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GNSA Bulletin - October 2022 Edition

Published October 06, 2022

Emerging Leaders

Alopi Modi, BSN, RN


DNP-FNP Program

University of Michigan
GNSA Liaison
Co-Chair, Student Advisory Committee
Secretary, Michigan Council of Nurse Practitioners at UMSN
Rho Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing


Anticipated Graduation Date:  April 2024

Contingent Nurse at the Trinity Health IHA Medical Group

Throughout my education and career trajectory, I sought opportunities to learn different aspects of the healthcare field, which shaped my career goals and have brought me to where I am today. My first step towards becoming a DNP-FNP was during my time as a float pool CNA. Not only did this expose me to varying specialties, but it also stretched my interactions across patients of various ages, diagnoses, and personalities. This led to my desire to become a FNP because I would be able to diagnose and treat patients across a lifespan. While in nursing school, I enjoyed diving into patient care and research and understanding the connection between evidence, safe patient care, and practice. I knew I wanted to develop this skill further and this reaffirmed my decision of pursuing a DNP-FNP.

I chose to enroll at the University of Michigan because of the interdisciplinary education, close interactions with mentors, and global view to become an expert in advanced nursing practice. I represent the school of nursing as a co-chair for the student advisory committee at the University of Michigan where I share my experiences on interprofessional education (IPE) with the faculty, deans, and health science schools. I provide my perspective while working with professors across multiple disciplines, which gives me confidence to pursue a leadership role in academia. Through my role as the secretary of the Michigan Council of Nurse Practitioners (MCNP), I am able to promote education, advocate, and engage with others. Through MCNP, I partnered with nurse practitioners to raise awareness about improvement opportunities such as full practice authority for nurse practitioners. This allowed me to build a network with other nurse leaders across Michigan, which I will continue to develop to become a prominent healthcare leader.

Academia is an essential component to give back to the nursing community. Through communication and relationship building, knowledge of the healthcare environment, leadership, and professionalism, I wish to pursue a role as chief nursing executive. As a future professor, I want to support students across the state with opportunities to receive mentorship to become nursing leaders. Through my IPE experience and leadership, I hope to inspire, influence, and motivate healthcare professionals as nursing leaders to make an impact in the community. Knowing that I will be supporting and educating nursing students in tandem with clinical practice gives me confidence to become a nurse leader.



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 for yourself or 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 September 1, 2022 issue of Journal of Nursing Education, Dr. Vernell DeWitty, AACN's Senior Consultant for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and Dr. Danielle McCamey, Founder and President of DNPs of Color and a speaker at the 2022 GNSA Conference, published an editorial titled - Mentorship and Sponsorship - Viable Strategies for Increasing Nursing School Faculty. Though recruiting and developing faculty from diverse backgrounds is a priority, achieving this goal remains elusive for many schools. The authors outline how experienced nurse educators can address this issue by serving as mentors needed to retain faculty of color and as sponsors to elevate the career trajectory of future nurse leaders.   

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It's Autumn! Start Planning for Success!


Regardless of where you are in your academic journey, it is always a good idea to start planning for success. Proper (and effective) planning means that not only is there a process in place to ensure you meet your goals, but it can also serve as a means to resolve any issues that may compromise your success. Here are nine tips to help you succeed:

