GNSA: The Key to Achieving Success in Your Graduate Program

3:00-4:00 PM ET

Webinar Overview

Do you want to find out more about the resources and services that are available to you? Join us for the GNSA Overview Webinar where you will learn about how you can use the GNSA services to help advance your professional development and achieve success in your graduate nursing programs. During the Webinar, the speakers will explore the communication and networking platform, career services, Webinar series, funding announcements, and advocacy resources. Members of the Leadership Council will share their personal experience and help answer questions.

This Webinar is hosted by the Graduate Nursing Student Academy (GNSA). For more information on the GNSA, visit


Webinar Speakers

Marta Wall, MPA, AACNís Associate Director of Student Initiatives

Marta Wall is the Associate Director of Student Initiatives at the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). Mrs. Wall helped with the development and launch of the GNSA, a national network providing high value programs, services, and resources to nursing students enrolled in masterís and doctoral programs. Prior to joining AACN, Mrs. Wall worked as the Program Coordinator at New York University College of Nursing (NYUCN) within the Academic and Clinical Affairs department. Mrs. Wall received her masterís in public administration from New York Universityís Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and her bachelorís degree in criminal justice from the University of Scranton.

Matthew Harris, MSSC, AACNís Student Services Assistant

Matthew Harris currently supports the outreach, marketing, and social media efforts of the Graduate Nursing Student Academy (GNSA) at the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). He also works on the applicant facing information about NursingCAS through and their social media outlets. Previously, Mr. Harris was the Project Assistant for the Doctoral Advancement in Nursing Project, a program from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation aimed at supporting the New Careers in Nursing Scholarship recipients apply for doctoral programs in nursing. Mr. Harris received his masterís in social science in the International and European Relations program from LinkŲping University, Sweden and his bachelorís degree in political science from the University of Illinois at Springfield.

Teresa Hagan, BSN, BA, RN, GNSA Leadership Council Member, Liaison Coordinator

Ms. Hagan is a doctoral student at the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing. She previously received a bachelorís degree in cultural anthropology and international peace studies before attending nursing school. Her research areas of interest include women's health, oncology, self-advocacy, and symptom management. Her dissertation study consists of a psychometric evaluation of a new measure of self-advocacy among female cancer survivors. As the Liaison Coordinator for the GNSA, she is thrilled to be collaborating with liaisons across the country.

Kristen A. Altdoerffer, MSN, CPNP, GNSA Leadership Council Member

Ms. Altdoerffer is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the College of Nursing and Health Professions at Drexel University. She received her BSN from Penn State University in 2006 and her MSN as a primary care pediatric nurse practitioner from Drexel University in 2009. She is currently pursuing her Doctorate of Nurse Practice at the University of Maryland with a projected graduation in spring 2015. Kristen is board certified as a pediatric nurse practitioner and enjoys practicing with the underserved population. She is a member of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, active on the Delaware Valley Chapter Legislative Committee, on the AACNís Graduate Nursing Student Academyís Leadership Council, and a member of Sigma Theta Tau.

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