional responsibilities. However, from both faculty and student perspectives, the lasting value and professional growth are immeasurable. Course details and the theoretical concepts of experiential education are presented, as well as trip logistics and evaluation.

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