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February 2017 GNSA Bulletin

Emerging Leaders
Douglas Taylor, BSN, RN-BC
DNP Student
Uniformed Service University
Anticipated Graduation Date: May 2018
U.S. Army
“Throughout my PMH-NP program, I have been drawn to preventative mental health. More specifically developmental science and the influence of environment during prenatal to 5 years on future mental health conditions. Being a father of three children, it has made this investigation both professionally and personally fulfilling.
My undergraduate program at the University of Portland actively promoted attaining higher levels of education and I decided on achieving a graduate degree before I had finished my BSN program. I enrolled at the Daniel K. Inouye Graduate School of Nursing at Uniformed Services University because there is no better program to prepare military nurse practitioners.   
I have grown in ways I could not have anticipated before starting the program. The program has changed how I view my role as an active member of our society and the world. It has been challenging and fulfilling, and I know I will miss being in the program when it ends.
After graduation, I hope to continue to serve in the military until retirement. I will be active in policy and involved with my local, military, nursing, and healthcare community.”

If you are interested in being featured as the next emerging leader or would like to nominate someone, please complete the brief form which can be found here.The emerging leader will be selected from the applicants and notified when they are selected. 

As a GNSA member, you are eligible for a 50% discount for AACN conferences. For more information, contact Kylie Malloy at

Featured Positions on the Graduate Nursing Career Network
  • University of Illinois at Chicago – Nurse Practitioner Pediatrics
  • East Carolina University – Nursing - DNP/AGPCNP-FNP Faculty
  • New York Presbyterian Hospital - Nurse Practitioner Infant Cardiac ICU
To view additional job opportunities, click here.

Join the GNSA!
Help increase the number of GNSA members at your school. Click here to complete the online application.
Celebrate Nurses Week by Participating in the Great Minds in Nursing Video Series!
Is there a faculty member, nursing researcher, or administrator that you want to learn more about at your school of nursing? Participate in the Great Minds in Nursing video series! Use a series of questions developed by the Leadership Council to help guide your conversation with the nursing leader and provide insight into their contributions to healthcare outcomes and policy. We will feature the videos during Nurses Week to help celebrate the nursing profession. 
Video submissions are due April 15, 2017. Examples of past interviews can be accessed on the GNSA YouTube channel. Detailed instruction about the project is provided here.

Interested in Policy? Register for the Student Policy Summit!
The AACN Student Policy Summit, a three-day conference in Washington, DC, is open to graduate nursing students and will be held March 19-21. Be at the forefront of nursing policy! Students who attend the Summit have a unique opportunity to be immersed in program sessions focused on the federal policy process and nursing’s role in professional advocacy. For more information and to register, click here.

CVS "Together We Care" Nurse Practitioner Scholarship Program
The CVS MinuteClinic® and Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies have teamed up to create the 2017 TOGETHER WE CARE® Nurse Practitioner Scholarship Program. Applications for the program will close on March 16, 2017, or when 280 completed applications have been received.CVSscholarship.PNG?r=1485985284327
This program will give up to 40 nurse practitioner scholarships ($2500) to NP students in Master of Science in Nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs. For more information and instructions on applying, click here

Meet the 2017 Class of Paul Ambrose Scholars
APTR is proud to announce the 2017 class of Paul Ambrose Scholars. Forty students were selected from 34 academic health professions institutions representing nursing, medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, physician assistant, and public health disciplines. The scholars will attend the Public Health Leadership Symposium in Savannah, GA from April 5-7, 2017.
The Paul Ambrose Scholars Program exposes health professions students to influential public health professionals and prepares them to be leaders in addressing population health challenges at the national and community level. Scholarships are awarded to students to conduct a community-based health education project at their institution. For more information, click here
Below you will find the list of nursing students that have been selected for the prestigious scholarship:
  • Christy Adams, University of California Davis
  • Christina Baughn, Samford University
  • Mallory Bejster, Rush University
  • Jeffrey Bell, University of Cincinnati
  • Alina Kraynak, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Rebecca Mance, The George Washington University
  • Kalyca Seabrook, Columbia University
  • Melissa Silverman, Worcester State University
  • Kari Whitney, UMass Medical School Graduate School of Nursing

AACN and the NIDA Announce New Call for Evidence-Based Practice Proposals on Substance Use Disorder Treatment
The NIDA Blending Initiative: Moving Science from Research to Practice will award up to $10,000 for a project grant from a graduate student (Master’s, Doctoral, or Post-Doctoral) from an accredited program at an AACN member school. This grant is intended to support projects that contribute to a student’s knowledge of Substance Use Disorder (SUD) and advance research, dissemination, and adoption of evidence-based SUD treatment. The award will be disbursed in three equal payments after receipt and acceptance of the required progress reports. Proposals are due February 24, 2017. Awards will be announced on March, 10, 2017. For more information on the call for proposals, including the application, click here.

Collaborate with Your Fellow GNSA Members
The GNSA Collaboration Community is a member benefit where you can connect with your peers, ask questions, and begin discussionsconversation-1468158_640.png?r=1485989394984 to gather input and advice. Lindsey Fox, an MSN student at Colorado State University-Pueblo, started a conversation focus on being a nurse leader who is active in one’s community. Share your own experience and tell us how you actively participate in your community health and wellness as a nurse leader. How do you engage and become involved in the nursing community? Join the conversation by clicking here
Kristen Sylvester, a DNP student from the University of Washington, started a discussion focused on the transition from a novice nurse to an advanced practice role. Share your ideas and experiences for suggestions of things that have worked for you in the transition. To join this conversation, click here.
Access the guide for easy and quick instructions on how to use the community by clicking here.

