GNSA Lunch and Learn

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What: The GNSA Lunch and Learn sessions are 30-minute learning opportunities 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.

When: Sessions will be held once a month between 11:00 am and 2:30 pm (ET) for 30 minutes.

Where: Zoom. Registration information can be found below.

Upcoming Sessions

July GNSA Lunch and Learn Session
Date: July 19 at 12:00 pm (ET)
Topic: Effective Networking Strategies: Building Meaningful Connections
Speaker: Farida Bibi Mughal, PhD Student, University of Michigan

Join Farida as she shares tips for successful networking at conferences and developing a strong professional network.

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Past Sessions

May GNSA Lunch and Learn Session
Date: May 8 at 2:00 pm (ET)
Topic: Writing Your First Grant
Speaker: Tyler Gaedecke, PhD Student, Columbia University

Join Tyler as he focuses on the experience of writing grants as a grad student.

April GNSA Lunch and Learn Session
Date: April 30 at 1:00 pm (ET)
Topic: The Power Hour: Maximizing Your Productivity
Speaker: Chanelle Pearson, Entry-Level MSN Student, Brenau University

Join Chanelle as she explores what power hour is, the benefits of using this technique, how to overcome procrastination, increasing your energy and motivation, and tips to help you optimize your power hour. 

March GNSA Lunch and Learn Session
Date: March 28 at 2:00 pm (ET)
Topic: Approaching Conferences and Professional Development with Purpose
Speaker: Otitolola Fletcher, PhD Student, University of Texas Health Science Center

Join Otitolola as she explores some tips to maximize your learning at conferences. 

February GNSA Lunch and Learn Session
Date: February 28 at 12:00 pm (ET)
Topic: Overcoming Graduate School Challenges Through Networking
Speaker: Amanda Matthaei, BSN, RN, PhD student, The University of Tennessee Health Science Center; Mona Newsome Wicks, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor and Chair, Department of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, The University of Tennessee Health Science Center

Professor Mona Wicks, PhD, RN, FAAN and GNSA Liaison Amanda Matthaei, BSN, RN share their experiences of using various support systems to overcome common and rare challenges they faced as graduate students. Participants will be encouraged to discuss their challenges and create networks of support for success in graduate school.

December GNSA Lunch and Learn Session
Date: December 12 at 2:00 pm (ET)
Topic: Organization Strategies and Tools
Speaker: Julia Black, MSN Student, University of New Mexico

Join Julia Black for our December Lunch and Learn where she will share strategies and tools to help you stay organized!

November GNSA Lunch and Learn Session
Date: November 14 at 1:00 pm (ET)
Topic: Getting Good at Academic Writing
Speaker: LCDR Akeeka Davis, PhD Student, Villanova University

Join LCDR Akeeka Davis for our November Lunch and Learn which focuses on how to enhance your academic writing and the impact graduate students have on advocacy and policy, specifically when looking at pressing topics in nursing today.

October GNSA Lunch and Learn Session
Date: October 24 at 1:00 pm (ET)
Topic: What's your Why? Learning how to be Resilient and Successful in Graduate School
Speaker: LCDR Akeeka Davis, PhD student, Villanova University

Join LCDR Akeeka Davis, a member of the GNSA Leadership Council, as she explores how to be resilient and successful while also living a meaningful and fulfilled life throughout graduate school.

September Lunch and Learn
Date: September 28 at 1:00 pm (ET)
Topic: Finding a Project Site: Barriers and Potential Solutions
Speaker: Valerie Escamilla, BSN-DNP student, Abeline Christian University

Join our second Lunch and Learn session as Valerie shares her experience with finding a DNP project site. She will elaborate on the challenges she faced and how she navigated through several resources to reach a solution. If you have been struggling with securing a project site and could use a few tips on this process, tune in to join our open discussion.

March GNSA Lunch and Learn Session
Date: March 28 at 1:00 pm (ET)
Topic: Mentoring
Speaker: Denise Robertson, DNP Student, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Denise shares her experience serving as a mentor and provides you with some tips and suggestions on how you can forge your own mentoring relationship. Having won a mentoring award, she will share her own journey both serving as a mentor but also finding and securing her own mentors throughout her nursing career and graduate education.