October GNSA Bulletin

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Emerging Leaders
Sarah Woolsey, BSN, BA, RN
BS to PhD Student
University of Texas Medical Branch

Anticipated Graduation Date: Summer 2014
“My interest in nursing leadership began with my professional experience as a nursing supervisor in a large healthcare system where I observed the demanding work of nurse managers. Witnessing the increasing complexity of the nurse manager role sparked my desire to contribute to research aimed at front line nurse leaders/managers.
Nurses prepared at the PhD level are needed to move the profession and the science of nursing forward. An advanced level of education is essential for nursing leaders to have a seat at the policy table at the local, state, and national level. I wanted to be a part of that movement and be prepared to advocate for nursing and the talented nursing professionals who deliver care to patients every day in our complex healthcare systems. At the end of the day, it is the nursing care delivered at the bedside and the patients who depend on it to be flawless who matter the most.
I began the PhD journey in Fall 2009. The program has afforded me the opportunity to meet and work with some wonderful faculty and peers. Faculty at UTMB do an excellent job ensuring we master necessary material but also help us learn how to balance other responsibilities as students. Initially, I wanted to be a Chief Nursing Officer in a hospital system. Today, I am keeping an open mind and just beginning to look at opportunities that are available to me.”
Meet your GNSA Liaison

Daniel P. Ochylski, MS, RN
DNP Student
University of Michigan
“I plan on engaging my fellow students by creating a collaborative with the University of Michigan Nursing-Doctoral Student Organization where we can build interest and share ideas to gain student involvement. I am also working with graduate nursing students as a faculty facilitator/assistant for the master’s level policy course, where students learn the fundamentals of health policy and how important their voice is to influence change. This will give me a great opportunity to share some of my experiences with the AACN Student Policy Summit and mentor other graduate level nurses to use their voice and their stories to influence change in our nation’s healthcare system.”
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.
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GNSA Members
New Johnson & Johnson - AACN Minority Nurse Faculty Scholars Selected
AACN is pleased to announce that five new Minority Nurse Faculty Scholars have been selected through a national scholarship program funded by the Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing’s Future. Launched to address the faculty shortage and enhance diversity among nurse educators, this AACN-administered program provides generous financial support, mentoring, and leadership development to graduate students from minority backgrounds who aspire to teach in our nation’s schools of nursing.
Joining the 53 scholars previously selected for this prestigious honor (and a similar program offered by AACN and The California Endowment) are the following students, all of whom are enrolled in PhD nursing programs:
(scholars are pictured from left to right)
  • Deidre Bales-Poirot, University of Missouri-Columbia
  • Hershaw Davis, Jr., University of Virginia
  • Paule V. Joseph, University of Pennsylvania
  • Melody Norris Waller, University of Tennessee Health Science Center
  • Yenupini Joyce Tonlaar, Michigan State University
More details and photos of this year’s scholarship recipients are posted on the AACN Web site at
AACN, Jonas Center & Khan Academy Partner on Innovative Approach to Nursing Education

The Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence (JCNE), Khan Academy and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) announced a partnership to create free, peer-developed, and expert-reviewed online resources to help nurses prepare for professional practice and sit for selected portions of the National Council Licensure Examination® (NCLEX-RN®).
Building on a growing body of inter-professional tools housed on Khan Academy’s website, this new model for professional health education will provide content-rich resources to providers across disciplines around the globe.
The partner institutions will sponsor a competition for nursing students and other healthcare professionals to create video tutorials and exercises for specific NCLEX-RN content areas, including physiology, pathophysiology, and management of health conditions. Selected winners will receive an all-expenses-paid weeklong training program at Khan Academy in Mountain View, CA. Trainees will go on to produce a collection of tutorials and other tools that will be accessible to students in nursing or related fields worldwide – especially helpful for those who cannot afford test preparation courses or who are enrolled at institutions with limited resources.
Tutorial competition submissions will be accepted online via the Khan Academy website beginning in November; the deadline for submissions will be in January 17, 2014. Full contest rules, submission guidelines and criteria for entry will be announced by Khan on/around November 4th. The first tutorials are expected to be available in the spring of 2014 through Khan Academy’s online learning library. Funding to support the competition and content development has been provided by the Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence.
Final Chance to Submit Nominations Open for Outstanding Dissertation and Capstone Awards
AACN created this 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
CNC Offers Prize Drawing for CNL Students
The Commission on Nurse Certification (CNC) is offering a prize drawing for CNL students this fall. One CNL student will receive a complimentary CNL Certification Application registration ($345-$410 value). To be eligible, CNL students must send an email to, specify “CNL Information” in the subject line and provide name, mailing address, personal/non-school-issued email address, and school name. Requests submitted through October 11, 2013 will be considered. All entrants will be added to CNC’s database to receive future information about CNC activities and the CNL Certification Program. One winner will be announced by October 18, 2013.
Upcoming GNSA Webinars
Exploring Advanced Practice Nursing Roles: Providing Primary, Preventative, and Specialty Care
The GNSA is offering a new four-part webinar series focusing on the four APRN roles, including a discussion of the educational and clinical preparation for the role, transitioning from an RN to an APRN, specialty certifications, career opportunities, and tips to help you succeed in your first APRN position.

Session 1: The Certified Nurse-Midwife
October 7 @ 3:30 PM EST
Webinar Speaker:
Elaine Germano, CNM, DrPH, FACNM
Senior Education Policy Advisor
American College of Nurse-Midwives
To register, click here.
Session 2: The Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNAs)
October 9 @ 4:00 PM EST
Webinar Speaker:
Christine Zambricki, DNAP, CRNA, FAAN
Senior Director, Federal Affairs Strategy
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists

To register, click here.
Session 3: The Nurse Practitioner Role
October 15 @ 4:30 PM EST
Webinar Speaker:
Cynthia J. Edwards-Tuttle, MSN, FNP, BC
Board of Directors
American Association of Nurse Practitioners

To register, click here.
Session 4: The Clinical Nurse Specialist
Date and Time TBD
Webinar Speaker:
Mary Beth Modic, MSN, RN, CNS, CDE
Clinical Nurse Specialist
Cleveland Clinic
Registration information will be available soon.

For more information on this Webinar series, visit
GNSA Webinars offer American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) accredited contact hours. The CEU certificates can be accessed online after completing a webinar evaluation.
Past GNSA Webinars
You can access all past spring and summer 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.
Also, you can visit each Webinar page for a direct link to the Webinar recording:
Collaborate with Other GNSA Members
GNSA’s Leadership Council Liaison Coordinator, Teresa Hagan, posed a question regarding intra-professional collaboration among nurses. Provide your input and join the discussion. Browse through recent posts by other GNSA members through the collaboration community. 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
Are You NINR’s Next Graduate Partnerships Program Fellow? Apply for GPP 2014 Today!
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 to apply, noting “the GPP offers qualified students a chance to boost their research careers, working with world-class resources in the NIH labs of renowned scientists and enjoying a rich array of outstanding educational, career, and networking opportunities.”
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 period for NINR’s 2014 GPP will close on December 2, 2013, at 5:00 p.m. EST.
For more information, visit
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
AACN Supports Efforts to Recognize APRNs to their Full Scope in the VHA
Along with our Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN) colleagues and the Nursing Community, AACN signed letters that supported the efforts of the Veterans Administration (VA) to recognize APRNs as Licensed Independent Practitioners (LIP) in the Veterans Health Administration’s (VHA) Nursing Handbook. The letter from the Nursing Community, signed by 41 national nursing organizations specifically states, "The VHA’s recommendation to acknowledge APRNs as LIPs supports the profession to practice to the full extent of APRN education and training. This in turn will help ensure an adequate supply of LIPs are available to care for the military and veteran populations."
For more information on the Nursing Community and to view a copy of the letter, see:
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