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GNSA Bulletin - April 2022 Edition

Published April 04, 2022

Emerging Leaders

Amelia Malcom, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, CNE


PhD Program

Augusta University


Anticipated Graduation Date: Spring 2024


Assistant Professor/Family Nurse Practitioner 

Brenau University

I decided to go back to school for my PhD because I am very interested in research and wanted to learn more about the processes, not only for my professional development but for my student's benefit. I have been a DNP for 8 years and do not regret it at all. It has been a great experience. I just felt that I was missing a piece to the puzzle. I looked at grants and saw that many principal investigators had to be PhD-prepared. I am not someone who likes to be limited. I spoke to the PhD director of Augusta University at an education conference we both attended. She was so insightful and inspiring. When I got home I looked into her program and loved the curriculum. The part-time program has been great for me. My research topic is looking at telehealth-based compassionate care in primary care nurse practitioners.

The PhD in nursing program at Augusta University has ignited my passion for research. I am so grateful for the tremendous faculty and mentorship that I have received so far. I am finishing up my second year and feel that I have learned a great deal. My advisors have been very impactful and encouraging.
After graduation I will continue to be an educator but plan to conduct more studies in higher education and FNP practice. I hope to secure grant funding so that I can enrich the experiences of my students and patients.



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 Publication: 

On March 21, 2022, published an article titled A Doctorate in Nursing Can Open More Doors Than You Might Think. The story looks at the benefits of doctoral nursing education from the perspective of a chief academic officer and a PhD candidate. If you are considering a terminal nursing degree, this article is a must read! 

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.

Skills for Nurse Leadership


As a registered nurse and leader for almost 3 decades, I have had many opportunities to review resumes, cover pages, and interview job applicants. One common thread I have found is that people do not take enough time to review the job posting to fully understand what leadership skills the employer considers valuable and if the skills required are a good fit for their educational background and experiences. Possessing excellent leadership skills are important in the nursing industry, regardless of where you are in your career. Common leadership skills to possess are:

  • Teamwork. Nurse leaders are integral team members. They interact, communicate, and assist other team members in, striving for the best possible care for patients.
  • Communication. Strong verbal and written communication skills allow nurses to communicate in an effective and clear method.
  • Mentorship. Nurse leaders have the skills and tools needed to guide and mentor other nurses so they become leaders in their positions.
  • Lifelong Learners. Nurse leaders recognize that the nursing profession is constantly changing and that there are always ways to improve upon existing skills.
  • Innovative/Creative. Leaders in the nursing profession are also innovators. They can step outside of the norm and transform modern healthcare in a way that works better for patients.
  • Flexibility. The role of a nurse is ever-changing, and the ability to be flexible and adapt to new environments provides nurses with the confidence and morale they need to be leaders (, 2022).

If you do not feel that your leadership skills are fully developed, seek out additional responsibilities. Fill in when additional support is needed or take initiative to assist other staff with patient tasks. If your employer offers ongoing training groups or volunteer programs, you can also use these opportunities to develop additional skills, including leadership. To develop new skills, set measurable goals. Make a list of the skills you would like to develop in the short- and long-term, then determine what steps you will take to reach these goals. Be specific and direct with these steps, deciding how you will measure the success of your goals.

Lastly, commit to always learning. The healthcare industry is continually changing, making it crucial to keep up with the latest trends. Whether you attend nursing conferences, subscribe to a nursing publication, read books, or attend an academic nursing program, nurse leaders are always working to improve their knowledge in the nursing profession.

Denise Robertson, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, CNL
GNSA Leadership Council Member
University of Alabama at Birmingham


Register for the 2022 GNSA Virtual Career Fair

Attend the 2022 GNSA Virtual Career Fairan exclusive event for GNSAGNSA Career Fair Graphic members! Connect with employers from across the country with the barriers of location and schedules removed. Are you looking for a faculty position, hoping to advance your position in practice, or starting to think about your next career move? Then this event is for you! 

