Friday, April 14, 2023

Join Us for the Friday Plenary Session

Different Times...Different Perspectives...Different Partners

In this plenary, the speakers will make the case that our profession is practicing, teaching, conducting research and dealing with policies in a time like no other. One of the highlights and perhaps most important lessons in this different time is the need to actively collaborate with our partners across disciplines while bringing to the table our nursing perspective and respecting the differences due to diverse backgrounds and ways of being. As a profession, we must continue our work together to advocate and abolish inequities across the healthcare arena. Our reflection must continue to be our catalyst for change, as we challenge and impact the world around us. We must let our past inform us and yet move forward as we advocate for the future. Patient and workforce safety depend upon us doing so. The collective future depends on healthy relationships.

Moderator: G. Rumay Alexander, EdD, RN, FAAN, Professor and Associate Dean- UNC-Chapel Hill, Past President, The National League of Nursing, and ANA Scholar-in-Residence-National Commission Addressing Racism in Nursing


  • Kenneth Dion, PhD, MBA, RN, RCSI, FAAN, President, Sigma
  • Marcus Henderson, MSN, RN, ANA National Commission Addressing Racism in Nursing
  • Fidelindo Lim, DNP, CCRN, FAAN, Clinical Associate Professor, New York University, Rory Meyers College of Nursing
  • Daniela Vargas, MSN, MPH, MA-Bioethics, RN, PHN, Member-at-Large; National Commission to Address Racism in Nursing

Sponsor: Central Methodist University, Fayette, MO

Keynote Address

Keynoter Addresses How Reflection Can Be a Catalyst for Change

Keynote speaker Nelda Godfrey, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, ANEF, FAAN, Professor and Associate Dean for Innovative Partnerships and Practice at the University of Kansas School of Nursing, led participants on exercises to explore reflections as catalysts for change. She opened by asking participants to turn to a person near them and engage in a 30-second conversation about a time when reflection made a real difference in their lives.

She then embarked on exploring elements of professional identity, noting that “Nursing is an old profession, but a young academic discipline. Until recently, nursing has not been recognized much as an academic discipline. Nursing has been bereft of a language.” Commenting that students generally had no idea what she meant by professionalism, Dr. Godfrey explained the spheres of identity, going from personal to professional identity. 

Addressing 4 domains—values & ethics, knowledge, nurse as leader, and professional comportment—Dr. Godfrey described the launch of a 30-item professionalism assessment scale. She stressed that “professional identity is important because it affects how nurses do what they do, and that is important. Psychological wellbeing and identity are linked,” she pointed out, quoting Dr. Maya Angelou “People will forget what you said, what you did, but people will not forget how you made them feel.”

Dr. Godfrey highlighted a nursing course in which each student was assigned to write an exemplar about professional identity. One student, she noted, wrote, “Life is not about us. Everything is about what is best for our patients and therapeutic communication. We need to stretch when called on. Being stretched circles back to my identity. I think like a nurse when I respond to others. I feel like a nurse when the mother of a sick child stops me to tell me her story.”

Dr. Godfrey concluded “Nurses need to look at being agents of change. We need to think bigger and differently to address such pressing problems as job dissatisfaction and the shortage of nurses. Wisdom is with our students; joy is with our faculty who watch students grow.”

The Keynote Address was sponsored by Central Methodist University, Fayette, MO. The Opening Ceremony was sponsored by NSO, Fort Washington, PA

Today's Highlights

7:00am - 8:45am

NCLEX Mini Review Powered by

Lippincott PassPoint (conclusion)

8:00am - 6:00pm

Simulation and Innovation Lab

9:00am - 10:45am

Plenary Session

11:00am - 2:00pm

House of Delegates

(Mandatory for Delegates)

11:00am - 3:30pm

Exhibit Hall/Career Development Center

11:00am - 3:30pm

Stop the Bleed Skill Sessions

2:00pm – 3:00pm      

FNSNA Music City Live Auction

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Presidential Debate

(Mandatory for Delegates)

