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January 2017 GNSA Bulletin

Emerging Leaders
Ashanta Erney, BSN, RN
MSN Student
DeSales University
Anticipated Graduation Date: May 2019
Emergency Room Nurse
“I decided to enroll in the graduate nursing program at DeSales University because of their reputation and commitment to developing independent thinking nursing leaders. As a future Advanced Practice Nurse, I understand how important it is to have a solid knowledge base. Being well prepared will help me to positively affect my patient's lives.
My experience at DeSales University has been a promising one thus far. I immediately felt valued as a student and practicing RN. This level of respect led me to join the Graduate and Scheduling Committee. As a member of this committee, I have the privilege to see how decisions about future programs and the advancement of current nursing programs evolve. I get to learn from a group of very successful Advanced Practice Nurses and professors. It is a profound experience, and I am soaking up everything I can along the way!
When I complete my program, I plan to take what I will have learned and re-invest it into communities with great need. My ultimate endeavor is to run a nurse-led clinic in an urban area, providing care to individuals who otherwise could not afford it.”

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.

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

NCIN Toolkits
The New Careers in Nursing (NCIN) Initiative has produced a number of toolkits that can be helpful in establishing successful mentoring relationships, developing leadership skills, or applying to a doctoral program. To view these resources, click here.  

Featured Positions on the Graduate Nursing Career Network
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.
Happy New Year!
As 2017 begins, the GNSA is excited to continue to serve you as graduate nursing students and provide you with tools to help you succeed. As nurses, you are continually working to improve the health and wellness of the population. We want to ensure that we can equip you with resources you can use to navigate through the healthcare arena and realize your professional goals. 

Annual GNSA Evaluation Survey Deadline Extended! 
We have extended the deadline for the annual GNSA feedback survey to giveGNSASurveyGraphic-jpg(1).jpg?r=1483637401510 you more time to provide your input! Submit your response by January 15, 2017 and tell us how we can meet your professional development and personal enrichment needs. To take the survey, click here.  

Interested in Policy? Register for the Student Policy Summit!
The AACN Student Policy Summit, a three-day conference held in Washington, DC, is open to graduate nursing students and will be held March 19-21. 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

Join the Conversation in the GNSA Collaboration Community
Continue to participate and share your information, experience, and resources with other graduate nursing students. Share strategies for balancing your work, school, and personal life. Have questions regarding the clinical practice project for your DNP? Post them in the community and let your fellow students share their expertise and advice. Use the collaboration community as an opportunity to enter a forum where you can easily engage in dialogue with GNSA members across the country.  Access the guide for easy and quick instructions on how to use the community by clicking here

Participants Wanted for a Study on Retention in DNP Programs
DNP students are needed for a study being completed by the Research cellphone-1852898_640.jpg?r=1483644962542Committee for the National Association for Graduate Enrollment Management (NAGAP) titled Studying Retention in Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Programs.  This study will explore the influence of networks of support, the individual student experience, and program structure on student retention in DNP programs.  Data collection will be completed in January through one-on-one interviews that can be conducted over the phone.  During the interview, you will be asked questions about your experiences as a doctoral student highlighting the systems and environments of support.
If you are interested in participating in this research study, please respond by January 19 so an interview can be scheduled.  If you have any questions concerning the research study, please email

Apply Today to the AcademyHealth Delivery System Science Fellowship
The AcademyHealth Delivery System Science Fellowship (DSSF) provides a paid post-doctoral learning experience to help researchers gain more applied experience conducting research in delivery system settings. Students and researchers with an interest in conducting research in delivery system settings are encouraged to apply. Applications are due by Friday, January 6, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. ET. For more information, click 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!

Become a GNSA Liaison
We are 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 graduate students such as scholarship, 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!  Want to find out more about the GNSA Liaison role? Explore the orientation Webinar for more information by clicking here

Thursday, January 12
4:00 PM ET
Join us for our first Webinar of the season next week! Dr. Sue Hassmiller, a national nursing leader with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, will discuss the evolution of the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action Initiative and provide ideas for ways that current graduate students can become involved. 

Apply Today to Become a Macy Faculty Scholar 
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

March of Dimes Graduate Nursing Scholarship
To recognize and promote excellence in nursing care of mothers and babies, the March of Dimes offers several $5,000 scholarships annually to registered nurses enrolled in graduate programs focused on maternal-child nursing. All applications for 2017 are due on January 13, 2017. For more information contact Mary Lavan at

AACN Begins Work with the 115th Congress
As members of the United States Senate and the House of Representatives were sworn in to office on January 3, AACN leadership joined federal legislators as they celebrated the commencement of the 115th Congress. AACN Board Chair, Dr. Juliann Sebastian, and Chair-Elect, Dr. Ann Cary, were a visible presence for academic nursing, meeting with 44 legislators. For more information, click here

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