The National Student Nurses' Association (NSNA) 30th Annual MidYear Career Planning Conference was held Nov. 8-11 at Town and Country Resort and Convention Center in San Diego.
Nursing students, faculty, exhibitors and alumni attended educational workshops, and listened to renowned speakers. Many attendees also had the opportunity to meet with the 2012-2013 NSNA Board of Directors, Nominating and Elections Committee, Resolutions Committee Chairperson, and nursing leaders across the nation.
Although the NSNA headquarters office in Brooklyn, NY was forced to close down the entire week prior to the event due to power outages and closure of public transportation caused by Hurricane Sandy, the conference ran smoothly and proved to be a great success.
On Thursday, keynote speaker Donna Cardillo, MA, RN, kicked off the Opening Ceremony with her keynote address, "Nursing: A Career for Your Lifetime." Cardillo is a national speaker, author, consultant and coach. Her insight, humor and vast knowledge base left attendees feeling refreshed and inspired to continue striving for a successful and enduring career in nursing, according to NSNA.
As the conference continued throughout the next 2 days, students attended the NCLEX-RN mini review course and a meeting of the NSNA Council of State Presidents. Several workshops focused on various topics, including understanding healthcare policy, career progression, ethics and nursing, writing resolutions and more.
A two-part nursing specialty showcase highlighted representatives of: air and transport nursing, nurse midwifery, geriatric nursing, nursing informatics, global nursing, critical care nursing, nephrology nursing, infusion nursing, oncology nursing, emergency nursing and psychiatric nursing.
At the MidYear Exhibit Hall, students networked and spoke with representatives from hospitals, schools of nursing, and other publishing and product companies. During exhibit hours, attendees also had a great opportunity to bring their résumé and questions to meet with advisors in the NSNA Career Development Center.
During the Foundation of the NSNA (FNSNA) MidYear Conference Fundraiser, attendees enjoyed a night of laughter, singing, dancing and a beach footwear decorating contest. Door prizes and a special message from professional football player and motivational speaker Prince Daniels, Jr. also made the evening a great success! The event raised more than $800 for the FNSNA Disaster Relief Fund to benefit victims of Hurricane Sandy.
For more information on NSNA, visit: http://www.nsna.org/.