2019 CNSA Convention






REGISTER for the 2019 CNSA Convention here

Early bird registration ends 9/20/19

Click HERE to book your hotel at the CNSA DISCOUNT rate!




Pre-convention Sessions (8 AM to 12 PM)

Two great sessions available: Kaplan NCLEX Prep Course and the Red Cross Disaster Preparedness Training. Offered for an additional fee at time of registration.

House of Delegates

Parliamentary briefing followed by the Bylaws and Resolution Hearing. Mandatory session for delegates.

Candidate Hearing

Information on running for the 2019-2020 CNSA Board of Directors.

Keynote Address

Marketa Houskova, the ANA\California Executive Director, welcomes attendees to the convention.

Resume Review & Refreshments

Bring your resume, portfolio, or just yourself! Get ready to market yourself to CA top health systems in the Exhibitor Hall Saturday. This is a great opportunity to gain insight into all things resume. Light refreshments included in your registration fee.


Coffee & Breakfast

Enjoy coffee and breakfast before starting your day. Included in your registration fee.

Convention 101

The CNSA Board of Directors walk you through navigating convention. Who, what, when, and where is the information and people you want to connect with.

RNs at the Bedside & Beyond - Plenary Session

Advanced Practice RNs share where our healthcare system needs registered nurses in settings that extend beyond the acute care setting. Leading nurse leaders and faculty in public health, psychiatric mental health, emergency nurse practice, and clinical nurse specialists illuminate the world of nursing beyond the bedside.

Landing Your First Job! - Plenary Session

Insight from California’s nurse managers and talent acquisition specialists on what they look for in new hire nursing candidates. Yes, direct from those looking at your resumes when you apply! Come gain direction on preparing to land your first job from the first day of nursing school to the last.

Exhibitor Hall

This is the one place every nursing student wants to be to get the very latest resources for succeeding in nursing school, passing the NCLEX, finding your future employer, and getting ready for grad school. And the swag is pretty epic, if we do say so! Check back as convention approaches for the list of exhibitors.

Educational Breakout Sessions

Click the heart icon or title above to read about all the phenomenal sessions we have planned for you this year!


Grab lunch in the exhibitor hall and gear up for the second half of the day. Included with your paid registration fee.

House of Delegates

The CNSA House of Delegates opens it's 2019 Business Meeting. Delegates represent schools from across the state and gather to vote on the CNSA bylaws and proposed resolutions.

Candidate Presentations

Hear from all the candidates running for the 2019-2020 CNSA Board of Directors. Election will be held electronically on Sun October 13th.

Dinner on the Lawn - New this year!

Food trucks will be waiting to satisfy your appetite after a busy day. Menus are low-cost options for dining in Pomona, and you don't have to drive anywhere! Stick around for dessert and prize giveaways after!

Dessert Social - New this year too!

Enjoy dessert on us! This is a great time to get to know your fellow future nurse leaders from across CA. We are giving away prizes also!



Breakfast is provided for all convention attendees. Grab a plate and head into the House of Delegates, followed by the endnote address and awards ceremony.

House of Delegates

The CNSA House of Delegates closes the 2019 Business Meeting.

2019-2020 CNSA Board of Directors Election

The new board is announced!

Endnote Address - Dr. Phyllis Heintz, PhD., RN

Dr. Phyllis Heintz has a diverse clinical background in critical care, dialysis, gerontology, cancer care, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. She shares her vast knowledge of the nursing profession as she inspires you to create the future by leading the way!

Katie Bray Awards Ceremony

The 2019 CNSA Awards and Scholarship recipients are announced.


Acquire quick tips to master pharmacology for life in this session led by KISSPrep.

Join Work the World representatives as they share how you can take your nursing practice global!

Learn how current legislation in healthcare will affect your practice as a soon to be RN. Be inspired to engage in legislative efforts to impact change that will affect your patients and your practice in this informative session led by expert clinical faculty. 

Get the down low on essential skills to ace that job interview from an experienced nurse educator!

New grad RNs from across the state share their experience on how to succeed in school and navigate the job market in California. Bring your questions and get some answers!

Join our new graduate speakers and RNs as they share valuable insight and resources to set up your first moments in clinical and on the job.


Take a deeper dive into the resolutions process and gain a preview of what to expect in the house of delegates as CNSA representatives take you through resolutions on the table.

A diverse set of panelists share an inside look at death and dying in nursing practice. Bring your questions and be prepared for a moving look into the role of nurses across the profession as they share their experiences caring for patients and families at the end of life.

Have your most pressing concerns and questions answered regarding the RN licensure application directly by a CA BRN representative.

Nurses eat their young. We’ve all heard it, but we shouldn’t have to live it. Join us in taking the next step improving a culture and learn skills to effectively handle these situations.

Learn what residency programs are and what they can offer the new graduate RN. 

Coming soon!

Coming soon!

This year we have a great Attendify mobile app to guide you through this year's convention! Check back for download instructions.