NSNA 62nd Annual Convention


During Business Meetings, all delegates are seated in the House of Delegates according to state in a special seating area. To sit in the designated area, all delegates must have their credentials approved. Delegates must wear their delegate ribbon for easy identification and entrance to the delegate area. Throughout the Convention, delegates are required to attend specific meetings. These are clearly marked as mandatory in this Program Book with the above logo. The closing House of Delegates meeting is on Saturday, and it is important that all delegates remain at the meeting until it is adjourned to maintain quorum.

Special responsibilities as a delegate may prevent you from attending some Convention activities. However, the importance of your role as a delegate and a leader in making decisions for the organization compensates for those missed activities. All delegates, faculty advisors, and state consultants receive a Business Book.


Lola Fehr, MSN, RN, CAE, RP, FAAN, the NSNA parliamentarian, is here to interpret Robert’s Rules of Order and help you understand bylaws and policies. Sign up at the Convention Office for an appointment.


Delegates are responsible for electing the best possible national officers for the Board of Directors and Nominating and Elections Committee members. Delegates are encouraged to seek the opinions of their constituents present at the meeting in helping to arrive at appropriate decisions. NSNA student members and delegates may meet the candidates in Campaign Headquarters on:

  • Wednesday, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
  • Thursday, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
  • Friday, 10:00 pm - Midnight

There are also Candidates' Forums and a Presidential Presentation and Debate on Friday. Part I is from 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm, Part II is from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm.


The Business Book explains the procedures for resolutions. The NSNA Resolutions Committee is responsible for screening all resolutions prior to presentation to the delegates.

Author Meetings
Appointments have been pre-scheduled online. Authors without a pre-scheduled appointment may stop by the Resolutions Office beginning at 10am on Tuesday to schedule an appointment. Missed appointments must be re-scheduled onsite with the Committee.

Resolution Hearings
Mandatory attendance for delegates. See Business Book for resolutions procedures. Resolutions Hearings are Thursday, 3:45pm - 7:00pm and Friday, 7:30pm - 10:00pm.

Roundtables and Documentation Review
Roundtables and Documentation Review: Resolution authors for the resolutions heard each day are available at information tables located in the Resolutions Hearing room for 30 minutes before and after the Hearings. Delegates are invited to ask specific questions and discuss the resolutions with the authors. Authors are asked to bring documentation for review. Documentation may also be reviewed online. See www.nsnaconvention.org for more information.

Resolutions Document
When the Resolutions Committee finalizes the Resolutions Document, it is posted online. Download it Thursday morning from www.nsnaconvention.org.


Wednesday, 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Parliamentary Procedure Briefing

Parliamentary Procedure Briefing

Presiding: Lola Fehr, MS, RN, CAE, FAAN, RP, NSNA Parliamentarian

Wednesday, 3:00pm - 4:30pm
House of Delegates

Opening Meeting of House of Delegates

Presiding: Jesse Kennedy, NSNA President

Thursday, 1:15pm - 1:45pm
Finance Forum

Finance Forum

Presiding: Christine Shuffield, Secretary/Treasurer

Resource Person: Dev Persaud, MA, Director of Finance and Administration

Thursday, 1:45pm - 2:15pm
Delegates: Bylaws Forum


Thursday, 3:45pm - 7:00pm
Delegates: Resolutions Hearing

Resolutions Hearing

Presiding: Lisa Novak, Chair, Resolutions Committee

Friday, 10:45am - 1:45pm
House of Delegates Meeting

House of Delegates Meeting

Presiding: Jesse Kennedy, NSNA President

Friday, 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Delegates: Candidates' Presentations Part I

Candidates' Presentations Part I

Presiding: Chelsea Sawyer, Chair, Nominating and Elections Committee

Friday, 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Delegates: Candidates Presentations Part II

Candidates Presentations Part II

Includes Presidential Presentation and Debate.

Presiding: Chelsea Sawyer, Chair, Nominating and Elections Committee

Friday, 7:30pm - 10:00pm
Delegates: Resolution Hearing

Resolutions Hearing

Presiding: Lisa Novak, Chair, Resolutions Committee

Saturday, 8:00am - 9:30am
*** VOTING ***

Voting for the 2014-2015 Board of Directors and Nominating and Elections Committee

Saturday, 9:45am - 1:45pm
House of Delegates Closing Session

House of Delegates Closing Session

Election results and installation of the 2014-2015 Board of Directors and Nominating and Elections Committee.

Presiding: Jesse Kennedy, NSNA President

Refreshment Sponsor: American Nurses Association, Silver Spring, MD


House of Delegates Information

Road Map to NSNA Constituency Status Delegate Brochure Being a Delegate Step-by-Step Delegate Information Convention Schedule for Delegates Late Arriving Delegates Parliamentary Placemat Roberts Rules Convention Alert Eligible Constituency 2014 Report Delegate Notification Broadcast E-mail Business Meeting Agenda from the Business Book

Delegate Forms - print out and bring completed forms to Delegate Credentialing

Official Application for Constituency Status State Chapters Important information about State Approved Alternates State Compliance Requirements Summary


Proposed Resolutions Abstracts 2014 (Preliminary) Guidelines for Planning Resolutions Template for Resolutions


2014 Slate of Candidates Run for NSNA Office 2014 Candidate Questions and Presidential Debate Topic

Important Resources

Code of Conduct for NSNA Meetings Guidelines for Professional Attire Getting the Pieces to Fit - NSNA's handbook for state and school chapters NSNA Bylaw FNSNA Auction Donation Form FNSNA Annual Convention Challenge Contribution Form NSNA Leadership University: earn academic credit for being a Delegate