Saturday, April 15, 2023

Attention delegates and candidates:

An ERROR was made in Friday's Convention News.

Brittany Peacock, St. Mary-of-the-Woods, IN, was not nominated on the floor, for NEC North position at the House of Delegates on Thursday. We are sorry for the confusion.

2022-2023 NSNA Award Winners

Presented at Today's Closing Ceremony

The NSNA Board of Directors carefully considered all of the entries submitted for the 2022-2023 Program Awards.* Here are this year’s winners, who will be presented at Saturday’s Closing Ceremony. Full coverage and pictures of the winners will appear in the September/October issue of Imprint magazine.

The Winners Way

Group 1:  Student Nurses Association of Guam

Group 2:  Idaho Student Nurses Association

Group 3:  North Carolina Association of Nursing Students

Group 4:  Student Nurses’ Association of South Carolina

Group 5:  California Nursing Students’ Association

Precious Metal Awards Program Top School

Molloy University, Rockville Centre, NY

Robert V. Piemonte Financial Excellence Award

Wisconsin Student Nurses’ Association

Isabel Hampton Robb Leadership Award

John Palmer, Student Nurses’ Association of Pennsylvania

Breakthrough to Nursing® Awards

State: Ohio Student Nurses' Association

School: San Diego State University

Breakthrough to Nursing® Monthly Awards

September: Nevada Nursing Student Association 

October: University of St. Thomas, Houston, TX

November: Nevada Nursing Student Association

December: Long Island University, Brooklyn, NY

January: University of the Pacific, Sacramento, CA

February: Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, GA

March: University of the Pacific, Sacramento, CA

Newsletter Contest Award

State Level 1: Arkansas Nursing Students’ Association 

State Level 2: Ohio Student Nurse’ Association

School: Kennesaw State University

Image of Nursing Award

State: Student Nurses’ Association Of Nevada

School: Arkansas State University - Jonesboro

Website Award

State Level 1: Arkansas Nursing Students’ Association

State Level 2: Student Nurses’ Association of Nevada

School: University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

International Photo Contest

1st Place: Cassidy Broseme, Salisbury University, Salisbury, MD

2nd Place: Hannah Wrigley, State University of New York, Stony Brook, NY

3rd Place: John Palmer, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA


Core Values Award

Student: Kaitlyn Ramharakh

State: Florida Nursing Students Association

School: Georgia Southwestern State University


NSNA Ambassador Award

Na’Cosha D. Nelson

Empowering Resolutions

State: Student Nurses’ Association of Pennsylvania

School: Pittsburg State University

Disaster Preparedness Award

State: No submissions

School: San Diego State University


NSNA State Excellence Award

Group1: Delaware Student Nurses' Association

Group 2: Utah Student Nurses’ Association

Group 3: Connecticut Student Nurses Association

Group 4: Tennessee Association of Student Nurses

Group 5 : Florida Nursing Students' Association

Ethics and Governance Award

State: No Submissions

School: State University Of New York Stony Brook

Health Policy and Advocacy Award

School: University of Texas - Arlington

State: Ohio Student Nurse’ Association

Population and Global Health Awards

State: Nursing Students’ Association Of New York State

School: Capital University

Social Media Award

School Instagram: University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC

State Instagram: Hawaii Student Nurses’ Association

State Facebook: Wisconsin Student Nurses’ Association

School Facebook: University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL

State Convention Planning Award

Membership Category 1-3: Virginia Nursing Students’ Association

Membership Category 4-5: Student Nurses’ Association Of Pennsylvania

*To avoid conflicts of interest, the Board of Directors recused themselves from awards selections when their schools and states had award applications.

Endnote Address

Tonight from 4:15 pm – 6:15 pm in Delta Ballroom A

You are the Future of Nursing: Are you Ready?

Did you know that the Future of Nursing 2020-2030 report asserted that nurses would be tested in new and complex ways throughout the next decade? COVID-19 illuminated numerous challenges to ensuring that all individuals have an opportunity to live healthy lives. Indeed, the pandemic resulted in a flurry of changes in nursing schools and practice settings. The rapid advancements have prompted many nursing students and recent graduates to ask, "Can I do this or am I truly ready?" Join me in a discourse addressing these critical questions and highlighting three things future nurses must have the capacity to do to obtain their license and advance healthcare. The future of nursing hinges on your level of preparedness. Let's make sure you are ready!

