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March 2017 GNSA Bulletin

Emerging Leaders
Mimi Lim
PhD Student
The Graduate Center, CUNY
Anticipated Graduation Date: June 2019
“I grew up in New York City attending public schools and graduated from Hunter College with my bachelor's and master’s in nursing. The quality of education provided by CUNY is bar none! I would like to describe myself as a student “packed” with experience. My work experience spans over 30 years. I started to work in the early 80’s as a staff nurse and have been promoted within the same institution to Director of Patient Care Services. Regardless of the years worked, I feel I still have much to give in the world of nursing. The education provided to me by the Graduate Center is the catapult that I need to make a positive impact. My dissertation topic is on Fall Events in Older Patients with Limited English Proficiency. I am responsible for monitoring all inpatient falls in the hospital. My hospital is situated in the borough of Queens that has multiple cultures with languages to match. In addition, we also service an elderly population, and as a result we are strongly focused on fall preventions for our patients. I am planning to delve into this topic and would like to find a solution to improve the quality of life for our patients.”

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.

Explore the NursingCAS Program Directory!
Thinking about taking the next step in your graduate education? Use the NursingCAS program directory. This directory provides important details about participating programs’ admissions requirements. It is a unique, comprehensive resource that displays information regarding nursing program pre-requisite coursework requirements, reference requirements, supporting material needs, transcript requirements, along with deadline details and program descriptions. Click here to explore.

Featured Positions on the Graduate Nursing Career Network
  • NYS Office for People with Developmental Disabilities – Nurse Practitioner - Psychiatry
  • UCLA Health – Nurse Practitioner Supevisor SM Oncology Service
  • UCLA – Nurse Practitioner Pain Service
  • New York Presbyterian – Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist 
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.
Hear Expert Advice From Academic Nursing Leaders
In October 2016, the GNSA Leadership Council invited a number of nursing deans to share their leadership advice with graduate nursing students. To hear their advice, click here.
John McFadden, PhD, Dean, Barry University, College of Nursing and Health Sciences shares his advice for future nursing leaders. 

Help us Celebrate Nurses Week and Submit a Nursing Leader Interview!
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 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 at the following link. Detailed instruction about the project is provided 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.
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.

Collaborate with Your Fellow GNSA Members
The GNSA Collaboration Community is a member benefit for peer to peer communication. Recently, Nicole Osier, shared her love of nursing in the following post.

At a time where your school work may be pilling up, share your personal story and tell us what you love about nursing to help remind others about their ultimate goal in their graduate nursing education. Join the conversation by clicking here.

The GNSA Leadership Council Members will continue leading discussions each month. Below you will see the upcoming discussion topics.

March Transitioning from a PhD into a Faculty Role
April Novel Teaching Methods
May Exploring Nursing careers
June Civility and Nursing
July Mental Health Support Strategies
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.

Apply for the Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program
Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program (AMFDP), supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and a desire to build a Culture of Health in America, acts on the belief that an ever-changing healthcare landscape requires capable, diverse leadership. Applications are now open and due March 15, 2017.

This program works to increase diversity among nursing, medical, and dentistry faculty. Up to 10 selected program scholars are eligible for:

  • A four-year postdoctoral award of up to $420,000
  • An annual stipend of $75,000
  • An annual grant of $30,000 to support research
  • Additional awards available through partnership organizations
AMFDP is seeking applicants from “historically disadvantaged backgrounds,” which refers to challenges individuals may have faced because of their race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, physical, learning or other disability, or who are first-generation college graduates. We also strongly encourage those who meet these criteria and are in the nursing field to apply.

Meet This Month's Newest GNSA Liaisons!
Yvette Conyers
DNP Student
St. John Fisher College
Cidalia Vital
PhD Student
University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Jacqueline Vo
BS to PhD Student
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Stephanie Wroten
MSN Student
Gwynedd Mercy University

Is your school represented with a Liaison (click here to check)? If not, sign up to serve in this leadership position today! To complete the GNSA Liaison application, click here. In this role, you will be responsible for sharing information with your fellow students such as scholarships, funding opportunities, and upcoming events. The first regional town hall conference calls of 2017 will be held this April. Stay tuned for more details on these calls.

Demystifying the DNP: Programs, Outcomes, Opportunities
Tuesday, March 28
4:00-5:00 pm (ET)

Embarking on a new academic degree path requires significant thought and preparation. Choosing a degree path aligned with your goals is critical. The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree is designed to prepare nurses to contribute at the highest level of practice in a variety of nursing specialties. This webinar will feature an overview of the DNP, explore opportunities for program specialization, and discuss the career horizon for those with a practice doctorate.

Webinar Speakers:
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Susan Bindon, DNP, RN-BC, CNE
Assistant Professor, 
University of Maryland
Shannon Idzik, DNP, CRNP, FAANP
Associate Professor,
University of Maryland

Kimberly Udlis, PhD, FNP-BC, APNP
MSN Program Director,
Associate Professor,
Bellin College

Ask Dr. Melnyk: Winning Grant Writing Strategies
Tuesday, April 11
4:00-5:00 pm (ET)

Are you interested in learning the art of grant writing? As a future faculty member or researcher you may be required to develop grant proposals throughout your career. Join this webinar for key tips on the writing process from developing the proposal, to collaborating with others, to editing, to the final submission. This webinar will be presented by one of academic nursing’s most prominent leaders, Dr. Bernadette Melnyk, who has successfully acquired more than $19 million over the course of her career to support a variety of research efforts. Novice grant writers are encouraged to come learn from the best.

Webinar Speaker:
Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk, PhD, RN, FAAN
Associate Vice President for Health Promotion
University Chief Wellness Officer
Professor and Dean
The Ohio State University
*CEU credits are available for all GNSA Webinars after completing the evaluation following the Webinar.

Apply for the Johnson & Johnson-AACN Minority Nurse Faculty Scholarship
The Johnson & Johnson-AACN Minority Nurse Faculty Scholars program provides financial support to graduate nursing students from minority backgrounds who agree to teach in a school of nursing after graduation. Students must be enrolled full-time, and preference is given to students in doctoral programs. To view the call for applications, click here.

Click here to read about former Johnson & Johnson – AACN Scholar recipient Dr. Jimmy Reyes and his love for nursing.

National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Program
Primary care clinicians can receive 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.  

Mark Your Calendar for AACN's Virtual Advocacy Day!
GNSA members are encouraged to participate in AACN’s Virtual Advocacy Day on Monday, March 20. AACN member deans and students will be in Washington, D.C. for AACN’s Spring Annual Meeting and Student Policy Summit. They will be meeting with members of Congress and their staff to educate them on academic nursing’s legislative priorities. AACN invites you to echo these efforts by responding to a virtual call-to-action that will be emailed to the Grassroots Network that morning, prompting you to send a message to you federal legislators. Not yet a member of AACN’s Grassroots Network? Visit AACN’s Take Action page for more information about the association’s grassroots advocacy and sign up to take part.

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