June GNSA Bulletin

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JUNE 2013
Emerging Leaders
Virginia Smith, MSN, FNP, ICCE
DNP Student
University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa

Anticipated Graduation Date: Fall 2014
Current Position: FNP in a rural health clinic and childbirth educator in community hospital.
"I enrolled in the DNP program because I want to be involved in the overall changes in healthcare. I’ve had a positive experience at Alabama, and have found the professors accessible and encouraging. I have learned a lot and am enjoying my current Leadership class. I’m enjoying the process, what I'm learning, and the people I'm meeting along the way. The DNP curriculum exposes students to a range of health care issues.
Addressing mental health within primary care is very important to me as well as the wellness and health promotion model. Many years of teaching a variety of childbirth classes has shown me the scope of needs represented in the childbearing year for the mom, infant and the family. That will always be a part of my practice."
Join the GNSA Graduate Nursing Career Network
The GNCN allows graduate nursing students to:
* Discover new nursing job opportunities
* Follow favorite companies and be the first to know about new opportunities
* Build professional/academic profiles, viewed by employers.
Click here to join.
KHAN Academy MCAT Video Competition
Nursing students are encouraged to enter the MCAT video competition (sponsored by the AAMC, Khan Academy, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation) for the chance to become MCAT exam content creators. Winners will join the Khan Academy team in creating free educational videos on topics for the revised MCAT exam. The submission deadline is June 14, 2013.
To view full contest rules, submission guidelines, and criteria for entry click here.

Become a GNSA Liaison
Located at each AACN member institution, GNSA Liaisons serve as the point of contact for their fellow students on information related to the GNSA. Click here to see a list of current GNSA Liaisons. Don’t see your institution represented by a GNSA liaison? Complete an online application and help ensure that your institution is represented.
Join the GNSA
All 50 states are represented by GNSA members.
Help increase the number of GNSA members in your state and encourage your fellow students to join!
GNSA Members
GNSA Summer 2013 Webinars Series
Join us for the following webinars!
Where Does Your Time Go?: Developing Your Plan for Effective Time Management
Tuesday, June 11 @ 2:00 PM EST
Join this Webinar to learn how to effectively manage your time related to academic study and receive easy to use, tangible study tips and organizational tools.
Staff at NYU College of Nursing
Office of Academic Advising & Learning Development
Successfully Transitioning from Practice to Teaching Roles
Monday, July 29 @ 3:00 PM EST
  As you evolve from a student to an educator, there are tools you can utilize which will allow you to fluidly move from novice to expert. Dr. Patsy Maloney will provide you with tools for success in the academic environment. Learn strategies for effective teaching, motivating students, and managing student expectations whether in the classroom or clinical setting.
Patsy Maloney, EdD, RN-BC, NEA-BC
Professor and Director, Continuing Nursing Education
Pacific Lutheran University
For detailed information on these Webinars and registration, visit:
Did you miss a recent Webinar?
You can access all past webinars through the GNSA collaboration community by visiting Clicking on “Webinar Archives” will also give you access to all past events.
Collaborate with the Leadership Council Members
Over the past several months, members of the GNSA Leadership Council have been starting discussion boards on topics of general interest to graduate nursing students. Join in on the conversation and share your thoughts by clicking here.

Opportunity Alerts
Association of Reproductive Health Professionals (ARHP) releases overview and recommendations from the Sexual and Reproductive Health Workforce Project Summit
  The Sexual and Reproductive Health Workforce Project was launched to address the need for access to high-quality sexual and reproductive health care. ARHP convened experts in sexual and reproductive health to develop strategies that will prepare the health care workforce to provide the needed services. To read the overview and recommendations, click here.
Nursing Economic$ Foundation Scholarship
Four $5,000 scholarships will be awarded to registered nurses in a master's or doctoral nursing programs with an emphasis on administration or management for the upcoming school year.
The application deadline is June 15, 2013. Click here for application instructions and eligibility requirements.
AfterCollege/AACN Scholarship Fund
This scholarship supports students who are seeking baccalaureate, master’s or doctoral degree in nursing with special consideration given to students in graduate programs with the goal of becoming a nurse educator or students completing RN-to-MSN programs. One scholarship in the amount of $2,500 is awarded each quarter with the next application deadline being June 30. For more information, click here.
American Assembly for Men in Nursing (AAMN) Foundation Student Nurse Essay Contest
The AAMN Foundation is offering two $1,000 graduate scholarships to male graduate students and members of AAMN. The application requires an essay submission and the deadline is July 1, 2013. For more information on this scholarship opportunity click here.
Sigma Theta Tau International/The Council for Advancement of Nursing Science Research Grant
This grant serves to encourage qualified nurses to improve the health of the world’s people through research.
Proposals for clinical, educational or historical research, including plans for broadly disseminating the research findings, may be submitted for the grant. The deadline for the application submission is July 1, 2013. For eligibility criteria, click here.
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.
Advocacy Information
Get Involved in AACN Advocacy!
Join AACN’s Grassroots Network to stay informed on the legislative issues impacting your education and practice. Through this network, AACN's Government Affairs Department will help you advocate for sound healthcare policy with decision makers on Capitol Hill. Take two minutes and sign up today ( to receive AACN Action Alerts and the Government Affairs’ monthly newsletter, Policy Beat. Join the network’s 8,400 AACN deans, faculty, students, and community stakeholders who help make a difference in the association’s advocacy efforts. If you have any questions, please email
Marilyn Tavenner First Nurse Confirmed as Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
On May 15, 2013, the Senate confirmed by a vote of 91-7 the appointment of Marilyn Tavenner, MHA, RN, as Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Prior to her confirmation, Ms. Tavenner had served as the agency’s Acting Administrator since 2011. The Senate’s widespread support of Ms. Tavenner as the first nurse to hold this highly influential position marks a victory for the nursing profession and for the millions of patients who receive CMS services. Upon announcing her appointment, Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius stated, “Marilyn brings with her a breadth of experience and expertise from virtually all angles of health care policy and delivery, having served as a hospital CEO, a state health official, and a registered nurse.”
AACN applauds Ms. Tavenner on her successful appointment and is confident that CMS will continue to strive for the delivery of accessible, high-quality care under her leadership. A press release from HHS can be found here: To learn more about Administrator Tavenner, see:
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