Speaker: Kenya Beard, EdD, AGACNP-BC, CNE, ANEF, FAAN, Associate Provost, Social Mission & Academic Excellence, Chamberlain University

Closing Speaker Sponsor: Novant Health

Today's Highlights

9:00am - 12:00pm

Last Chance to Visit Exhibits and Career Development Center

9:00am - 12:00pm

Stop the Bleed Skill Sessions

10:30am - 1:00pm

House of Delegates Closing Session

1:30pm - 2:30pm

Focus Sessions

1:30pm - 3:00pm

American Red Cross Disaster Certification

2:45pm - 3:45pm

Focus Sessions

4:15pm - 6:15pm

Closing Ceremony, Endnote, and

NSNA Award Presentations

Today's Focus Sessions

1:30pm - 2:30pm /

3:45pm - 4:45pm (repeat)

  • Art and Science Marketing Yourself​
  • Give Every Kid a Shot at Life: Global Vaccine Advocacy Training 
  • Save a Life! Naloxone Rescue for Opioid Overdose
  • Environmental Health and Nursing: Opportunities

Saturday Special Sessions

Exhibit Hall - Last chance to visit

9:00am - 12:00pm

Explore the Exhibit Hall and speak to over 100 exhibitors, including NCLEX review products, hospital recruiters, schools of nursing, and more! Some exhibitors are giving away goodies and prizes.

Poster Sessions

View posters of projects done by students and faculty in the Exhibit Hall. The Project Showcase is to foster the sharing of information and education. Speak to the poster authors if you have any questions.

Career Development Center

Have your resume reviewed with faculty advisors and discuss educational progression, your short and long-term career plan, and how to set and attain career goals.

CDC Sponsors:

  • Central Methodist University
  • Novant Health
  • Emergency Nurses Association
  • Centurion Health

Friday Plenary Session Recap:

Different Times…Different Perspectives…Different Partners

Moderator G. Rumay Alexander, EdD, RN, FAAN, Professor and Associate dean, UNC-Chapel Hill, NLN Past President, ANA Scholar-in-Residence, National Commission Addressing Racism in Nursing, opened Thursday’s Plenary Session, Different Times…Different Perspectives…Different Partners, by asking the 4 panelists to share their stories of encounters with bias and stereotypes that illustrate how nurses navigate different perspectives and partners in different times. She stressed that “Relationships are important. People will treat you as they label you. Stereotypes steal your identity because they steal who you are. We need to pay attention to words we use, using an MRI—that is, the most respectful interpretation. We all have biases, but we need to learn from past mistakes and move forward. How can we, as nurses, navigate different perspectives and partners in different times?"

Ken Dion, PhD, MBA, RN, FAAN, President, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing shared his experience with stereotyping when he was an OB student. The partner of a woman in labor accepted his presence in the room when the partner thought he was a physician. The partner objected when he thought Dr. Dion was a nursing student with limited delivery experience, unaware that as a former fire fighter and paramedic, Dr. Dion had delivered many babies. “People sometimes make assumptions about us,” said Dr. Dion, “that need to be dispelled.

Dr. Dion also drew on his experience in nursing management, technology, and as an entrepreneur to address why he considers nursing as a value instead of a cost center. “Hospital administrators look at the tasks nurses perform and see nurses as a cost center. In fact, they should look at how much money nurses save as a surveillance system for patient safety and care. Nurses need to use the language of economics and finance to advance nursing.”

Fidelindo Lim, DNP, RN, FAAN, Clinical Associate Professor, NYU, Rory Meyers College of Nursing added, “It is important for nurses to address health inequities and such dehumanizing forces as understaffing and laws against immigrants.” He recalled an episode when, because he is and looks Filipino, a doorman in the building where he lived mistook him for a restaurant delivery person and told him not to leave menus in the lobby.


Marcus Henderson, MSN, RN, ANA National Commission Addressing Racism in Nursing, stressed, “As nurses, we need to communicate our value and worth. Nursing is the knowledge we possess, not the tasks that we do. We need to find ways to build our self-confidence in the lived experiences we bring to nursing. Do not let self-doubt quiet your voice. You are an expert on you and that will accelerate us unto the future.”

