September GNSA Bulletin

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Emerging Leaders
Sergio E. Rivas, BSN, RN, MPH
MSN Student, FNP specialty
University of Texas Health Sciences Center at San Antonio

Anticipated Graduation Date: May 2014
Current Position: Baptist Medical Center
“I decided to enroll in the MSN FNP program because I wanted to do further clinical research in my community. I have come to understand the importance and urgent needs for research which will help address health disparities, especially in communities such as in South Texas.
After I complete my program I hope to use the knowledge I have gained to help people in underserved areas address essential care. Also, I want to promote research in nursing, help other nurses reach higher academic levels, lead change, and improve the overall quality of life and health."
Contribute to the Bulletin!
If you have any contributions, issues, or items for the GNSA Bulletin, send it to Marta Wall at
Meet your GNSA Liaison
Melissa Torres, RN
BS to DNP Student
New Mexico State University
"I plan to engage fellow students via meetings, classes or events we attend together, email invitations, or personal invites to promote GNSA and its various offerings such as the Student Collaboration Community - an interactive, social media platform that enables students to share knowledge and best practices, ask questions, connect with fellow students across the country, and form strategic alliances."
If you interested in becoming a liaison, click here to complete the online form.
The National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) has just released a new report—Building Momentum: The Science of End-of-Life and Palliative Care. A Review of Research Trends and Funding, 1997-2010. The full 508-compliant report is available for public access at A shortened Executive Summary is found on page vii. The report presents a 14-year review of the nature and extent of published themes related to end-of-life care, including contributions of both the public and private sectors to fund this research.
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). CDC Stacks 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.
GNSA Members
Welcome Back Graduate Nursing Students!
The beginning of September marks the end of summer and, for most, the new academic year is already in full swing. Over the past year, the GNSA has grown exponentially representing a network of over 6,000 graduate nursing students nationwide. We look forward to another successful academic year and wish you all the best of luck in your nursing programs.
AACN and the CDC Announce New Public Health Fellowship Opportunity
Last August, AACN commenced a new five-year cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help build capacity in the public health nursing workforce. AACN and the CDC are pleased to announce that a new 12-month nurse fellowship is now available through this collaborative effort that focuses on Managing Chronic Conditions in Schools.
Eligible applicants must have completed a Doctor of Nursing Practice or master’s degree in nursing prior to the beginning of the fellowship or within the last five years. Nurses interested in applying for a fellowship must submit an online application by September 19, 2013. For complete details on program eligibility, available funding, and application requirements, click here. If you have further questions, contact CDC Fellowship Coordinator Nidia Gaona at 202-463-6930, extension 278 or
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 project 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, click here.
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.
GNSA Webinars
We are happy to announce that GNSA Webinars will now offer American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) accredited contact hours. Stay tuned for information on the GNSA Webinars that will be offered this fall. Topics will include:
  • Overview of the DNP Degree
  • Advanced Practice Nursing Roles Series
  • Overview of the CNL Certification Program
  • Tips and Advice on Doctoral Education
  • Conversations with the Editor
  • Interprofessional Collaboration
  • Getting Started with Research
For up-to-date information on GNSA Webinars, visit
Past GNSA Webinars
You can access all past 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 Chair, Evangeline Dowling, started a topic about being prepared and staying organized for the fall semester. Join in on the conversation and discover what tips and advice other GNSA members have shared. To access the GNSA Collaboration Community, click here.
Opportunity Alerts
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
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 nursing, gerontology, medicine, 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.
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’s CEO Advances National Dialogue on APRN Scope of Practice
On July 17, 2013, AACN Chief Executive Officer Geraldine “Polly” Bednash participated in a national panel discussion hosted by the Alliance for Health Reform titled “The (Doctor/Nurse/Other) Will See You Now”: Rethinking Scope of Practice. Hosted by the Alliance and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Webcast focused on the movement of nurse practitioners into primary care and the impact of state legislation on the ability of NPs to practice to their full scope and education. In addition to Dr. Bednash, speakers include Dr. Kavita Patel, managing director for clinical transformation and delivery at the Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform at the Brookings Institution, and Dr. Reid Blackwelder, president-elect of the American Academy of Family Physicians.

A video of this event is available online at by clicking here.
Speaker presentations, biographies, source materials, and recent journal articles related to this topic may be accessed at
For the latest information related to AACN’s efforts to promote scope of practice legislation that support advanced practice registered nurses, see
Free Webinar - Implementation of the ACA: What Nurses Need to Know
Thursday, September 12, 2013
2:00 - 3:00 pm (ET)
As the nation works to implement the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the current healthcare delivery system will undergo many complex changes. Dr. Mandy Cohen will address the expansion of insurance coverage with the launch of the new Health Insurance Marketplace on October 1st and will take questions on these timely topics. Dr. Ellen-Marie Whelan will be discussing the impact of the ACA on nursing practice and will offer some guidance for nurses as to how best to prepare for the transition. Members of the organizations belonging to the Nursing Community are highly encouraged to register.
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