November 2013 GNSA Bulletin

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Emerging Leaders
Kjerstie Wiltzen, BSN, RN
PhD Student
University of Minnesota

Anticipated Graduation Date: Spring 2016
Current Position:
Graduate Research Assistant on an R01 study on health disparities in nursing home care
“After receiving my BS in Microbiology and BA in Spanish from Montana State University in 2007 I worked in a veterinary bioscience research laboratory at the University of Minnesota for three years before entering the BSN program at the University of Minnesota. While obtaining my BSN degree I worked as an undergraduate research assistant. It was this experience that taught me what nursing research entailed and how interesting and impactful it could be. I decided to enroll in the PhD program at the University of Minnesota because I had great mentorship and guidance from faculty and entered the program in fall 2012.
Thus far, my experiences and opportunities for learning and professional development have been exciting and numerous. I have recently developed an interest in national level policy change thanks to my experience as a Jonas Nurse Leader Scholar, and have been working with the Minnesota Action Coalition to implement the Institute of Medicine recommendations laid out in The Future of Nursing report. I have also had the opportunity to present my research at local, regional, and national conferences.
After completing the PhD program, it is my intention to work as a nurse researcher. I hope to incorporate my knowledge and interest in microbiology into my nursing research. I would also like to become more involved in influencing policy at state and national levels. Nurses are largely absent from many conversations pertaining to policy at these levels, and I think that nurses have pertinent skills and knowledge to contribute to change."
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

Kendra Sayles, BSN, RN
BS to PhD Student
University of Pittsburgh
“I plan on engaging my fellow students by increasing awareness of the valuable offerings of GNSA by incorporating GNSA information and promotion in conversation with peers regarding issues that are critical to us as doctoral students, including relevant conferences, meetings, scholarships and discussion forums.”
If you interested in becoming a liaison, click here to complete the online form.
QSEN National Forum
The Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) National Forum will be held from May 27 -29, 2014 in Baltimore, MD and has just released a call for abstracts. The QSEN Forum is designed to attract innovators and nurture nursing leaders in both academia and practice for the improvement of quality and safety education.
If you are interested in presenting a paper or poster, all abstracts can be submitted online at by December 15, 2013. A notice of acceptance will be sent no later than February 1, 2014.
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). This resource 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.
Watching the film ESCAPE FIRE: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare will now qualify you for one and half (1.5) CNE credits from Nurses from around the country can join the millions tuning in to elevate and deepen the national dialogue about our healthcare system and our role in leading it out of crisis! To complete the assessment for CNE credits, you can watch the film on DVD or download the film from iTunes,, or a number of other digital providers.
Contribute to the Bulletin!
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GNSA Members
GNSA Leadership Council Members Meet in Washington, DC to Discuss Strategic Priorities
On October 26, 2013, the inaugural GNSA Leadership Council met for the first time in Washington, DC during AACN’s 2013 Fall Semiannual Meeting. During this one-day strategic planning session, Council members had an opportunity to meet with AACN’s President, Dr. Jane Kirschling, AACN’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Polly Bednash, the Editor in Chief of the Journal of Professional Nursing, Dr. Patricia Morton, and nurse faculty member and author Dr. Elaine Marshall.
The Leadership Council’s discussions focused on member engagement, future GNSA initiatives, potential partnerships, and evaluation of current resources and services.
AACN Launching New Online Member Services System
AACN will be launching a new online 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 in mid-November with instructions on how to login to the new system with an overview of the features available to you.
Participate in the Jonas Center-Khan Academy-AACN Competition to Develop Online Learning Resources

Be part of this new initiative to transform how professional health education is delivered to providers across disciplines around the globe. Nursing students are encourage to enter this competition by creating video tutorials and exercises related to content covered in the NCLEX-RN exam. All submissions will be accepted through the Khan Academy website with winners selected by January 17, 2014. 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. For more information and submission guidelines, click here.
On November 20 @ 2:00 PM EST, AACN will host a webinar providing an overview of the Khan Academy and its mission which will include more information on the competition. For details and registration information, 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 schedule and to register, go to
Questions? Contact Tracy Lofty, CNC’s Executive Director, at
Upcoming GNSA Webinar
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.
Winning Strategies for Advancing Your Nursing Job Search
Friday November 8 @ 4:00 PM EST
Looking for a new position in nursing? This webinar will dispel myths that may be holding you back and offer strategies that can propel your career forward. Topics include do's and don’ts across your resume, cover letter, networking, outreach activities and your overall job search strategy.
Webinar Speaker:
Lisa Mauri Thomas, MS,
Author of Landing Your Perfect Nursing Job
To register for this webinar, click here.

