Wisconsin Student Nurses Association


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2015 WSNA Convention Speakers

 “Smart” Eating:  Brain Food

Dr. Eileen Berglund, D.C., Associate Professor, Natural Sciences at Herzing University

Exploring the details of how diet can affect learning and focusing in on foods/plans that maximize the brain power and memory retention.


Nursing Study Tips and Test Taking Strategies

Laureen Love, MSN, RN, NNP-BC

This breakout session will provide tips to enhance study of nursing content and promote clinical thinking.  Test taking strategies to promote confidence and success during nursing exams will also be offered.


 The Impact of Sexual & Domestic Violence in our Communities:  How Can Nurses Impact Change and Prevent Violence?

Jennifer Delwiche MSN, RN, CNE, CHSE

Interpersonal violence (domestic abuse, sexual assault, etc.) impacts all aspects of our society, including healthcare.  Increasing knowledge about identifying violence, impact of violence on patient health outcomes, and resources available will be discussed in order to address these ongoing issues.


Snoezelen:  Quality of Life Improvement through Sensory Stimulation

Carolyn Jackson

An overview of the Snoezelen concept, its’ history and development, and how this concept and equipment can be employed to improve a patient’s comfort, provide sensory stimulation and self-esteem. 


KISSPharm:  Pharmacology kept simple!  Session #1

Shan Nanji

Pharmacology is one of the most confusing subjects in nursing school, yet one of the most important in your entire career.  Shan Nanji will share a new and ground breaking system for studying and retaining pharmacology.   This session repeats in Breakout Session #3.  You may choose to attend either session.


Who’s that Guy?  Challenges and Successes of Men in the Nursing Field

Jeff Gemingnani, RN

With the growing field of Nursing, more men are joining the ranks.  The rewarding collaborations as a result offer new opportunities of the Nursing profession to once again, pave the way and show society how things should be done!  **NOTE** This breakout session is everyone, not just men.


Pain Management Across the Lifespan

Kim Litwack, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs (UW-Milwaukee) and Family Nurse Practitioner

Pain Management is a major responsibility of nurses, yet there is little content focusing on pain in nursing school it is the intent of this breakout session to address pain as a major part of every disease process.



BE THE MATCH:  Bone Marrow transplant/Aplastic Anemia Survivor

Brandi Wright

I was diagnosed with aplastic anemia in 2007, my senior year of college.  In 2008, I had an allogeneic bone marrow transplant.  I will be sharing my experiences of having aplastic anemia and being treated in a cancer center without having cancer.


Aromatherapy:  Therapeutic Essential Oils to aid in Healing

Barbara Lemke, RN, CCAP

Essential oils are aromatic volatile essences, the lifeblood of the plants.  Learn what a therapeutic essential oil is and how it can be used to enhance your practice to aid in the healing process, utilizing the olfactory system, topical application and massage.


Cultural Competence for the new Nurse

Sarah Morgan, PhD, RN, CNE Clinical Assistant Professor

Cultural competence is essential in health care.  This talk will help students assess their level of competence and how to best prepare for working in a diverse health care environment.


The 10 most important things you have forgotten from A&P.

Dr. Megan Blount


NSNA:  Image of Nursing

Matt Oppert, NSNA Director, Image of Nursing Chair

Matt Oppert, National Student Nursing Association Director and Chairman of the Image in Nursing Committee will speak about the current face of Nursing in the nation.  This is one talk you do not want to miss.


Understanding the Development of the NCLEX Test Plan: Faculty CEU Session

Ann Wood RN, MSN

Every three years the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) performs an extensive survey and analysis of the NCLEX Test Plan process.  Understanding the purpose of the NCSBN, the NCLEX practice analysis survey, the Client Needs categories and test plan will give you insight that can be used to evaluate your curriculum.  Incorporation of this NCLEX process and "mindset" into the instructional plan of your curriculum will enhanse your student performance on the NCLEX.

“This continuing nursing education activity has been approved by the Mississippi Nurses Foundation, Inc., an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation for 1.5 CEU’s.


Shock Management:  Hurst Review's Step by Step Approach to NCLEX Success (approx 50 min)

Denise Barten RN, MSN

Come experience Hurst’s nationally renowned comprehensive approach to passing the NCLEX® as we review Shock management.  Using our steps of reviewing must know content, developing critical thinking and application skills, incorporating NCLEX® specific testing strategies, and practicing high level NCLEX® style questions; let us introduce you to the tools essential to conquering the NCLEX® the first time!  This session will be repeated, so you do not have to miss it!


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