Writing a Resolution - The Process

This page references the NSNA Guidelines for Planning. Please see this handbook for further information. 

Be sure to read all the way to the end before beginning this process. 

1. Writing Your Resolution

Choosing a topic

  • The first step is to determine a national issue that is relevant to the NSNA, nursing students, the nursing profession, and healthcare policy.
  • Topics must be national in scope, be implemented within NSNA's resources, and fall within the mission, purposes, and functions as stated in the NSNA Bylawsand mission.
  • Make sure your topic is not a duplicate within the past 5 years. 
  • *It is highly recommended that authors ask for guidance on their selected topic prior to proceeding with writing the resolution. Contact Lexy Deetken at [email protected] , and allow up to 5 days for a response.

Resolution Sections

Pre-formatted resolution template


  • This is your resolution's title. MAX 15 words
  • Example: 2021 Nominated Resolution


Submitted By

  • Your school’s name
  • Example: 2021 Nominated Resolution


  • You and your co-authors
  • The main author’s name will go first, followed by the remaining authors 

“Whereas” Statements 

  • This is where you will “document the need” for your resolution.
  • Each of your “whereas” statements will reflect why your resolution is needed. 
  • These statements will not be debatable in the House of Delegates.
  • Remember that each of these statements MUST cite (APA 7th ed.) a supporting reference within the past 5 years (exceptions with historical documents). *The references used for this section will also be submitted with the portions of the reference used for your resolution highlighted.
  • Direct quotes should be avoided.
  • 300 words at MAX for ALL whereas statements (not including citations)
  • Example: 2021 Nominated Resolution

“Resolved” Statements

  • This is where you will write HOW you propose to resolve the issue you have identified in your resolution.
  • These statements should focus on how the organization (NSNA) can influence policy.
  • The first "resolved" clause contains the statement of belief, philosophy, or commitment that you want the NSNA to take on the issue. "Resolved" clauses must reflect the topic statement.
  • Remaining "resolved" clauses: List the desired implementation of the resolution (i.e., the actions to be taken, such as letters to be sent; this should be the last resolved statement) and the names of organizations and agencies that should receive a copy of the resolution, if adopted. Note that this communication is sent via email. 
  • 3-5 statements MAX
  • Example: 2021 Nominated Election

2. Abstract

  • Three or four well-written sentences about the purpose and intended outcomes of the resolution. 
  • 75 words MAXIMUM
  • Example: 2021 Nominated Resolution

3. Estimated Cost

  • Itemizes the estimated cost to NSNA to implement the resolution.
  • Example:2021 Nominated Resolution

4. Contacts

  • An excel file of the organizations you would like a copy of your resolution to be sent to if nominated
  • Contact info includes organization name, contact name, e-mail address, mailing address, and phone number

5. List of References 

  • A list of references used in your “whereas” statements, using APA 7th Edition

6. Reference Documents 

  • Include all files for references that are listed in the “List of References” (your evidence for your “whereas” statements).

All the documents you use for reference for the “whereas” statements of your resolution must be attached, with sections of the documents you used for reference highlighted.

Additional Information


  • Have other students and faculty, or individuals read the resolution and provide suggestions for additions, deletions, or alterations. This decreases the number of changes that may occur once presented at the Resolutions Hearings or "moved" in the House of Delegates. 
  • When you submit your rough draft to the Legislative Committee, you will be assigned to a committee member that will assist in editing your resolution for final submission to the CNSA annual convention. 

After Submission

To CNSA: (August 31st, 2022) 

  1. Expect an email from the Resolutions Committee confirming your submission. 
  2. We will review your Resolution to ensure it meets the requirements outlined in NSNA’s Resolution Guidelines 2020-2021. 
  3. Prior to the CNSA Convention (October 2021), we will work with you to prepare you for presenting and defending your resolution at the convention! 
  4. Please ensure your email address and phone number are updated to ensure timely communication.

To NSNA: (TBA January 2022)

  1. Expect an email from the NSNA Resolutions Committee confirming your submission. 
  2. After the review process, you will receive another email either approving or requesting changes for your resolution. 
  3. Prior to the NSNA Convention (April 2022), they will work with you to prepare you for presenting and defending your resolution at the convention! 
  4. Please ensure your email address and phone number are updated to ensure timely communication.

At Convention

CNSA (October 2022) 

  • You (and co-authors) will have the opportunity before your Resolution’s hearing to answer any questions delegates may have about your resolution. 
  • This is your opportunity to garner support! 
  • In the House of Delegates: your resolution will be presented, defended, and voted on to potentially become CNSA’s Nominated Resolution 2021! 
  • More details about the Convention will be disseminated as we get closer! 

Click here for a full list of deadlines

Asking For Help

  • The CNSA Legislative Committee is here to help! 

    • Check out the following NSNA video for guidance on how to write a resolution!