March GNSA Bulletin

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March 2013
Emerging Leaders
Each month, the GNSA will profile a member student who is well on their way to becoming a nurse leader.
Racquell Garrett, MS, RN
DNP Student
Loyola University New Orleans

Anticipated Graduation Date: May 2014
Current Position: Lead Clinical Instructor, Simulation Lab
“Being a leader in nursing means being forward thinking. Obtaining my doctorate would allow me to be prepared for the many roles in nursing at a time when the nursing landscape is shifting. My second reason to enroll stemmed from a passion that has evolved to improve practice and improve outcomes in an organization and in nursing as a whole whether through an academic position or a healthcare administration position. My current goal is to attain a faculty position where I can help develop and prepare nurses to help advance the practice of nursing. My experience at Loyola University has been one that has enriched my nursing knowledge while fostering an intellectual and spiritual community of support. The DNP program is cultivating a leader that can be influential in the healthcare delivery that is transformed by implementation of the best evidence.”
Million Hearts Initative
Million Hearts™ is a national initiative to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes over five years. AACN is pleased to be a supporter of the Million Hearts campaign.

Million Hearts has launched an educational module as part of the National Interprofessional Education and Practice Consortium to Advance Million Hearts. Health professions students who complete the Million Hearts educational module on the Web site (which is free), will become a Million Hearts Fellow. At the end of the module, there is a mechanism for students to enter data on the 10 people for whom they conducted Million Hearts screening and/or education, so there can be tracking on the number of people reached through this effort. This module is intended to help students learn about how they can impact population health through Million Hearts and assist DHHS in preventing 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017.

For more information click here.
Join the Graduate Nursing Student Academy (GNSA)
Established by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, the GNSA is a new national network of students in master’s and doctoral nursing programs with the intent of providing high value programs, services, and resources to its members. Membership is free. Interested students must complete the online form found here.
GNSA Members
Welcome to the Premiere Issue of the GNSA Bulletin!
This publication provides members of the Graduate Nursing Student Academy (GNSA) with up-to-date information about upcoming webinars, scholarships and grants, career resources, and other opportunities of special interest to nursing students enrolled in master’s and doctoral programs.
Announcing Inaugural GNSA Leadership Council
Meet the new GNSA Leadership Council members! In February, AACN announced the appointment of 10 graduate nursing students to serve two-year terms on the inaugural GNSA Leadership Council. The following individuals were selected to serve on the Council after a national call for nominations:
  • Kristen A. Altdoerffer, University of Maryland
  • Kim Crosby, University of St. Francis
  • Evangeline Dowling, Arizona State University
  • Emily Emma, The George Washington University
  • Shantel M. Gallegos, Colorado State University-Pueblo
  • Teresa L. Hagan, University of Pittsburgh
  • Sarah J. Hoffman, University of Minnesota
  • J. Michael Leger, University of Texas Medical Branch
  • Michaela Lewis, Medical University of South Carolina
  • Tonya L. Smith, Indiana Wesleyan University
(Pictured from left to right)
The Leadership Council will help set priorities for the GNSA and provide advice regarding future services and programming. The inaugural members are students in master’s and doctoral programs in institutions across the country.
Interested in giving feedback or learning more about the Leadership Council? Join the discussion board through the Student Collaboration Community and get to know more about the Leadership Council members and collaborate with fellow GNSA members nationwide.
Further your Leadership Development by Becoming a GNSA Liaison
Members of the GNSA are welcome to submit an application now to become a GNSA Liaison. With one representative from each AACN member institution, GNSA Liaisons will serve as the point of contact for their fellow students in all information related to the GNSA and will have opportunities to provide feedback and programming suggestion directly to the Leadership Council. If you are interested in applying for this role, please complete the following form:
Get Connected! Visit the Student Collaboration Community
GNSA’s exclusive online Collaboration Community is an interactive social media platform that allows you to connect with fellow students across the country.  
Through this community you can start (or join) a discussion, seek advice, share your own best practices related to student success, access resources, and watch archived webinars. Information on how to join the community can be found here:
Explore the Graduate Nursing Career Network!
  The GNSA is happy to announce the launch of the Graduate Nursing Career Network hosted by After College. This online career network features nursing positions for master’s and doctoral prepared nursing graduates. For more information visit
GNSA Webinar Series
Did you miss the inaugural GNSA webinar with Dr. Mary Wakefield, Pathways to Leadership for the Graduate-Prepared Nurse? Click here to access the archive and listen to Dr. Wakefield’s personal journey to leadership and her advice on getting engaged in health policy.
Additional webinars will be coming soon! Future webinar topics will include:
  • Applying for jobs: Tips on being notices by employers
  • Developing your DNP capstone project and PhD dissertation
  • Mastering the Teaching Role
  • Developing Your Leadership Capacity
Stay tuned for details on when these webinars will be offered.
Opportunity Alerts
Apply Now for the 2013 Minority Nurse Faculty Scholarship
AACN, with support from the Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing’s Future, is currently offering a sixth round of scholarship funding to underrepresented minority nursing students who plan to work as nursing faculty after graduation.
Applicants must be enrolled full-time in a doctoral nursing program or a clinically-focused master’s degree program. Five scholarships in the amount of $18,000 will be awarded.
Click here for more details and to access the scholarship application.
Applications must be received by Wednesday, May 1, 2013. Click here to meet previous scholarship winners.
Apply Now for the "Together We Care" Nurse Practitioner Scholarship Program
  MinuteClinic and Johnson & Johnson have teamed up to create this scholarship program which will provide 35 nurse practitioner scholarships.
This will include up to 30 Nurse Practitioner scholarships for $2,500 each and up to 5 DNP scholarships for $5,000 each. The application deadline is May 1, 2013. To read more about the program, eligibility information, and find out how you can apply click here.
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