Saturday, April 6, 2019
2019-2020 NSNA Program Award Winners
The NSNA Board of Directors carefully considered all of the entries submitted for the 2019-2020 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 Student Nurses’ Association of Maine Group 2:   Student Nurses’ Association of Nevada Group 3:  Maryland Association of Nursing Students
Group 4:   Arkansas Nursing Students’ Association
Group 5:  California Nursing Students’ Association

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

Robert V. Piemonte Financial Excellence Award
Nursing Students' Association of New York State

Breakthrough to Nursing® Awards
State: Iowa Association of Nursing Students
School: James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia

Breakthrough to Nursing® Monthly Awards
September: San Diego State University, San Diego, California
October: University of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio
November: James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia
December: Salisbury University, Salisbury, Maryland
January: Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan
February: Salisbury University, Salisbury, Maryland
March: Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, New York

Newsletter Contest Award
State: California Nursing Student’s Association
School: Grand View University, Des Moines, Iowa

Image of Nursing Award
State: Georgia Association of Nursing Students
School: San Diego State University, San Diego, CA

Website Award
State 1: Nursing Students’ Association of New York State
State 2: Alabama Association of Nursing Students
School: Georgia Gwinnett College, Lawrenceville, Georgia

International Photo Contest
Alyssa Schroeder, University of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio

Core Values Award
Helen Pham, Molloy College, Rockville Centre, New York 
NSNA Ambassador Award
Kiki Thurston, University of Hawaii at Manoa School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene , Honolulu, Hawaii

Empowering Resolutions
Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, Kansas

Disaster Preparedness Award
State: Nursing Students’ Association of New York State
School: Georgia Gwinnett College, Lawrenceville, Georgia

NSNA State Excellence Award
Group1: Alaska Student Nurses Association
Group 2: West Virginia Student Nurses’ Association
Group 3:  Maryland Association of Nursing Students
Group 4: Arkansas Nursing Students Association
Group 5 : Florida Nursing Students’ Association

Ethics and Governance Award
State: Nursing Students’ Association of New York State
School: Georgia Gwinnett College, Lawrenceville, Georgia

Health Policy and Advocacy Award
State: Nursing Students’ Association of New York State
School: Georgia Gwinnett College, Lawrenceville, Georgia

Population and Global Health Awards
State: Ohio Student Nurses Association
School: University of Arkansas at Monticello, Monticello, Arkansas

Social Media Award
State Facebook: Texas Nursing Students Association
School Facebook:Arkansas State: University of Arkansas-Jonesboro
State Instagram: Nursing Students Association of New York State
School Instagram: Polk State College, Winter Haven, FL
*To avoid conflicts of interest, the Board of Directors recused themselves from awards selections when their schools and states had award applications.
Saturday's Highlights
8:00 am - 9:00 am
Technical Assistance for Voting

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

9:00 am - 1:00 pm
House of Delegates Closing Session

1:15 am - 2:15 pm
Focus Sessions

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Focus Sessions (Repeat)

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Closing Ceremony, Endnote, and NSNA Award Presentations
Endnote Address
Saturday Night: Endnote Address & Closing Ceremony

In July 2017, Alexandra Wubbels, BSN, RN, a Critical Care nurse in the Burn Trauma ICU, prevented police from unlawfully obtaining blood from an unconscious patient in her care. She was subsequently arrested for obstructing justice while on duty at the University of Utah Hospital in Salt Lake City. The incident was later made public via the officers’ body cameras. You’ll hear the full story of how a former Olympian who competed in the 1998 and 2002 Winter Olympics, put herself in harm’s way to protect and advocate for her patient. Don’t miss this incredible story that will surely Ignite Your Passion as you enter the field of nursing.

Endnote Speaker: Alexandra Wubbels , BSN, RN, Critical Care nurse, Burn Trauma ICU, former Olympic skier
Endnote Speaker Sponsor: Emergency Nurses Association, Schaumburg, IL
Closing Ceremony Sponsor: Central Methodist University, Fayette, MO
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.
The Foundation of the NSNA’s Great Salt Lake Silent Auction was very successful! We raised over $2,200. Thank you to all who donated items, or participated in the bidding of items.
Friday Plenary Session Recap
Trending: Healthcare Everywhere
Friday Plenary Focused on Innovations to Provide Healthcare Everywhere

Moderator Ernest Grant, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, President, American Nurses Association, introduced Friday’s Plenary Session—Trending: Healthcare Everywhere. In his introduction, Dr. Grant pointed out that innovations in mobile health, telehealth, remote monitoring, genetic studies, and precision medicine are changing everywhere and impacting how healthcare is delivered.

In the first presentation peering into the future of healthcare, Jodi Holly-Kestel, MSN, RN, Peritoneal Dialysis Nurse III, Nurse Educator, Home Clinical Innovations, DaVita Kidney Care, highlighted her experience providing remote monitoring of dialysis patients. She stressed that, “outpatient care is about education, education, education.” The DaVita Kidney Care program, she said, is a leader in telehealth, which allows patients to enroll in a home monitoring program with customized parameters. Each day, through an iPad tablet and secure video chats, patients are monitored with targeted questions and given specific education. For example, the nurse might observe, “I see your potassium is running high and suggest, ‘Let me send you a list of high potassium foods to avoid’.”

