August 2014 GNSA Bulletin

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Emerging Leaders

Michael L. Jones, MSN, MBA, RN
PhD Student
Hampton University
Anticipated Graduation Date: May 2015
Current Position: Chief Community Health Officer in the Office of Population Health at the University of Mississippi Medical Center
“I decided to enroll in the PhD in Family Nursing program at Hampton University to further broaden my knowledge base in nursing, especially nursing research. A great deal of my work has to do with Community Health and addressing health disparities. I am fully aware that research will allow me to understand the many factors that impact health at the community level. Obtaining a doctoral degree in nursing will equip me with the added skill sets to better serve the community as well as educate future nurses.
My experience at Hampton University has afforded me exposure to well-qualified and experienced faculty as well as various colleagues (classmates) who have assisted me in further charting my own career goals and objectives.
Upon completing the program, I plan to seek out more roles in health care and nursing administration. I also plan to conduct extensive research in African-American communities, especially as it relates to the many chronic diseases that plague our community and issues surrounding access to health care. I plan to take a more active role in nursing education by sharing the knowledge and skills I have obtained with future nurses and future nursing researchers.”
If you are interested in being featured as the next emerging leader or would like to nominate someone, email Marta Wall at
Meet Your GNSA Liaison

Abby Lowry, MSN, MHA, RN-C, CEN, CHSE
DNP Student
American Sentinel University

“American Sentinel University has a fast-growing number of graduate nursing students. ASU students must become a dominant voice in the nursing profession. I will work to engage students in the GSNA by reminding them of the importance of their voice. I will communicate with nursing administration at American Sentinel to get buy-in from them to promote GSNA through their nursing courses. I will also use the social media that has been created by students and the university. ASU has a major online presence so it will be important to find electronic methods to engage students.”
Become a GNSA Liaison and Participate in the Liaison Leadership Project
Develop your leadership skills and network with nursing leaders and researchers at your institution by becoming a GNSA Liaison and participating in the Liaison leadership project. Conduct a brief video interview with a nursing leader at your school and submit it for the GNSA YouTube channel. To find out more about the Liaison role, click here to access the Liaison Webinar. To register, click here to complete the online form. For more information, email Marta Wall at To view past interviews, click here.
CNL Bulletin Now Available
The Spring/Summer 2014 issue of The CNL Bulletin is now available. To access this newsletter, click here.
Take a brief survey on informatics competencies
Graduate nursing students at Salem State University are conducting a research project to assess informatics competencies among graduate nursing students in order to better assess the readiness of future nurse leaders to utilize health information technology.
If you are interested in participating in this research project and would like to complete a brief 5 – 10 minute survey, click here for access and more information.
If you have any questions or concerns, contact the principle investigators by sending an email to
Civility Toolkit

The RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows developed a user-friendly toolkit which contains resources to empower nurse leaders to identify, intervene, and prevent workplace bullying. To access this web-based toolkit, click here.
Help increase the number of GNSA members at your school so that they can take advantage of the benefits. Click here to complete the online application.
Contribute to the Bulletin!
If you have any contributions, issues, or items for the GNSA Bulletin, send this material to Marta Wall at
GNSA Leadership Council Chair, Evangeline Dowling, featured in Syllabus
Evangeline M. Dowling, MSN, RN, Chair of the GNSA Leadership Council and a Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholar, was profiled in the July/August issue of AACN’s bimonthly newsletter titled Syllabus. Ms. Dowling explores reasons for pursuing a PhD, her role as chair of the Leadership Council, and advice for new students. To access this issue of Syllabus and read the entire article, click here.
Don't forget to connect with the GNSA through social media!
Start networking with fellow GNSA members through our various social media channels. Stay up to date on the latest information related to scholarships, Webinars, and other services by liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter, joining our YouTube channel and our LinkedIn group.
Read Stories and Highlights from Recent Graduates
The GNSA requested stories from recent graduates about their experience and any particular highlights from their graduate nursing career. Several GNSA members submitted brief stories about their graduate education and are now ready to enter the healthcare arena as nurse faculty, research scientists, administrators, and healthcare leaders. To read about the different stories, click here.
Outstanding Dissertation and Capstone Awards
These prestigious awards showcase outstanding dissertations and capstone/scholarly projects completed by students in research- and practice-focused doctoral programs. The deadline to submit a nomination is September 15, 2014, and the awards will be presented in January at AACN’s annual Doctoral Education Conference in two categories:
  • Excellence in Advancing Nursing Science Award: For an outstanding dissertation from a student in a PhD in nursing or DNS program.
  • Excellence in Advancing Nursing Practice Award: For an outstanding capstone/scholarly project from a student in a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program.
To find out more about these awards and for information on how to submit a nomination, click here.
Explore the Graduate Nursing Career Network for the Latest Available Nursing Positions
As a GNSA member, you have exclusive access to the Graduate Nursing Career Network (GNCN) which highlights positions for graduate prepared nurses. Recent postings include a position for a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with Frontline Service, an APRN with the VA in Minneapolis, and a Nurse Practitioner with the Indian Health Service. You can filter your search by experience level, location, and job role. To sign up and start using GNCN, click here.
Khan Academy, AACN, and Jonas Center Introduce Online Learning Materials
The first wave of innovative healthcare lessons in 9 topic areas are now available for free on the Khan Academy website and can be used to supplement the learning of healthcare students, practitioners, and patients worldwide. The Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare, Khan Academy, and AACN launched an international competition last fall to identify content creators interested in developing video-based lessons with supporting practice questions. The content creators developed 55 videos on specific topic areas and new videos, articles, and sample exam questions will be developed on an ongoing basis.
To access the free learning materials, see
Explore the GNSA Collaboration Community to Access Resources and Network
Opt-in to the GNSA Collaboration Community through your My AACN dashboard and network with fellow GNSA members. Access the resource section where we will post interesting articles and other tools to help you be successful in your program. Join the discussion to share your thoughts with other GNSA members. Looking for a preceptor, see if you can establish connections with other students through the community. Interested in starting a discussion or group on a specific topic? Send an email to for more information.
Featured Archive Webinars
As a GNSA member, you have exclusive access to past Webinars housed in AACN’s archives. Viewing past Webinars is a convenient way to earn American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) contact hours. CEU certificates can be accessed online after completing the Webinar evaluation.
As you prepare for the fall semester, here are some featured archived Webinars that will be useful:
Thinking about a Faculty Career? Start Preparing Now!
This Webinar focuses on steps you can take as you prepare for a faculty career while obtaining your graduate degree. Dr. May explores different aspects of a faculty career including teaching, scholarship, service, and practice. She will also discuss what is on the horizon for nurse faculty in the next decade.

