April 2014 GNSA Bulletin

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APRIL 2014
Emerging Leaders
Anna Morales-Caraballo, BSN, RN
DNP Student
Temple University

Anticipated Graduation Date:
May 2016
Current Position:
RN at Temple Hospital
“I decided to enroll in the DNP to better serve my community. I am a bilingual nurse, and I see the much needed service of a bilingual NP. I feel that obtaining my degree will enhance my opportunity to better serve the community and help improve their health care needs, while offering patients a sense of comfort and trust.
My experience of this program has provided me the opportunity to serve the public, by allowing me to select clinical sites that I feel can help enhance my skills, while at the same time providing care to the underserved population.
My plans after completing this program are to collaborate with a multidisciplinary team to develop a diabetic program and possible center for the Hispanic population. I would love to see a center that provides language specific education, an in-house endocrinologist, nutritionist, counseling, and maybe a kitchen to teach them how to prepare healthier meals which may include some of their traditional foods.”
Ms. Morales-Caraballo was nominated for this spotlight by one of her fellow student colleagues at Temple University, Beth Chalick-Kaplan.
If you are interested in being featured as the next emerging leader or would like to nominate someone, send an email to with a brief statement about why they should be featured.
Meet your GNSA Liaison

Judy McKelvy, MN, RN
PhD Student
Jonas Veteran Healthcare Scholar
University of California-Los Angeles
“My plan for engaging fellow students in the GNSA includes placing brochures in the student lounges and going to doctoral classes to distribute information about the GNSA. In addition, I plan to interview Dean Courtney Lyder, an incredible visionary for nursing, for the Liaison leadership project. Once my interview is complete, I will share the video with other fellow students and put an announcement in UCLA’s Monday Memo.”
The GNSA Leadership Council hosted a webinar in November 2013 for those interested in learning more about the liaison role. Click here to view the webinar. If you interested in becoming a liaison, click here to complete the online form.
Check out the latest Job Postings on the Graduate Nursing Career Network

Did you know that you can search for job-postings by location? Recent job posting include positions at UC Davis Health System, the Department of Veteran Affairs, and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. To check out the Graduate Nursing Career Network, create your profile, and follow a specific employer, click here.
Prepared at the master’s degree level, the CNL is a highly skilled clinician who focuses on outcomes-based practice and quality improvement. CNLs serve as change agents using evidence-based practice to enhance care coordination, implement cost-saving measures, and improve clinical outcomes.
For information about the CNL Certification Program, contact the Commission on Nurse Certification.
phone: (202) 463-6930, ext. 226
To date, more than 3,000 individuals have earned CNL certification from the Commission on Nurse Certification, an autonomous agency of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.
American Nurse Project
The American Nurse Project, which aims to elevate the voice of nurses in this country by capturing their personal stories through photography and film, will air its documentary during National Nurses’ Week. For more information on this project and to find a theatre location near you, click here.
Contribute to the Bulletin!
If you have any contributions, issues, or items for the GNSA Bulletin, send this material to Marta Wall at
Login to your My AACN Dashboard Today
Have you logged in to the new state-of-the-art My AACN system? Each GNSA member now has a unique login which will allow you to personalize your GNSA member profile, register for webinars and conferences, gain instant access to the GNSA Student Collaboration Community, and access your GNSA membership card. Visit AACN’s main website ( and login with your login and password and start exploring today.
For technical support for the new My AACN system, please contact or call (202) 463-6930.
American Nurses Foundation 2014 Nursing Research Grants
The American Nurses Foundation conducts an annual Nursing Research Grants program, which provides awards ranging from $2,500 - $30,000. The funds are awarded to beginner and experienced nurse researchers to conduct studies that contribute toward the advancement of nursing science and the enhancement of patient care.
ANF is interested in funding grants focused on neonatal nursing, HIV and HIV-related prevention care, perioperative nursing, ambulatory nursing, infusion therapy, forensic nursing, credentialing, school nursing, advanced nursing practice, prevention of cardiovascular disease, rehabilitative nursing, and pediatric nursing. All applications are due May 1, 2014. For more information on the Nursing Research Grants, click here.
AACN Novice Faculty Teaching Awards
The Novice Faculty Teaching Awards intend to recognize excellence and innovation in the teaching of nursing by novice faculty at AACN member schools. The Novice Faculty Excellence in Didactic Teaching Award is presented to faculty teaching in either classroom or online settings, and the Novice Faculty Excellence in Clinical Teaching Award is presented to faculty teaching in clinical settings. The application deadline is June 4, 2014, and winners will be announced in August 2014. For details on the eligibility criteria, award criteria, and the nomination process, click here.
Upcoming GNSA Webinars
FREE Webinars offered exclusively to GNSA members and faculty from AACN member schools provide 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.
Join us for these upcoming Webinars:
Understanding the Affordable Care Act: What the Law Means for You
Monday, April 7 @ 2:30 PM EST
The implementation of the Affordable Care Act and launch of the new Health Insurance Marketplace will lead to some complex changes to the healthcare delivery system. As a current nursing student, you may be wondering how this will affect you as an advanced practice registered nurse. Join this Webinar, led by Dr. Suzanne Miyamoto, to understand those changes and get your questions answered. Dr. Miyamoto will provide an overview of the law and how it impacts nursing practice and reference resources that are available to you.
Webinar Speaker:
Suzanne Miyamoto, PhD, RN
AACN Director of Government Affairs and Health Policy
To register for this Webinar, click here.
Thinking about a Faculty Career? Start Preparing Now!
Tuesday, April 15 @ 4:00 PM EST
Nursing will need literally thousands of new faculty members over the next decade. Getting a graduate degree is the first step on a path to a faculty career. Learn what you can do to prepare for the faculty role (teaching, scholarship, service and practice) now, and what is on the horizon for nurse faculty in the next decade.
Webinar Speaker:
Katharyn A. May, PhD, RN, FAAN
Dean and Professor
School of Nursing, University of Wisconsin-Madison
To register for this Webinar, click here.
The DNP or PhD: Understanding Your Options
Thursday, May 8 @ 3:00 PM EST
Choosing a doctoral program aligned with your selected career path is essential to achieve your goals. This Webinar will discuss the differences in two doctoral degree programs, the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), and the career paths associated with each degree.
Webinar Speakers:
Robin Newhouse, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN
Professor and Chair
University of Maryland School of Nursing
Shannon Idzik, DNP, CRNP
Assistant Professor and Director
University of Maryland School of Nursing
Meg Johantgen, PhD, RN
Associate Professor and Interim Assistant Dean
University of Maryland School of Nursing

