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GNSA Bulletin - December 2022 Edition

Published December 07, 2022

Emerging Leaders

Tresne McCarty, BSN, RN


MSN Program

Millikin University
Anticipated Graduation Date: December 2023
ICU Nurse, St. Mary's Hospital
I enrolled in Millikin's nurse educator program because I wanted to attend a school in my hometown. Millikin University also focuses on diversity and inclusion, so I felt very comfortable speaking with the advisors and faculty before making my decision.
So far, my experience has been wonderful. My professors are very knowledgeable, understanding, and helpful. They understand I am a full-time nurse and have a family, and they have made my academic journey stress free. I enjoy the curriculum because it is tailored to help me become the best educator possible. After completion of my degree, I plan to teach in various capacities. I am interested in teaching at the baccalaureate level as well as tutoring both in-person and online. 



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. J. Michael Leger, a member of the inaugural Leadership Council (2013-2015) and current Professor and Track Coordinator of the MSN Executive Nurse Leader track at the University of Texas Medical Branch.


Noteworthy Publication: 

In the November 2022 issue of The American Nurse, Dr. Rose O. Sherman from Case Western Reserve University and Dr. Tanya M. Cohn from Simmons University published an article on Rebuilding Teamwork after a Turbulent Time. The authors discuss the important roles that nurse leaders have in building trust and ensuring psychological safety when creating high-functioning teams. Practical strategies are given that may be implemented across work environments, including how to avoid team dysfunction, confronting bullying and incivility, and coaching teams to promote well-being.

Position Notice - AACN Director of Policy
The American Association of Colleges of Nursing seeks a Director of Policy to lead and provide oversight for AACN’s federal policy portfolio by maximizing resources for political consumption, responding to federal agency proposed rules, and developing strategic initiatives to address public policy challenges. The Director of Policy will communicate and build relationships with executive agencies, healthcare, nursing, higher education, and other external partners. The Director is expected to collaborate with a team of employees to bridge data resources and health policy, including developing opportunities to disseminate this information to a broader audience. This position requires a strong DC office presence. To learn more, 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.

Preparing for the New Year


As a current PhD student with work, school, and grant commitments, I like to use the end of the year to recharge. Part of my recharge includes coming up with a game plan to help me tackle all of the coming activities and responsibilities in the new year. Here are 5 New Year’s resolutions for nursing students I would like to share with you:

  1. Improve Your Study Habits: If you stressed yourself out this year by procrastinating on projects and put off studying until the last minute, plan to do better in the future. Consider joining or even starting a study group. The accountability and support you can gain from your peers are invaluable. Also, carve out a set time to review your notes so you don’t have to cram for an exam. Studying in smaller bursts can help boost retention and comprehension. And, if you’re struggling with a section or concept, don’t be shy about seeking help. 
  2. Prepare Your Resume and Cover Letter: If you will be graduating next year, get ready to enter the job market by updating your resume to reflect your current skill set and education. You can also start writing a cover letter to include when you apply for jobs online. If you need help, be sure to contact your campus’s career services department for tips. 
  3. Find a Mentor: A good mentor will help you navigate the next steps of your career and provide advice so you can avoid unnecessary mistakes. Your mentor could be a favorite instructor, a student who is ahead of you in the program, or someone you met during your student nursing clinical experiences. You might even consider becoming a mentor yourself and mentoring a new student. When you give back, you also receive by expanding your network and seeing the industry from a fresh perspective. 
  4. Grow Your Network: Set up your LinkedIn profile and start networking. Connect with your instructors, fellow students, and the people you meet, while you gain experience in your clinicals. And as you’re building your network, you can also ask for letters of recommendation from your teachers and mentors, as well as ask for permission from people you may want to use as references. 
  5. Work Smarter: Make the most of every learning experience. Even if you are in a situation that may not be the perfect fit, make a point to learn processes and procedures that can help you in the future. Learn transferable skills that can transcend specialties and disciplines. 

What are your New Year’s resolutions? Share them in the GNSA Connect community. Wishing you all a wonderful holiday season and a Happy New Year!

Shazia Mitha
GNSA Leadership Council Member
PhD Student
Columbia University

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 hosted a free webinar titled Student Loan Repayment During Uncertain Times. This webinar may be of particular interest to you as a graduate student and help you understand how to navigate the student loan repayment climate. To listen to the webinar, click here.

Professional Communication through the Emotional and Social Intelligence Lens
December 8, 2:00 pm ET
Positive communication skills are a key component of personal and professional resilience, team performance, and patient outcomes. Yet these skills are not explicitly taught to healthcare professionals, they are often assumed to be present. Research has shown that developing communication skills through an emotional and social intelligence lens benefits all. This webinar will discuss related studies, the verbal escalation continuum, and emotionally and socially intelligent communication tips to role-model and develop within ourselves.
  1. Participants will understand the history, definition, and significance of social and emotional intelligence. 
  2. Participants will discuss the return on investment and the case for health and wellness. 
  3. Participants will experience an overview of the distinct competencies, application, and measurement of social and emotional intelligence. 

Publishing Part 3: Writing the First Draft and Completing the Final Version
January 11, 2:00 pm ET
This is the third webinar offered in the six-part series on publishing in professional journals. The speaker will focus on strategies for developing the first draft of a manuscript and key writing tips for successful journal articles. Steps to complete the final draft and submission of the manuscript also will be covered.
  1. Explain strategies to complete the first draft of a manuscript. 
  2. Discuss key writing tips for a successful manuscript.
  3. Describe essential steps for developing the final draft and submitting the manuscript. 

Stay tuned for our Spring 2023 series, which will include webinars on the following topics:
  • Preparing for a faculty role - panels of DNP and PhD prepared faculty
  • Understanding the new Essentials and the role of graduate nursing students
  • Certification prep
All GNSA webinars offer free CE credits. To browse the list of past webinars, click here. 


Uniform Advantage/GNSA Scholarship

Congratulations to Hellen Kato, a DNP student at the University of Saint Joseph, who was selected as the September 2022 winner of the Uniform Advantage/GNSA Scholarship. To view all of the past recipients, click here. Uniform Advantage has been a partner with AACN since 2020 and has recognized the need to support graduate nursing students in their educational journey. Since 2020, 6 scholarships have been awarded in the amount of $15,000. Scholarship applicants highlight their passion and impact on the nation's health and health care through a brief essay.
The next application deadline is January 31. In order to be eligible, you must be a GNSA member and have at least 3.5 GPA. In addition, applicants must write an essay describing how health care has changed in the last 10 years and how they will impact its future. To apply for this scholarship, click here and log in with your My AACN account information.




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 to 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!