Thursday, April 13, 2023

Council of State Presidents

The Council of State Presidents (COSP) met on Tuesday, April 11, to discuss accomplishments and a wide range of issues and to elect a new COSP Planning Committee. The packed agenda included icebreakers, sharing circles, and a white elephant gift exchange. A range of topics were discussed at the day-long meeting, including conference planning; board transitions; and securing sponsorships for state associations.


At the traditional COSP Leadership Dinner, sponsored by American Organization for Nursing Leadership (AONL), Brandy Mathews, DNP, RN, CENP, FACHE, Chief Nursing Officer at UK Healthcare, Lexington, KY, talked about leadership progression in nursing.

Today's Highlights

7:00am - 8:00am

Morning Yoga (Mindfulness Studio)

7:00am - 8:45am

NCLEX Mini Review Powered by

Lippincott PassPoint (continuation)

9:00am - 11:00am

Plenary Session

11:00am - 3:30pm

Exhibit Hall/Career Development Center

Grand Opening

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

American Red Cross Disaster Certification

3:15pm - 4:15pm

Focus Sessions

4:30pm - 5:30pm

Focus Sessions

Today's Focus Sessions

3:15pm- 4:15 pm / 4:30pm - 5:30pm (repeat)

  • Students: Lend Me Your Brains: Let's Get Critical
  • Ambassador in Action: Learn about the "All of Us" Researcher Program 
  • The ABCs of Neuro Assessment: An Introduction to the Neurological Patient Population
  • Crossing the Finish Line: Test-Taking Strategies for Passing the Your Licensure Exam
  • From Flight Suits to Scrubs: Emergency Nursing Careers & Specialty Certification
  • Finding the Right Nursing Journal to Jumpstart Your Career 
  • Being Bold: Economics, Technology, and Conservation the Keys to Advancing the Global Nursing Agenda 
  • Human Milk & Lactation: Translation Research into Practice and Policy ​
  • Your License to Practice
  • An Overview of LGBTQ+ Healthcare: The Role of the Student Nurse
  • Revitalizing State Associations Workshop

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.

Exhibit Hall Opens Today!

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

11:00am - 3:30 pm

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

Plenary Session:

Nurses as Healthcare Changemakers:

Stories of Care Transformation

9:00 am – 10:45 am

Delta Ballroom A

Every day, nurses identify problems and create solutions for some of the biggest challenges in health care. With invaluable hands-on patient experience, insights, resourcefulness and an innate innovative mindset, nurses are uniquely qualified to reimagine what healthcare can be, and how it can best be delivered.

For more than 125 years, Johnson & Johnson has championed and supported nurses as changemakers – essential to the work of transforming human health. In this empowering storytelling session, hear from nurses and nurse leaders who represent different perspectives on nurses’ pivotal role in healthcare and the enormous potential of the profession to rethink how healthcare is organized and delivered to improve health outcomes for all. Hear from an ER nurse who developed a screening protocol to identify victims of human trafficking, a trauma nurse who created a tech platform to connect medically tailored meals to the dietary needs of patients experiencing food insecurity, and a nurse/chief experience officer for a health system who is building trust and connections in a rural community. Each of these powerful stories demonstrates the scope and impact of nurse influence, and how important they are to shaping patient care and tailoring healthcare to the needs of their communities.


  • Michele Morgan, Senior Manager, Strategic Initiatives, Johnson & Johnson
  • Danielle Bastien, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, System Director of Advanced Practice Education and Nurse Practitioner, Oncologic Urgent Care, Henry Ford Health
  • Julie Kennedy Oehlert, DNP, RN, Chief Experience Officer, Vidant Health
  • Kwamane Liddell, JD, MHA, BSN, Founder and CEO, Nutrible

Sponsor: Johnson & Johnson, New Brunswick, NJ

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

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Stop the Bleed Skill Session

The American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma is leading the effort to save lives by teaching the civilian population to provide vital initial response to stop uncontrolled bleeding in emergency situations. This will be accomplished by the development of a comprehensive and sustainable bleeding control education and information program targeted to civilians that will inform, educate and empower the 300+ million citizens of the United States.

This session includes a classroom lecture and hands-on training. Class size is limited and once all spaces are gone, session sign-up will close.


  • Debi Tuggle, RN, CEN
  • Sarah Dills, BSN, RN, EMT, CEN, TCRN
  • Pamela Kelly, MSN, RN

Sponsor: Emergency Nurses Association, Schaumburg, IL

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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.

FNSNA Music City Live Auction

Back by popular demand — Join the excitement and participate in FNSNA’s Music City LIVE Auction! The auction takes place on Friday, April 14, 2023, from 2:00pm - 3:00pm in the Exhibit Hall (Ryman Hall C2) where you can bid on items of interest to you.

This year, the auction block is going to be on fire with:

  • NCLEX Review books
  • Nursing memorabilia
  • Stethoscopes
  • Online access to nursing review tools
  • And much more!

Auction items can be viewed in the Convention/Fundraising Office (Governors Chamber D) during the following times:

Thursday: 8:00am - 5:00pm

On Friday all viewing will be available from - 9:00am - 12:00pm at the NSNA Registration Area (Delta Ballroom BCD Lobby).

All donations may be dropped off onsite in the Convention /Fundraising Office no later than noon today.

Donate an Auction Item Here:

FNSNA's Music City LIVE Auction Form

NSNA Store Hours--Get your Graduation Cords Here!
Visit the NSNA Convention Store to purchase items such as graduation cords, stoles, pins, patches, pop sockets, etc.

Wednesday: 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Thursday: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Friday: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Saturday: 7:30 am - 3:00 pm

Member, Leadership and Faculty Cords
NSNA Membership Pin

Important information regarding Gaylord Opryland Hotel


If you're staying at the Gaylord Opryland hotel, debit cards are not recommended for incidentals since the hotel immediately deducts the first night's deposit and will freeze up to $75 per day, per room for incidentals upon check-in. You will not have access to these frozen funds for up to two weeks after check-in. If you do not have a credit card or debit card, you can turn off incidentals at check-in.

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

  • Wednesday, April 12, 2023: 8am to 10pm 
  • Thursday, April 13, 2023: 8am to 10pm
  • Friday, April 14, 2023: 8am to 10pm 
  • 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:

Registration count as of press time on Tuesday, April 11: 2,100

Delegates: 304