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GNSA Bulletin - March 2022 Edition

Published March 01, 2022

Emerging Leaders

Katie Edwards, MSN, RN


DNP Program

Colorado State University - Pueblo


Anticipated Graduation Date: August 2022


Visiting Assistant Professor at Colorado State University - Pueblo School of Nursing


I am currently enrolled in the DNP-Population Health program at Colorado State University - Pueblo. I chose this program because, after Labor & Delivery, nursing education in the clinical setting is my passion. I wanted to further my education for the benefit of my nursing students. I have appreciated the Population Health emphasis of my DNP program because it has allowed me to focus on the health of the population of registered nurses. There has been no other time in history when the health and wellness of registered nurses has needed more attention. I am currently in the data collection phase of my DNP project where I hope to learn more about increasing resilience among registered nurses working in the acute care setting.


My DNP project seeks to provide mental health and resiliency support to registered nurses through the use of mindfulness tools while working at the hospital. Once I have completed my DNP degree, I will continue to be a passionate advocate for nursing students and registered nurses the world over. Registered Nurses advocate for their patients every day. It is time we support each other and advocate for the nursing profession and the physical, mental, and emotional health of all registered nurses. The health outcomes of our patients depend on our health and ability to serve.



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 Research: 

On February 17, 2022, Diverse Issues in Higher Education posted an article titled Meeting the Need: How Nursing Schools Are Addressing the RN Shortage Exacerbated by COVID-19. In the article, the author explores the "twin shortages" of both nurses and nurse faculty and how schools of nursing are looking at creative ways to expand student capacity and meet workforce needs. Various deans and faculty were featured in the article.

Join the GNSA!
Take advantage of the various benefits that are free to you as a graduate student! Tell your fellow students and make sure they join today! Click here to complete the online application.

Professional Conferences: An Opportunity to Network and Learn


As a graduate nursing student, it can be very easy to get lost in just completing your coursework, meeting assignment deadlines, writing your dissertation, or working on your practice project. However, there are other ways for you to develop as a graduate nursing student through the professional development opportunities such as nursing conferences. Conferences provide you with the unique ability to network with graduate students from around the country, meet nursing leaders and experts, explore career opportunities after graduation, and reflect on your degree and possibilities for the future.


In 2018 I had the opportunity to attend the GNSA Conference which allowed me to learn from nursing experts and take home important new knowledge that has carried me forward towards the completion of my PhD. I am excited to attend the 2022 GNSA Conference, which will take place on August 4-5, 2022 in Washington, DC. Not only do I look forward to the many sessions focused on furthering my nursing career, but I also look forward to meeting you and hope to see you there. To learn more about this event and register, click here. Be sure not to miss this important opportunity to connect with the wider graduate nursing community and use it as a stepping stone towards attending future nursing conferences.

Registration for the 2022 GNSA Conference and a call for abstracts will open on March 7. Stay tuned for more details and join me in the community as we begin a conversation around preparing for a professional conference. 
Tamu Abreu, MSN, RN-BC, CPPS, CPHQ
GNSA Leadership Council Member
Texas Woman's University


Save the Date! 2022 GNSA Virtual Career Fair

Make sure to mark your calendars for the 2022 GNSA Virtual Career Fair. 

Nurse_on_computer_updated3_1567660.pngThis event will be held on April 21 from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm ET and will feature employers from across the country. Be sure to plan on attending from the comfort of your home with an ability to explore multiple employers at the same time. The event also will include information sessions on April 20 on topics such as standing out as an applicant, CV and resume writing, and the faculty application process.  Registration will open March 7.


Network and Learn at the 2022 GNSA Conference

Join us on August 4-5, 2022 in Washington, DC as we explore Charting a Future for Nursing Through Innovation: A Graduate Nursing Student Conference. The event will feature sessions on professional development, leadership, nursing innovation, and personal brand development. Content with information on transitioning into advanced practice, academia, research, or leadership will give you a chance to ask questions and learn from nursing experts. The conference is open to students in master's, doctoral, or dual degree programs. Registration and a call for abstracts will be available on Monday. March 7. The registration fee is $249 per person with an opportunity to earn CE credits for the conference sessions. Be sure to join the GNSA for this stimulating enrichment experience. If you have questions, contact Marta Okoniewski at

Meet the Newest GNSA Liaisons

Serve as a Student Leader and Become a GNSA Liaison! 
Is your institution represented by a GNSA Liaison? You can explore the list of current Liaisons here. If you are looking to grow as a leader and network with graduate nursing students across the country, then this is the opportunity for you. You will serve as the primary point of contact and connect your fellow students with GNSA resources that may be of interest to them. Sign up to serve as a GNSA Liaison for your institution today! As a GNSA Liaison you will be among the first to know about opportunities, scholarships, and events. Click here to learn more about the role. If you have any questions, contact Autumn Spriggs at
Don't miss the GNSA Liaison Town Hall Call, which will be held on Thursday, March 3 @ 4:00 pm ET. To register for this event, click here

Collaboration for Success
April 5, 2022 at 2:00 pm ET

The GNSA PhD-DNP Collaboration Award highlights successful projects that involve a collaboration between students in PhD and DNP programs. The 2021 winners not only found success in their collaboration across programs, but were also able to establish a connection while attending their respective programs at different schools. Join this webinar to hear a brief overview of the 2021 GNSA PhD-DNP Collaboration Award winning project, the establishment of a successful team, tips for successfully connecting with other students virtually, and pitfalls to avoid while completing a project and attending different programs.



  • Understand the GNSA PhD-DNP Collaboration Award.
  • Outline opportunities for developing connections with other graduate students across the country.
  • Explain tips for collaboration success as well as pitfalls to avoid.
Registration Details Coming Soon!


Beyond Flexner Alliance Social Mission Scholarships

The Beyond Flexner Alliance is committed to advancing social mission in health professions education. The Alliance's annual conference - planned this year on March 28-30 in Phoenix, AZ - is an interprofessional forum focused on advancing health equity and social justice through health profession education and brings together leaders in change to share new strategies and tools to advocate for meaningful change. The Social Mission Scholarship program will partially support conference participation costs for awardees. Scholarship funds may help cover the costs of conference registration OR hotel room accommodations. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until March 21, 2022. If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, click here


Brave of Heart Fund Scholarship

The Brave of Heart Fund, founded by the Cigna and New York Life foundations and administered by E4E Relief, honors the hard work, sacrifice, and legacies of healthcare workers whose lives were lost in the fight against COVID-19. As their families move forward in the weeks and months ahead, we ask for your help to raise awareness of this resource available to them. Up to $25,000 is available in funding annually. The deadline to apply for the scholarship is April 20. For more information on eligibility and application information, click here


ALL IN Fund: WellBeing First for Healthcare

The ALL IN Fund aims to provide financial resources to healthcare organizations to implement healthcare workforce well-being solutions and/or further scale promising practices. In addition to funding, grantees will also receive exclusive access to toolkits, resources, webinars, and peer-to-peer support networks alongside amplification opportunities. For more information on this grant opportunity, click here

Still Time to Register for the 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 on 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 Washington!