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July 2017 GNSA Bulletin

Emerging Leaders
Cidalia J. Vital, MS, RN, CNL, CPAN
PhD Student
University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Anticipated Graduation Date: Spring 2019
Per Diem Perianesthesia Nurse

"Obtaining a PhD has always been a career goal. As a nurse educator and clinical nurse leader in a large academic medical center, I understand the importance of research and inquiry at the bedside. As an alumni from UMASS Amherst ’07, I knew it was the best fit. As a large research university with growing grant funding from the National Institute of Health, it was my first choice. In the future, my goal is to teach in a university and promote the value of inquiry in the acute care hospital setting.

Completing my first semester coursework and passing the rigorous comprehensive exams, has made the journey amazing. My area of research is concentrated on the impact that specialty nursing certification has on patient care outcomes. Working alongside my mentor and advisor, Dr. Elizabeth Henneman, I will utilize eye tracking technology to measure the eye movements of certified nurses to understand how cognitive processes and decision-making influences patient outcomes. I also have the honor of being a research fellow for a P20 NIH grant under the leadership of Dr. Cynthia Jacelon and Dr. Deborah Rosenbloom. The focus of the study is on utilization of wrist actigraphy in the elderly and the impact on sleep. During the summer of 2017 I will be assisting with the conduct of focus groups and collecting data for the study. Participating on this grant has helped put much of what I have learned during my coursework into an actual research study.

After graduation, I would love to continue my research in the area of credentialing and grow my research in an academic medical center. Obtaining a faculty position in a prestigious institution, like UMASS Amherst, would be a dream."

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Featured Positions on the Graduate Nursing Career Network
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Join the GNSA!
Help increase the number of GNSA members at your school. Click here to complete the online application.
Meet the 2017 CastleBranch-GNSA Scholarship Winners
Winners selected for this scholarship demonstrate a commitment to innovation, leadership, and mentoring. Each semester two recipients receive $2,500 in scholarship funding.
Kartika Budiman
University of Southern California
MSN Student
Eleanor Rivera
University of Illinois at Chicago
PhD Student
If you are interested in applying for this scholarship, submit an application today! The next deadline is September 30. Applicants must be GNSA members enrolled in a graduate nursing program at an AACN member institution and have at least a 3.5 GPA. Interested applicants should click here to submit an online application. 

Introduce Yourself to the GNSA Community
The GNSA Collaboration Community is a great opportunity to share ideas, ask questions, and meet GNSA members across the country. If you are interested in introducing yourself, access the introduction discussion here. Share your strategies for success as you prepare for the academic year by joining the conversation started by Jo Ann Otts and clicking here.
This month's Leadership Council discussion will be led by Alexander Wrynn, a BS to DNP student at Robert Morris University. His discussion will focus on perfectionism and the psychological damages as well as mental health support.
The GNSA Collaboration Community offers a number of different features including opportunities for networking, sharing resources, and joining discussions. To find out how to access the community click here for easy instructions on how to get started.
Stay tuned for information on our new community platform which will be distributed later this month. If you are interested in serving as a beta tester or community champion, please contact Marta Okoniewski at

Apply for the National Clinician Scholars Program
The National Clinician Scholars Program (NCSP) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Academic Affiliations (OAA) are offering a two-year interprofessional fellowship to postdoctoral nurses. The goal of the program is to cultivate health equity, eliminate health disparities, invent new models of care, and achieve higher quality health care at lower cost. The application deadline is August 1, 2017. More information can be accessed by clicking here

Meet the Newest GNSA Liaisons!
Tammi Chaney
MSN Student
Frontier Nursing University
Joy Coles
DNP Student
University of Kentucky
Courtney Harrigan
DNP Student
Gwynedd Mercy University
Christina Ketron
DNP Student
Medical University of South Carolina
If you are a GNSA Liaison, register for the Fall 2017 Town Hall Feedback Call today - Space is limited!
  • South Region: Tuesday, September 12 @ 4:00 PM ET - REGISTER HERE
  • Midwest Region: Wednesday, September 13 @ 11:00 AM ET - REGISTER HERE
  • West Region: Wednesday, September 20 @ 2:00 PM ET - REGISTER HERE
  • North Atlantic Region: Thursday, September 21 @ 4:00 PM ET - REGISTER HERE
To learn more about the GNSA Liaisons, click here

We are currently planning our Fall 2017 Webinar series. Stay tuned for a list of topics and presenters in August. 
Catch up on the spring 2017 Webinars now and review the following archived sessions that can be accessed on demand. CEU credits are available after successfully completing the online evaluation.
The Campaign for Action: Leading the Way in Engaging Nursing to Improve Health
Learn more about the Campaign for Action initiative focusing on implementing the Future of Nursing report recommendations. Learn how you as a graduate nursing student can become involved.
Demystifying the DNP: Programs, Outcomes, Opportunities
Thinking about the DNP? View this Webinar to learn more about this terminal degree including what your preparation could look like and the types of roles you will prepare for. 
Asking Dr. Melnyk: Winning Grant Writing Strategies
If you are thinking about writing a grant, this Webinar provides excellent tips and resources to help you navigate the process from seeking out opportunities, dealing with rejection, and pitfalls to avoid. 

Fulbright: U.S. Scholar Opportunity in Nursing
Apply for the grants which will begin in academic year 2018-2019 for teaching and research opportunities in nursing through the Fulbright program worldwide. Explore the award descriptions for opportunities in Jordan, Malawi, Trinidad and Tobago, the United Kingdom, Nepal, and the Philippines. The application deadline is August 1, 2017. More information about the application guidelines can be accessed here

Doctoral Degree Scholarships in Cancer Nursing
This scholarship is awarded to graduate students pursuing doctoral study in the field of cancer nursing research and preparing for careers as nurse scientists and offered through the American Cancer Society. Prospective applicants can participate in an information call which will be held on July 28, 2017 @ 3:30 PM ET. For more information on the application and details about the scholarship, click here. All applications are due October 15.


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