For more information on up to date Webinar information, visit
Past GNSA Webinars
You can access all past spring, summer, and fall 2013 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 Other GNSA Members to Get Your Questions Answered
Do you have a question about your graduate nursing program and are unsure where to turn? Use the GNSA Student Collaboration Community to help answer your questions and get the answers you need. You can use the discussion board to pose a question and get feedback from the GNSA community. Log in to browse through recent posts by other GNSA members. To access the GNSA Collaboration Community, click here.
Opportunity Alerts
NCHS/AcademyHealth Health Policy Fellowship Application Cycle Now Open
The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) and AcademyHealth are now accepting applications for a fellowship designed for two selected scholars to work collaboratively with NCHS staff on a wide range of projects. Over the course of this 13-month program, fellows will conduct new and innovative analyses as well as participate in developmental and health policy activities related to the design and content of future NCHS surveys. NCHS “provides statistical information that will guide actions and policies to improve the health of the American people. As the nation's principal health statistics agency, NCHS leads the way with accurate, relevant, and timely data.”
AcademyHealth is a leading national organization “serving the fields of health services and policy research and the professionals who produce and use this important work. Together with our members, we offer programs and services that support the development and use of rigorous, relevant, and timely evidence to increase the quality, accessibility, and value of health care, to reduce disparities, and to improve health.”
Eligible candidates include students at any stage in their career, from doctoral students to senior investigators who demonstrate training and/or experience in health services research and its methodology. All applicants are strongly encouraged to complete the online ‘Statement of Interest’ form prior to applying. Once the form has been submitted, AcademyHealth and NCHS staff will follow up to provide both guidance on the proposal and assistance on the application process. The deadline to apply is January 6, 2014. To learn more about the Health Policy Fellowship, please visit
Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) Foundation Doctoral Scholarship
This doctoral scholarship funded by the ONS Foundation is awarded to registered nurses who are interested in and committed to oncology nursing and are currently pursuing a research (PhD or DNSc) or clinical (DNP) doctoral degree. Scholarship in the amount of $3,000 and $5,000 are awarded annually and the application deadline is February 1, 2014. For more information on the scholarship eligibility requirements and application instructions, click here.
New Developments to Advance the Pipeline into DNP Programs
As the transition to the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) continues to accelerate, AACN is pleased to share news of two ground-breaking programs that are opening doors to students wishing to complete a practice doctorate:
Norton Healthcare in Louisville, KY and the University of Kentucky (UK) College of Nursing announced a new partnership to allow baccalaureate-prepared nurses the opportunity to earn their DNP and sit for certification as an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) in three years. The program calls for 150 DNP-prepared APRNs to be added in the next few years to serve Norton Healthcare patients through new opportunities in its facilities and physician practices. The first cohort will begin studies in January 2014. Those who apply for the program must have a BSN and three years of service at Norton Healthcare. They will be selected through a rigorous interview and admissions process. Once selected, they will need to work full time at a Norton Healthcare location while attending school full time. For more information, click here.
On October 9, the University of Minnesota School of Nursing announced the receipt of a $10 million gift from the Benston Foundation to fund scholarships for new students in the school’s DNP program. With funding to support approximately 50 additional DNP students per year for 10 years, this gift will infuse the region with more doctorally-prepared nurses in family practice, pediatrics, geriatrics, midwifery, nurse anesthesia, and other fields. “We believe the focus of this gift can have a transformational effect on healthcare access, costs, quality, and outcomes, particularly for underserved and rural populations,” said Judi Dutcher, executive director for the Bentson Foundation. The University is matching this gift with an additional $2 million in capacity-building funds for teaching, advising, and clinical oversight of students entering the DNP program. For more details, click here.
Advocacy Information
Register Now to Attend the AACN Student Policy Summit!
This annual three-day conference will be held March 23-25, 2014 at the Fairmont Washington in Washington, DC. During the Summit, baccalaureate and graduate students of AACN member schools will be immersed in every facet of effective advocacy. Attendees will meet with Members of Congress and their staff, engage with nursing policy leaders, and be empowered to advocate on behalf of nursing profession. For more information, including registration policies, scheduled speakers, and scholarship opportunities, click here.
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