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.