To register for this Webinar, click here.
From Evidence to Impact: An Interdisciplinary Journey to Achieving Quality
Tuesday, May 20 @ 3:00 PM EST
As a novice researcher, you might have questions about the research process, including: How do I narrow my research focus and establish a plan of research study?, How can I connect with experts?, How do I get research funding? and, How do I disseminate my research? Please join Dr. Naylor, the National Program Director for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation program, Interdisciplinary Nursing Quality Research Initiative, as she focuses on answering these key questions.
Webinar Speaker:
Mary Naylor, PhD, RN, FAAN
Marian S. Ware Professor in Gerontology
Director of NewCourtland Center for Transitions and Health
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
To register for this Webinar, click here.
Interested in a specific topic? Email Marta Wall, AACN's Program Manager, at for Webinar topic requests.
Opportunity Alerts
The Gerber Foundation Novice Research Awards
Distributed by the Gerber Foundation, these awards encourage the development of clinical/ translational research in infant and early childhood health and nutrition. Emphasis is placed on projects with relatively short clinical applicability. Small grants are awarded to new researchers with up to 10 awards given per year. PhD candidates are eligible to apply and must work on a project under the guidance of a mentor. For complete information on eligibility and the application process, click here and look under the “Pediatric Research” tab.
Health and Aging Policy Fellows Program
The Health and Aging Policy Fellows Program aims to create a cadre of leaders who will serve as change agents in health and aging policy to improve the health of older adults. The year-long program, which has an interdisciplinary focus where fellows have included nurses from academic and practice settings, offers two different tracks. The residential track includes a year-long placement in Washington, DC or at a state agency where fellows are immersed full-time in a policy-focused placement. The non-residential track fellows remain at their home institution and focus on a project addressing a key policy issue with briefs placements throughout the year at relevant policy settings. The submission deadline is April 16, 2014. For more information, click here.
2014 Johnson & Johnson-AACN Minority Nurse Faculty Scholarship
AACN, with support from the Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing’s Future, is now offering the seventh 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 Thursday, May 1, 2014. Click here to meet the previous scholarship winners.
Advocacy Information
AACN Advocacy Resources for Nursing Students
AACN is committed to preparing the next generation of nursing advocates who can purposefully and effectively contribute to shaping public policy at the national, state, and local levels. AACN has created a new resource for its members, including our graduate students, to understand the full breath of services and opportunities the association provides its members. This brochure highlights opportunities to ensure that students, faculty, and nursing stakeholders are well prepared to engage in the policy making process. View the AACN's Advocacy At Work for You brochure for details on AACN's Grassroots Network, advocacy conferences, policy briefs, and webinars.
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