Friday, April 5, 2019
Keynote Address
Keynote Speaker Dr. G. Rumay Alexander Lit Up Students with Passion

“I love your energy and spunk and how you light it up,” said Keynote speaker G. Rumay Alexander, EdD, RN, FAAN, President, National League for Nursing, Washington, DC. She went on to urge nursing students to be the light against darkness, the color in the world, and “to bring light, wonder, and possible change.”

In her Keynote, “Light It Up,” Dr. Alexander pointed out that, in today’s environment, “The only certainty is uncertainty. To enhance the significance of the future, you need to show up and light it up.” Be on FIRE, she urged as she defined FIRE :
F ocus…stay woke.”
I gnite the world, meaning respect and pay attention to what is going on.”
R esponse required, meaning respond to the issues of the day and practice empathy. Change does not come without effort.”
E ngage, meaning take action to resolve problems.”

“Problems do not age well,” Dr. Alexander pointed out. “Think about and be prepared to manage issues at hand. Also, recognize that you can not talk your way out of what you behaved your way into.” She stressed recognizing the “adjacent possible,” which is the space next to what we think is possible and provides the next step for evolution and innovation. “To keep the fire and spark alive, you need to nurture your ability to change and adapt. You need to continually reinvent and re-energize yourself. To win, you need to show up and light it up. Excellence comes in all forms; be the real deal. Your legacy is every life you touch. When you become angry, you have ceased to care for others. Never withhold your goodness. In your life, light it up.” She concluded by asking participants to stand and energetically sing, “This nurse is on fire! This nurse is walking on fire.”

In addition to being NLN President, Dr. G. Rumay Alexander is Associate Vice Chancellor and Chief Diversity Officer in the School of Nursing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Alexander has a compelling record of leadership and advocacy for diversity and inclusive excellence in academia. Her passion for equity of opportunity has led to appointments on landmark healthcare initiatives, including the Commission of Workforce for Hospitals and Health Systems of the American Hospital Association and the National Quality Forum’s steering committee for the first national voluntary consensus standards for nursing-sensitive care.

The Keynote Speaker was sponsored by Central Methodist University, Fayette, MO. The Opening Ceremony was sponsored by Nurses Service Organization (NSO), Fort Washington, PA.
Friday's Highlights
7:00 am - 8:00 am
Morning Yoga

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

9:00 am - 10:30 am
Plenary Session
Trending: Healthcare Everywhere

10:00 am - 4:00 pm
ARUP Blood Drive

10:45 am - 1:45 pm
House of Delegates Meeting
(Mandatory for Delegates)

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

2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Candidates’ Presentations Part I
(Mandatory for Delegates)

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Focus Sessions

4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Candidates’ Presentations Part II
(Mandatory for Delegates)

4:45 pm - 5:45 pm
Focus Sessions

6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Resolutions Hearing (Mandatory for Delegates)

9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Meet the Candidates
(Mandatory for Candidates)
Additions and Corrections to the Program Book
Please note the following corrections to the Program Book. Also, the Guidebook app will be updated continuously with any changes in rooms, times, etc.

  • There has been a change for the Kaplan Nursing focus session on Friday at 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm and repeated 4:45 pm - 5:45 pm. See following for new title, description, and speaker:
Next-Gen Testing and Clinical Judgement
Come hear this dynamic speaker discuss the latest Next-Gen testing strategies and review case studies. We will discuss how to incorporate clinical judgement strategies into your studies for better testing outcomes.
Speaker: Ryan Goble , MSN, RN, CEN, CPEN
Sponsor: Kaplan Nursing, New York, NY
We Need to Raise $17,000 by the end of convention! Make a Donation NOW!
Text the word "Give" to 646-960-3190 to donate.
Attention Agency Sustaining Members
Agency sustaining members, please pick up your certificate in the Convention Office in 150 A.
Opening Ceremony Highlights
This year, the Foundation of the NSNA celebrates 50th Anniversary. In celebration of the anniversary, the FNSNA showed a special video of the history of the Foundation. See video below.
Johnson & Johnson Plenary Session Recap
“What Would a Nurse Do? Meet the Nurse Innovators Changing Human Health”
Thursday’s Plenary Featured Nurse Innovators
In Thursday’s Plenary Session— "What Would a Nurse Do? Meet the Nurse Innovators Changing Human Health"— Rebecca Love moderated a panel of cutting-edge nurse entrepreneurs Brittany Molkenthin, Wrenetha Julion, and Rachel Walker , as they described their inspiring work and how they are changing human health.

