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Defy Gravity: From Mountain Summits to Wicked Realities


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January 31, 2011 - The National Student Nurses’ Association (NSNA) isdelighted to announce the principle speakers for “Defy Gravity: Reach New Nursing Summits, ”the NSNA 59th Annual Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah, on April 6-10, 2011.

Keynote Speaker Patrick Hickey, DrPH, MSN, RN, CNOR, kicks off the event on Wednesday, April 6, during the traditional Opening Ceremony. Dr. Hickey, a clinical assistant professor of nursing at the University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, became the first registered nurse to have climbed all Seven Summits when he reached the top of Mt. Everest on May 24, 2007. His love of climbing began on a trip to South America in 1993, when a chance encounter with a group of mountain climbers led to his climbing 20,000-foot Mt. Cotopaxi, in Quito, Ecuador.

After his accomplishment with his Seven Summits quest, the University of South Carolina College established the “Summit Scholarship” for student nurses. Dr. Hickey also established the “Nurses Can Do Anything” scholarship in the Foundation of the NSNA (FNSNA) when he presented the keynote speech back in November 2008 at the NSNA 26th Annual MidYear Career Planning Conference in Reno, Nevada. Dr. Hickey’s FNSNA scholarship is supported by a portion of sales from his book, 7 Summit: A Nurse’s Quest to Conquer Mountaineering and Life.

Known for his humor and aptitude for engaging the audience, Dr. Hickey will deliver his presentation, “Reaching the Summit of Nursing Education: Are You Prepared for the Journey?”
and promises to deliver a rousing kick-off to the Annual Convention.

On Saturday, April 9, 2011, the Annual Convention concludes with the Closing Ceremony and Endnote Speaker, G. Rumay Alexander, EdD, RN, Professor and Director of Multicultural Affairs at the University of North Carolina School of Nursing, Chapel Hill, NC. Dr. Alexander is a distinguished nursing leader who has been bestowed many honors and awards over the years; she has over 21 years of experience in nursing advocacy, health careers development, public policy, strategic planning, association management, and teaching. Dr. Alexander is renowned for her expertise on cultural diversity issues and is credited for an extensive collection of publications and presentations covering management and leadership in nursing. She plays a fundamental role in providing guidance and orientation to the incoming NSNA Board of
Directors each year, and she also serves as Trustee for the FNSNA. As a nursing pioneer in many respects, Dr. Alexander has dedicated her career to leading and mentoring for the future of nursing. Her endnote presentation, “Defying Gravity… Wicked Problems… Wicked Solutions,” is an inspiring address that will leave attendees with the confidence that everyone deserves the chance to fly.

Source: NSNA