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National Student Nurses’ Association, Inc.
Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center, Nashville, TN.
April 9 - 12, 2014

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Affordable and Effective Continuing Education

 This activity has been submitted to the North Carolina Nurses Association for approval to award contact hours. The North Carolina Nurses Association is accredited as an approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
4:45pm – 8:00pm
     Part I
Consultants and Advisors Leadership University Certificate Program
It doesn’t matter if you are a brand new or well-seasoned faculty advisor or state consultant—you will learn as well as contribute during this highly interactive two-session certificate program.  The goal of the workshop is to enhance your effectiveness in these essential roles.  Starting with the onsite pre-test, you will become engaged in an intense discussion that will elevate your learning as you hear (and share) your knowledge and experiences with your colleagues.  Utilizing the NSNA essential tool kit (including Getting the Pieces to Fit and the Consultant’s and Advisor’s Guidelines), a wide array of topics from communicating with student leaders, understanding bylaws, policies and procedures, to preventing fraud will be on the agenda!  Following the completion of an online posttest, you will be rewarded with a beautiful NSNA Leadership University certificate—suitable for framing.
Facilitators:  Rebecca Patton, MS, RN,  Cheryl Taylor, PhD, RN, FAAN, and Diane J. Mancino, EdD, RN, CAE, FAAN

Wednesday, April 4, 2014
7:00am – 8:30am
   Part II
Consultants and Advisors Leadership University Certificate Program
See description above

8:30am - 4:00pm     Faculty Pre-Convention Workshop Special Registration Required

Innovations in Teaching: An ACES Workshop - (1 Day Special Workshop)

Continental breakfast, breaks, and lunch are provided.

Advancing Care Excellence for Seniors (ACES) guides the teaching of nursing students to provide competent, individualized and humanistic care to older adults.  This workshop addresses the complexity of decision making about care for the older adult in a variety of home, institutional and community-based settings.
; Laureen Travolaro Ryley, MSN, RN Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist, Associate Professor of Nursing at the Community College of Philadelphia,; Barbara McLaughlin, PhD, RN, Professor and Head of the Department of Nursing, Community College of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA;  Susan Forneris, PhD, RN, CNE, CCRN, Associate Professor, St. Catherine’s College of Nursing, St. Paul, MN; Martha Conrad, MSN, RN Director of Interprofessional Simulation, College of Health Professions, University of Akron, Akron, OH
Sponsors: National League for Nursing, Washington, D.C.; National Student Nurses’ Association, Brooklyn, NY  For more information on the ACES Program and the program schedule go to and click on Meetings.

5:45pm – 7:30pm       Opening Ceremony and Keynote Address
What’s Your Hunch? Ideas that Changed Nursing and Healthcare
Keynote Speaker:
  Dr. Gloria Ferraro Donnelly, Professor and Dean, College of Nursing and Health Professions, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA.
Scholarship winners will be recognized along with their sponsors.  The following awards will be presented:  Leader of Leaders Award; Marilyn Bagwell Grant, and Honorary Membership

Thursday, April 10
7:45am – 8:45am
Coaching and Mentoring Nursing Students
Prepare for your role in the Career Development Center as well as increase your effectiveness as a coach and mentor.  See more information below on how to get partial registration rebate if you volunteer at the Career Development Center.

Lois Marshall, PhD, RN, Nurse Education consultant; author, “Take Charge of Your Nursing Career,” published by Sigma Theta Tau International, Indianapolis, IN (2010).
Sponsor: National Student Nurses Association, Brooklyn, NY

11:15am – 3:45pm    
Grand Opening Career Development Center -- Exhibit Hall

Sign up in the Faculty Lounge to volunteer to review resumes and coach students about planning their career. For your participation you will receive registration rebate following the convention.
Sponsor:  National Student Nurses Association

 2:00pm –4:00pm
Clinical Decision Making Challenges: Strategies for Success
Making the right clinical assignment helps link priority concepts from the classroom to the clinical setting.  These essential connections can be a challenge at times in the clinical area.  During the workshop, the speakers will share “SAFETY” teaching strategies, based on safety & practice standards, that faculty can immediately add to their toolbox.       
Speakers: Loretta Manning, MSN, RN, GNP, President, I CAN Publishing, Inc., and Lydia Zager, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, Education Consultant, I CAN Publishing, Duluth, GA
Sponsor: Sylvia Rayfield & Associates and I CAN Publishing, Pensacola, FL

 4:15pm – 5:45pm      
Consultant/Advisor Briefing

Meet with the national consultants to review the 2014 Resolutions and major issues that will be brought before the House of Delegates.
Facilitators: Cheryl Taylor, PhD, RN, FAAN, NLN National Consultant and Rebecca Patton, MSN, RN, ANA National Consultant

Friday, April 11, 2014
8:00am – 9:30am       

Getting Published: A Prescription for Success

This presentation will give you and your students the knowledge needed to be successful and help achieve fulfillment to get your work published
Speaker: Maureen “Shawn” Kennedy, MA, RN, Editor-in-Chief, American Journal of Nursing, New York, NY
Sponsor: Wolters Kluwer Health, New York, NY

11:00am – 12:30am   
50 Shades of Nursing Informatics

Explore the colorful and passionate practice area known as nursing informatics.  NI interfaces with all specialty areas of nursing and the data, information, knowledge, and wisdom pathway.  It is an exciting nursing specialty and the pot of bold at the end of the rainbow.

