Thursday, April 4, 2019
Welcome to Salt Lake City!
Council of State Presidents
Planning Committee Elected
The Council of State Presidents (COSP) met on Tuesday, April 2, to discuss accomplishments and a wide range of issues and to elect a new COSP Planning Committee. The packed agenda included icebreakers, sharing circles, and a white elephant gift exchange. According to the NSNA President, Wesley Osler, the day-long meeting was one to be remembered. “We discussed a range of topics, including convention planning, how to plan state conventions and state events, and board engagement."

At the traditional COSP Leadership Dinner, sponsored by Maimonides Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY, Beth A. Brooks PhD, RN, FACHE, President and CEO, The Brooks Group, LLC, Chicago, IL, talked about strong and weak networks and how to maximize network connections.

COSP Elections
Elections were also held for the COSP Planning Committee. Liz Kimsey (MO) was elected to the Northern Election area; Rachel Barbey (TX) was elected to the Southern Election Area; Jessica Alvarado (NY) was elected to the Eastern Election Area; and Genevieve Salas (NM) was elected to the Western Election Area. Ms. Salas will serve as the 2019-2020 COSP Chair, and the Ex-officio Director of the 2019-2020 Board of Directors. Congratulations to the new committee.

The COSP Planning Committee has, for decades now, served as the architects of NSNA meetings for state presidents. We're excited to welcome a talented, passionate group of individuals, along with their Chair, who will serve as an advocate to the Board of Directors on behalf of state presidents. I congratulate the incoming committee, and wish them great success in the new term! Wesley Osler said.
Today's Highlights
7:00 am - 9:00 am
NCLEX Mini Review Powered by Lippincott PassPoint

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

9:15 am - 10:45 am
What Would a Nurse Do? Plenary Session

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

12:45 pm - 1:15 pm
Bylaws Forum (Mandatory for Delegates)

1:15 pm - 1:45 pm
Finance Forum (Mandatory for Delegates)

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Focus Sessions

3:45 pm - 4:45 pm
Focus Sessions
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.
  • Correction to the Sponsor page (page 21). Correction to the NRSNG website:
Correction: The passphrase is nsna67th to download the guide.
Join us for the Johnson & Johnson Plenary Session
“What Would a Nurse Do? Meet the Nurse Innovators Changing Human Health”
Don’t miss the exciting Plenary Session, sponsored by Johnson & Johnson, featuring the nurse innovators changing human health. You’ll meet three cutting-edge nurse entrepreneurs: Wrenetha Julion, Brittany Molkenthin, and Rachel Walker, learn more about their inspiring work, and how they are changing human health. Curious to know more? Here’s a preview:

  • Wrenetha Julion, PhD, RN, MPH, FAAN, is a professor of nursing at Rush University Medical Center, and co-author of the Chicago Parent Program, a nationally-recognized parent-training program for at-risk families living in low-income, ethnic minority communities. She also developed an intervention called Building Bridges to Fatherhood.
  • Brittany Molkenthin, RN, CEO, is a pediatric intensive care Registered Nurse at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, and the CEO of her own company, Lactation Innovations. She is also a Master’s candidate with a concentration in Pediatric Primary Care.
  • Rachel Walker, PhD, RN, OCN, is an assistant professor at UMass Amherst College of Nursing, 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.
We look forward to seeing you to hear more from each of these incredible nurse innovators. In the meantime, visit to learn more about nurse-led innovation. Learn more about nurse-led innovation at .
Wrenetha Julion
Brittany Molkenthin
Rachel Walker
The Exhibit Hall Opens Today!
There’s 170
exhibitors this year! Join the Board of Directors as President Wesley Osler and Convention Planning Committee Chair Taylor Tilton open the Exhibit Hall and Career Development Center, located in Hall E at 11:00 am. Pick up your copy of the February/March Imprint while you’re there!
Poster Sessions
There will be over 100 poster presentations displayed at this year’s Project Showcase. Poster sessions are featured in Hall E. Presenters will be by their posters Thursday from 11:00 am to 3:15 pm, Friday 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. Donate an item for the auction and join the bidding wars to raise funds for the FNSNA Undergraduate Scholarship Program. Donated items must have a minimum value of $50 and be brought to the NSNA Convention Office (150 A) no later than 2:00 pm on Thursday, April 4. Contributions are tax deductible. Auction items will be displayed in the South Foyer from 10:00 am - 6:00 pm on Thursday, April 4, 2019, and 7:00 am - 4:00 pm on Friday, April 5, 2019.
2018 Proposed Resolutions
The proposed 2018 Resolutions to come before the House of Delegates can be found online at under the Delegates tab. The Resolutions Hearing is Thursday, 3:45 pm - 6:30 pm in Hall C. Resolution authors are available 1/2 hour before and 1/2 hour after the hearings to answer your questions.
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
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.
ARUP Blood Drive Sign-up
Thursday, April 4, 2019
8:00 am – 5:00 pm
South Foyer

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.
Thursday, April 4, 2019
8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Friday, April 5, 2019
8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Having trouble signing up for the American Red Cross Disaster and Sheltering Certification course?

Here is some useful information to guide you:
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.
Volunteers Needed!
We are expecting over 3,000 nursing students from around the country attend the NSNA Annual Convention. Managing a convention of this size requires significant coordination and support of volunteers - just like you! Volunteers receive a certificate of recognition and a small token of our appreciation that is given at the convention. Your time commitment may be as little as one hour or as many as six 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. Please register for convention prior to signing up. Any volunteer that completed over six hours of volunteer service will be put in a drawing for a free MidYear or Convention Registration (not to include NCLEX review). The sign up can be sent to all schools in your state and individuals can sign up.
How to sign up?
We're using (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
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​
Note: does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact Trisha Mims ( and she can sign you up manually.
Are you an NSNA Student considering continuing your education towards an advanced degree?

Please join Renee Buonaguro , RN, MS, ANP-C, PhD Candidate, to participate in an IRB-approved interview to discuss your thoughts about your future plans. Schedule an appointment with Renee today!
$20.00 Gift cards will be provided to participants for a 20-30 minute interview.

For more information, please contact:
Renee Buonaguro, RN, MS, ANP-C, PhD Candidate
Call/Text: (516) 972-9991
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
  • Thursday, April 4, 2019: 8 am to 10 pm (every two hours)
  • 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.
Thursday: 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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
Thursday, April 4, 2019
6:30 am – 5:00 pm
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.
Registration count as of press time on Tuesday, April 3: 2,500
Delegates: 450