Eight Blinn College District Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) students demonstrated their commitment to leadership and professional development at the Texas Nursing Students’ Association (TNSA) Annual Meeting in Austin recently.

(courtesy Blind College)

The conference featured three days of sessions and networking opportunities to prepare nursing students to navigate and thrive in their careers. Session topics included preparation for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) and the responsibilities of emergency department nurses and their implications. Many four-year universities were in attendance to speak with prospective students about their Bachelor of Science in Nursing programs, and hospitals across the state had staff on site to brief students on post-graduation employment opportunities.

TNSA is dedicated to promoting professionalism and leadership among nursing students. The organization represents more than 3,000 student nurses from across Texas who are preparing for initial admission to become registered nurses.

“Participating in this type of conference is a great experience for our students because it connects them with a broad spectrum of nurses and professionals from across the state,” said ADN Program Director Dr. Karl Ross. “As a faculty, we are so impressed with how many of our students are committed to leadership positions and passionately representing Blinn and their fellow students.”

Kelly Kitchens of Blinn served as Chair of the Nominating Committee and Ashley Chennault served as Secretary and Treasurer of the TNSA Board for 2021-22. Mikaela Stephens has been appointed Regional Director East 2022-23.

“This kind of networking is so beneficial because you know you’re meeting people who share your passion. They can become lifelong friends, colleagues or mentors,” Kitchens said. “My trainers encouraged me to be a part of TNSA and gave me the confidence to be a good leader. Your confidence in me gave me confidence in myself.”

Blinn’s ADN program is held at the RELLIS Academic Alliance Complex at Texas A&M-RELLIS in Bryan, where students gain hands-on skills using the facility’s 16,000-square-foot simulation labs. In addition to laboratory, simulation, and lecture time, nursing students spend at least two days per week on clinical rotations. Most students devote 15 to 24 hours per week to planning program activities and at least 30 hours per week to study and preparation.

Because of the program’s employment outcomes and the high NCLEX-RN first attempt rate, Blinn has been recognized by Nursing Schools Almanac,,, and

For more information on Blinn’s ADN program, visit For information on Blinn’s other nursing programs, including professional nursing and certified nursing assistants, visit

(Story courtesy of Richard Bray, Blinn Information)