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Doctor of Nursing Practice, experiential learning, health policy, Kolb's theory, legislative fellowship



  1. Crowder, Sharron J. PhD, RN
  2. Ironside, Pamela M. PhD, RN, FAAN, ANEF
  3. Cangany, Martha DNP, RN, ACNS-BC
  4. Roddy, Wanda Spann DNP, RN, PNP


Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) students need to be effective health policy leaders and contribute their expertise to legislative discussions. Nursing faculty have unique opportunities to prepare future DNP health policy leaders through legislative experiential learning opportunities. Yet, the creation of legislative fellowships can seem challenging. This article describes a state legislative fellowship based on Kolb's experiential learning theory and explores ways faculty can support DNP student preparation.