August GNSA Bulletin

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Emerging Leaders
Qiana S. Woodson, MS, RN
PhD Student
University of Illinois at Chicago

Anticipated Graduation Date: Fall 2014
Current Position: Critical Care Nurse at Level 1 Trauma Hospital - Mt. Sinai Hospital, Chicago, IL.
“After receiving my BS degree in Cell and Structural Biology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2001, I participated in numerous community service projects and employment opportunities within the field of public health. My experiences revealed my capacity to be a genuine agent of change, pushing me to further my postgraduate education with the goal of leading research that will establish sustainable changes in the health of Chicago residents. Experiences in working side-by-side with outstanding public health nurses drew me into nursing in January 2006. In November 2008, I graduated from the DePaul University Master’s Entry into Nursing Practice program.
While studying at DePaul University, I was encouraged to participate in the National Institutes of Health Bridges to the Doctorate for Minority Nursing Students (R25) program offered through the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Through the UIC Bridges program, I saw my potential to become a nurse scholar and leader. In 2010, I began the doctoral program at the UIC College of Nursing to reach beyond my influence on individual-level health and effectively transform the health and health outcomes of under-served communities in Chicago. Postgraduate research has laid the foundation for me to constructively influence obesity-related health inequities and improve the quality of life of Chicago’s at-risk residents. My current research proposal aims to examine relationships between patterns of sleep quality and daytime sleepiness, mood, and eating behaviors in African-American women living in the Chicago metropolitan area using ecological momentary assessment methodology. I hope to devise, implement, and assess multi-level, community-centered interventions to improve obesity-related health outcomes in African American women and other racial and ethic populations.
I've also remained committed to enriching the experiences of my fellow students, by serving as a mentor and student leader on campus. Currently, I am the Secretary for the Graduate Student Council at UIC and a representative for the UIC College of Nursing Diversity and Strategic Planning Committee. I am also the President of the UIC Urban Health Program College of Nursing Student Association (UCONSA). Through UCONSA, I assist in outreach activities and support systems for diverse students from pre-nursing to postgraduate levels, with the purpose of ultimately expanding the breadth of knowledge, experience, and perspectives in represented in nursing science.
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GNSA Members
Nominations Open for Outstanding Dissertation and Capstone Awards
AACN created this new awards program to recognize and showcase outstanding dissertations and capstone projects completed by students in research and practice-focused doctoral programs. The Excellence in Advancing Nursing Science Award recognizes an outstanding dissertation from a student in a PhD in nursing, DNSc, or DNS program, and the Excellence in Advancing Nursing Practice Award recognizes an outstanding capstone project from a student in a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program. To be considered for this award, the student must have defended/completed their dissertation or capstone/scholarly projects between October 2012 and September 2013. Nominations for the award must be received by October 15, 2013. For more information on the award criteria and the nomination requirements, see
Upcoming GNSA Webinars
Make an Impact: Communicating Your Research Beyond Academia Webinar Series
This three-part Webinar series will explore how you can better promote the impact of your nursing research and communicate your work to the general public to help improve healthcare policies and bring healthcare decision making to the foreground.
Jennette Carrick
Senior Director of Communications & Marketing
University of California, Davis
Laura Perry
Director of Communications
University of California, Los Angeles

If you missed the first session - The Importance of Sharing Your Research and Planning Your Communication Strategy - which aired on July 16, 2013, click here to access the archive.
Did you miss a recent Webinar?
You can access all past Webinars including past faculty Webinars through the GNSA collaboration community by clicking on the “Webinar Archives” navigation menu. All Webinars are recorded, and the archives are made available 2 – 3 business days following the live Webinar.
Collaborate with GNSA Members
Join the GNSA collaboration community and start discussions with other members. The directory allows you to find other members, learn about their nursing programs, and read their biographical statements. Make sure that your profile is up to date to make it easy for others to network with you.
Opportunity Alerts
Veteran Education Benefits
If you are a veteran or the spouse of a veteran, there are many education benefits available to you through the Post-9/11 GI Bill. This bill provides education benefits for those who have served on active duty after September 10, 2001 and includes up to 100% coverage for tuition and fees, a housing allowance, book and supply stipends, and more. To find out more about the Post-9/11 GI Bill, click here.

In addition, many states offer veteran education benefits and programs. The Post-9/11 GI Bill Facebook page frequently posts information about education benefits at the state and the school level.

Military spouses are also eligible for a number of scholarships through programs such as the Spouse Education and Career Opportunities program operated by the Department of Defense. To read more about this program and the resources and tools it offers, click here.
Take Advantage of a Free Digital Library Produced by the Center for Disease Control (CDC)
  CDC Stacks is a free digital repository of publications produced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). CDC Stacks is composed of curated collections of peer reviewed articles, CDC guidelines and recommendations as well as other publications on a broad range of public health topics.
CDC Stacks provides the ability to search the full text of all documents, browse journal articles by public health subject, and explore the curated collections of over 11,000 publications. Articles stored and shared through CDC Stacks will help CDC to further its mission to save lives and protect the health of citizens of the U.S. and of international populations.
You can explore CDC stacks at Check back often for new articles.
The Senior Care Scholarship Contest
This scholarship is available to students enrolled in a bachelor's degree or graduate level program in any field related to gerontology, medicine, nursing, social work, or sociology at an accredited four-year university. A scholarship in the amount of $1000 will be awarded based on a 500-word essay on a selected topic.
The scholarship deadline is September 13, 2013. For more information, click here.
American Cancer Society Scholarships
The American Cancer Society offers scholarships in cancer nursing that are awarded to students pursuing doctoral study in the field of cancer nursing research. A stipend of $15,000 is awarded per year for two years. The scholarship application deadline is October 15, 2013. For more information, click here.
In addition, the American Cancer Society also offers graduate scholarships in cancer nursing practice that are awarded to master’s degree in cancer nursing or Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) students. A $10,000 annual stipend is awarded and can be received for up to two years. The application deadline is February 1, 2014. Save the date for an informational call which will be held on Friday, October 11, 2013 at 3:00 PM EST to review the program requirements and the application process. To find out more about this scholarship, click here.
Advocacy Information
Help Support the Next Phase of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)
The Health Insurance Marketplace, which will begin open enrollment on October 1, 2013, will enable Americans to access healthcare coverage according to their budget and needs.
If you are currently working in the practice setting, you can help! Direct individuals to (Spanish: or to for state-specific information. Through the Health Insurance Marketplace, you can sign up for email and text alerts, and starting July 31, create an online account.
You can also take advantage of Free Continuing Education Units via the Medscape module, “What the Healthcare Marketplace Means for Practices and Patients”. To access this module, click here.
There are a number of materials that are available to you to share in your community, which can be accessed by clicking here. If you are interested in hosting community Webinars or conferences about ACA, there are presentations, PowerPoint slides, talking points, and other educational materials available at
Participate in the Nurses' Health Study 3
The Harvard School of Public Health and Brigham and Women's Hospital are excited to announce that the Nurses' Health Study is growing. Previous cohorts revealed much of what we currently know about how diet and lifestyle can affect women's risk of developing cancer and other serious health conditions. The goal is to enroll 100,000 female nurses into a new web-based study! You can contribute to groundbreaking research on lifestyle, environment, nurses' work life, and women's health. To read more, click here.
If you are a female nurse between the ages of 20 and 46, JOIN the study!
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