Wednesday, April 12, 2023

Welcome to Nashville!

Opening Ceremony & Keynote Address

The Keynote Address, recognition of scholarship winners and sponsors, and presentation of awards including Honorary Membership, make the Opening Ceremony one of the highlights of the convention.

NSNA is excited to welcome Dr. Nelda Godrey as this year’s keynote speaker! Nelda Godfrey is Professor and Associate Dean for Innovative Partnerships and Practice at the University of Kansas School of Nursing, Kansas City, KS. A thought leader in nursing innovation and education, Dr. Godfrey writes often on new care delivery models that can be influenced by a stronger emphasis on the nurse within—researching and developing strategies to create the whole person experience in nursing practice going forward. Her work with the International Society for Professional Identity in Nursing is transforming the way nurses, health care professionals and society understanding what it means to “think, act and feel like a nurse.” This work offers new language and new knowledge for the journey—helping nurses heal, flourish and expertly care for others.

Opening Ceremony Sponsor: Nurses Service Organization, Fort Washington, PA

Keynote Speaker Sponsor: Central Methodist University, Fayette, MO

Today's Highlights

8:00am - 12:00pm

NCLEX Mini Review Powered by

Lippincott PassPoint

12:15pm - 1:15pm

Association Activity Seminars

1:30pm - 2:30pm

Focus Sessions

2:45pm - 4:00pm

Parliamentary Briefing &

Opening Meeting of House of Delegates (Mandatory for Delegates)

4:00pm - 5:00pm

Focus Sessions (repeat from 1:30pm)

5:45pm - 7:30pm

Opening Ceremony and Keynote Address

8:30pm - 10:30pm

First Night Party

Additions and Corrections to the Convention Program

The Guidebook app will be updated continuously with any changes in rooms, times, etc.

  • Speaker change for the following sessions:
  1. Focus Session: The Art and Science of Marketing Yourself
  2. Focus Session: Advancing Your Career: There are No Limits!
  3. Faculty Workshop: Facilitating Student NCLEX/NEXTGEN Success
  4. Faculty Workshop: Faculty-Student Mentorship: Preparing the Next Generation of Nurses for the "Real World"

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.

First Night Party: Giddy Up and Dance

Refreshments, music, games, photo opps & networking!

Wednesday, April 6, following the Opening Ceremony.

Time: 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Location: Ryman Hall C1

Admission is included in your convention registration. Light refreshments are served.

Come in your best country concert themed wear, maybe even dress like one of your favorite musicians or entertainers from the country music world. We plan to have fun as we kick off a great week in Music City, USA. Light refreshments, great music, games, and plenty of photo opportunities set the stage for the biggest networking event of the Convention.

A big thank you to the event sponsors:

Sponsors: Nurses Service Organization, Central Methodist University, and HCA Healthcare / Galen College of Nursing, Novant Health, Emergency Nurses Association, American Nurses Association, Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System, Centurion Health, UF Health Shands, Emory University Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing

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

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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.

Opryland Resort Internet

  • The resort internet is broadcast across the complete resort and the convention space. The resort and convention space are two different building.Resort internet is set up differently for each area. Only a guest with a room reservation within Gaylord Opryland (does not include the Inn at Opryland) can access the resort internet using the last name on the reservation and the room number. Room number needs to include the letter in front of the room number, i.e. "C" for Cascades, "D" for Delta, etc.
  • Resort Internet speed in the guest rooms is based on the Bonvoy level, is wireless only, and has unlimited connections.  Connect to the wireless network labeled “Gaylord Hotels” in guest rooms and enter your last name and room number.
  • Resort Internet in the convention space is basic internet (for light web surfing and checking emails), is wireless only, and only allows for up to 6 connections.  Connect to the wireless network labeled “OprylandResort” and enter your last name and room number.

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 donated and viewed in the Convention/Fundraising Office (Governors Chamber D) during the following times:

Wednesday - 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 on Thursday, April 13, 2023.

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

Transportation Around


The hotel offers a complimentary complex shuttle daily (hours may vary) that stops at the Opry Mills Mall in front of the Macaroni Grill, The Inn at Opryland and the Cascades Canopy at the Resort. This shuttle runs on a continuous loop. Please see the front desk for more information.

For Downtown Transportation, there is a shuttle offered on Fridays and Saturdays (hours may vary) with the purchase of a ticket.

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.

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Registration count as of press time on Tuesday, April 11: 2,080

Delegates: 170