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June 2017 GNSA Bulletin

Emerging Leaders
Melissa Kurtz, MSN, MA, RN
PhD Student
Johns Hopkins University
Anticipated Graduation Date: May 2018
Acute Care RN at Neonatal ICU. Johns Hopkins Hospital
“I entered the Johns Hopkins Nursing PhD Program with 13 years of experience caring for infants and families in the NICU and have witnessed parents trying to make decisions and adapt to the critical illness of their newborns. One infant, whose care I was part of as a primary nurse early in my career, involved the deliberation of end-of-life decisions related to congenital anomalies. Through this case, my interest in helping families involved in critical care decision making in the context of ethical uncertainty was solidified. After completing my master’s degrees in nursing and ethics, I worked for two years as an ethics consultation fellow at Montefiore Medical Center helping adult and pediatric patients, families, and healthcare teams deliberate ethical questions related to treatment and care decisions. Following this fellowship, I decided to pursue a PhD in Nursing to develop quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods research skills in order to become a nurse scientist and serve pediatric patients and their families.
Since entering the Johns Hopkins Nursing PhD Program, I have worked closely with experts who focus on research related to pediatric populations, decision making, and parenting. I have had an opportunity to contribute to interdisciplinary research teams, and as a result, have co-authored 7 manuscripts. I have also received instruction in teaching and have served as a teaching assistant in five courses, as well as served as co-faculty for one course. I have received research grants and scholarship awards from the Southern Nursing Research Society (SNRS), Eastern Nursing Research Society (ENRS), Sigma Theta Tau (STTI), the Heilbrunn Family Foundation, Nurses Educational Funds, Philantrhopic Educational Organization, and the March of Dimes.
When I graduate, I plan to pursue further research training either through a postdoctoral fellowship or mentored faculty position. I look forward to a long career dedicated to research, teaching, scholarship, and leadership, with a particular focus on research targeting needs of parents with critically ill children.”

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.

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.
Call for Applications: 2017 GNSA Leadership Council!
If you are interested in serving in a leadership role and gaining further experience with a national group, consider submitting an application for the Leadership Council today. Service on the 10-member council gives you an opportunity to provide strategic direction on GNSA programs, services, and resources. Members have an opportunity to directly represent master’s and doctoral nursing students on a national level. In addition, the council will serve a critical role in planning for the 2018 GNSA conference, launching a new communications platform, and developing the first GNSA award.

To be eligible for the GNSA Leadership Council, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a graduate nursing student at an AACN member institution
  • Be a current GNSA member
  • Have at least one year of course work in the program left to complete beginning with the fall 2017 semester
  • Able to participate in six conference calls during the year
  • Able to participate in one face-to-face meeting which will take place during AACN’s Faculty Development Conference on November 15-16, 2017 in Atlanta, GA

Applications are due June 30, 2017. If you are interested in applying, you are asked to submit a brief statement on what you hope to accomplish on the Council as well as remark on how graduate prepared nurses can help transform the future of health care. A CV or resume is also required. Click on the button below to access the online application.


Review the Great Minds in Nursing Series
During Nurses Week, we highlighted nursing leader interviews conducted by GNSA members. The insights from nursing thought leaders explored their unique professional trajectory and focused on specific advice to future nursing leaders. As you decompress from the spring semester, use the videos and advice to help reflect on your own nursing career path. To access these videos, click here. Make sure to subscribe to the GNSA YouTube channel to view future videos.

Network with Other GNSA Members in the Collaboration Community
As you head into the summer months, consider taking some time to connect with fellow GNSA members for opportunities to share resources, collaborate, and ask for advice. View the introduction discussion board where members have shared their interests and future aspirations. Post your introduction today! Click here to access the discussion post.
The GNSA Collaboration Community offers a number of different features including opportunities for networking, sharing resources, and joining discussions. Access the guide by clicking here for easy instructions on how to use it.

Have you just graduated from your APRN program?
To help start your career in the best possible way, ANCC is giving you a special graduation gift.

Apply for your NP certification with ANCC by June 30, 2017 and receive a $145 discount on your certification.

Go to, select your NP certification of choice, click the Apply button and enter promo code NEWGRAD at checkout.

“If I could make one recommendation to new NPs finishing their degree programs it would be to get your NP certification through ANCC. I have done that for almost 20 years now, and they are the most reliable organization and are dedicated to innovating and updating. And they have great customer service!”

Audrey M. Stevenson PhD, MPH, MSN, FNP-BC, Division Director of Family Health Services, Salt Lake County Health Department

Jonas Center is Offering a Free Online Continuing Education Course until June 13!
In recognition of the vital role nurses play in our health, the Jonas Center is proud to make the following online continuing education course free until June 13, 2017: Lead Poisoning in Children. Click here to register.

Meet This Month's Newest GNSA Liaisons!
Jenny Gormley
DNP Student
Northeastern University
Nikki Moore
MSN Student
Kentucky Christian University
Julie Murphy
PhD Student
Pennsylvania State University
GNSA Liaisons – Save the Date for the Fall 2017 Town Hall Feedback Calls which will be held on the following dates and times. Each Town Hall will be limited to 15 participants. Registration information will be available later this month. 
  • South Region: Tuesday, September 12 @ 4:00 PM ET
  • Midwest Region: Wednesday, September 13 @ 11:00 AM ET
  • West Region: Wednesday, September 20 @ 2:00 PM ET
  • North Atlantic Region: Thursday, September 21@ 4:00 PM ET
To view a current list of all GNSA Liaisons, click here. If you are interested in hearing more about the position, contact Arianna Morrell at

Implementing IPE: Highlighting Best Practices
Thursday, June 15
2:00-3:00 pm (ET)
During this Webinar, speakers will identify trends and activities in interprofessional education and practice. Several best practices and exemplars will be discussed from the University of Maryland and University of New England.

Archived Webinars
Missed one of the spring 2017 Webinars? View all past archived Webinars of this semester and still earn CEU credits after 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 focused on the 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 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.
*CEU credits are also available for archived Webinars by completing the evaluation following the Webinar.

HRSA Faculty Loan Repayment Program
The 2017 Faculty Loan Repayment Program application cycle is now open and will close on June 29, 2017 @ 7:30 PM ET. The program is designed to provide individuals who have an interest in eligible health professions careers with the opportunity to receive loan repayment while serving as a faculty member. For more information on this program, click here

Apply for a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Opportunity in Nursing
Applications are currently being accepted for grants to begin in academic year 2018-2019 for teaching and research opportunities in nursing 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. For application guidelines, click here.

Nursing Science Transforms Campaign
AACN has launched this advocacy effort to spotlight the critical work of nurse scientists and to call upon Congress to protect funding for federal research agencies, including the National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Nursing Research, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, among others. Recently, the President’s budget blueprint proposed that the National Institutes of Health’s budget be cut by 20% ($5.8 billion) American patients depend on the funding for biomedical research to help improve health, cure diseases, and deliver quality care.

Urge your member of Congress that decreasing federal dollars by this magnitude will threaten the lives and livelihood of millions of Americans. Click here to learn more. 

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