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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.

Join the GNSA Advocacy Leaders!

Capitol Rotunda with GNSA logo - Graduate Nursing Student Academy - American Association of Colleges of Nursing

If you are interested in engaging in policy at the national level, then apply to join the GNSA Advocacy Leaders! As a member of this group, you will be asked to help maximize AACN's advocacy efforts on behalf of graduate nursing students. The group will consist of 104 members (2 representatives from each state including the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico) who will participate in quarterly calls to become informed on the latest health policy discussions. In addition, members of the group will also provide feedback to AACN staff on policy issues that are of importance to graduate nursing students.
To be eligible for this group, students must:

  • Be a current graduate student at an AACN member school
  • Be a current member of the GNSA
  • Be able to participate in quarterly conference calls during the year for 1-2 hours 

When applying you will be asked to provide a brief paragraph identifying your interest for serving on the GNSA Advocacy Leaders and to include any previous advocacy or policy experience (500 words or less).  If you are interested in serving as a GNSA Advocacy Leader for your state, please complete the following application. All applications are due by August 6, 2021.

If you have any questions, contact Marta Okoniewski, Director of Student Engagement at, or Autumn Spriggs, Student Services Manager at


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. 

View the Recipients | Read the Press Release 

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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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