Students Travel to Capitol Hill to Represent Aspiring Healthcare Professionals

Students from West Coast University got a chance to make their voices heard at the nation’s capital this March, where they advocated for critical issues affecting themselves and their peers.  

Led by government affairs senior vice president Scott Casanover and government affairs executive director Andrea Harvey, the nursing students from California, Texas and Florida met with members of Congress to highlight the importance of their education.  

During their visit, students emphasized how institutions like WCU are not just educational providers, but also catalysts for fulfilling dreams and aspirations. They advocated for equal access to financial aid and support programs, noting the importance of ensuring that all aspiring healthcare professionals have the resources they need to succeed. 

The group was also able to meet with Congresswoman Virginia Foxx, chair of the House Committee on Education and Workforce, who listened as the students shared their personal journeys in nursing.  

“I have witnessed my loved ones suffer from medical conditions, and I have seen first-hand the impact a great nurse can have not only on the patient, but also on the patient’s family,” shared WCU-Texas nursing student Julia D. “As I am about to conclude my nursing school journey and transition into a new graduate nurse, I am excited to continue my education and become the best, most competent nurse I can be.”  

Congresswoman Beth Van Duyne took time to welcome the group by recognizing them on the House Floor. 

“West Coast University is expanding access to nursing education and addressing workforce shortages among healthcare professionals across the United States,” she shared. “They’re committed to preparing the next generation of healthcare professionals to meet our country’s rising demand for care.” 

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