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GNSA Bulletin - November 2021 Edition

Published November 04, 2021

Emerging Leaders

Angela Patterson, MA, RN


DNP Program

University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School


Anticipated Graduation Date:  

Spring 2024


Prior to enrolling at UMass Chan Medical School’s graduate nursing program (GEP to DNP track), I worked as a research coordinator doing public health research for both the Veteran’s Health Administration and Worcester communities. Hearing numerous stories from participants about maltreatment and negative experiences from their health care providers made me decide to explore both the nursing and nurse practitioner professions. I wanted to make a difference in the lives of my patients and provide them with the healthcare experience that they deserved. While looking into UMass’s program, I noticed that their lab spaces had state-of-the-art equipment and simulations, which allowed students to be able to practice nursing skills in a safe environment without the risk of harming patients. This program allows students to be able to complete RN licensure within a year and progress into their desired Nurse Practitioner track, eventually obtaining a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree.


Being a student at UMass Chan Medical School’s graduate nursing program thus far has been an incredible learning experience. The faculty and staff have been compassionate and caring about student success and make one feel like they are not “just a number.” My peers are also incredibly supportive, and our camaraderie makes this accelerated program the best it can be. After I complete the program, I aspire to work as a surgical nurse practitioner and teach RN students at a local University. I hope to become more involved in nursing research to expand the nursing field using evidenced-based practice.



Are you our next emerging leader? Do you excel in your graduate program, demonstrate excitement for your nursing work, and/or have potential to greatly contribute to health care? If so, submit an emerging leader nomination form today to self-nominate or nominate a fellow student. The emerging leader will be selected from the applicants and notified when they will be profiled. Help us recognize future nursing leaders!

Take Over the GNSA Instagram!
Are you interested in sharing details about your life as a student? Want to show how you balance your time between work, school, and home? If so, participate in the GNSA Instagram Takeover Tuesdays. Share your strategies for success with other graduate students. What is your go-to study snack? What does your desk look like? Have you recently attended a webinar and want to share your experience and thoughts? Share all this and more on #Takeover Tuesday. Fill out this form to participate

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Utilizing Your Resources to Help You Keep Going


Spring 2017 was one of the most challenging times of my life. I was in my second year in the DNP program at Georgia Baptist College of Nursing and was forced to take a break to recover from a near-fatal car accident. By this time, I had already faced the stressors of my toddler's hospitalization and two family member deaths. I truly felt all signs were pointing to, "Just quit already." 

As you can see, I didn't quit. Being honest with myself and taking a break was exactly what I needed to redirect my focus and move forward with completing the program. By December 2017, I was positioned to implement my project with extra time to spare. That's when I applied to present my scholarly project at GNSA's inaugural conference. Presenting at the symposium was liberating for me. After all, less than six months prior, I considered quitting. Even more, this opportunity led to me serving as a GNSA L iaison, where I honed my communication and networking skills as an emerging leader. Then the following year I served as a mentor for GNSA's pilot mentoring program, where I was privileged to give back all I learned to a new colleague. 

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What do I want you to take away?

I've encountered many students who contemplate quitting from similar or worse experiences than mine. This is why I chose to start here. I believe connecting with the right source can make anything possible with a few surprises along the way. GNSA was the right source for me, what’s yours?

Patrice Little, DNP, FNP-BC
Founder and CEO
NP Student Magazine
Dr. Patrice Little is Family Nurse Practitioner, consultant, and the Founder of NP Student Magazine (NPSM). NPSM is a digital lifestyle and educational resource that provides curated content for Nurse Practitioner students. Dr. Little resides in Dacula, GA with her spouse and two children. 


Share the Source That Keeps You Going With the GNSA Community

We've all experienced moments where we were ready to throw in the towel. What has been your motivation to keep going? Is there a particular resource that makes your studies or life easier? Share with the community by logging in to your MyAACN account and clicking on GNSA Connect from your GNSA dashboard. If you have questions about how to access or use this resource, contact Autumn Spriggs at

Become a GNSA Liaison! 
Are you interested in further developing your leadership skills? Do you have an interest in building a stronger connection with the students and faculty at your school? If so, sign up to serve as a GNSA Liaison for your institution. Click here to learn more about the role and find out who the current Liaisons are. As a GNSA Liaison you will be among the first to know about opportunities, scholarships, and events. We are looking forward to an exciting academic year. If you have any questions, contact Autumn Spriggs at

What Does a Journal Editor Do and How Do You Write a Query Letter?
November 19, 2021 at 12:00 pm ET
Are you interested in submitting your work to a nursing journal? Writing an effective query letter can be an important step when pitching your article for submission. Join our speakers as they guide you through the role of a journal editor and the purpose of a query letter. Learn valuable techniques about writing your query letter in this special Ask the Editor event.
How to Select an Appropriate Journal for Your Publication
December 8, 2021 at 6:00 pm ET
You have a manuscript draft, but how do you select the best journal? Join our speakers as they explore the key elements in deciding which journal is the right fit for your submission.


AfterCollege/AACN Scholarship

The AfterCollege-AACN Scholarship supports students who are seeking a baccalaureate, master’s or doctoral degree in nursing. Special consideration will be given to students in a graduate program with the goal of becoming a nurse educator; completing an RN to BSN or MSN program; and those enrolled in an accelerated nursing program. The next application deadline is December 31, 2021. To apply and learn more about the scholarship requirements, click here.  


CastleBranch-GNSA Scholarship

The CastleBranch-GNSA Scholarship recognizes the outstanding work of graduate nursing students who are advancing the nursing profession through a commitment to innovation, leadership and mentoring and will award two $2,500 scholarships each semester to eligible GNSA members. The next application deadline is December 30, 2021. To apply and learn more about the scholarship requirements, click here.  

Registration is Open: Reserve Your Spot for AACN’s 2022 Student Policy Summit Today!

Registration for AACN’s 2022 Student Policy Summit is now open! Up to two students from AACN member schools, who have the permission from their dean, may register for this exciting two-day conference from March 27-28 in Washington, DC. Nursing students from around the nation will have opportunities to participate in dynamic program sessions, with direct engagement from federal legislative and policy experts. To register for AACN’s 2022 Student Policy Summit, click here. For more information on the conference, as well as safety precautions that will be taken for this event, visit the Summit website. We look forward to seeing you in March!  

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