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National Student Nurses Association Releases Agenda for Annual Convention

More than 3,500 students, faculty, speakers and exhibitors are expected to attend the National Student Nurses' Association (NSNA) 61st Annual Convention April 3-7, at the Charlotte Convention Center, Charlotte, NC. 

Opening & Closing Nights

Keynote Speaker Courtney Lyder, ND, ScD(Hon), FAAN, kicks off the event on Wednesday, April 3, during the traditional Opening Ceremony. Lyder is Dean of the UCLA School of Nursing, Professor of Nursing, Medicine and Public Health; Executive Director, UCLA Patient Safety Institute; and Assistant Director of the UCLA Health System. He is the first African American to serve as a dean at UCLA and is the first minority man to be appointed as a nursing dean in the U.S. Lyder will share his thoughts on the convention theme, "HEALTHY Campaign: Healing, Enlightening, And Loving The Healthy You!"

The Closing Ceremony of the convention will feature as speaker speaker Michael Bleich, PhD, RN, NEA - BC, FAAN, who is dean at Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College in St. Louis. Bleich is scheduled to present, "Shining Bright - Your Role as the Stars for Nursing's Future," which is a reflection on the vitality and opportunities brought to the discipline in light of the Institute of Medicine report, the Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. Also during the Closing Ceremony will be the presentations of NSNA Program Activity Awards and the introduction of the 2013-2014 NSNA Board of Directors and Nominating and Elections Committee.

NCLEX-RN Mini Review

NSNA encourages students to use the conference as an opportunity to prepare for the most important test they will every pass. Sponsored by Delmar, Cengage Learning, this three-hour course (spread across three days) includes selected topics frequently questioned on the NCLEX-RN exam and is presented by highly skilled teacher, Judith C. Miller.  The schedule allows all attendees, including delegates, to take the entire Mini Review. NSNA members can add the Mini Review for only $20 if they pre-register for the Convention.

Plenary & Focus Sessions (April 4-5)

The Thursday Plenary Session, "Nurse Athlete - A Program for Achieving Optimal Health and Wellness" will discuss the Health Athlete/Nurse Athletic program, the first program under the Health Athlete initiative at The Ohio State University College of Nursing in Columbus to promote healthy practices and energy management in nurses, physicians, managers, and healthcare professionals. The speaker is Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk, PhD, RN, CPNP/PMHNP, FNAP, FAAN, a professor at the college of nursing.

The Friday Plenary Session, "Leadership is Not Case Sensitive," will explore how and why experienced nurses, new graduate nurses, and student nurses must serve in a leadership role at some point in their career. What does this mean and how do we get there? Hear the Institute of Medicine's Future of Nursing report discussed from a different angle and discover strategies for strengthening your leadership capacity. The presenter is Joanne Disch, PhD, RN, FAAN, Clinical Professor University of Minnesota School of Nursing, Minneapolis.

Focus Sessions

More than 25 one-hour focus sessions during the convention will cover a broad range of topics related to personal and professional growth, including pharmacology, distance education, oncology nursing, wound care, leadership, career progression, test taking, humor and health, emergency nursing, nurse midwifery, electronic medical records and more.

American Red Cross Disaster Certification

On Wednesday, April 3, the American Red Cross offers a course designed to prepare pre-licensed nursing students to volunteer during disasters. Attendees receive course certificates and the ARC Student Nurse Pin, but more importantly, gain the knowledge and skills to volunteer in their communities. A morning and afternoon session is available. Enrollment is limited to 125 attendees per session.  Pre-registered convention attendees are to be emailed information to register for the Red Cross course in advance.

Exhibit Hall and Career Development Center

This is an opportunity for attendees to speak with recruiters, learn about the newest books and products, and network. NSNA provides a Career Development Center, with leadership by Lois Marshall, during exhibit hours to help plan a solid nursing career. Attendees are asked to prepare by making a list of interests, needs, priorities and goals. Career counselors will also look over resumes and discuss the basic steps for career success.

Faculty Sessions

Several excellent sessions are planned for faculty attending the Convention.  Sessions include: the Consultant and Advisors Leadership University Certificate Program (pre-registration required, includes  contact hours); ACES: Advancing Care excellence for Seniors (special registration required; includes  contact hours); Transform the Classroom: An Interactive Approach to Teaching Pharmacology; Bringing Educational Strategies Into the Nursing Classroom: Backward Course Design; Consultant/Advisor Orientation to the Convention; Considerations for Creating a Quality Online Class; Consultants and Advisors Briefing; NCSBN's Update with Progress Report on Transition into Practice; and No Stone Unturned - Grant Writing Tips.  Faculty interested in volunteering in the Career Development Center may sign up in the Faculty Lounge to review resumes and coach students about planning their career.


The traditional General Scholarship and Promise of Nursing Scholarship recipients will be recognized during the Opening Ceremony on Wednesday, April 3, and the Marilyn Bagwell Grant recipient and Honorary Member are recognized at this time. The Isabel Hampton Robb Award winner and Essay Contest winner are honored during the Thursday, April 4 plenary session, and the Leader of Leaders award winner and Project InTouch grand prize winner are presented during the Friday, April 5 plenary session.  The top awards in each NSNA program will be awarded during the Closing Ceremony on Saturday, April 6, 2013.

Project Showcase and Poster Sessions

NSNA members are invited to share school and state chapter projects (e.g., Breakthrough to Nursing, Image of Nursing, Empowering Resolutions, Legislation/Education, Financial Excellence, Disaster Preparedness); community and international health activities, and research they have conducted at NSNA's Project Showcase. Posters will be displayed in the Charlotte Convention Center.  The purpose of Project Showcase is to foster the sharing of information, research dissemination, and education.

Student Activity Tables

School and state constituents may sell fundraising items at the Annual Convention. Tables are available on a first-come, first serve basis. The half-table fee of $30 can be made in the NSNA Convention Office.

Other Convention Highlights

On the night of Wednesday, April 3, attendees can relax, dance, meet new friends, win prizes and enjoy music at one of Convention's most enjoyable evenings, the First Night Party. This year's theme is "ZUMBA for Fitness and Fun!" Come ready for action and great music with ZUMBA, the Columbian dance fitness program that incorporates dance and aerobics. Learn the basic elements of ZUMBA to get started. Light refreshments, DJ for dancing, and photo opportunities set the stage for a great evening of networking and fun

The NSNA House of Delegates convenes to vote on resolutions and elect the 2013-14 Board of Directors and Nominating and Elections Committee.

NSNA Council of State Presidents - State presidents, presidents-elect, state consultants, and staff, will join the NSNA Board of Directors for collaborating and networking.

The Foundation of the NSNA Queen City Auction will be one of Convention's most popular events. Money raised during the event supports the Mary Ann Tuft Scholarship Fund. Held on Friday, April 5, the auction features interesting and unique items from across the country donated by individuals, chapters, sponsors, and other contributors.

The NSNA Convention sponsors include:

American Nurses Association
American Organization of Nurse Executives
Association of periOperative Registered Nurses
Delmar, Cengage Learning
The Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing's Future
National Council of State Boards of Nursing
National League for Nursing
Nurses Service Organization
UCLA Health System
University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing

For more information and to register for the NSNA Convention, visit:  

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