The American Organization of Nurse Executives today presented its Distinguished Special Award for Nursing to Rep. Lois Capps (D-CA) for her commitment to nursing and creating a healthier America. One of five nurses in Congress, Capps serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee and co-chairs the House Nursing Caucus. She will retire at the end of the current Congress. “Congresswoman Capps is a longtime champion of nursing,” said AONE President Maureen Swick. “She has spearheaded legislation to address the national nursing shortage and fund vital nursing workforce development programs. She is a true collaborator and respected leader in Congress. Her contributions to health care are numerous; she will be greatly missed.” The award was presented at a reception following AONE’s Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C. AONE is an AHA subsidiary.