GNSA Bulletin - April 2023 Edition

Emerging Leaders
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DNP Program

The University of Texas at El Paso
Anticipated Graduation Date: May 2024

I decided to enroll in the DNP program because I noticed so much variance in the delivery of care in every facility I worked in. Also, I am an avid advocate for evidence-based practice and from my studies know that we are many years behind in the translation of evidence into practice. I decided to become a GNSA liaison because I feel very strongly in the pursuit of our terminal degrees and validation of our profession. I hope to inspire more junior nurses to continue on their path towards excellence and to demonstrate that nurses play a large role in patient care and positive outcomes.


I hope to integrate multiple educational programs in the place I work. I am currently the Nurse Practitioner in critical care for Defense Health Agency in my local military training facility. As a military spouse, I hope to inspire and educate our soldiers for their current and future success whether in the military or as a civilian. 



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 Graduate Student Appreciation Week with the GNSA on Social Media!

Join us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram as we celebrate Graduate Student Appreciation Week and all of the hard work that you do. Each day we will randomly draw a GNSA student's name to win some AACN swag. In order to participate and enter the raffle, you can follow the GNSA on social media, nominate an emerging leader, or make a post in the GNSA Connect Community and tag #GraduateStudent. The winners will be notified via email and highlighted on social media. 


Noteworthy Publication: 

On March 20, 2023, Grantmakers in Health published an article by Michelle Greanias from the American Nurses Foundation (ANF) titled The Reimagining Nursing Initiative: Creating an Equitable Future by Investing in Nurse-Driven Solutions. The author, who serves as the Program Director for the ANF’s Reimagining Nursing Initiative, profiles how the foundation is supporting groundbreaking projects focused on transforming nursing to improve access, care, and health outcomes for all. The initiative addresses critical pain points within the profession, and all the projects, including one led by AACN on preparing more practice-ready nurses, focus on equity as a priority.

Explore AACN Career Center for Faculty Opportunities
Looking for a faculty position? Explore AACN's Career Center where you can filter by job type, city, and state. 
Featured Faculty Positions:
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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.

Job Searching


Job searching: an act that can simultaneously spark hope, excitement, and anxiety. Perhaps you have graduated or reached a milestone in your academic trajectory, allowing you to take on new opportunities. Maybe you are ready to advance professionally based on your interests, or maybe you need to find a better work environment that fits your professional and personal needs. Whatever the reason, we all must search for jobs at some point, so I have listed some tips that may help us on this journey below.

Make a list of what is important to you in your next job.

  • This can be a list of things you hope to accomplish professionally, your ideas for a work-life balance, or resources/benefits you would like to have in your next position. What is important to you right now? Asking this question may help you identify pathways to help you achieve professional goals without compromising your personal goals.  

Make connections and keep your resume/CV up to date.

  • Connections can happen in many ways. You can send emails to inquire about positions and ask if there is someone you can talk to about the role you are interested in. It is also good to reach out to friends and acquaintances who are currently employed in places you wish to work. They may be able to share some tips or information about new job opportunities.
  • Career fairs are another excellent way to make connections. Mark your calendars for the GNSA Career Readiness Week, April 17-21! During that week, we will have networking sessions with nursing leaders and information sessions on how to prepare great resumes and CVs. In the meantime, it is always a good idea to update your resume and/or CV at least once a semester. Did you present at a conference or had a manuscript published? Learn how to use a new software program? Or start a new job? Keeping track of events like this can keep your resumes/CV up to date and easier to tailor for job applications you find. As part of the GNSA Career Readiness Week, join the CV Swap taking place on April 18 at 11:00 am ET (register here) or the Resume Swap on April 19 at 11:00 am ET (register here). These events will allow you to share your resume/CV with a fellow colleague and receive constructive feedback.

Search online, browse, daydream.

  • There are many wonderful online resources for job searching. As GNSA members, you have access to the AACN Career Center, a great source for locating academic nursing jobs. You can also check out Beyond the Professoriate for non-academic jobs and job searching resources. Are there any health systems or companies that have sparked your interest over the years? If so, go check out their websites and see what opportunities are there. Sometimes it can also be nice to daydream and browse, you never know what you may find!

Think of rejection as re-direction

  • Job searching can be anxiety-producing because there is always a possibility of facing rejection after submitting your application. It can be so discouraging when a job does not work out the way we had hoped. It helps me to think of rejection as a form of re-direction. Maybe that organization was not a right fit for you. Try to learn what you can from the situation and apply it in your future endeavors.

