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GNSA Bulletin - January 2022 Edition

Published January 03, 2022

Emerging Leaders

Jeff Lee, BSN


MSN Program

Grand Canyon University


Anticipated Graduation Date: May 2023


Registered Nurse at  Copper Hills Youth Center


I decided to enroll at Grand Canyon University in the Master of Nursing Education program in October of 2021. I finished my Bachelor of Science at Grand Canyon in July, and I absolutely loved the online set up and how efficient they make the program for working students. I was able to graduate with a 3.2 GPA, which in itself is a miracle for me, let alone while working and taking care of a family.


Grand Canyon is for the students. All of the instructors are invested in their class and want to do whatever they can to help you be successful in the program. I have been successful in all of my classes up to this point because the curriculum is built for students, especially those students that must work while attending classes. 


After I finish my program in May of 2023, I am hoping to have the chance to work as a nursing instructor. I haven't decided if I want to become a didactic instructor or whether I will want to focus on the clinical aspect. All I know is that I want to teach and work with new nurses that are entering the field, and assist them in becoming the best nurse that they can be. Over the last year and a half I have had the opportunity to be able to precept nursing capstone students, and I have had so much joy in working with them and watching them become fantastic nurses. I want to be able to continue doing this for a long time throughout my career.



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!


Noteworthy Article: 

In the December 2021 issue of Nurse Leader, Kristen M.J. Azar, published an article titled The Evolving Role of Nurse Leadership in the Fight for Health Equity. The article highlights the role of nurse leaders as innovators, scientists, educators, and advocates. The author provides several actions that nurse leaders can take to improve health equity. 

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Back To School Preparation: How to Utilize the Three E's


Wow, time is certainly going by quickly this academic year! We’ve now started or will soon start the Spring 2022 semester. If you’re like me, you’re thinking about how to best organize your semester so that you’re efficient, effective, and energized (the three E’s) right from the start. Some of the things I have done, which have been effective to meet the three E’s, during my master’s and doctoral programs that I’ve continued to do into well into my research training program are as follows:

  1. Maintain a calendar. This helps you keep deadlines, without needing to memorize dates. A good, old fashioned paper calendar is an option for those who like to write by hand. There are some fantastic apps in the app store for your cell phone or computer/iPad that are great. Microsoft Outlook is a great tool, too. Yes, it adds some time up-front to get used to documenting everything into your calendar, but it makes a difference in the long run. This helps you be efficient.
  2. Schedule time into your calendar for fun activities with friends and family. Your calendar doesn’t need to be all work and school responsibilities. Making time for a couple of “me-time” activities will enable you to distract from the stress work/school causes, freeing up some brain-space for the hard stuff involving critical thinking and decision making. This helps you to be effective for when it comes time to do work.
  3. Schedule time into your calendar for ADLs (activities of daily living). This isn’t a concept just for our patients; this is something graduate nursing students need to do too. By planning time for sleeping, eating, and staying hydrated, we are taking care of ourselves so that we can care for our patients (or research participants or students). Taking care of the caregiver is essential for good health and well-being. This practice helps you to be energized for work and school.

I’m wishing you all an excellent 3 E’s semester! Please share your thoughts and ideas about taking care of YOU directly in the GNSA community discussion forum.


Happy 2022!

Cassandra Godzik, PhD, APRN
GNSA Leadership Council Member
Dartmouth College


Share Your Three E's Strategies with the GNSA Community!

How do you make time for you and organize your semester so that you are efficient, effective, and energized? Share your strategies 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! 
We are looking for leaders to join our cohort of graduate nursing students invested in further driving the professional development of their fellow students. Are you interested 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. As a GNSA Liaison you will be among the first to know about opportunities, scholarships, and events. If you have any questions, contact Autumn Spriggs at

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

Turning Your School Paper into a Publishable Manuscript
January 25, 2022 at 2:00 pm ET
This session focuses on the major differences between school papers and publishable manuscripts. Key steps in the process of successful publication are covered and strategies to avoid pitfalls are addressed.
  • Differentiate the characteristics of a school paper versus those of a journal article.
  • Describe the process of the development, submission, and review of an original manuscript.
  • Review criteria that strengthen potential for publication.
  • Explain pitfalls to avoid.
Patricia Gonce Morton, PhD, RN, ACNP-BC, FAAN
Dean Emeritus, University of Utah College of Nursing
Editor, Journal of Professional Nursing


Uniform Advantage-GNSA Scholarship

This scholarship program provides $5,000 in support to students enrolled in master’s and doctoral programs who are committed to making a positive impact on the nation’s health and health care. A $2,500 scholarship will be awarded in the fall and spring to eligible GNSA members. The next application deadline is January 31, 2022. To apply and learn more about the scholarship requirements, click here.  


Minority Fellowship Program Call for Applications

The Minority Fellowship Program (MFP), offered through the American Psychological Association, has a family of programs that are dedicated to help promising graduate students, post-doctoral trainees, and early career professionals achieve lasting success in areas related to ethnic/racial minority psychology and other behavior sciences. The MFP provides financial support, professional development activities, and opportunities for professional and personal guidance. The deadlines for the various programs vary; to learn more, click here 

Registration is Open: 2022 Student Policy Summit

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!