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Larry Z. Slater, PhD, RN-BC, CNE, FAAN Elected President of the FNSNA Board of Trustees

Brooklyn, NY - October 15, 2022 – The Foundation of the National Student Nurses’ Association, Inc. (FNSNA) is pleased to announce the election of Larry Slater, PhD, RN-BC, CNE, FAAN to serve as President of the Board of Trustees.


Although not his first career, Dr. Slater discovered his passion for the nursing profession and nursing education as an undergraduate student at the University of Alabama, Birmingham (UAB). It was there that he became a member of the National Student Nurses’ Association (NSNA) and began to leave his mark on the nursing profession. After earning his baccalaureate degree in nursing in 2008, Dr. Slater continued his education at UAB School of Nursing, earning a PhD in 2011 and most recently (2022) earning a Master’s degree in accounting. While earning his doctoral degree, he also earned a Certificate of Teaching in Nursing. Today, Dr. Slater continues his career educating future nurses as the Associate Dean for Academic Programs and Clinical Professor at Lowenburg College of Nursing, University of Memphis, Memphis, TN.


In 2012, his career led him to New York as a Clinical Assistant Professor at Rory Myers College of Nursing, New York University, New York, NY (NYU). During his time at NYU,

Dr. Slater inspired future nurses in many ways, including but not limited to his position as Faculty Advisor to the Nursing Students Association of New York State. He was appointed to serve as a Trustee on the FNSNA Board of Trustees in 2015 while also volunteering as Delegate Credentialing convention staff at NSNA’s Annual Conventions. In 2017 he has elected to serve as the Secretary of the FNSNA Board of Trustees.


Dr. Slater truly leads by example, not only providing guidance to nursing students in and out of the classroom, but also continues to serve future nurses through various appointments and organization memberships. He holds sustaining membership in NSNA and this past April was awarded NSNA Honorary Membership, NSNA’s highest honor!

In 2020, he was also inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing as well as the New York Academy of Medicine. He continues to maintain membership and involvement in several nursing organizations including National League for Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International, American Nurses Association, the American Association for Men in Nursing and several more. When he is not teaching, he continues to participate in research studies and publishing scholarly articles in HIV/AIDS and nursing education.


From FNSNA Trustee to Secretary, and now President of the FNSNA Board of Trustees, Dr. Slater is excited and honored to continue to serve future generations of nurses. His prior involvement in NSNA became the catalyst to his service and the accomplishments of the Board of Trustees today. He states, “I can personally attest to this – NSNA provides the foundation for nursing students for a lifetime of engaged professional service that has a profound impact on the health of our nation. The FNSNA’s ability to provide needed scholarship and grant support to students and schools has been a vital arm of the organization, allowing students to focus on their education as opposed to their financial obligations, helping to ensure their success.”


The FNSNA is excited to continue working with Dr. Slater for the next three years in his new role as President of the FNSNA Board of Trustees. He is poised to make a significant impact on the lives of future registered nurses as he builds upon the great work of past Trustees. His expertise and knowledge will continue to move the mission of the FNSNA forward. 


The Foundation of the National Student Nurses’ Association Inc. (FNSNA), was created in 1969 to honor Frances Tompkins, the Association’s first Executive Director. Organization exclusively for charitable and educational purposes, the Foundation awards scholarships to qualified nursing students. Contributions to the FNSNA are tax-deductible. Since 1974, the FNSNA has awarded over $10.5 million in scholarship to undergraduate nursing students. The Foundation is organizations as a 501 C3 charitable foundation.

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