In the second presentation, Deborah Himes, PhD, APRN-Nurse Practitioner, Assistant Professor, Brigham Young University (BYU) College of Nursing, highlighted her research on genomics and precision medicine. She pointed out that there is a strong need for nurses to be educated about genetics to appropriately assess an individual patient’s risk for disease in recommending testing. She pointed out that, while annual mammograms are recommended in woman beginning at age 40 years old, women who have a higher than 20% risk of breast cancer need annual mammograms and breast MRIs beginning at age 25. She noted that her research showed that many primary care providers do not understand how to use genetics to calculate risk; they need to be better prepared to understand the concepts.

In the third presentation, Holly Olson, BS, RN, Senior Procurement Specialist, Cellsure™, noted that more than 80 childhood diseases are being treated with stem cell therapy. She described programs that provide a way for women to store or donate their placentas after delivery to preserve stem cells for later use in treatment.

In the fourth presentation, Jana Kass, MSN, RN, RN-BC, Nurse Informatician, Geisinger, commented that when her healthcare system discovered that fewer than 10% of patients accounted for nearly 50% of the costs, her facility set up a program for teams to make home care visits; this resulted in a significant cost savings.

This plenary session was sponsored by American Nurses Association, Silver Spring, MD.
Friday House of Delegates
Friday House Added Candidates to the Slate and Adopted 24 Resolutions

At the Friday House, delegates added four candidates to the slate in nominations from the floor. The following candidates were nominated from the floor and will be added to the slate:

  • Secretary/Treasurer: Kori Naymon, Rasmussen College, Tampa, FL
  • Imprint Editor: Kris-Florence Sigal, Baylor University, Waco, TX
  • Director North: Isabelle Nocton, Minnesota State University, Mankato, MN
  • NEC South: Princess Lawson, Georgia Gwinnett College, Lawrenceville, GA

Delegates agreed to postpone action on Proposed Amendment to Bylaw Article IV, Section 4 to the Saturday House session, and acted on Resolutions 1 to 17 and 19 to 26. Action on Resolution 18 was postponed to the Saturday House Session to allow for discussion in the Thursday Resolution Hearing.

Delegates adopted the following resolutions in support of:

  • Increased Awareness Of The Importance Of Early Mobilization In Intensive Care Unit (ICU) Patients
  • Nursing Faculty Continuing Education In Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, And Transgender (LGBT+) Health
  • Increasing Awareness About Sexually Transmitted Infections Among The Older Adult Population 
  • Increasing Awareness Of Mental Health Disorders Co-Occurring With Drug Abuse 
  • Increasing Awareness Regarding The Effects Of Dehydration In Nurses
  • Increasing Education About And The Awareness Of Effective Communication With The Older Adult Population
  • Increasing Awareness Of The Benefits Of Therapeutic Play For Hospitalized Pediatric Patients   
  • Advocating For Heightened Awareness Of The Rising Cost Of Insulin And Its Effect On Consumers
  • Promoting Awareness Of Mental Health Conditions Causing Increased Risk Of Suicide In Nursing Students
  • Instituting Mental Health Checks In K-12 Public Schools
  • Increasing Awareness Of Integrating Social Determinants Of Health As Part Of Standardized Health Records
  • Advocating For Quality Nursing Care Of Patients Experiencing Homelessness
  • Including Information On Access To And Administration Of Naloxone In Discharge Protocol 
  • Promoting Education Regarding Benefits Of Breast Milk For Low-Birth-Weight (LBW) Infants  
  • Increased Parental Awareness Of Child Drowning Prevention
  • Increasing Support For Families Of Children And Neonates Who Have Experienced Traumatic Hospitalizations
  • The Implementation Of A Delirium Prevention Bundle Within Critical Care Settings
  • Increasing Awareness Regarding The Effect Of Maternal Education On Childhood Health And Survival
  • Increased National Awareness Of Harmful Effects Of Marijuana Use During Pregnancy
  • Increasing Awareness Of The Long-Term Effects Of Sexual Assault On Patients
  • Improved Discharge Teaching For Patients With Congestive Heart Failure
  • Increased Awareness Of Adverse Childhood Experiences In Forced Refugee Family Separation
  • Increasing Awareness Of The Effects Of Climate Change On Mental Health 
  • The Reduced Deferment Of Blood Product Donation From Homosexual Men
Last Chance to Visit the Exhibit Hall!
Make sure you visit the Exhibit Hall and Career Development Center, located in Hall E, at 9:00 am before it closes at 12:00 pm. There’s 170 exhibitors this year! Also, pick up your 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. Presenters will be by their posters on Saturday from 9:00 am to 11:45 am.
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
Attendee Spotlight
"What is your favorite part of the Convention?"
Here are some of the attendees' responses:
"Making new friends."
- Elizabeth Spencer, University of Arkansas Fort Smith

"Network with other student nurses."
- Marissa Smith, 
University of Arkansas Fort Smith
"Having the opportunity to bring the Board with me, and to network with nursing students from all over the country."
- Kimberley Lucas , University of Central Florida
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.
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. See page 9 of the Convention Program Book 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.
NSNA Store Hours
Visit the NSNA Convention Store to purchase items such as graduation cords, stoles, pins, patches, pop sockets, academic planners, etc.
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
Concession Hours
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.
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
  • 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.
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.
Registration count as of press time on Thursday, April 4: 2,520
Delegates: 548