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GNSA Bulletin - June 2022 Edition

Published June 14, 2022

Emerging Leaders

Madison Moldovan, BSN


MSN Program

Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Geisinger Danville Surgical-Trauma ICU Nurse


Anticipated Graduation Date: December 2023


My experience in the Indiana University of Pennsylvania MSN program has taught me a number of skills I will use throughout my nursing career. These include leadership skills, time management, and how to be a better nurse through experience and interviews. I have understood the importance of manager training and engagement on the unit. I have experienced the power that mentorship can give someone, and I have had a desire to learn more about the nursing profession. 

After completing this program, I plan to become a future educator somewhere down south with warmer weather. I want to advocate for nursing students and teach them to the best of my ability with my credentials and degree. Later down the road, I want to advance my degree further to get my NP in gerontology and open a memory care center for Alzheimer's 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: 

In the April/June 2022 issue of Nursing Administration Quarterly, Dr. Ruth Kleinpell from Vanderbilt University and colleagues published an article on Breaking Down Institutional Barriers to Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Practice. The article outlines many challenges to APRN practice with a discussion on how nurse leaders can help reduce regulatory, state, and institutional barriers to APRNs to practice to the full extent of their education, licensure, and certification.


Read the Spring 2022 Edition of AACN's Diversity Digest

The Diversity Digest is a quarterly newsletter highlighting diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives launched by AACN and member schools of nursing. In the spring 2022 edition you can learn about the 2022 Virtual Diversity Symposium, opportunities for input on AACN surveys, and access the DEI Faculty Tool Kit. To access the issue, click here

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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.

Job Searching: Key Steps to Success


Searching for a job can simultaneously spark hope, excitement, and anxiety. Perhaps you have graduated or reached a milestone in your academic trajectory that allows you to take on new opportunities. Maybe you are ready to advance professionally based on your interests or maybe you just need to find a better work environment that fits your professional and personal needs. Whatever the reason, we all must search for jobs at some point, which is why I have listed some tips that may help us on this journey.

  1. Make a list of what is important to you in your next job.  This can be a list of things you hope to accomplish professionally, your ideas for work-life balance, or resources/benefits you would like to have in your next position. What is important to you right now? Asking this question may help you identify pathways that can help you achieve professional goals without compromising your personal goals.
  2. Make connections. Connections can happen in many ways. You can send emails to express interest in positions and ask if there is someone you can talk to about the role you are interested in. Career fairs are another excellent way to make connections. The GNSA virtual career fair is free and offers GNSA members opportunities to connect with employers nationwide. Your school may also have career fairs or post about jobs on your school’s virtual learning environment pages (Canvas, Blackboard, etc.). Conferences are another great way to meet future employers or colleagues. If you meet someone at a conference, be sure to write down their name, professional affiliations, and some things that resonate with you based upon the interaction you had with them. These notes can be helpful when/if you contact them later. Registration is still open for the 2022 GNSA conference in Washington D.C. in August. This is one of the many conferences you can attend to make connections and support professional development.
  3. Search online, browse, daydream. There are many wonderful online resources for job searching. As GNSA members, you have access to the AACN Career Center, a great source for locating academic nursing jobs. You can also check out Beyond the Professoriate for non-academic jobs/job searching resources. Are there any health systems or companies that have sparked your interest over the years? If so, go check out their websites and see what opportunities are there. Sometimes it can also be nice to just daydream and browse, you never know what you may find
  4. Think of rejection as re-direction. Job searching can be anxiety-producing because there is always a possibility of facing rejection after submitting your application. It can be so discouraging when a job does not work out the way we had hoped. It helps me to think of rejection as a form of re-direction. Maybe that organization was not a right fit for you or maybe you were not a right fit for that organization. Try to learn what you can from the situation and apply it in your future endeavors.

These are just a few tips for job searching that have helped my peers and me. If you have any tips, resources, or strategies for job searching, head over to GNSA Connect for a discussion! I am sure we can learn a lot from one another on this topic. Happy searching!

Marissa Bartmess, BSN, RN
GNSA Leadership Council Member
University of Tennessee-Knoxville


Share Your Job Searching Tips

GNSA-Community-ICON_830807.pngAre you thinking of your next nursing position? Are you excited to use your advanced degree in your next career? Marissa explored some key tips that are helpful as you start your job searching process. As we are continually learning about strategies that can lead to success, share tips and resources that you have found to be helpful while job searching. Join Marissa in the GNSA Connect Community.
As a GNSA member, access to this community provides you with the benefit of networking, learning from other graduate students, and sharing resources. Be sure to login today through your  MyAACN dashboard (GNSA Student Center -> GNSA Community) and explore the topics. In addition, you can explore the members tab, which includes a directory of the GNSA members across the county. Be sure to have your profile completed so that others can connect with you. If you have any questions on this resource, contact Autumn Spriggs at


Don't Miss the 2022 GNSA Conference and Register Today!

Join graduate students from across the country on August 4-5, 2022 in Washington, DC. and hear from nursing leaders to help you excel in your graduate program and transition to your next position. Interested in a faculty role? Join the panel of speakers who will share details to help you transition into academia. Want to advance to a leadership role? Listen to our panel of nursing leaders from various organizations who will share their leadership journeys. We will also have panels of recent graduates who will share their tips for successfully navigating the PhD dissertation or DNP capstone project. The GNSA is hosting this conference exclusively for students in master's, doctoral, or dual degree graduate programs and will be focused on the theme of Charting a Future for Nursing Through Innovation. 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. If you are interested in learning about the past conference and hearing member testimonials, click here

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

Learn About CDC Opportunities

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers two newsletters that provide timely information on the newest workforce development, fellowship, and training opportunities. The Fellowships and Training Opportunities quarterly newsletter provides information about activities, including fellowship and host site application opening and closing dates, training opportunities, and other events. The CDC Learning Connection monthly newsletter helps healthcare professionals stay informed about quality trainings from CDC, other federal agencies, and federally funded partners. To sign-up to receive the newsletters, visit and enter your email address on the bottom, right side of the page. Select “Fellowships and Training Opportunities” and “Learning Connection” from the list of options. 

Join Research!America's Annual Summit for Early Career Researchers

Registration is now open for Reaching the Peak: A Science & Technology Career Summit, Research!America’s second annual summit for early career researchers, on June 15, 2022, from 11a.m.-6 p.m. ET.  During this one-day virtual event, attendees will have the opportunity to explore an array of career paths, network with fellow researchers, participate in professional development workshops, and engage in meaningful discussions around issues critical to the success of the R&D ecosystem. To register for this event, click here

Missed one of our spring 2022 webinars? All events have been archived and you can register to review them at any time. Once registered using the link, you will receive an email confirmation with the link to the recording. Don't forget, you can also earn CEU credits for the webinars, just complete the evaluation. 
Designing an Engaging Poster
Aired May 31
Navigating the Job Search as a New APRN
Aired April 20
A Trajectory of Success: From Landing the Position to Transitioning to Advanced Practice
Aired April 20
Collaboration for Success
Aired April 5
Tips on Writing a Successful Abstract
Aired March 29
Turning Your School Paper into a Publishable Manuscript
Aired January 25


NurseThink® - AACN Scholarship


The NurseThink® - AACN 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 deadline for this $5,000 award is July 15. To learn more and apply, click here


Scrubin Uniforms - AACN Scholarship


The Scrubin Uniforms/AACN Scholarship supports nursing students in baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral programs who are enrolled at AACN member schools with a formal affiliation agreement with Scrubin Uniforms. The next deadline for the $2,500 award is September 1. To learn more and apply, click here.  

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