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GNSA Bulletin - November 2022 Edition

Published November 03, 2022

Emerging Leaders

Lauren Muñoz, PhD, RN,



Postdoctoral Associate,

The George Washington University
Anticipated Completion Date: August 2024
Completed PhD Program in August 2022 at University of Tennessee, Knoxville

I pursued my PhD because I wanted to influence change in ways that my BSN and MSN didn't afford me. I knew I needed the research, policy advocacy, and leadership skills that a PhD program would provide to make high-level impact on the nursing profession.


I chose the University of Tennessee, Knoxville's program because I received my BSN and MSN there and was impressed with the caliber of their faculty and the support they provide students. And I was not disappointed. My PhD program, while challenging, was a transformative experience as I worked closely with nurse scientists, underwent major knowledge expansion, and conducted my own research with the help of a stellar dissertation committee.


A few months ago, I started a postdoctoral position with the Fitzhugh Mullan Institute for Health Workforce Equity at The George Washington University. My team is the Technical Assistance Center for 44 HRSA grantees who are employing interventions to address burnout in the health and public safety workforces. The work is busy but incredibly meaningful. I'm having a blast!



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!


Celebrate the GNSA on Social Media!

Join us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, as we share updates from members of the GNSA Leadership Council. Learn about their current roles in the nursing profession and what they have accomplished since serving on the GNSA!
This week we will feature Dr. Sarah Hoffman, a member of the inaugural Leadership Council (2013-2015) and current Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota. 


Noteworthy Publication: 

In the November-December 2022 Journal of Professional Nursing, Dr. Susan O’Hara from The Ohio State University and colleagues published an article on Building and Sustaining a Culture of Innovation in Nursing Academics, Research, Policy, and Practice: Outcomes of the National Innovation Summit. To bring attention to the need for innovation at all levels of nursing and health care, experts from The Ohio State University gathered national nursing leaders to identify barriers to innovation in health care along with solutions. The article identifies gaps/opportunities and potential solutions to advancing innovation in schools of nursing, research settings, policy circles, and the practice arena.

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.

The GNSA is 10! Celebrating a Decade of Developing Future Nursing Leaders


In October 2012, AACN officially launched the Graduate Nursing Student Academy (GNSA). Focused on providing resources and professional development opportunities to graduate students at AACN member institutions, the GNSA has enjoyed seeing thousands of students engage through various activities, which have propelled their nursing careers to new heights. Currently nearing a membership number close to 10,000, we want to thank the many volunteers who have served as GNSA Leadership Council members, Liaisons, Advocacy Leaders, and featured emerging leaders. Members of the GNSA truly are the next generation of nursing leaders and have graduated into faculty, administration, research, practice, and other leadership positions. As we look ahead to the next ten years, we continue to seek your feedback to ensure that the services and resources are meeting your needs.

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to reach out to your AACN team. We look forward to continuing to work with you, to celebrating your accomplishments, and to seeing how you will transform the future of health care. 
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Marta Okoniewski, MPA
Director of Student Engagement
Marilyne Njuraita
Student Services Assistant


Reflections on Ten Years of the GNSA


With the 10th anniversary of GNSA, it’s a great time to celebrate all the wonderful things the Leadership Council has accomplished over this past decade, including this monthly bulletin that you are now reading! The GNSA started with 10 members on the Leadership Council, all of whom helped shape the vision and mission of the GNSA that now holds an annual conference for graduate nursing students, offers new and recurring scholarships, webinars, and so much more. Not to mention, all of the great career fairs that AACN holds. In fact, the next AACN GNSA Career Fair is coming up on November 16 from 11:00 – 4:00 pm ET. Sign up today; we’d love to have your participation so that we can support you in your career endeavors!


Since November is the month of giving and thanks, I’d like to reflect on my own journey as a Leadership Council member on the GNSA. I am forever thankful for the support this organization has had on my own career, from the moment I started on the second Leadership Council as an MSN student, then as a PhD student, and finally as a post-doctoral research fellow. All the while, I have learned a tremendous amount about clinical practice as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), nurse researcher conducting studies on mental health and aging, and becoming a nurse leader. The opportunities the GNSA allows for is something I hope you will take part in so that your career will also be influenced in such a positive way, as mine has.


