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GNSA Bulletin - January 2023 Edition

Published January 12, 2023

Emerging Leaders

Alexandria Tasket, BSN, RN


BSN-DNP Program

University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Anticipated Graduation Date: December 2023
Staff Nurse, East Tennessee Children's Hospital
I chose to continue my education to be a doctorally prepared nurse practitioner because I wanted to be able to help more children. Through this program, I am gaining the skills to implement evidence-based practice to care for children at the population level and developing skills to care for a child and family on the individual level. Following graduation, I plan to earn my Evidence-Based Practice Certification (EBP-C), enroll in a nurse educator post-graduate certificate program to earn my nurse educator certification, and apply for a post-doctoral fellowship. I plan to work as a pediatric nurse practitioner as well as precepting nurse practitioner for students and serving as a community member for DNP students’ scholarly project. As a nurse practitioner I will be able to heal, protect, and advocate for children.



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. Michaela Lewis, a member of the inaugural Leadership Council (2013-2015) and current Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. Since her tenure on the Leadership Council, Dr. Lewis has received the President's Teaching Award in 2021 from the University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus and has a number of publications. Join us on Twitter and Facebook to learn more about what her experience on the Leadership Council was like. 


Noteworthy Publication: 

In the November 2022 edition of Nursing Management, Dr. Linda Paradiso from the CUNY School of Professional Studies contributed an article titled Rebuilding Trust in Just Culture. Even before RaDonda Vaught was found guilty of criminally negligent homicide, nurses were fearful of being held individually accountable for systemic errors. Leaders are now faced with repairing the loss of faith in just culture. This article provides an understanding of the erosion of just culture and interventions needed to improve trust, which include changing systems, promoting teamwork, investigating objectively, educating judiciously, and standing by your staff.

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.

Opportunities to Learn More About Policy


Happy New Year GNSA community! I hope you all had a wonderful start to the year. As we begin the Spring 2023 semester, I wanted to share a few great opportunities for you to learn more about the role of nurses in healthcare policy. 


As you are setting up your calendar, be sure to take note of the 2023 Student Policy Summit (SPS) on March 26-27! This event is quickly approaching, and I am excited for those who are planning to attend. The Student Policy Summit is an amazing opportunity to learn more about federal policy processes and the impact we can have as nurses to improve our healthcare systems. I attended the Student Policy Summit in 2018, and I can honestly say it changed the way I view my role as a nurse. Not only do I recognize my responsibility to provide safe and effective health care for my patients, but through the Student Policy Summit, I realized that I hold valuable experience and a perspective that is needed to guide healthcare policy development and implementation. When I returned to my university after the Summit, I shared my excitement to engage in policy with my colleagues but found that many of them felt unprepared and reluctant to participate in any advocacy efforts. If you feel this way, you are not alone! I would encourage you to take a step and register for the Student Policy Summit. This can be a good introduction to health care policy while allowing you the opportunity to hear the latest topics in federal policy discussions and develop as a healthcare advocate. For more information about this event, click on the following link:


After the Student Policy Summit, I was also excited to pursue other opportunities including participating as a GNSA Advocacy Leader. Over the last 3 years, I have had the opportunity to engage in quarterly conference calls to receive updates on current policy issues and participate in discussions regarding the needs of my nursing colleagues across the nation.


Not only do I appreciate hearing from my nursing colleagues and growing as an advocate alongside them, but I also appreciate the opportunity to stay engaged, even with a busy schedule. Like many of you, I wear many hats, including being a full-time student and a practicing nurse. I also value spending quality time with my family and friends. The Student Policy Summit and GNSA Advocacy Leader are examples of manageable ways that I have stayed up to date on current healthcare policy issues and continued to grow in advocacy.


I hope that you will consider participating in these great opportunities and share your experience in the GNSA Connect Community! 

Maria McDonald
GNSA Leadership Council Member
PhD Student
University of Virginia

Meet the Newest GNSA Liaisons 

Are You Seeking Leadership Development? Become a GNSA Liaison!
Join the team of GNSA Liaisons who serve as the representatives for the graduate nursing students at their school and be part of a community of nursing leaders. Serving as a GNSA Liaison gives you an opportunity to build on your leadership skills, grow your professional network, and receive access to important resources to help you excel as a graduate student. In addition, Liaisons are often considered for national opportunities to serve on committee and other workgroups. 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!
In addition to various publications available through Springer Publishing, you may also be interested in the various certification prep materials that they offer. To take advantage of the 40% discount today, click here

Call For Abstracts: 2023 All of Us Researchers Convention
Student researchers conducting research projects with the All of Us Data Browser or on the Researcher Workbench are invited to submit poster abstracts using All of Us data. Selected researchers may be asked to present at the virtual All of Us Researchers Convention in March. The submission deadline is January 23. For more information on the instructions and criteria to submit, click here

The AACN Essentials and the Graduate Student - What Does it Mean for Me?
February 2, 4 :00 pm ET
The AACN Essentials were approved by the AACN membership in 2021 and outline a framework for a competency-based approach for nursing education. As a graduate student, how do you fit into this transition? What does competency-based education mean and how will it differ from the previous approach to nursing education? What does this transition mean for practice? As a current graduate student, you may be wondering how you will be affected by this evolution in how nurses are prepared for professional practice. Whether you have just started your program or are nearing its completion, the new AACN Essentials will have an impact on nurses in various stages of the profession. Join this webinar to hear the speakers explore competency-based education and share what you may expect to see in nursing practice.
Registration Info Coming Soon!

Publishing Part 4: Responding to the Editor's Decision
January 25, 2:00 pm ET
This is the fourth webinar offered in the six-part series on publishing in professional journals. This session will focus on the right way to respond to an editor's critique on your manuscript. Understanding a rejection decision and steps for revision, if invited to do so, are also addressed.
  1. Analyze strategies for responding to the editor’s decision for a manuscript.
  2. Explain steps for revising of a manuscript when requested by the editor.
  3. Describe common reasons for rejection and next steps for a rejected manuscript.

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


Uniform Advantage/GNSA Scholarship

The Uniform Advantage/GNSA Scholarship offers $2,500 each semester to a student who highlights their passion and impact on the nation's health and health care. The next application cycle will close on January 31. To apply for this scholarship, click here and log in with your My AACN account information.


Minority Fellowship Program

The American Psychological Association (APA) offers the Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) dedicated to helping graduate students of Color achieve lasting success in areas related to ethnic/racial minority psychology and other behavior sciences. The Interdisciplinary Minority Fellowship Program (IMFP) for master-level students and the IMFP for doctoral students are open to those in nursing programs. Both applications close on January 15. To learn more about this opportunity and apply, click here.


2023 Nurse Corps Loan Repayment Program

The Nurse Corps Loan Repayment Program can pay for up to 85% of unpaid nursing education debt. In return, the recipient must work for two years in a critical shortage facility or an eligible nursing school. The first technical assistance webinar will be held on January 26 from 2:00 - 3:30 pm ET. Applications for the program will be accepted through February 23. To learn more and determine if you are eligible, click here




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!