NSNA 70th Anniversary Convention
Convention News
Highlights for Saturday, April 9, 2022
NSNA Store Hours--located in the Registration Area
Get your graduation cords today 7:30am - 3:00pm
Visit the NSNA Convention Store to purchase graduation cords, stoles (member, leader, faculty), NSNA official pins, patches, pop sockets, and more . . .save postage and shipping charges. Purchase single cords or in bulk to bring back to sell at your school.
Member, Leadership and Faculty Cords
NSNA Membership Pin
Endnote Panel of Amazing Nurse Heroes!
Tonight from 4:15 pm – 6:15 pm in Ballroom A

Here’s to the Heroes
NSNA turns 70 and its time to celebrate! As NSNA’s 70th Anniversary Convention ends, we reflect on the impact of the pandemic on mental health and resiliency, transition into practice, and social injustices. The pandemic only showed with the resolution that the nursing profession would continue to strive to overcome each challenge that we face in the future. Most of all, we want to honor those who continue to answer the call to advocate for their patients, for nursing students, and for the nursing profession.

Join the NSNA Board of Directors to recognize and celebrate our nursing heroes – past, present, and future.

The Closing Ceremony also includes introduction of the newly elected 2022-23 Board of Directors and Nominating and Elections Committee; and announcement of NSNA chapter award winners (see list below) and Stellar School Recognition.

Endnote Speakers:
  • Brandi Borden, BSN, RN, Secretary for the LSNA, Director of Transition to Practice for the Northshore District Nurses; University Medical Center, New Orleans, LA
  • Amy Christensen, MSN, RN, NE-BC, FACHE, Vice President and Chief Nurse Officer, Intermountain Healthcare, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Michael Desjardins, APRN PMHNP-BC, Founder & Practicing Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Comprehensive Medical Addiction & Psychiatric Services, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Megan Parr, BSN, RN, ENPC, TNCC, CEN, Nurse Educator, Emergency Department, Utah Valley Hospital, Provo, UT
  • Jennifer Wagenaar, BSN, MBA, CPHQ, FACHE, CENP, Chief Nursing Executive, Mountain Division, HCA Healthcare, Nashville, TN

  • Giselle Melendez, EdD, RN, NE/BC, Nurse Leader, Pediatric Inpatient and Intensive Care Units, Department of Pediatrics, Memorial Sloan Kettering, New York, NY

Sponsor: HCA Healthcare, Nashville, TN
2021-22 NSNA Chapter Award Winners
Presented at today's Closing Ceremony
The NSNA Board of Directors carefully considered all of the entries submitted for the 2021-2022 Program Awards.* Here are this year’s winners, who will be presented at Saturday’s Closing Ceremony. Full coverage and pictures of the winners will appear in the September/October issue of Imprint magazine.
The Winners Way
Group 1: Maine Student Nurses’ Association
Group 2: Maryland Association of Nursing Students
Group 3: Mississippi Association of Student Nurses
Group 4: Student Nurses’ Association of South Carolina
Group 5: Indiana Association of Nursing Students

Precious Metal Awards Program Top School: Molloy College, Rockville Centre, New York

Robert V. Piemonte Financial Excellence Award
Wisconsin State Nurses Association

Breakthrough to Nursing® Awards
School: Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, KS

Breakthrough to Nursing® Monthly Awards
September: University of St. Thomas, Houston, TX
October: San Diego State University, San Diego, CA
November: University of Guam, Mangilao, GU
December: Molloy College, Rockville Centre, NY
January: Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, Baltimore, MD
February: University of Louisiana, Lafayette, LA

Newsletter Contest Award
State: Nursing Student Association of NY State
School: San Diego State University, San Diego, CA

Image of Nursing Award
School: Molloy College, Rockville Centre, NY
State: No state submissions

Website Award
State: Wisconsin State Nurses Association
School: Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY

International Photo Contest
Emma O'Donnell

Core Values Award
John Palmer, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
NSNA Ambassador Award
Sofia Palazzolo, Molloy College, Rockville Centre, NY

Empowering Resolutions
Salisbury University, Salisbury, MD

Disaster Preparedness Award
State: No submissions
School: Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY

NSNA State Excellence Award
Group1: Maine Student Nurses' Association
Group 2: Maryland Association of Nursing Students
Group 3: Nevada Nursing Student Association
Group 4: Utah Student Nurses’ Association
Group 5 : Student Nurses' Association of Pennsylvania

Ethics and Governance Award
Hawaii Student Nurses Association

Health Policy and Advocacy Award
School: Capital University, Bexley, OH
State: Ohio Student Nurses Association

Population and Global Health Awards
State: No winner
School: Pittsburgh State University School of Nursing, Pittsburgh, PA

Social Media Award
School Instagram: San Diego State University, San Diego, CA
State Instagram: Nursing Student Association of NY State
State Facebook: Hawaii Student Nurses Association
School Facebook: No winner

State Convention Planning Award
Wisconsin Student Nurses Association
Last Chance to Visit Exhibit Hall 9am-noon
Prizes, refreshments and career center
Exhibit Hall/Career Development Center
9:00am - 12:00 pm
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
9:30am - 11:30 am
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).
Today's Program Highlights
12:00am - 9:00am
Electronic Voting for the 2022-2023 BOD & NEC

8:00am - 9:00am
Technical Assistance for Voting

8:00am - 9:00am

9:00am - 12:00pm
Last Chance to Visit Exhibits and Career Development Center

9:00am - 12:00pm
Stop the Bleed Skill Sessions

10:30am - 1:00pm
House of Delegates Closing Session

1:30pm - 2:30pm
Focus Sessions

1:30pm - 3:00pm
American Red Cross Disaster Certification

2:45pm - 3:45pm
Focus Sessions

4:15pm - 6:15pm
Closing Ceremony, Endnote, and
NSNA Award Presentations
Program Schedule Update / Changes
  • This morning's Yoga session will change to be Zumba.
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.