Daniela Vargas, MSN, MPH, MA, Bioethics, RN, PHN, Member-at-Large, National Commission to Address Racism in Nursing, noted the experience of herself and her family as migrant Hispanic farmers. She recalled a time when because of dress and physical appearance, a staff member mistakenly labeled her a medical assistant though she was caring for a patent as a nurse. “That label confused the patient, who thought she was being cared for by a nurse,” she explained. “It is important to avoid putting labels on team members or patients. Let people tell you who they are, instead of making assumptions based on appearances,” suggested Ms. Vargas. “We can start changing systems in healthcare and nursing to be better, stronger, and more diverse. We need to continuously learn by advocating.”

In conclusion, Dr. Alexander asked panelists to think how they would title a memo covering the time from when they decided to become a nurse to the present.

Dr. Lim: Can You Imagine How Far I Have Come?

Mr. Henderson: Power of Human Connection

Ms. Daniela Vargas: A Very Profound Love from a Oaxacan Nurse

Dr. Dion: I Would Not Change a Thing

Dr. Alexander: I Am the Manifestation of a Dream Standing on the Shoulders of my Ancestors

Friday’s plenary session was sponsored by Central Methodist University, Fayette, MO.

Friday House of Delegates

(Closing House of Delegates Today 10:30am-1:00pm)

2nd House Session Adds 9 Candidates to Slates, Adopts 12 Resolutions

Friday’s House opened with nominations from the floor; 9 candidates were nominated, bringing to 20 the total number of candidates for NSNA offices. Added to the slate were:

Vice President: 

Gabrielle Hinsch, Columbus, MS

Kayla Honeysett, Pittsburgh, PA


Jonathan Calderon, Santa Ana, CA

Melanie Kaufman, Lincoln, NE

Bernesha Pope, Jackson, MI

Imprint Editor:                 

Veronica Nickens, Fort Morgan, CO

MacKenzie Simmons, Jacksonville, FL

NEC South:                       

Samantha Garcia, Orlando, FL

Lakisha Carter, Jacksonville, FL

In the next order of business, the House adopted 12 resolutions in support of:

  1. Increased awareness and reporting of violence against nurses
  2. Raising awareness for suicide assessment in post Covid 19 patients
  3. Increasing awareness of the prevention of skin cancer through sun protective measures
  4. Increasing awareness of supportive nurse leadership to manage moral distress, job satisfaction, and nurse retention
  5. Mental health urgent care to improve patient flow and outcomes
  6. Increased utilization of individual professional liability insurance in nursing practice
  7. Increased awareness of the need for accessibility to quality lactating spaces
  8. Implementing parent programs that ensure continuous education through adolescence following a Type 1 diabetic diagnosis
  9. Installing metal detectors at hospital entrances
  10. Increasing awareness and education about Adderall abuse among adolescents
  11. Promoting awareness surrounding support services for expectant parents carrying their unintended pregnancy to term
  12. Increasing awareness of mindfulness in nursing schools to decrease stress and postgraduation burnout

Not adopted were:

Resolution 32. Increasing awareness of repercussions following gender reassignment surgery in regard to minors

Resolution 11. In support of implementing pandemic preparedness in the nursing curriculum

Simulation and Innovation Lab

The Lab will feature a mixed modality simulation lab with a combination of virtual and manikin-based simulations and will provide you with evaluation data about what was learned in the sessions. Additionally, the space will showcase new, exciting product innovations, which we’re eager to co-develop with the nursing students who will eventually use them.

Our simulation labs will provide hands-on opportunities to practice your skills & challenge your clinical judgment across a range of modalities. In the learning sessions, you will be invited to test new ideas and prototypes being developed for the future of nursing education.

Limited spots are available so sign up now!

Sponsor: Laerdal, Washington, DC

Sign Up

NSNA Store

Open 7:30am - 3:00pm today

Visit the NSNA Convention Store to purchase items such as graduation cords, stoles, pins, patches, pop sockets, etc.

NSNA Membership Pin
Member, Leadership and Faculty Cords
Caucus Rooms Available

Caucus Room Reservations

Caucus rooms are available for state and school meetings. Rooms can be reserved for two hours at a time.

Caucus Room Information

State associations and school chapters wishing to have a business meeting can use any of the five (5) caucus rooms available during the convention. All caucus rooms are located at the Gaylord Convention Center.