The GNSA Virtual Career Fair will be held on April 21 from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm ET. This event is a can't miss opportunity to interact and network with employers, recruiters, and nursing administrators. To register, click here
Be sure to join the professional development webinars, which will be held on April 20. To learn more about these events, view the Webinar section below or click here


Continue The Discussion: Job Search Strategies for Success

Are you excited to join the 2022 GNSA Virtual Career Fair but are unsure about what to expect. Join the members of the GNSA Leadership Council in GNSA Connect where they will share their strategies for success, pitfalls to avoid, and questions you should consider.
Do you have any examples of leadership skills that you have implemented in the workplace or at school or have any examples from others to share? Join Denise as she will expand on her conversation around the skills nursing leaders need to excel. To access the GNSA Connect community, log in to My AACN and access the GNSA Connect Community from your dashboard. Questions on accessing this resource, reach out to Autumn Spriggs at


Join Us in Washington, DC for the 2022 GNSA Conference

The GNSA will be hosting a conference exclusively for graduate students on August 4-5, 2022 in Washington, DC. The conference focused on Charting a Future for Nursing Through Innovation: A Graduate Nursing Student Conference will feature sessions on professional development, leadership, nursing innovation, and personal brand development. Sessions 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 graduate programs. 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. To learn more and register, click here.


Submit an Abstract and Celebrate Your Work at a National Conference

2018posters(1)_2186380.jpgThe GNSA is currently seeking abstract submissions that characterize the conference theme and reflect innovation. Abstract submissions should include work focused on the conference objectives; projects currently in progress may be submitted. The deadline to submit an abstract is Friday, April 29. To learn more, click here
Is this your first time submitting an abstract for a poster presentation? If so, the GNSA recently offered a webinar titled Tips on Writing a Successful Abstract. Review this webinar to help you develop and submit an abstract proposal. You can register for the recording here. In addition, save the date, part 2 focusing on designing an engaging poster will be held on May 31 at 4:00 pm ET. 

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

A Trajectory of Success: From Landing the Position to Transitioning to Advanced Practice
April 20, 2022 at 1:00 pm ET

Join this webinar for a panel discussion on ways to market yourself as a new APRN, what recruiters are looking for, the transition from an RN to an APRN, and finding opportunities for mentoring with your new role. 



  • Understand how to market yourself as a standout candidate.
  • Outline the transition from an RN to an APRN.
  • Explain opportunities for mentoring in a new APRN position.
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Executive Chief Nursing Officer,
Cleveland Clinic Nursing Institute
Surani Hayre-Kwan, DNP, MBA, FNP-BC, FACHE, FAANP
Director, Professional Practice and Nursing Excellence,
Office of the Chief Nurse Officer, Sutter Health
Maureen A. Schaupp, MSN, APRN-CNP, CHFN
Associate Chief Nursing Officer,
Advanced Practice and Nursing Quality and Practice,
Cleveland Clinic

Navigating the Job Search as a New APRN
April 20, 2022 at 3:00 pm ET

As you get closer to completing your degree and begin thinking about the next steps in your job search, many questions can arise. What should my resume highlight to help me stand out as a candidate? What should I consider about an organization when applying? What are some questions I should ask during the interview process? Join this webinar to help answer those questions and more!



  • Understand how to navigate the job search process as a new APRN.
  • Outline the key elements of a successful resume. 
  • Explain important questions to ask during the interview process for an APRN position.
Rhonda Hoyer, MS, RN, APNP, ANP-C
VP, Chief Advanced Practice Officer, Advocate Aurora Medical Group
Advocate Aurora Health


NurseThink® - AACN Scholarship

This scholarship supports students enrolled in master's and doctoral nursing programs at AACN member institutions who have a desire to become future nurse faculty. The application deadline for this $5,000 scholarship is April 25. To learn more about the requirements and application, 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

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