Directions to include:
We're using SignUp.com (the leading online SignUp and reminder tool) to organize our upcoming SignUps.
Here's how it works in 3 easy steps:
1) Click this link to see our SignUp on SignUp.com: https://signup.com/go/xMJHwJH
2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
3) Sign up! It's Easy - you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on SignUp.com.
Friday Plenary Session Recap
Transition to Practice:
Using Wit and Wisdom to Improve Outcomes and Ensure Your Success
Friday Plenary Panelists Share Transition to Practice Insights
Opening the Friday Plenary session, “Transition to Practice: Using Wit and Wisdom to Improve Outcomes and Ensure Your Success,” Moderator Stephanie Brink, DHPE, MSN, RN, Dean, School of Health Professions and Online Leaning, Central Methodist University, Fayette, MO, introduced the panelists of nurse experts and novices. Each of the seven panelists shared their insights and advice for the passage from nursing student to professional nurse.

Brandi Borden, BSN, RN, a past NSNA president, current LSNA Secretary, and now the Director of Transition to Practice for the Northshore District Nurses, University Medical Center, New Orleans, LA told students, “Get a good preceptor, find a mentor, be open to learning everything, and network. Stand up for yourself and do not tolerate bullying.

Lynn W. Newberry, DNP, RM, CEN, NE-BC, Education and outreach Manager, American Nurses Credentialing Center, echoed Ms. Bordon’s advice and added, “When interviewing for a position, ask to speak with clinical nurses from your potential unit, ask about professional development opportunities and shared decision-making. Nurses control the practice of nursing; be at the table.”
Emily Bruner, BSN, RN, Labor and Delivery Nurse, Memorial Herman Health System, Houston, TX, advised students to take their time in deciding on a specialty and not be discouraged if they do not pass the NCLEX® the first time they take the exam.

Fidelindo Lim, DNP, CCRN, Clinical Associate Professor, New York University, Rory Meyers College of Nursing noted that he faced so many challenges when he entered nursing practice that he developed “imposter syndrome.” He advised students, “Ask your questions early on; when you feel like you are not quite up to a technical task, concentrate on the human side of care.”

Stacie Kinsey, BSN, RN, CVOR Scrub nurse, Baylor Scott & White, The Heart Hospital, Plano, TX, echoed Dr. Lim’s advice to “do the hard work, be open to learning, and not be afraid to ask questions.” She noted that “Every rule is a rule for a reason. Always ask why a rule is a rule.”
Alexis Hodges, BSN, RN, Neuro ICU staff nurse, Advocate Christ Medical Center, Oak Lawn, IL, told students, “Even when you are happy in a specialty, it is important take time to do research on your own to continue to hone your skills.”

Jaleighya Townsend, BSN, RN, Labor and Delivery Nurse at Piermont Hospital, Atlanta, GA, stressed, “In nursing, you need a team that can support you. That cannot be overlooked. Observe how nurse managers treat their staff and seek those who are supportive. Find your passion and niche in nursing; you can begin to do that in nursing school.”
Friday House of Delegates
(Closing House of Delegates Today 10:30-1:00)
Friday House Adds Nine Candidates to Slate, Adopts Code Amendments and 10 Resolutions
When the House of Delegates reconvened on Friday, delegates added nine candidates to the slate in nominations from the floor. The following candidates were nominated from the floor and will be added to the slate:
  • Imprint Editor: Azariah Torain, University Of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA; Jillian Malphurs, Jacksonville University, Jacksonville, FL
  • Breakthrough to Nursing: Brooke Budniak, Widener University, Chester, PA
  • Director North: Crystal Nettles, Indiana University, Indianapolis, IN
  • Director East: Haley Donnerstag, Lehigh Carbon Community College, Schnecksville, PA
  • NEC East: Mikayla Shankweiler, Lehigh Carbon Community College, Schnecksville, PA
  • NEC West: Janelle Rafanan, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, NV

In considering Amendments to the NSNA Code of Ethics, delegates modified statements 19 and 25
  • Statement 19 replaced with the following: “Adequate safety precautions should be provided by nursing programs and clinical sites to ensure a safe and protected environment emotionally, socially and physically.”
  • Statement 25 was modified by adding, ”The nursing program should facilitate various methods to ensure that … supports the development of diverse, inclusive, and equitable professional identities in nursing.”

Delegates adopted the following resolutions in support of:
  • Increasing student awareness of nurse residency programs’ effects on new graduate confidence and retention rate
  • Raising awareness of Asian-American health care disparities in light of COVID-19
  • Increased education and awareness of unintentional drug overdoses
  • Increasing awareness of the nursing shortage and its impact within the nursing profession
  • Increased nursing education related to the positive impacts of Doula care    
  • Awareness of pure-tone audiometry as part of Assisted Living admission assessments
  • Raising public awareness of warning signs and symptoms of human sex trafficking
  • Increasing awareness among healthcare professionals in promoting mental health needs in men
  • The International Council of Nurses and humanitarian aid for Ukraine 
  • Access to up-to-date, affordable, accessible mental health resources on college campuses
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
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:
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.
Thank you to everyone who signed up and donated blood at the American Red Cross Blood Drive. We filled up the 40 slots!
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 www.harrybutlerphotography.zenfolio.com, 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:
Salt Palace Convention Center Information
Concession Hours
Saturday, April 6, 2019
7:30 am – 4:00 pm
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.
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.
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
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 Friday, April 8: 1,215
Delegates: 269