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GNSA Hosts Inaugural National Conference

Published February 28, 2018


The inaugural Graduate Nursing Student Academy (GNSA) Conference, held February 22-24 in Atlanta, GA, was a memorable event for graduate nursing students from across the country. One highlight was the inspiring session presented by Alex Wubbels, BSN, RN, a clinical nurse educator in the Burn Trauma Intensive Care Unit at the University of Utah Hospital. Ms. Wubbels sparked a larger conversation regarding what it means to have moral courage.  Attendees responded by expressing how much Ms. Wubbels had inspired them to be better advocates for their patients. At the conclusion of her presentation, attendees patiently lined up to chat and have photos taken with the captivating keynote speaker.

Other national nursing experts at the conference included Dr. Patricia Morton, dean of the College of Nursing at the University of Utah, who drilled down to the key steps for developing a manuscript for publication. Additional sessions enriched the learning and practice of attendees by covering topics such as health policy, mentoring, interprofessional education, nursing innovation, and nurses as entrepreneurs. Three panels consisting of leading experts in nursing academia, leadership, and practice helped answer key questions for graduate students as they get set to embark on their careers. The conference also gave attendees ample opportunity to network and learn from each other by connecting not only on what they hoped to learn, but also on their research and practice interests.  Inspired students left the conference with clarity and focus as they continue with their education and careers. 

About the GNSA

The Graduate Nursing Student Academy (GNSA) provides high value programs, services, and resources to graduate nursing students enrolled in master's and doctoral programs at AACN member schools. The GNSA is committed to supporting graduate students preparing for careers as faculty members, researchers, advanced practice registered nurses, clinical nurse leaders, policy experts, and healthcare administrators, among other roles.

The GNSA works to meet the professional development needs of its members by offering:

  • Leadership Opportunities
  • Webinar Series
  • Monthly GNSA Bulletin
  • Graduate Nursing Career Network
  • Peer to Peer Networking
  • Policy Engagement
  • Member-Exclusive Scholarships

Learn more about the GNSA