Webinar Speaker:
Kathryn A. May, PhD, RN, FAAN, Dean and Professor, School of Nursing, University of Wisconsin-Madison
To register, click here.
Where Does Your Time Go?: Developing Your Plan For Effective Time Management
Learn to assess how you use your time throughout the week. This Webinar will present effective time management strategies related to academic study including organizational tools and goal setting. Easy to use and tangible study tips will also be provided.
Webinar Speakers:
Jacqueline R. Klein, PhD, Director, Office of Academic Advising & Learning Development, New York University College of Nursing
Stef Daley, MSEd, Assistant Director, Office of Academic Advising & Learning Development, New York University College of Nursing
Donald Brown, MA, Academic Advisor, Office of Academic Advising & Learning Development, New York University College of Nursing
Jaishali Patel,MA, Academic Advisor, Office of Academic Advising & Learning Development, New York University College of Nursing
To register, click here.
Interested in a specific topic? Email Marta Wall, AACN’s Associate Director for Student Initiatives, at with Webinar topic requests.
Opportunity Alerts
Sigma Theta Tau International/The Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science Research Grant
The purpose of this research grant is to encourage qualified nurses to improve the health of the world through research. Grants up to $5,000 are available, and the submission deadline is December 1, 2014. For more information on the eligibility criteria and application instructions, click here.
Doctoral Degree Scholarships in Cancer Nursing
These scholarships are awarded to graduate students pursuing doctoral study in the field of cancer nursing research. The initial award is made for up to two years in the amount of $15,000 per year. There will be an informational call on Friday, August 15, 2014 at 4:00 PM EDT. For more information on the call and application instructions, click here.
Advocacy Information
Apply for the GNSA Policy Committee
Submit an application today to become part of a select group of five GNSA members who will receive support to become highly-skilled advocates and learn about the essential tools for effective advocacy at the local, state, and national levels. Members of this committee will offer insight to AACN on policy issues of importance to graduate nursing students. Through participation in this committee, members will have an opportunity to serve in a leadership role, enhance their professional development, and acquire the necessary knowledge and skills to be effective policy and advocacy leaders for nursing. Interested applicants must meet the following criteria:
  • Be a current GNSA Member
  • Ability to participate in quarterly conference calls during the year for 1-2 hours
Applicants are asked to provide the following information:
  1. Current resume or curriculum vitae
  2. Short essay (no more than 500 words) outlining your professional interests in becoming an advocate for the profession and what contributions you bring to the committee serving in this role
  3. List of two references
The submission deadline for all applications is Friday, August 22, 2014 @ 5:00 PM ET. To complete an application, visit:
Please direct any questions to AACN’s Associate Director of Student Initiatives Marta Wall at or AACN’s Associate Director of Government Affairs Lauren Inouye at
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