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This April, nursing students all over the US will travel to the 69th Annual National Student Nurses Association (NSNA) Convention. They won’t be flying, of course; instead, NSNA members will transport themselves by phone or computer to learn new skills, take part in a live NCLEX review, and discuss the key issues facing the nursing profession.

“Breaking Down Barriers,” the title of the April 5-10 convention, is certainly apropos for the time we live in, and the new generation of nurses have their work cut out for them. According to Trisha Mims, MSN, MBA, HCM, RN, Director of Program and Education for the NSNA, the theme “expresses the desire of nursing students to be advocates and movers and shakers that influence healthcare locally, nationally, and globally, while adhering to NSNA’s Core Values.”

During the exhibits, members can visit with college and employment recruiters and network with one another. Throughout the conference, you can also consult with expert advisers who will help you hone your interview skills, build a stellar resume, and identify your future education and career goals.

As with the previous NSNA conference, you can access all programs, exhibits, etc. live, or by video recording at any time. Exhibits and programs will be available for registrants for three months post-convention. In addition, attendees will receive a new special benefit with Nursing Passport—visit the NSNA convention site for more information! Online registration is open through 11.30pm EDT on April 10, 2021. You can register here.

Keynote and Endnote Speakers

Delivering the keynote speech is Susan B. Hassmiller, RN, PhD, FAAN. As Senior Scholar-In-Residence and Senior Adviser to the President on Nursing at the National Academy of Medicine from January 2019 through December 2020, she was a key member of the leadership team for the Future of Nursing 2030 report. She is also the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Senior Adviser for Nursing, and in partnership with AARP, Hassmiller also directs the Foundation’s Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action.

Endnote speaker, Teresa “Tese” Maggard Stephens, PhD, MSN, RN, CNE, has more than 34 years of nursing experience in both clinical and academic settings. She is the author of Stephens’ Model of Resilience and the founder of RN P.R.E.P. (Personal Resilience Enhancement Plan) to promote well-being and professional fulfillment in nurses, nursing students, and other clinicians. ​
Dr. Stephens is a leader in nursing education and research in the areas of workplace culture, faculty development, student success, and best practices in online learning. 

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