NSNA® Convention & Program Planning Committee
To: State Vice Presidents/Convention Planning Chairs
From: Erin Zundel, NSNA Director, Chair, Convention & Program Planning
Re: Gearing Up for MidYear
Date: September 21, 2010
Greetings from the Convention & Program Planning Committee! This is a busy time of year, as
school is back in session and many states are gearing up for their conventions. It is a good time
to start planning for your chapters’ participation at the 2010 MIDYEAR CAREER PLANNING
CONFERENCE in Cincinnati, Ohio, November 4 – 7, at the Duke Energy Center; and the Annual
Convention, April 6-10, at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. Start
putting your plans together and begin your fundraising activities early so you can join your
student colleagues for an exciting and educational experience.
The 2010-2011 Convention & Program Planning Committee includes Kelsie Guehler, Director
(North), Bobby Schnittker, COSP Chair and ex-officio member of the Board of Directors, and
myself. Beginning at the June orientation in New York, we have been working on the upcoming
MidYear and Annual Convention plans and are excited about sharing them with you.
Some of the highlights to look forward to at the MidYear Conference include bridging
workshops and speakers, emphasizing the connection between nursing school and working in
the nursing field. However, this isn’t just for nursing students near the end of their educational
experience. There is something for everyone – from acing exams and building a resume to
spotlighting nursing career options and faculty workshops, this will be a great conference. The
MidYear brochure is up on the web site so be sure to review the details of the meeting and the
Millennium Hotel information.
The MidYear keynote speaker, Joe Niemczura, MS, RN, is a faculty member at the University of
Hawaii at Manoa in the School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene. He has firsthand experience of
nursing in a lesser developed country and discusses his first trip to teach nursing in Nepal in his
book, The Hospital at the End of the World. This exciting speaker will inspire you to be the hero
of your own career.
Keep your copy of GUIDELINES FOR PLANNING: MEETING AND CONVENTIONS close at hand. This
invaluable resource for state and local NSNA chapters gives you detailed information to help
you plan a successful meeting.
I look forward to meeting you and hearing your great ideas at the MidYear and Annual
Conventions, and encourage you and your nursing friends to attend. Apply for scholarships to
fund the trip, have bake sales, or organize other fund raisers to bring as many as possible from
your school. Advertise the conventions and be creative! (And let me know what you did to
advertise and encourage attendance!) We want to see as many of you as possible and would
like to hear your ideas so we can collaborate, share, and pass along new information.
If you have any questions, comments, or need anything at all, please email me at
DIRECTORW@NSNA.ORG. I enjoy getting to know NSNA members and leaders throughout the
country and appreciate the friendships I have built thus far. Best wishes for successful planning
and conventions to come! Have a great semester!