After a moving video, produced by the session’s sponsor, Johnson & Johnson, New Brunswick, NJ, on nurse-led innovations that changed the course of human health, moderator Rebecca Love, MSN, RN, Managing Director, US Markets, Ryalto, advised students, “Nurses are natural innovators. Believe in yourself and your ability to make a positive impact, change the world, and create new solutions to relieve suffering.”

The first panelist to share her journey in innovation was Brittany Molkenthin, BSN, RN, a pediatric intensive care RN at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center who is CEO of her own company, Lactation Innovations. When she discovered that women were reluctant to feed their newborns because they were concerned that babies were not taking in enough milk, she developed the Manoula Device that measures the amount of breast milk in a baby’s stomach. She plans to seek FDA approval and expects to commercialize the device. “I am a nurse scientist, CEO, and entrepreneur,” said Ms. Molkenthin. “No one is better positioned to optimize healthcare than a nurse. Follow questions where they go. Consider rejection as just a change in direction.”

Next, Wrenetha Julion, PhD, RN, MPH, FAAN, Professor and Chair of Nursing at Rush University Medical Center, in Chicago, IL, described the nationally-recognized Chicago Parent Program that she developed for at-risk families living in low-income, ethnic minority communities and her intervention called Building Bridges to Fatherhood. She explained that her innovative parenting program used advisory councils and professionally-produced training videos on parenting with real parents, real children, real moments, and real dialogue. She noted, “Noticing things is my super power; when I noticed fathers get minimal attention, I got an advisory committee and produced Bridges to Fatherhood to help fathers parent. Only when you dig in to find the root cause of a problem, can you help.”

The third innovator to share her journey to innovation was Rachel Walker, PhD, RN, OCN, an assistant professor at University of Massachusetts College of Nursing in Amherst, and a nurse inventor who has developed multiple new devices, including a portable machine that can generate critical IV fluids in disaster settings. She is also the first nurse to be selected by the AAAS and the Lemelson Foundation as an Invention Ambassador. She recalled that when told “nurses are implementors, not innovators and was not invited to sit at the table with innovators, I brought my own chair and nursing questions.” Dr. Walker shared her experience in working with a team to develop a portable machine that can generate IV fluids in a disaster and urged students to ask nursing questions, challenge the status quo, and be problem solvers to develop ground breaking innovations. In conclusion, she said “I am a nurse; I am an innovator; I am going to change the world.”
Exhibit Hall Grand Opening
Visit the Exhibits
The NSNA Board of Directors officially opened the Exhibit Hall on Thursday. There’s 170
exhibitor booths this year! Be sure to visit the Career Development Center to get your resume reviewed by a consultant in the Exhibit Hall located in Hall E. Pick up a copy of the February/March Imprint while you’re there!
Poster Sessions
There are over 100 poster presentations displayed at this year’s Project Showcase. Poster sessions are featured in Hall E. Review the posters and bring back great project ideas to your school. Presenters will be by their posters today from 11:00 am – 3:15 pm, and Saturday from 9:00 am to 11:45 am.
FNSNA's Great Salt Lake Silent Auction
The Foundation of the National Student Nurses’ Association (FNSNA) is holding a silent auction to offer all convention attendees an opportunity to bid on great items. These may include NCLEX Review products and courses, stethoscopes, professional services, historical memorabilia, technology items—and much more. Thank you to those who donated items for the auction to help raise funds for the FNSNA Undergraduate Scholarship Program. Contributions are tax deductible. Auction items will be displayed in the South Foyer from 7:00 am - 4:00 pm on Friday, April 5, 2019.
Opening of House of Delegates
Two Candidates Added to the
Slate in Wednesday Opening of House
At the opening of the Wednesday House of Delegates (HOD) session, the roll call revealed 65 Pennsylvania Hersey kisses as the largest delegation, in a House that included eight Utah busy bees, nine Nevada winning hands, 46 Florida sunshine rays, 35 New York big apples along with two Washington apples, 24 Georgia peaches, nine Iowa corn shuckers, 23 Louisiana crawfish, and three Wisconsin cheese heads.

In his address, NSNA President Wesley Osler reminded students that, “Our success stems from coming together around shared values: compassion, education, and the belief that everybody deserves an advocate.”

In her address, NSNA Executive Director, Diane Mancino, encouraged students to become involved in the Nursing Now USA three-year global campaign run in collaboration with the International Council of Nurses and the World Health Organization to raise the worldwide status and profile of nursing. She noted that the Nursing Now USA! initiative will launch on April 9 in Washington, DC. She also invited students serving on boards to register on the Nurses On Boards Coalition website.