Even more recently, I had the fantastic opportunity of collaborating with another graduate nurse, Shazia Mitha, MSN, AG-ACNP-BC, RN, in the GNSA Digital Innovators Program for 2021-2022. In collaboration with Apple, the GNSA works to help educate us -- graduate nurses -- in nursing education strategies so we can continue moving the discipline of nursing forward. Shazia and I both learned so much in terms of how we can bring innovation to the classroom and clinical environment via different technologies to make us better nurses for our patients and students. I highly encourage you to apply to this amazing GNSA program so you can learn from experts at Apple and at AACN! The deadline to apply is November 30, 2022.


I wish you all a fantastic month of November!

Cassandra M. Godzik, PhD, APRN, PMHNP-BC
GNSA Leadership Council Member
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

Register for the GNSA Virtual Career Fair Today!

We Want to Hear from You - Complete the 2022 GNSA Evaluation Survey
There is still time for you to provide feedback! Complete the 2022 GNSA Evaluation Survey to let us know 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.  

GNSA Digital Innovators Program Now Accepting Applications for the 2022-2023 Cohort
The GNSA Digital Innovators Program will offer participants modern approaches and creative methods for educating the future nursing workforce. This opportunity is a member exclusive option to those who are interested in becoming nursing faculty. This program uses a team-based approach, which allows you to hear from Apple Education's leadership and learning teams and culminates in a final digital showcase where you will present your project at the GNSA Conference. To learn more about the eligibility criteria and to complete an application, click here. The deadline to apply is November 30

Meet the Newest GNSA Liaisons 

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.

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!
Springer Publishing is hosting a free webinar titled The Art of Reflecting-in-Action when Addressing Issues of Race and Racism in Nursing Practice on Thursday, November 10 at 12:00 pm ET. Hear authors Sandra Davis and Anne-Marie O'Brien, who wrote the book Fast Facts about Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Nursing, discuss the importance of talking about race, racism, and having honest difficult and often uncomfortable conversations about lived traumas during their live webinar. They will give examples of processes and discussions to have in classrooms using reflective practice and more. To register for this free webinar, click here

Publishing Part 2: Deciding Authorship, Overcoming Writer's Block, and Selecting Format
November 9, 2:00 pm ET
This webinar is the second in a six-part series that addresses how to successfully publish in professional journals. The speaker will discuss factors to consider when deciding to write alone or with a team and strategies for overcoming writer's block. Also, tips on creating an outline will be explained. 
  1. Analyze criteria for determining authorship of a journal manuscript.
  2. Identify sources of writer's block and strategies to overcome them.
  3. Describe the selection of a format for a journal article and the creation of a detailed outline. 


Deadline Extended: Last Chance to Apply for a $10,000 NIDA Grant

Did you miss the opportunity to apply for a National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) grant? You are in luck as the deadline has been extended to Monday, November 7, 2022. The NIDA Blending Initiative: Moving Science from Research to Practice provides up to two $10,000 grant awards for project proposals submitted by a student from an AACN member school. This funding will be awarded to projects that contribute to a student’s knowledge of substance use disorders (SUD) and advances research, dissemination, and adoption of evidence-based SUD treatment. The award recipient(s) will be announced on December 2, 2022. For more information and to apply today, click here.




Registration Now Open: Reserve Your Spot at AACN's 2023 Student Policy Summit Today!

Registration for AACN’s 2023 Student Policy Summit is now open! This year’s Summit is going bigger and bolder and invites baccalaureate and graduate nursing students enrolled at AACN member institutions to travel to Washington, D.C. from March 26-27 for this exciting opportunity. This event offers program sessions focused on the federal policy process and a chance to advocate on issues pertaining nursing education directly with congressional offices. Best of all, students will have a chance to build a professional network, all while earning Continuing Education credits. Registration requires Dean’s approval and is first-come first-serve, as only two students from each school can attend. To learn more and register for #AACNSPS2023 click here. We look forward to seeing you in March 2023!