These are just a few tips for job searching that have helped my peers and me. If you have any tips, resources, or strategies for job searching, head over to GNSA connect for a discussion! I am sure we can learn a lot from one another on this topic. Happy searching!

Marissa Bartmess
GNSA Leadership Council Member
BS to PhD Student
University of Tennessee - Knoxville

Join the GNSA Career Readiness Week: April 17-21
Career Fair
The GNSA Career Readiness Week offers free career development opportunities to GNSA members designed to:
  1. Introduce graduate nursing students to various nursing leaders and experts. 
  2. Provide students with resources that assist in job searching, applying, interviewing, and negotiating. 
Various events will be offered throughout the week. Don't miss this opportunity for networking and learning to help propel your career to the next level. To learn more about the event click here>>.

Don't Miss the GNSA Conference in Washington, DC
2022 GNSA Conference
Register now for the 2023 GNSA Conference  which will be held on August 17-18, 2023 in Washington, DC. The theme will focus on Building Partnerships in Nursing: Addressing Current and Future Challenges with sessions focused on improving patient outcomes and navigating workforce challenges. If you are ready to join your nursing colleagues from across the country, register below! 
To learn more, click here>>

Call for Abstracts
The GNSA is accepting poster presentation abstracts that characterize the conference theme and reflect innovation in one of the following areas:
  • Leadership Development
  • Nursing Innovation
  • Mentoring
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Access to Care
  • Workforce Challenges
  • Faculty Development
  • Understanding the Next Generation of Nurses
  • Healthcare Administration
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All abstract submissions are due on April 21, 2023.

GNSA Lunch and Learn Sessions
Lunch and LearnThe GNSA is offering a new series called Lunch and Learn. These 30-minute sessions are hosted by members of the GNSA Leadership Council. Bring your lunch or coffee for informal discussions around hot topics, issues of interest to graduate nursing students, or opportunities to collaborate on practice or research.

April GNSA Lunch and Learn Session

Topic: Publishing

Date: April 26 at 1:00 pm ET

Speaker: Marissa Bartmess, BS to PhD Student, University of Tennessee - Knoxville


Join April's Lunch and Learn session as Marissa shares some tips focused on publishing. We will also share some resources you can access to help you navigate the process and lead to a successful publication! Come with your questions and prepare to engage in a fun, informal conversation on this topic. 


Meet the Newest GNSA Liaisons 

Join Our Network of GNSA Liaisons to Further Expand Your Leadership Skills
GNSA Liaison Orientation
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 nurse leaders. Serving as a GNSA Liaison gives you an opportunity to build 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 committees and other workgroups. Sign up to serve as a GNSA Liaison for your institution today! To learn more about the role, click here to access the Liaison orientation video

GNSA Resource Highlight: Springer Publishing Discount
GNSA members are eligible for an exclusive 40% discount on 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

Postdoctoral Education in Nursing: Types, Goals, and Opportunities
April 25, 2 :00 pm ET
Postdoctoral education is important for nurses interested in pursuing a career in a research-intensive setting. The webinar will focus on different types of post-doctoral education programs, goals for such programs, and employment opportunities for program graduates. The discussion will center on the importance of aligning personal and professional goals with the type of the postdoctoral education program and negotiating roles, responsibilities, and deliverables with program faculty. The roles of peer, professional, and research mentors will be explained.


HRSA Advanced Nursing Education Program

The Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) is now accepting applications for the Advanced Nursing Education Workforce (ANEW) Program. The program’s purpose is to increase the number of primary care nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, and certified nurse midwives prepared to provide primary care services, mental health and substance use disorder care, and/or maternal health care. Grants will support the training and graduation of advanced practice registered nursing students/trainees in these disciplines. Deadline to apply is April 7, 2023. For application details, visit the HRSA Website.


Residency Program Opportunity - South Texas VA System

The South Texas Health Care System Nurse Practitioner Residency Program is a 12-month post-graduate, precepted training program within Geriatric Extended Care settings with a focus on interdisciplinary collaboration and the development of leadership skills. The fall cohort is accepting applications through May 30. For more information on benefits and eligibility requirements, contact Maria R. Decker, MSN, APRN, AGPCNP-C, Residency Program Director at

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