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May 2017 GNSA Bulletin

Emerging Leaders
Chelsea Cruz, BSN, RN
DNP Student
University Of South Florida
Anticipated Graduation Date: Summer 2018
Acute Care RN at St. Joseph Children's Hospital Pediatric ICU
"My DNP project is looking at our current depression screening procedures for our Military's Adolescent Beneficiaries who are seen at Military Treatment Facilities. The project has identified current practice gaps and will further provide a basis for change and projected pilot studies. This project will be a personal longitudinal project for assisting post-graduation steps towards a more efficient practice guideline.
I grew up in the Tampa Bay area and have always known I would receive my degree from the University of South Florida (Go Bulls!!). While working in the Pediatric ICU for most of my career I held a strong desire to take more control for my patients and decided to pursue a career as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. Given the present direction the NP degree is going, I enrolled in the DNP program so I could assist in leading future NP's towards the terminal practice degree.
Being a USF Bull is more than just being a student at a university, it is about learning with the best, pushing yourself to strive towards excellence and making a change within your community. The instructors at USF have assisted me not only towards my current DNP goals, but also towards looking at what I can and will do with my degree post graduation.
In March 2016, I was awarded the HPSP scholarship through the United States Air Force and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant. Post graduation I will continue the work with our United States military families as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner both stateside as well as overseas."

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Celebrate Nurses Week with the GNSA's Great Minds In Nursing Series
As a graduate nursing student, you will play a leading role in elevating the health of the nation, but will also serve as role models for the next generation of nurses. This Nurses Week, we would like to recognize your current nursing inspiration. From nursing deans, faculty, researchers, or other administrators, we invite you to participate in our Great Minds in Nursing Series by conducting a brief recorded interview. The Leadership Council has developed questions that can help guide your conversation with the nursing leader of your choice and help frame the contributions they make to nursing outcomes and policy.
All interviews should be submitted by April 30, 2017. Detailed instructions can be accessed by clicking here. Videos will be released during Nurses Week (May 6 -12) and featured on the GNSA YouTube channel. Questions? Contact Arianna Morrell at

Nursing Academic Leaders Share Their Expert Advice for Future Nursing Leaders
In October 2016, academic nursing leaders offered advice to graduate students who will transition to future nursing leaders. Come hear their practical and visionary advice by clicking here
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Join the Latest Discussions with Fellow Graduate Nursing Students
In March, GNSA Leadership Council Member Sarah Hoffman posted a discussion question focused on transitioning from a doctoral program to a faculty role. If you are considering teaching and would like to learn more or have some questions, click here to join the conversation. This month, Council Member Stacey Iobst will focus on a discussion on novel teaching methods. 
Don't forget to opt-in to the GNSA Student Collaboration Community to participate in these important conversations and share your thoughts, questions, and ideas. Access the guide for instructions on using the community as a tool to network, share resources, and offer advice to fellow members by clicking here.

APNA Board of Directors Student Scholarship
Up to 30 total graduate and pre-licensure/undergraduate students will be selected to participate in this program and receive: Registration, travel and lodging expenses to attend the APNA 31st Annual Conference, October 18-21, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. Also, included is a 1-year complimentary membership in the APNA. Don't miss this unique opportunity to learn more about the field directly from psychiatric-mental health nurses practicing across the country! Application Deadline: May 8, 2017. Click here to learn more and applyFind out what past scholars had to say about their experience here.

Jonas Center is Offering a Free Online Continuing Education Course
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.

Meet the Newest GNSA Liaisons
Nastassia Davis
DNP student
American Sentinel University
Jason Fisher
MSN student
Kent State University
Mishya Otis
BS to DNP student
Florida State University
Dawn Turnage
PhD student
University of Central Florida
As GNSA Liaisons, these students serve as point of contact for their schools and help disseminate information to their fellow students. If you are interested in learning more about the position and would like to represent your school, click here to learn more. 
In addition, Liaisons provide direct feedback to the GNSA Leadership Council on additional resources, opportunities, and ideas for better serving the needs of graduate students. If you are a current GNSA Liaison, make sure to participate in the GNSA Liaison Town Hall Conference Calls which will be held by region in April. Details can be found below. If you have any questions, contact Arianna Morrell at
  • Southern Region Town Hall Conference Call: Tuesday, April 11 @ 1:00 PM ET - Register Here
  • Western Region Town Hall Conference Call: Thursday, April 13 @ 4:00 PM ET - Register Here
  • Midwest Region Town Hall Conference Call: Tuesday, April 18 @ 4:00 PM ET - Register Here
  • North Atlantic Region Town Hall Conference Call: Wednesday, April 19 @ 2:00 PM ET - Register Here

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, College of Nursing
The Ohio State University

Johnson & Johnson-AACN Minority Nurse Faculty Scholarship
For more information on eligibility requirements and details on the application process, click here

Nursing Economic$ Foundation Scholarships
This scholarship is available to graduate students in a nursing program. Up to four $5,000 scholarships will be awarded to registered nurses in a master's or doctoral nursing program with an emphasis on administration of management for the upcoming school year. The application deadline is May 1, 2017. For more information, click here

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