3:30pm - 4:30pm

Focus Sessions

4:45pm - 5:45pm

Focus Sessions

6:00pm - 8:00pm

Meet the Candidates

Today's Focus Sessions

3:30pm - 4:30pm / 4:45pm - 5:45pm (repeat)      

  • Hacking the Interview Process
  • Nursing School's Best Kept Secret
  • Overcoming Obstacles for Test Success
  • Emergency Nursing and You  
  • Pharmacology Made Insanely Easy
  • Next Generation NCLEX - We Have Lift-Off! - Sponsored by NCSBN
  • Climate for Health: Ambassador Action Session
  • Health Literacy 101- Identifying Patients at Risk for Low Health Literacy and Medication Management
  • Advancing Your Career: There are No Limits
  • Errors Happen! Eye-opening Malpractice Case Studies
  • Undocumented Students Pursuing Nursing Careers and How to be an Ally for your Classmates

Exhibit Hall

The NSNA Board of Directors officially opened the Exhibit Hall on Thursday.

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 Recap:

Nurses as Healthcare Changemakers:

Stories of Care Transformation

Thursday’s Plenary Featured Stories From Change Makers

Moderator Michele Morgan, Senior Manager, Strategic Initiatives, Johnson & Johnson (J&J), opened Thursday’s Plenary Session, Nurses as Healthcare Change Makers: Stories of Care Transition, by highlighting the J&J support nurses since 1897 and noting that “Nurses are key to driving change and finding solutions.” She noted that the session’s focus was to highlight stories of innovation from 3 nurses who are change makers.

Change maker Danielle Bastien, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, System Director of Advanced Practice and Nurse Practitioner, Oncologic Urgent Care, Henry Ford Health, pointed out “There are 2 defining moments in nursing—when you become a nurse and when nursing becomes you.” She went on to explain that, as an ED nurse, she became concerned that victims of human trafficking were not being identified and treated. To address the problem, she developed a screening protocol to flag patients who might be victims of human trafficking as well as a program to train nurses and other staff to be better prepared for identifying and assisting victims. She cautioned, “The most dangerous words are ‘We’ve always done it this way.’ Do not be content with the status quo,” she advised. “You have the power to shape the last moment of someone’s life. What will your defining moment be?”   

Change maker Kwamane Liddell, JD, MHA, BSM, Founder and CEO, Nutrible, commented he was inspired to become a nurse who explained to him that the cause of his 41-year-old uncle’s stroke was like a clogged pipe that cut off circulation to the brain and that behaviors and habits impact health. As a nurse, working with a patient with diabetes unable to have surgery because of ulcers that would not heal, he became convinced that “food should be a core piece of any medical diagnosis and treatment plan and as accessible as medicine.” That led him to found Nutrible, a technology platform that helps healthcare providers connect patients with healthy food aligned with their medical and cultural needs. “We need you to help improve our healthcare system,” he advised students, “Dream big.”

Change maker Julie Kennedy Oehlert, DNP, RN, Chief Experience Officer, Vidant Health, said she was always considered to be annoying and urged students to be annoying in “challenging the status quo. Annoying,” she explained, “is the power of innovation, achieving results in safety and quality through intentional culture disruption.” She described how she used a design lab to solve problems that were depressing nurses. For example, when ED staffing was short, patients were asked to identify one thing staff should always do and one they should never do. That led to the introduction of nonclinical Experience Coordinators who could perform nonclinical activities that nurses wanted to have done for patients.

Moderator Morgan concluded, “We all need to be comfortable with being uncomfortable.” She encouraged students to join a hackathon such as NurseHack4Health™ and to visit for more stories about nurse change makers. 

Sponsor: Johnson & Johnson, New Brunswick, NJ

Opening of House of Delegates

Wednesday Opening House Adds 5 Candidates to Slate, 4 Closed

After a cornucopia roll call topped by 39 Pennsylvania Hersey kisses, 18 Florida oranges, 15 Iowa ears of corn, 14 Georgia peaches, and 14 New York big apples, supported be 18 Texas Yee Haws, 7 Tennessee volunteers, and 6 Arizona delegates who can stand the heat, a quorum in the first House session was declared.

