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The Graduate Nursing Student Academy

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The Graduate Nursing Student Academy (GNSA) provides high value programs, services, and resources to graduate nursing students enrolled in master's and doctoral programs at AACN member schools. The GNSA is committed to supporting graduate students preparing for careers as faculty members, researchers, advanced practice registered nurses, clinical nurse leaders, policy experts, and healthcare administrators, among other roles.

The GNSA works to meet the professional development needs of its members by offering:

  • Leadership Opportunities
  • Webinar Series
  • Monthly GNSA Bulletin
  • Graduate Nursing Career Network
  • Peer to Peer Networking
  • Policy Engagement
  • Member-Exclusive Scholarships

As the collective voice for graduate students, the GNSA fosters collaboration, innovation, and excellence in academic nursing and health care.


Graduate nursing students are future leaders in improving and transforming health care.


  • Leadership
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Innovation
  • Engagement

The GNSA is free to join for graduate nursing students enrolled in master’s and doctoral programs at AACN member schools.

To join, complete the GNSA Membership Application.

Click here to see if your school is an AACN member institution.

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Apply for the GNSA Digital Innovators Program

The GNSA is pleased to announce a call for applications for the second GNSA Digital Innovators Program, a member-exclusive opportunity for graduate students who are interested in becoming future nursing faculty. This program will offer participants modern approaches and creative methods to educating the future nursing workforce. This team-based program will focus on developing digital creators through a series of virtual sessions twice a month that will help build a skill set in preparation for a final digital showcase. Content will be delivered by Apple Education's leadership and learning teams. Applications are due September 30, 2021. Selected teams will be notified by early November. 

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Take the GNSA Evaluation Survey and Enter to Win a $50 Amazon Gift Card!

The GNSA is seeking your feedback! Complete the 2021 GNSA Evaluation Survey and tell us what services you have benefited from and which ones do not meet your needs. By providing your feedback, you are ensuring that the GNSA is providing the right resources to graduate nursing students nationwide. Additionally, by completing the survey, you will be entered into a drawing to win a $50 Amazon gift card. The survey closes on September 30, 2021.

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New GNSA Scholarship

Uniform Advantage/GNSA Scholarship

This scholarship program provides $5,000 in support to students enrolled in master’s and doctoral programs who are committed to making a positive impact on the nation’s health and health care. A $2,500 scholarship will be awarded in the fall and spring to eligible GNSA members.

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COVID-19 Nursing Student Support Fund

The  Foundation for Academic Nursing, the new philanthropic arm of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), is pleased to announce the first 51 students to receive scholarship support through the COVID-19 Nursing Student Support Fund. Launched in April 2020 to remove barriers to new nurses entering the workforce, this program was created to help nursing students nationwide who are facing hardships as a result of the pandemic and need financial assistance to complete their degree programs. 

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