Friday, April 8, 2022
Welcome to Salt Lake City!
Join us for the Friday Plenary Session
Transition to Practice:
Using Wit and Wisdom to Improve Outcomes and Ensure Your Success
9:00 am – 10:45 am Live Session
Ballroom A-F

Join the cognoscenti for a lively panel of experts, novices, and those in between who will prepare you for your transition from nursing student to practicing nurse. You will hear what is in store for you as you work your way through nursing school and land your first RN position. Their stories, filled with wit and wisdom, will enhance your critical thinking skills and foster your success. No matter where you are in school, from freshman to senior, you will reflect and resonate with this engaging panel.

  • Fidelindo Lim, DNP, CCRN, Clinical Associate Professor, New York University, Rory Meyers College of Nursing
  • Lynn W. Newberry, DNP, RN, CEN, NE-BC, Education and Outreach Program Manager, American Nurses Credentialing Center;
  • Brandi Borden, BSN, RN, Secretary for the LSNA, Director of Transition to Practice for the Northshore District Nurses; University Medical Center, New Orleans, LA
  • Stacie Kinsey, BSN, RN, CVOR Scrub nurse, Baylor Scott & White The Heart Hospital, Plano, TX
  • Alexis Hodges; BSN, RN, Neuro ICU staff nurse, Advocate Christ Medical Center, Oak Lawn, IL
  • Jaleighya Townsend, BSN, RN, Labor and Delivery Nurse at Piedmont Hospital, Atlanta, GA
  • Emily Bruner, BSN, RN, Labor and Delivery Nurse, Memorial Hermann Health System, Houston, TX
  • Stephanie Brink, DHPE, MSN, RN, Dean of the School of Health Professions and Online Learning; Central Methodist University, Fayette, MO
Sponsor: Central Methodist University, Fayette, MO
Reflecting on the Keynote Address
Keynote Speaker Saluted Nurse Heroes
In her address, “The Courageous Leader: Here’s to the Heroes!” Keynote Speaker Sandra Davis, PhD, DPM, ACNP-BC, FAANP, applauded students who will be the courageous leaders of nursing and health care. “You will be the transformation needed for the future of nursing,” advised Dr. Davis. She noted that the COVID pandemic created a new normal of volatility, complexity, and ambiguity, exposing health inequality.

Dr. Davis highlighted four tasks that courageous nursing leaders will need to address: “First, examine yourself, and strive for accountability and transparency to explain what you are doing and why as you strive to meet the goal of health equity for all.

“Second, cultivate trust and relationships to prepare for what lies ahead in fostering innovation to create a culture of wellness and mental health. Third, be involved in communities to identify what problems break your heart and decide what makes you come alive to find your passion to lead. Fourth, be involved in systems to recognize human connections.”

She observed that nursing school can be a time of great happiness and fun, as well as a time of uncertainty and challenge. It is also a time to prepare for leadership. As professionals, nurses are uniquely positioned for innovation in health care. “Nurses must focus on social determinants to lead social changes.”

In conclusion Dr. Davis quoted William Ospina who wrote that the dancer is not the dance. “You are the dancers to choreograph a new dance. You can move with joy and peace, and others must follow.”

The Keynote Speaker was sponsored by HCA Healthcare; the Opening Ceremony was sponsored by NSO.
Today's Highlights
7:00am - 8:00am
Morning Yoga

7:00am - 8:45am
NCLEX Mini Review Powered by
Lippincott PassPoint (conclusion)

7:00am - 4:00pm
Great Salt Lake Silent Auction

8:00am - 4:00pm
Bone Marrow Donor Registry

9:00am - 10:45am
Plenary Session: Transition to Practice

10:00am - 3:30pm
American Red Cross Blood Drive

11:00am - 2:00pm
House of Delegates
(Mandatory for Delegates)

11:00am - 3:30pm
Exhibit Hall/Career Development Center

11:15am - 3:00pm
Naloxone (Hands-on Training)

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Presidential Debate

3:30pm - 4:30pm
Focus Sessions

3:30pm - 5:00pm
Stop the Bleed Skill Sessions

4:45pm - 5:45pm
Focus Sessions

6:00pm - 8:00pm
Meet the Candidates
Program Schedule Update / Changes
  • Focus Session, "Genomics for Student Nurses" is added to Friday's schedule from 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm and repeats 4:45 pm - 5:45 pm.
Exhibit Hall/Career Development Center
11:00am - 3:00 pm
The NSNA Board of Directors officially opened the Exhibit Hall on Thursday. Make sure to visit all the exhibits -- some are giving out prizes and goodies. Be sure to visit the Career Development Center to get your resume reviewed by a consultant in the Exhibit Hall located in Hall A.
Poster Sessions
11:30am - 3:00 pm
View Posters of projects done by students and faculty. Project Showcase is to foster the sharing of information and education. Speak to the poster authors if you have any questions.

This is a virtual showcase; some can be viewed in the Exhibit Hall area (Hall A).
FNSNA's Great Salt Lake Silent Auction

This year’s Auction is going to be on fire with
  • NCLEX Review books
  • Nursing memorabilia
  • iPad
  • Online access to nursing review tools
  • Vintage images from NSNA's past
  • One-of-a-kind items
· And much more!