In the discussion of Rules for Business Meeting, delegates voted to amend the rules from limiting debate to 1 pro and 1 con statement to 2 pro and 2 con statements.

Rachael Beachamp, TSNA Regional Director, offered greetings, stressing the importance of involvement in local, chapter, state associations which instill leadership and such values as compassion and advocacy.

When the floor was opened for nominations, 5 were added to the slate of candidates.

  • Director WEST: Joshua Carreon, Henderson, NV; Leonardo Rios, Toppenish, WA; Delaney Sanders, Mesa, AZ
  • NEC NORTH: Brittany Peacock, St. Mary-of-the-Woods, IN
  • NEC EAST: Khamaria Harris, Schnecksville, PA

In Reports, Madison Conklin, Resolutions Committee Chair reported that 37 resolutions will be considered by the House.

When the House reconvenes on Friday, 9 positions will be open for nominations from the floor.

Focusing on Health Policy

Sharon Lamberton, MS, RN, FAAN, Deputy Vice President, State Policy and External Outreach, PhRMA, and Brandy Rappe, BSN, RN, former NSNA Board Members 1996-1997 opened an interactive focus session Wednesday titled, “Health Policy: Why it Matters for your Patients and your Profession.” Students were asked to describe and contemplate on why they went into nursing and if there was one change they could make as nurse what would that be? This analysis can form the basis for a 15-second elevator speech to advocate for change. 

Ms. Lamberton told students, “There is a division in our nation, yet nurses are the most trusted because we are there all the time, through the good and the bad.” Nurses know what policy will do to patients and families. As a student in NSNA learning how to advocate for yourself can start here. In NSNA you learn interaction skills and connect with mentors. To get involved with the policy process, we must consider agenda-setting, problems, and possible solutions for nurses. Examples of policy in healthcare are disparities in access and patient safety.

Sponsor: National Student Nurses Association, Brooklyn, NY

Opening Ceremony Highlights

Ashley McLeod from Volunteer State Community College kicked off the Opening Ceremony by singing the National Anthem.

Dr. Kathleen Poindexter, Chair, brought greetings on behalf of the National League for Nursing (NLN). American Nurses Association (ANA) President Dr. Jennifer Mensik Kennedy brought greetings on behalf of ANA.

The Opening Ceremony featured the pinning of the Honorary Member. Honorary Membership, NSNA’s highest recognition, was given to Jeri Hendrie, CMP, Senior Conference Manager, Anthony J. Jannetti, Inc.

Carol Toussie Weingarten, FNSNA President and long-time supporter of faculty and NSNA, presented the Weingarten Leader of Leaders award to Amanda Foster, Adjunct Clinical Faculty at Carrington College in Phoenix AZ.

Carl Kirton, Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Nursing, presented the Project InTouch (PIT) grand prize to Annaliece Balensiefen, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL. Annaliece recruited 66 new members! Thank you to all PIT recruiters.

Pictured: Honorary member Jeri Hendrie (right), with NSNA President Taylor Conaway (left)

Dr. Carol Weingarten (left) presented

Amanda Foster(right), with the

2023 Weingarten Leader of Leaders Award

Pictured: Carl Kirton, (left), Annaliece Balensiefen (middle), PIT Winner, and Crystal Nettles, NSNA chair and director, Membership Committee

First Night Party Pictures

Thank you all for a fun night! Most of all, thank you to the sponsors for making the night possible.


  • Nurses Service Organization
  • Central Methodist University
  • 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

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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FNSNA Music City Live Auction

Join the excitement and participate in FNSNA’s Music City LIVE Auction! The auction takes place today 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!

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

NSNA Store

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

Friday: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Saturday: 7:30 am - 3:00 pm

NSNA Membership Pin
Member, Leadership and Faculty Cords

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.

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.

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

  • 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: 2,113

Delegates: 330