  1. Taking your big goals and breaking them down into smaller goals is an important step when you are planning to succeed! Have you heard of the expression, 'the best way to eat an elephant is one bite at a time?' It sounds a bit weird, but it is true. Breaking down your goals into manageable pieces allows you to focus on one task at a time and avoid feeling overwhelmed.
  2. Eliminating distractions like social media and hanging out with friends is a great way to achieve success, because it allows you to concentrate on goals and generate concrete plans for achieving them. If you're always distracted by unrelated tasks, then you won't have any time or energy left to focus on your goals.
  3. Networking with the right people can open up opportunities that you never would have had otherwise. It can help you find a job, get your business off the ground, or just get advice on a tough decision.
  4. Seeing failure as a stepping-stone can separate you from those who see failure as an end in itself. When you think this way, you stop being afraid of making mistakes and start learning from them.
  5. Developing a growth mindset is important because it means you believe that your intelligence and abilities can be developed over time with effort.
  6. Asking for help when needed makes the journey that much easier. So don't be afraid to ask for help. It could be the difference between success and failure.
  7. Making adjustments and being consistent will make the goal easier or more attainable. It is normal to change your original plans and make necessary adjustments. Also, you are more likely to reach your goals if you stay consistent with your efforts, whether that means going to the gym every day or working out for a certain amount of time each week.
  8. Checking in on your progress prevents you from becoming discouraged enough to stop trying altogether and just go back to your old habits.
  9. Celebrating your wins can help you to stay motivated and keep working towards your goal. And who knows, you might even surprise yourself and reach your goal sooner than you thought possible.
Adam, J. (2022, June 20). Planning to succeed! 9 tips to implement today. Clever Girl Finance. Retrieved October 1, 2022, from
Denise Y. Robertson, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, CNL
GNSA Leadership Council Member
University of Alabama at Birmingham


How Do You Plan for Success?

Denise shared nine tips and strategies to help you achieve success above. Whether you are sitting down to write, getting ready for an exam, or working on your practice project, we all use different strategies to help us achieve our goals. What are some strategies that have worked for you? Share them with GNSA members on 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 review the members tab, which includes a directory of the GNSA members across the country. Be sure to have your profile completed so that others can connect with you including uploading your picture! If you have any questions on this resource, contact Marta Okoniewski at

We Want to Hear from You - Complete the 2022 GNSA Evaluation Survey
In an effort to continuously improve on the GNSA programming and services, we are seeking your feedback through the 2022 GNSA Evaluation Survey. Tell us what services you have benefited from and which ones don't meet your needs. Your feedback is critical to ensuring that we provide value to graduate students across the country. Complete the survey, and you will be entered into a drawing to win a $50 Amazon Gift Card. The survey will close on December 1. To complete the survey, click here.  

Save the Date - GNSA Virtual Career Fair
The GNSA Virtual Career Fair will take place this fall on November 16, 2022. This exclusive event for GNSA members will allow you to connect with employers from across the country with the barriers of location and schedules removed. This event is an opportunity for you to interact and network with employers, recruiters, and nursing administrators. Registration will open on October 10. Stay tuned for more details!

Expand Your Leadership Skills - Become a GNSA Liaison! 
Are you looking for opportunities to become engaged with the GNSA? If so, apply to serve as a GNSA Liaison. This is an opportunity for you to flex your leadership skills, meet other Liaisons from across the country, and serve as a representative for the graduate nursing students at your school. 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.
Be sure to join the 2022 GNSA Liaison Town Hall, call which will take place tomorrow, October 6 at 4:00 pm ET. This is an opportunity to meet the Leadership Council and interact with other GNSA Liaisons. To register for the event, click here. If you have any questions, contact Marilyne Njuraita at

GNSA Resource Highlight: Springer Publishing Discount
GNSA members are eligible for an exclusive 40% discount for all books offered through Springer Publishing by using the special discount code GNSA during checkout. Click on the following link to explore the resources available through Springer Publishing and use the code today!

All GNSA webinars offer free CE credits. You are also eligible to earn CE credits for attending an archived webinar. Simply register for the recording and complete the evaluation at the end of the webinar. 
Publishing Part 1: Getting Started with a Topic and Selected Journal
October 26, 2:00 pm ET
This is the first webinar in a six-part series that address how to successfully publish in professional journals. The speaker will address the criteria for selecting an appropriate topic for an article and the importance of matching the topic with the targeted audience and the best journal. 
  1. Explain the pros and cons of publishing during one's career.
  2. Analyze criteria for a publishable topic in a professional nursing journal.
  3. Explain the importance of matching the topic with the journal and intended audience.


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 scholarship provides $2,500, and the deadline to submit an application for this round is December 1. To learn more about the scholarship, click here.



Join the 2022-2023 GNSA Advocacy Leaders

The GNSA Advocacy Leaders need representatives from the following states: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Connecticut, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming. This group of leaders 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. Don't miss an opportunity to engage in advocacy on the national level!