Use the link below to access the Auction and register to bid.

View auction items/photos in Convention Registration in Hall C:
Friday 8:00am – 5:00pm last bid!

Winning bids will be notified by email at 5:05pm MDT on Friday, April 8th.

Cash, check, and credit card payments accepted. If you need further information or would like suggestions on what you/your school can donate to the auction, please contact Lauren Sperle, FNSNA Staff Specialist at today!
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 hour or as many as 6 hours depending on your availability. 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. Those who complete 3 hours of time will be eligible for a refund of their convention registration.

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Opening Ceremony Highlights
Kaitlyn Yu from the University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL, kicked off the Opening Ceremony by singing the National Anthem.

Dr. Kathleen Poindexter, Chair of the Board of Governors, brought greetings on behalf of the National League for Nursing (NLN). American Nurses Association (ANA) President Ernest Grant was not in attendance but he sent greetings from ANA via video.

The Opening Ceremony featured the pinning of the Honorary Member. Honorary Membership, NSNA’s highest recognition, was given to Larry Slater, PhD, RN-BC, CNE, FAAN, Associate Dean for Academic Programs, Loewenberg College of Nursing,
University of Memphis, Memphis, TN.

Carol Toussie Weingarten, FNSNA President and long-time supporter of faculty and NSNA, presented the Weingarten Leader of Leaders award to Dr. Heidi Monroe, BSN/RN-BSN Coordinator and assistant professor at Columbia College. Dr. Weingarten also recognized the 2020 and 2021 Leader of Leaders winners.

Shawn Kennedy, Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Nursing , presented the Project InTouch (PIT) grand prize to Monique Csenteri, University of Central Florida in Orlando, FL. Monique recruited 83 new members! Thank you to all PIT recruiters.
Pictured: Honorary member Dr. Larry Slater (right) with NSNA President Kyle Loose (left)
Pictured: Shawn Kennedy (middle) with Monique Csenteri (right), PIT Winner, and Sarah McCloskey, NSNA VP and chair, Membership Committee
Dr. Carol Weingarten (left) presented
Dr. Heidi Monroe (right), with the
2022 Weingarten Leader of Leaders Award
Opening of House of Delegates
First House Session Adds Three Candidates to Slate
The first business session of the 70th Annual NSNA Convention was called to order by NSNA President Kyle M. Loose. After a Roll Call that included 16 peachy Georgia delegates and 22 Hersey kisses, a quorum was declared. Delegates then considered and adopted the rules for the business meeting and the agenda, followed by greetings from Derek Sorensen, President of the Utah Student Nurses Association.

In nominations from the floor, three candidates were added to the slate:
Director, North: Stephanie Smith, Madison, WI
Director, East: NEC South: Erin Kelly, Jacksonville, FL (There was an error in announcement. Erin is slated to run for NEC South.)
Director, West: Amanda Gutierrez, Las Vegas, NV
At the end of the business meeting, all positions remained open for nominations from the floor at the Friday session. Three positions have no candidates: Imprint Editor; NEC East; and NEC West.

Joelle Motley, Chair, Resolutions Committee reported that the House will be considering action on 30 resolutions. Delegates can download the resolutions from the website to their electronic devices; a limited supply of printed copies are available. Delegates may access the full Resolutions on the Guidebook app and under the Delegates tab.
NCLEX Mini Review Conclusion
Conclusion of NCLEX Mini Review
7:00 am – 8:45 am.

This course provides an overview of the detailed test plan and procedures surrounding the administration of the NCLEX. The major client-need categories and integrated processes tested on NCLEX will be reviewed using exemplars from pediatrics, obstetrics, mental health, and medical-surgical nursing. Students will practice answering standard multiple-choice questions and multiple response items designed to test safe and effective entry-level nurses practice.

  • Desiree Hensel, PhD, RN, PCNS-BC, CNE, CEO, Hensel Nursing Education Consulting, Milton, MA
Sponsor: Wolters Kluwer, Philadelphia, PA
Johnson & Johnson Plenary Session Recap
Students Focused on Innovation Lessons at Thursday’s Plenary
Michele Morgan, Senior Manager, Johnson & Johnson, introduced the Thursday Plenary session, “Ward 5B: Nurses Who Defied Convention and Innovated to Establish a New Standard of Care for HIV/AIDS Patients.” She noted that the documentary offers inspiration from the past when nurses provided groundbreaking care as they led others through the unknown in the HIV epidemic that began in the 1970s.

After the 5B film documentary, speaker Julie Slade, DNP, RN, Assistant Program Director and Associate Professor at Chatham University, commented that the Innovation of nurses on Ward 5B was remarkable, given that, at the time, they were caring for patients who had a deadly disease that had never been seen before; no one had any idea about the disease source, course, or duration. As Dr. Slade explained, “Innovation is finding a way to give people what they need based on the best available evidence. Innovation will change practice so roll with innovation.”

