71st Annual Convention Reflection: A Catalyst for Change
The NSNA 71st Annual Convention will be held during the Spring and explores specialty nursing areas and various education workshops for nursing students. NSNA invites you and your colleagues to join us and get ready to network with nursing students from across the country, learn from top nursing leaders, prepare for your future profession, and have some fun.
It’s easy and fun to attend NSNA’s 71st Annual Convention! You will have the opportunity to learn new skill sets and test taking strategies while attending multiple education sessions including a live NCLEX-RN Review. You will meet NSNA leaders including the Board of Directors, Nominating and Elections Committee, and the chair of the Resolutions Committee. The Annual Convention will be a place where you can network with students across the USA; gain skills to manage state and local chapters; master test taking skills while learning clinical judgement—and much, much more!
Exhibits provide opportunities for you to meet with exhibitors from a variety of employment and academic settings, NCLEX vendors and publishers. Visit with poster presenters and even participate in yoga. Also, receive expert advice for career development including interview skills, resume building, and future education opportunities. A special program for faculty to earn contact hours is also planned.
Nelda Godfrey, PhD, ACNS-BC, RN, FAAN, ANEF Nelda Godfrey is Professor and Associate Dean for Innovative Partnerships and Practice at the University of Kansas School of Nursing, Kansas City, KS. A thought leader in nursing innovation and education, Dr. Godfrey writes often on new care delivery models that can be influenced by a stronger emphasis on the nurse within—researching and developing strategies to create the whole person experience in nursing practice going forward. Her work with the International Society for Professional Identity in Nursing is transforming the way nurses, health care professionals and society understanding what it means to “think, act and feel like a nurse.” This work offers new language and new knowledge for the journey—helping nurses heal, flourish and expertly care for others.
Dr. Kenya Beard, EdD, AGACNP-BC, CNE, ANEF, FAAN, Associate Provost for Social Mission & Academic Excellence at Chamberlain University has spent over 35 years of her nursing career committed to dismantling health care disparities and leading efforts to advance health equity. Whether consulting with schools on designing a multicultural curriculum that upholds social mission, becoming a primary investigator on a million-dollar workforce diversity grant, serving as a reviewer for the Future of Nursing’s 2020-2030 report, an Advisory Board Member for the New York Academy of Medicine Health Equity Scholars, or collaborating with the National League for Nursing’s Taking Aim Initiative, Dr. Beard has continuously amplified the ideals of social mission.
As a 2012 Macy Faculty Scholar, she founded the Center for Multicultural Education and Health Disparities and in 2014, as a Senior Fellow at the Center for Health Policy and Media Engagement, she co-produced healthcare disparity segments on WBAI-FM for over 400,000 listeners. More recently, to advance racial equity, she co-authored the National Academy of Medicines’ Perspectives entitled Dismantling Systemic Racism and Advancing Health Equity throughout Research and the National Commission to Address Racism in Nursing’s foundational report, 2022 Racism in Nursing as a Commissioner for the National League of Nursing. To support the transition of nurses from clinician to educator, she established the nation’s first Nurse Faculty Residency program at Chamberlain University.
Dr. Beard is a staunch advocate for social justice. Her work has earned her numerous awards. Last year, the National Association of Health Services Executives, NY Regional Chapter, awarded her the prestigious President’s Award. In 2022, the National Black Nurses Association honored her with the Trailblazer award.
Dr. Beard Chairs the New York State Board of Nursing. She is a fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine, the American Academy of Nursing, and the Academy of Nursing Education. She serves on the editorial board for the American Journal of Nursing and on the American Academy of Nursing’s Institute for Nursing Leadership.