Speaker: Dee McGonigle, PhD, RN, CNE, FAAN, ANEF, Director, Virtual Learning Informatics: Professor, Chamberlain College of Nursing.
Sponsor: Chamberlain College of Nursing, Columbus, OH

 11:00am – 3:30pm
Career Development Center in the Exhibit Hall
Sign up in the Faculty Lounge to volunteer to review resumes and coach students about planning their career. For your participation you will receive registration rebate following the convention.
Sponsor:  National Student Nurses Association

3:00pm – 4:30pm      
Helping Students to be a Successful Online Learner

There is a broad base of scientific research to support that humor can improve your health.  The physiological, emotional, social, and cognitive benefits of humor will be discussed along with methods for incorporating humor into your professional and personal life.

Speaker: Julie McAfooes, MS, RN-BC, CNE, ANEF, Web Development Manager, Chamberlain College of Nursing, Columbus OH
Sponsor: Chamberlain College of Nursing, Columbus, OH           

4:45pm – 6:15pm
Students Success through Collaboration
Presents the factors related to successful graduation from nursing school, describes best practices for admitting and retaining students, and identifies methods to help students answer test questions written at the applying and analyzing levels of Bloom’s taxonomy.  Shelton’s Model of Student Retention is discussed.
Speaker: Barbara Irwin, MSN, RN, Executive Director of Nursing, Kaplan Nursing, Chesterfield, MO.
Sponsor: Kaplan Nursing NY, NY

Saturday, April 12, 2014
8:00am – 9:30am

NCSBN Update Significant NCSBN Initiatives
Get the latest updates on this important initiative and other regulatory news.
Speaker: Nancy Spector, PhD, RN, Director of Regulatory Innovations, NCSBN, Chicago, IL
Sponsor: National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Chicago, IL

 9:00am – 12:00pm
Career Counseling Center in Exhibit Hall
Sign up in the Faculty Lounge to volunteer to review resumes and coach students about planning their career. For your participation you will receive registration rebate following the convention.
Sponsor:  National League for Nursing, New York, NY

 1:00pm – 2:30pm
Balancing Student Rights and Academic Discipline
The session will give you a better understanding of due process requirements, contact law, equal protection rights, freedom of speech rights and ADA rights.  Learn all about balancing students’ rights, your rights and academic discipline.
Speaker: Stephanie Turner, EdD, RN, Assistant Professor, University of Alabama Capstone College of Nursing Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Sponsor: National Student Nurses Association, Brooklyn, NY

 2:45pm – 4:15pm
Grant Writing 101: Tips for the Novice       
Explore the process of Grant Writing for a successful outcome.

Speaker: Lois Marshall, PhD, RN, Nurse Education consultant, speaker, and author, Miami, FL
Sponsor: National Student Nurses Association, Brooklyn, NY

4:30pm – 6:00pm
Closing Ceremony and Endnote Address: Your Voice/Your Dream/Nursing’s Future!
Accept the challenge! BE the change nursing needs and achieve the dreams you hold.
The Closing Ceremony also includes introduction of the 2014 newly elected Board of Directors and Nominating and Elections Committee; and announcement of NSNA chapter award winners.
Speaker: Virginia Trotter Betts, MSN, JD, RN, FAAN, Professor University of Tennessee Health Science Center and ANA Past President.

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 Quick Info for Convention! 

  • CONVENTION BROCHURE online - All NSNA members will be mailed an Annual Convention brochure. NSNA will gladly send you brochures to distribute at your school. Use the Convention Brochure ORDER FORM. 
  •  Sign up to volunteer in the Career Development Center.  During exhibit hours, the Career Development Center offers students opportunities to discuss short and long-range nursing career plans one-on-one.  To qualify faculty must have attended the Coaching and Mentoring session either at this convention or during another NSNA meeting.  New:  Faculty registration rebate (after convention) you will be eligible for 25% rebate for volunteering for one day; 50% rebate for volunteering for two days; and 75% rebate for volunteering for 3 days. Contact Judy Tyler at for more information and plan to sign up in the Faculty Lounge at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center.

Please be sure to make hotel reservations as soon as possible—our room block is filling up fast!