She highlighted the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Nurse Faculty Tool Kit, Embedding Innovation in Nursing Curriculum, based on the film 5B. The AACN Tool Kit focuses on the themes of moral courage, advocating for patients, and providing compassionate, patient-centered care.

As described by AACN, “The Trailblazing Innovation Faculty Tool Kit contains a wealth of new teaching and learning resources centered around 17 core themes, which are central to nursing practice.” ( These themes include Compassionate Care, Health Equity, Innovation, Moral Courage, and Person-Centered Care.

“Our world has changed in the past two years because of a pandemic we did not initially understand. With COVID, many people became became politicized and left people in middle trying to figure it out. What happened with HIV on 5B can happen with a pandemic. Whatever role you take, new pandemics and new diseases will emerge. Your future is not yet written so go make it a good one,” concluded Dr. Slade

The Thursday Plenary Session was sponsored by Johnson & Johnson.
First Night Party Pictures
Thank you all for a fun night! Most of all, thank you to the sponsors for making the night possible.

  • HCA Healthcare, Nashville, TN
  • Nurses Service Organization, Fort Washington, PA
  • Joyce College (formerly Ameritech), Salt Lake City, UT
  • Central Methodist University, Fayette, MO
  • Nightingale College, Salt Lake City, UT
Stop the Bleed Skill Sessions
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.

Sponsors: Intermountain Medical Center, Murray, UT; St. Mark's Hospital, Salt Lake City, UT; and University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
Friday, April 8 | 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm MDT 
(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.)

Saturday, April 9 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm MDT 
(This session includes the hands-on training portion only. Class size is limited to 30 people per session. Please take the virtual classroom lecture prior to attending this portion. The part can be found at:
American Red Cross Blood Drive
Sign up to donate blood and save a life! You must pre-register.

Friday, April 8
Appointments from 10:00 am - 3:30 pm.
Located in Hall C
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 $35.00 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.
WiFi/Internet Access

SP Guest Wi-Fi is available in all Salt Palace Convention Center meeting rooms and lobby areas only. It is NOT available in the exhibit halls.

Need faster Wi-Fi? Connect to SP Premium Wi-Fi. $15 per day per device.
Attention Delegates
If you have limited access to data or Wi-Fi, make sure to download your delegate resources, such as the 2022 Business Book and 2022 Proposed Code of Ethics Amendments, from the NSNA Convention website or the Guidebook app ahead of time. There may be limited access to internet inside the Exhibit Halls.
Capture the Convention Memories
and Share it on Social Media
Follow @NSNAinc on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Catch some Convention highlights on Instagram Stories. Make sure to tag NSNA on your photos and use hashtags #NSNA, #NSNAConvention and #NSNA70
Convention photos will be available for purchase at, following the Convention. To access the photos, click on Client Access->Client Galleries->NSNA2022. Use password:NSNA2022.
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: nsna70convention; OR
  • Click "Have a passphrase?" button and enter passphrase: nsna70convention.

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.
Having trouble downloading the app? Watch this quick tutorial:
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.
Friday: 12:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Saturday: 7:30 am - 3:00 pm
Member, Leadership and Faculty Cords
NSNA Membership Pin
Salt Palace Convention Center Information
Great eats!!!
Concession Hours
Friday, April 8, 2022
6:30 am – 5:00 pm

Saturday, April 6, 2019
7:30 am – 4:00 pm
Salt Lake Discount Passport
Experience Salt Lake and save as you go! Visit Salt Lake has partnered with local attractions, restaurants, and retailers, to offer a collection of discounts and savings with this FREE, mobile-friendly passport. Access to Deals and Discounts will be delivered instantly to your phone. Be sure to check back regularly for new offers added.
Transportation Around Salt Lake City
Transportation Around Salt Lake City Salt Lake City offers transportation with the Downtown Light-rail TRAX. Light-rail lines, called TRAX, provide access to Downtown from across the valley on three color-coded lines. Downtown Salt Lake provides a great transfer point as all the lines run through downtown. The Green line begins at the Salt Lake International Airport, runs through downtown Salt Lake and the out to West Valley City. At the airport riders can board at the station and Welcome Center just outside terminal one. Fare is $2.50 and trains run every 15 minutes. Weekday service runs from 5:30 am to 11:30 pm, with a more limited schedule on weekends.
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 seven (4) caucus rooms available during the convention. All caucus rooms are located at the Salt Palace Convention Center.

Please Note:
Caucus Room #1 (Room 257) can accommodate 60 people theater style.
Caucus Room #2 (Room 258) can accommodate 62 people theater style.
Caucus Room #3 (Room 259) can accommodate 60 people theater style.
Caucus Room #4 (Room 260) can accommodate 75 people theater style.

Caucus Room Schedule
Friday, April 8, 2022: 8 am to 10 pm
Saturday, April 9, 2022:  am to 10 am only

If you have any questions or need to change a reservation, please see convention staff in the registration area. If you want to reserve a caucus room for different days and times, you must complete a new form.

Registration count as of press time on Thursday, April 7: 1,215
Delegates: 268