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GNSA Bulletin - August 2022 Edition

Published August 11, 2022

Emerging Leaders

Kimia Robinson, BSN, RN


DNP Program

Arizona State University

Graduate Nurse Organization President
GNSA Leadership Council Member


Anticipated Graduation Date:  May 2023


Seeking an advanced nursing degree was always a career goal that I knew I wanted to accomplish. Even before beginning my undergraduate nursing program, becoming a Nurse Practitioner was always in the back of my mind as a prominent step to culminate my educational journey. In working as a bedside nurse in a variety of acute care settings, I saw the detrimental effects of underserved and marginalized populations not having adequate and equitable access to healthcare resources. It became more apparent to me that many of the problems, issues, and gaps within today's healthcare system are heavily influenced by a dire need to strengthen and transform primary and preventative care settings. It takes the expertise, skills, and advocacy of advanced practice nurses and healthcare leaders for transformative changes to take place, and I knew that I was ready to help make a bigger impact on the lives of those I serve. My passion for helping vulnerable communities, combined with Arizona State University's dedication to provide innovative, inclusive, and community-based education, is what inspired me to finally take the leap to enroll in Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation's graduate program.

Being a part-time graduate student has allotted me an opportunity to continue to work in a clinical setting to strengthen my skill set, professionally network for future career prospects, and maintain a healthier work/life balance. However, what has truly made my program experience so wonderful is my time serving as the Vice President, and now the President of the Graduate Nurses Organization. Taking on these leadership roles not only helped me feel more deeply engaged and connected with the students and the Edson College community, but it has provided me with some amazing educational and professional opportunities that I would have never imagined when I first enrolled in the program. I plan to continue to participate in leadership roles both within the college and the local Phoenix community, in hopes of being a changemaker in health care, and help create equitable, sustainable, evidence-based strategies to promote improved health outcomes for populations in need. 
Upon completion of the program, I plan to dedicate my practice to caring for vulnerable populations by providing care at either an outpatient cardiology office or a primary care clinic in South Phoenix. In addition, I plan to continue my work on the Blue Zones Active Greater South Phoenix Initiative as well as my collaborations with local non-profit organizations. I plan to focus on health policy and advocacy as it relates to food insecurity and food systems. 



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 June 2022 issues of the American Journal of Nursing, the author Nicole Fauteux explores the challenges and facilitators connected with Finding Clinical Placements for NP Students. Topics in this piece include paying for preceptors, non-financial incentives, improving the placement process, and strengthening academic-practice partnerships. These can all lead to helping secure clinical learning sites for nurse practitioner students. To review this article, click here

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.

2022 GNSA Conference Highlights


It’s Conference Season!  The GNSA just finished its 220805_102634_YEM-2confphoto_2291277.jpgannual student conference last Friday. The event included over 120 students from around the country who came together to share their research, network with like-minded colleagues and nursing leaders, and learn about the various resources that AACN offers.


Over 20 students submitted abstracts that were featured during a Thursday evening welcome reception. The GNSA Abstract Presentationsoffers a nurturing platform for students to share their work in a collaborative environment. 


Conference sessions focused on professional development, advanced nursing roles, leadership development, political advocacy, mentoring, nursing innovation, and personal brand development. The conference sessions provided attendees with the tools to help excel in their graduate program and propel their nursing career to new heights. 


If you were not able to make it in person this year, stay tuned forHenderson information on future events that may be of interest to you. If you were able to join us, be sure to follow us on social media (@AACN_GNSA) for special announcements on raffle winners and highlights from the conference. 

Are you looking to connect with someone you met at the event? Use the GNSA Connect member directory to find someone and begin communicating with them today!
Shazia Mitha, MPhil, MSN, AGACNP-BC, RN
GNSA Leadership Council Member, Chair
Columbia University


How Do You Make the Most of Conference Season?

As in-person conferences are coming back, what are some strategies you use to get the most out of attending a conference? How do you connect with fellow conference attendees? How do you network with others? Are there specific strategies you use to take notes and retain the materials you are presented with during the event? Share your tips with other graduate students through the GNSA Connect Community. microphone-gca1fea0a7_1920resize_2290999.jpg
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 review the members tab, which includes a directory of the GNSA members across the country, a great way for you to connect with individuals you may have met at a conference. Be sure to have your profile completed so that others can connect with you. If you have any questions on this resource, contact Marta Okoniewski at

Deadline Approaching - PhD-DNP Collaboration Excellence Award
Are you currently in a PhD or DNP program and collaborating with a student in another program? If so, consider submitting an application for the GNSA PhD-DNP Collaboration Excellence Award. The award recognizes productive joint efforts and highlights the outstanding work underway to advance the nursing profession through an innovative and synergistic approach to translating research into practice and generating new knowledge. Winners are featured in the GNSA Bulletin and other AACN publications and receive a $2,000 award. The doctoral student team will be invited to attend AACN's Doctoral Education Conference in San Diego, CA to receive the award. The application deadline is August 26, 2022. To view last year's winners and a description of their project, click here. For more information on the eligibility criteria and application, click here

Serve as a Student Leader and Become a GNSA Liaison! 
Are you looking for ways to further develop your leadership skills? If so, consider becoming a GNSA Liaison for your institution. You can explore the list of current Liaisons here. This leadership opportunity allows you to network with graduate students from across the country and represent your school and fellow students on a national level. 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

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) Calls for Comments
CCNE has issued two calls for comments, one for accreditation reviews for baccalaureate and gradaute nursing programs scheduled for Fall 2022 and the other for entry-to-practice nurse residency programs. Through this process, program constituents are able to submit third-party comments concerning a program's qualification for accreditation. To view the call for comments for entry-to-practice nurse residency programs, click here. To view the call for comments for the institutions of higher education seeking nursing program accreditation, click here

Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science 2022 State of the Science Congress on Nursing Research
The Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science (CANS), a signature initiative of the American Academy of Nursing (Academy), is pleased to announce the 2022 State of the Science Congress on Nursing Research - Social + Structural Determinants of Health - will be held at the Grand Hyatt in Washington, DC from September 15-17, 2022. This conference is open to students at all levels, as well as nurse scientists. Click here for more details, including registration rates and keynote speakers. Join CANS today to receive a discounted student registration rate! 

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


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.  


Join the 2022-2023 GNSA Advocacy Leaders


Are you interested in learning more about the advocacy process and further developing your advocacy skills? If so, sign up for the GNSA Advocacy Leaders today! This group of 104 representatives (2 from each state) receives specialized instruction through quarterly conference calls to further develop understanding of the policy and advocacy process. To apply, click here and submit your application by August 26, 2022.