December 2013 GNSA Bulletin

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Emerging Leaders
Esther Thatcher, MSN, RN
PhD Student
University of Virginia

Anticipated Graduation Date:
May 2014
“I decided to go back to school for a PhD because I wanted to help create new solutions to some persistent problems I saw as a nurse: alarming increases in obesity, diabetes, and other related diseases. I enjoyed teaching clients about healthy eating, but realized this teaching was not effective if they could not access healthy food in their communities. My goal is to find ways for communities to make healthy eating an easy choice for all residents. I have enjoyed every day of the PhD program, not because it was easy, but because there are so many opportunities to learn and grow and contribute. I've also cherished the network of friendship and mentorship with other students. We all support and cheer each other on! I am currently applying for a postdoctoral fellowship, in order to continue my research training before seeking a faculty position in a nursing school.”
This month's emerging leader was nominated by Karen Moss, featured below.
If you are interested in being featured as the next emerging leader or would like to nominate someone, send an email to and attach a brief bio or resume.
Meet your GNSA Liaison

Karen Moss, MSN, RN
PhD Student
University of Virginia
“I plan on engaging my fellow students by recognizing them for their achievements. I nominated my fellow student, Esther Thatcher, as the Emerging Leader because she is such a great peer mentor. She is always willing to informally share any strategies for success with peers who follow her in the program which I truly admire. In addition, I have presented on the GNSA during our annual Graduate Nursing Student Organization planning meeting where representatives from each graduate program were in attendance. To further disseminate information to other students I will place GNSA fliers in common gathering areas, on bulletin boards, and on electronic monitors."
If you interested in becoming a liaison, click here to complete the online form.
Visit the Digital Campaign 'Careers in Healthcare' Featured in USA Today
This USA Today special feature focuses on the ever changing landscape of healthcare and includes articles focusing on the healthcare workforce and healthcare education as well as tips for job seekers.
Visit Careers in Healthcare for access to these resources.
Recent Article on MSNBC Discusses Acccess to Care for the Newly Insured
A recent article published by MSNBC discusses whether our healthcare system is ready for the influx of newly insured patients, and the author suggests using nurse-managed health centers to meet the demand of primary care for these new patients. Click here to read the entire article.
AACN Annual Report is Now Available! Click here to access the report.

Contribute to the Bulletin!
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GNSA Members
Enter the NCLEX-RN Video Competition to Develop Online Learning Resources
The Khan Academy in collaboration with the Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence and AACN is looking for the next generation of health educators to transform how professional health education is delivered to providers across disciplines around the globe. Nursing students are encouraged to enter this competition by creating video tutorials and exercises related to content covered in the NCLEX-RN exam. Winners will receive an all-expenses paid one-week trip (March 2-9, 2014) to a Khan Academy training site to receive face-to-face training and support from Khan Academy and the chance to become a Khan Academy content creator. First tutorials are expected to be available in the spring of 2014. All submissions will be accepted through the Khan Academy website with winners selected by January 17, 2014 at the latest. For more information and submission guidelines, click here.
AACN Launching New Online Member Services System
AACN will be launching a new member services system to improve the online experience for GNSA members and other constituents. To read more about the functions of the new system, click here. As a member of the GNSA, you will receive an email later this month with instructions on how to login to the new system with an overview of the features available to you.
Celebrate the Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS) National Solidarity Day

The Arnold P. Gold Foundation will be celebrating the GHHS National Solidarity Day for Compassionate Patient Care on February 14, 2014. This special commemoration was first started in 2011 to celebrate the humanistic actions of a trauma surgeon following the tragic shootings in Tucson, Arizona. This event celebrates the commitment to compassionate, patient-centered care through diverse events and activities at schools, medical facilities, and other organizations. For more information and to find out what activities you can plan to benefit your community, click here.
Register for the 2014 CNL Research Symposium
The CNL Research Symposium, a pre-conference workshop held in conjunction with AACN’s CNL Summit, will be held on January 16, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Orange County. Hosted by the Commission on Nurse Certification (CNC) and sponsored by the Clinical Nurse Leader Association (CNLA), the theme is Using Today’s Data to Improve Tomorrow. The target audience includes educators, practicing CNLs, students, healthcare administrators, nurse executives, and physicians among others.
Early registration is $110; after January 3, 2014, the registration is $139. Separate registration from the CNL Summit is required. To view the CNL Research Symposium brochure, schedule, and to register, click here.
Questions? Contact Tracy Lofty, CNC’s Executive Director, at
GNSA Webinars
GNSA Webinars offer American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) accredited contact hours. The CEU certificates can be accessed online after completing a webinar evaluation. Contact hours are also available for archived webinars.
Speeding the Translation of Research Into Practice to Improve Healthcare Quality
Tuesday December 10 @ 3:30 PM EST
Multiple studies have supported that evidence-based practice improves healthcare quality and patient outcomes as well as reduces healthcare costs, yet there remains a slow uptake of research findings into real world healthcare settings.