Apply for an RWJF Leadership Program
The work of building a Culture of Health requires the talent, drive, and expertise of those from a wide range of professions, fields, and disciplines. That’s why Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) leadership development programs offer funding, as well as an advanced curriculum, professional mentoring and the opportunity to collaborate with people from many sectors and professions across the country. 
RWJF has just launched its call for applications for the second cohorts of Clinical Scholars, Culture of Health Leaders, Health Policy Research Scholars, and Interdisciplinary Research Leaders.
Here’s what you can do to learn more about these programs:
1)     Explore the programs and use the Program Finder to decide which one might be right for you.
2)      Listen to a prerecorded webinar for more information
3)      Visit the Funding Opportunities page to apply for the program of your choice!

Meet This Month's Newest GNSA Liaisons!
Pamela Card
DNP Student
Jacksonville University
Kristin Sylvester
DNP Student
University of Washington
Audrey White
MSN Student
Chamberlain College of Nursing
We are still seeking student leaders who are interested in representing their school and fellow students. In this role, you will be responsible for sharing information with your fellow students such as scholarships, funding opportunities, and upcoming events. In addition, you can participate in regional town hall conference calls and share your feedback directly with the GNSA Leadership Council.  If you do not see your institution listed here - then sign up for this leadership position!

Application Tips: Johnson & Johnson-AACN Minority Nurse Faculty Scholarship Program
Monday, February 27
1:00-2:00 pm (ET)
Join us for a Webinar which will focus on applying to the Johnson & Johnson-AACN Minority Nurse Faculty Scholarship. During the session the speakers will also explore tips for competitive applications, gathering letters of recommendations, the role of the mentor, and general tips on thriving in graduate nursing programs.
Webinar Speakers:
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Shevellanie Lott, PhD, RN
Hampton University School of Nursing
Danita Potter, PhD, RN
Associate Professor
Northwestern State University

Save the Date! 
Tuesday, April 11 @ 4:00 PM ET, we will host a Webinar featuring Dr. Melnyk and focused on grant writing. Details will be distributed soon!

NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program Application Now Open!
The purpose of the NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program (NURSE Corps LRP) is to assist in the recruitment and retention of advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs), who are dedicated to working in eligible healthcare facilities with a critical shortage of nurses or eligible schools of nursing. The goal of the NURSE Corps LRP is to decrease the economic barriers associated with pursuing careers at Critical Shortage Facilities (CSFs) or in academic nursing. The application deadline is February 23, 2017. To find out more about this program and information on the upcoming technical assistance calls, click here.

Apply Now for the Johnson & Johnson - AACN Minority Nurse Faculty Scholarship
The ninth round of scholarship funding to underrepresented minority nursing students who plan to work as nursing faculty after graduation is now open and accepting applications.
To be eligible for this scholarship program funded by the Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing's Future, applicants must be enrolled full time in a doctoral nursing program or clinically focused master's degree program. Five scholarships in the amount of $18,000 each will be awarded. Click here for more details and to access the scholarship application. All application materials must be received by May 1, 2017.   A Webinar with tips for applying to the scholarship will be hosted on Monday, January 27 @ 1:00 PM. To register, click here

Apply Today for Macy Faculty Scholars
The Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation is pleased to invite applications for its seventh class of Macy Faculty Scholars. This program is designed to identify and nurture the careers of promising educational innovators in medicine and nursing. With support from the Macy Foundation, scholars will implement new educational innovations at their home institutions and participate in career development activities. In addition to salary support of up to $100,000 per year for two years, chosen scholars will also receive opportunities for further career development through national meetings and participation in Macy Foundation activities. 
WATCH Macy Faculty Scholars: Leaders Transforming Health Professions Education
The deadline for applications is February 15, 2017, and all applications must be completed online. For more information about the selection criteria as well as instructions on how to apply to the program, visit the website and read the 2017 program brochure

National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Program
Primary care clinicians can get up to $50,000 to repay their health profession student loans in exchange for a two-year commitment to work at an approved NHSC site in a high-need, underserved area. The payment is free from federal income tax and is made at the beginning of service, so you can quickly pay down your loans. See the 2017 Application and Program Guidance for details. Approved sites are located across the U.S., in both urban and rural areas. The application deadline is April 6, 2017 @ 7:30 PM. 

Participate in a Brief Survey About Your Health Policy Education
In an effort to better understand the current level of health policy and advocacy training among graduate nursing students, the 2016 Faculty Intensive Cohort, with AACN asks for your participation in a brief survey about the delivery of your health policy education. 
The results of this survey will help inform and improve the state of policy education at the graduate level. This survey is anonymous and voluntary and should take about 20 minutes to complete. Results of this survey will be reported in aggregate by program level and individual answers will remain completely anonymous.
We encourage you to share the web link with your peers to help us gather a wider scope of graduate nursing student data. You can direct other graduate nursing students to the survey through the following link: 
If you have any questions regarding how to best answer survey questions, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Amber Vermeesch, Associate Professor, UP School of Nursing at or (503)-943-7357.

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