Wednesday, April 3, 2019
Welcome to Salt Lake City!
Opening Ceremony & Keynote Address
The Keynote Address, celebration of the Foundation of NSNA’s 50th Anniversary, recognition of scholarship winners and sponsors, and presentation of awards make the Opening Ceremony one of the highlights of the convention. This year's keynote address will be delivered by Dr. G. Rumay Alexander , president, National League for Nursing, and Associate Vice Chancellor and Chief Diversity Officer and full professor in the School of Nursing at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Alexander will Light the Way with the opening Keynote Address. Leveraging critical strategic leadership positions, Dr. Alexander influences nursing education, policy, research, and practice to reflect a more equitable and inclusive society. Please join us as Dr. Alexander ignites your passion for excellence with her keynote presentation.

Opening Ceremony Sponsor: Nurses Service Organization, Fort Washington, PA
Keynote Speaker Sponsor: Central Methodist University, Fayette, MO
Today's Highlights
8:00am - 11:45am
NCLEX Mini Review Powered by
Lippincott PassPoint

12:00pm - 1:00pm
Association Activity Seminars

1:15pm - 2:15pm
Focus Sessions

2:30pm - 4:30pm
Parliamentary Briefing &
Opening Meeting of House of Delegates (Mandatory for Delegates)

3:30pm - 4:30pm
Focus Sessions

5:45pm - 7:30pm
Opening Ceremony and Keynote Address

8:30pm - 11:00pm
First Night Party
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.
  • 2018-19 Stellar School Chapter Renewal Addition Oakland Community College, Waterford, MI
  • Shannen Kane, BSN, RN, ENA Emerging Professional Liaison is an additional speaker for the "Who, What, and Why Emergency Nursing?" session on Thursday, April 4 at 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm (also repeated at 3:45 pm - 4:45 pm), sponsored by Emergency Nurses Association, Schaumburg, IL
Join us tomorrow for the Johnson & Johnson Plenary Session “What Would a Nurse Do? Meet the Nurse Innovators Changing Human Health”
Don’t miss tomorrow’s exciting Plenary Session, sponsored by Johnson & Johnson, featuring 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 tomorrow to hear more from each of these incredible nurse innovators. In the meantime, visit to learn more about nurse-led innovation.
Wrenetha Julion
Brittany Molkenthin
Rachel Walker
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 attendees from around the country to 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?
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
First Night Party: Let the Games Begin!
Salt Lake City hosted the 2002 Olympics. Embracing nursing’s global presence and the exciting sporting events of the Olympics. Come dressed in your favorite Olympic sports gear or represent your favorite Olympic country--or come as you are. Light refreshments, great music, games, and plenty of photo opportunities set the stage for the biggest networking event of the Convention.

Thanks to our sponsors for the making the First Night Party 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
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.
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.
NSNA Store Hours--Get your Graduation Cords Here!
Visit the NSNA Convention Store to purchase items such as graduation cords, stoles, pins, patches, pop sockets, academic planners, etc.
Wednesday: 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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).
New--Leadership U Patch!
Member, Leadership and Faculty Cords
Convention Special:$4.00 off
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.
Caucus Rooms Available
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 accommodate 120 people theater style.
Caucus Room #2 (Room 258) can accommodate 100 people theater style.
Caucus Room #3 (Room 259) can accommodate 90 people theater style.
Caucus Room #4 (Room 260) can accommodate 90 people theater style.

Caucus Room Schedule
  • Wednesday, April 3, 2019: 8 am to 10 pm (every two hours)
  • 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.
Safety Information
Options for Consideration demonstrates possible actions to take if confronted with an active shooter scenario. The video also shows how to assist authorities once law enforcement enters the scene. You may also access the video on YouTube .
For more information, visit
Registration count as of press time on Tuesday, April 3: 2,426