During this presentation, Dr. Melnyk will discuss important “so what” outcome factors that are necessary to include in research and EBP/quality improvement projects in order to speed the translation of research findings into clinical practice. Other variables that hinder and influence the adoption of evidence-based practices also will be discussed.
Webinar Speaker:
Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk, PhD, RN, CPNP/PMHNP, FNAP, FAAN
Associate Vice President for Health Promotion
University Chief Wellness Officer, Dean and Professor, College of Nursing, The Ohio State University
To register for this webinar, visit:

Information on upcoming webinars for spring 2014 will be available soon.
Past GNSA Webinars
You can access all past Webinars, including those offered for faculty, 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 event.
Opportunity Alerts
Are you NINR's Next Graduate Partnerships Program Fellow? Apply for GPP 2014 Today - Deadline Extended!
The National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) Graduate Partnerships Program (GPP) is an unparalleled doctoral fellowship training opportunity that combines the academic environment of a university and the breadth and depth of research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Financial support and other benefits are provided for up to three years. NINR Division of Intramural Research Training Program Director Dr. Mary B. Engler encourages doctoral nursing students interested in basic or clinical research.
Students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and have completed all doctoral coursework as of August 2014 to be considered eligible. The application deadline for NINR’s 2014 GPP has been extended to December 9, 2013, at 5:00 p.m. EST.
For more information and to see videos of current fellows, visit
GE-NMF Primary Care Leadership Program (PCLP)
Faced with an increasing shortage of primary healthcare professionals, the GE-NMF Primary Care Leadership Program (PCLP) develops nursing, medical, and physician assistant students into leaders in the primary care field to increase access for the United States’ most underserved communities. GE-NMF PCLP Scholars actively engage in leadership training, site-specific independent projects, and healthcare services to examine the challenges and rewards of primary care practice in community health centers (CHCs) across the United States.
PCLP candidates are students from underrepresented minority groups and/or socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds. Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited nursing master’s or doctoral program. In 2014, 78 PCLP Scholars will each receive a $7,000 scholarship stipend, which is expected to cover travel, living, and lodging expenses during the program. The application deadline is January 31, 2014. For more information, visit:
National Black Nurses Association Scholarships
NBNA is committed to excellence in education and conducts continuing education programs for nurses and allied health professionals throughout the year. The association provides annual scholarships for students. Scholarships provide funding for continuing education. This funding enables nurses to grow and better contribute their talents to the health and healthcare of our communities. NBNA offers multiple scholarships each year which range from $1,000 - $5,000 in funds and support 25 students ranging from LPN to doctoral levels. For more information on the scholarships and application requirements, click here.
Advocacy Information
FY 2014 Budget Update: Discussions Underway Toward Finding a Solution
As the deadline for reaching a budget deal draws near, the Budget Conference Committee continues their negotiations for a deal that will fund the federal government for the remainder of FY 2014 and address the issue of sequestration. The Budget Conference Committee, led by Senate Budget Committee Chair Patty Murray (D-WA) and House Budget Committee Chair Paul Ryan (R-WI-01), has until December 13, 2013 to present an agreement that will provide critical funding for discretionary programs and ideally propose policies to counteract sequestration. These discussions are occurring against the backdrop of a continuing resolution that was signed into law on October 17, 2013, which ended the 16-day government shutdown and funds current federal activities at FY 2013 levels (post-sequestration) until January 15, 2014.

AACN has been actively engaged with the healthcare and higher education communities to urge Congress to maintain healthcare, research, and education programs as high priorities in FY 2014 discussions and to protect them from sequestration. To learn more about AACN's FY 2014 advocacy efforts, visit:
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