Amanda de Vera, Chair of the Resolutions Committee, reported that 59 resolutions will be presented to the HOD for consideration and action. 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 and Resolutions Abstracts on the Guidebook app and under the Delegates tab.

When delegates were invited to nominate candidates from the floor to run for an NSNA national office position, two names were added to the slate of candidates:

President: Douglas Davis , University of North Florida, Jacksonville, FL
Vice President: Aaron (AJ) Cook , University of Nevada, Las Vegas, NV

On Friday, when the House reconvenes, the floor will be open for nominations for 10 positions.
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 #NSNA67
First Night Party Pictures
Costume night winners! Contact Trisha Mims at prior to the end of the Convention to claim your prize.
Tina Beaulieu from Pitt Community College, Greenville, NC, is the dance-off winner. Contact Trisha Mims at prior to the end of the Convention to claim your prize.

Thank you all for a fun night! Most of all, thank you to the sponsors for making the night possible.
Nurses Service Organization, Fort Washington, PA
Nursing Mastery, Coralville, IA
Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing, Oak Brook, IL 
University of Washington, Seattle, WA
NRSNG, Allen, TX
Southern New Hampshire University, Manchester, NH
Emergency Nurses Association, Schaumburg, IL
Central Methodist University, Fayette, MO
American Nurses Association, Silver Spring, MD
Convention photos will be available for purchase at , following the Convention. To access the photos, click on Client Access -> Client Galleries -> NSNA2019 . Use password: NSNA2019 .
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.
Blood Drive
Friday, April 5, 2019
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Hall D
A simple swab of the cheek can change someone’s life! Simply complete a consent form in the South Foyer lobby and swab the inside of your cheek to collect cells for tissue typing. Every person who joins the registry gives patients hope.
Friday, April 5, 2019
8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Salt Lake City Survey Participation
The Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute at the University of Utah develops and shares economic, demographic and public policy data and research to help organizations understand their economic impact. NSNA has partnered with the Policy Institute to conduct a brief survey during the 2019 NSNA Convention. The resulting data provides valuable insight for Salt Lake and NSNA. If you are approached by a professional surveyor in the Salt Palace Convention Center, you are encouraged to participate. Please note the surveyors will wear a convention badge and identify themselves as Policy Institute employees. The survey will be brief, only taking a few minutes. Thank you in advance for your participation!
Student Activity Tables

Official school and state NSNA constituents may sell fundraising items to benefit their chapter only in the Student Activity Area. Due to equipment charges, there is a fee of $35 per half table. Tables are assigned at Membership Services in the Registration Area of the Salt Palace Convention Center on a first-come, first-served basis. Please use professional discretion when selecting slogans and themes for T-shirts and other fundraising products. Please click here for more information on NSNA’s policies related to fundraising at convention. No food or drink items may be sold or given away in the Student Activity Area.
Caucus Rooms
Caucus rooms are available for state and school meetings. Rooms can be reserved for two hours at a time.

Please Note:
Caucus Room #1 (Room 257) can accomodate 120 people theater style.
Caucus Room #2 (Room 258) can accomodate 100 people theater style.
Caucus Room #3 (Room 259) can accomodate 90 people theater style.
Caucus Room #4 (Room 260) can accomodate 90 people theater style.

Caucus Room Schedule
  • Friday, April 5, 2019: 8 am to Midnight (every two hours)**
  • Saturday, April 6, 2018: 7:30 am to 8:30 am only

If you have any questions or need to change a reservation, please see convention staff in the registration area.
NSNA Store Hours
Visit the NSNA Convention Store to purchase items such as graduation cords, stoles, pins, patches, pop sockets, academic planners, etc.
Friday: 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Saturday: 7:30 am - 3:00 pm
Convention Special: Purchase the 2019-2020 NSNA Academic Planner onsite for $16 (original price is $20 on the NSNA Store).
Salt Palace Convention Center Information
Great eats!!!
Concession Hours
Friday, April 5, 2019
6:30 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday, April 6, 2019
7:30 am – 3:00 pm
Complimentary Wi-Fi is available at the Salt Palace Convention Center for one hour and $15 for a full day session. Salt Palace Guest Wi-Fi is available in all meeting rooms and lobby areas. It is not available in the exhibit halls.
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. Most rail trips cost around $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.
Having trouble signing up for the American Red Cross Disaster
and Sheltering Certification course?

Here is some useful information to guide you:
Registration count as of press time on Thursday, April 4: 2,511
Delegates: 540