Please Note:

Caucus Room #1 (Delta Island A) can accomodate 120 people theater style.

Caucus Room #2 (Delta Island B) can accomodate 100 people theater style.

Caucus Room #3 (Delta Island C) can accomodate 90 people theater style.

Caucus Room #4 (Delta Island E) can accomodate 120 people theater style.

Caucus Room #5 (Delta Island F) can accomodate 120 people theater.

Caucus Room Schedule

  • Saturday, April 15, 2023:  8am to 10am only

If you have any questions or need to change a reservation, please see convention staff in the registration area. Also if you need more then 120 seats please contact us by email at

If you want to reserve a caucus room for different days and times, you must complete a new form.

Sign up here:

Student Activity Tables

School and state constituents can use the Student Activity Area to sell fundraising items at the NSNA Annual Convention.

Be sure to check out the incredible products that chapters have for sale!

There is a $40.00 charge for the shared space of an eight foot table (4 feet for each Chapter) and 2 chairs at Convention. Please use professional discretion when selecting slogans and themes for T-shirts and other fundraising products. See NSNA’s policies related to fundraising at convention: click on “Publications/Guidelines for Planning: Fundraising.” No food or drink items may be sold or given away in the Student Activity Area.

Request Student Activity Table

Volunteers Needed!

Sign up to become a Convention volunteer now!

Getting involved as a convention team volunteer is an exciting way to get to know your peers, to network with students from around the U.S., and to contribute to the success of this important event. Volunteers receive a certificate of recognition that is given at the convention or sent to them after the convention.


Your time commitment may be as little as one event or as many events as your availability allows. There are several different Volunteer Convention Teams that offer you opportunities to learn new skills and be recognized for your involvement. 

​NSNA will have some incentives this year for those that volunteer. You will be eligible for a refund of your convention registration based on the number of events you volunteer for.

Refund Percentages:

6 events = 50 percent refund of 2023

12 events= 100 percent refund of 2023

Sign Up

WiFi/Internet Access

Complimentary WiFi is available in the Gaylord Opryland Convention Center and is only accessible if the attendee is a guest at the hotel. See info below.

Attendees staying at Gaylord Opryland sign in to GaylordResort, enter their last name, area letter (C, D, M or G), and room number to access WiFi throughout the resort.

Attendees not staying at the hotel go through GaylordConvention and can purchase access for $25 per day. Call 615-458-0000 to order. Purchases cannot be made through the splash page at this time.

Attention Delegates

If you have limited access to data or Wi-Fi, make sure to download your delegate resources, such as the 2023 Business Book and 2023 Resolutions, from the NSNA Convention website or the Guidebook app ahead of time. There may be limited access to internet in certain areas.

Capture the Convention Memories
and Share it on Social Media

Follow @NSNAinc on Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn. Catch some Convention highlights on Instagram Stories. Make sure to tag NSNA on your photos and use hashtags #NSNA, #NSNAConvention and #NSNA71

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Convention photos will be available for purchase at, following the Convention. Watch out for details on how to access the photos in the Guidebook app.


Professional photographers and videographers will take pictures and record video throughout the convention. Only official NSNA videographers may record the events and activities taking place at this convention. The photos and videos are used to publicize the convention. Individuals photographed or taped receive no compensation for the use of photos or videos bearing their image taken or produced by the National Student Nurses' Association, Inc. By virtue of your attendance, you agree to NSNA's use of your likeness in all media including, but not limited to, NSNA's website, newsletter, conference brochures, social media outlets and future NSNA promotional material. Participants opposed to being photographed or videotaped must immediately notify the photographer and/or videographer, and convention staff in writing (full name, school, email address, phone), if they are photographed or videotaped.

The NSNA Convention Program has gone mobile!

Download the Guidebook app to access the NSNA Convention Program.


  • Just scan the QR code below and enter passphrase: nsna71convention; OR
  • Click "Have a passphrase?" button and enter passphrase: nsna71convention.

You will have access to the full Convention program schedule, exhibitors, special events, announcements/updates, transportation, dining and entertainment options, and more … right at the tip of your fingers at the Convention.

Have trouble downloading the guide? Watch the below video for a tutorial on how to download the NSNA Convention app.

Registration count as of press time on Tuesday, April 11: 2,120

Delegates: 335