February 2014 GNSA Bulletin

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Emerging Leaders
Demetrius Abshire, MSN, ACNS-BC, RN
PhD Student
University of Kentucky

Anticipated Graduation Date:
December 2014
Current Position:
Instructor at the University of Kentucky
“During my undergraduate nursing program at the University of Kentucky, I participated in a nursing research internship program. By working with a faculty mentor, this program allowed me to gain hands-on experience in conducting nursing research and made me realize that I could have a research career as a registered nurse. I decided to enroll in the BSN to PhD program about a year after I had graduated with my BSN. As a BSN to PhD student, I have had numerous opportunities to develop my skills towards a career in academia. My mentors have encouraged me to present at local, regional, and national conferences. I was selected to participate in a seminar at the 2012 Spring Meeting on Cardiovascular Nursing through the European Society of Cardiology Council on Cardiovascular Nursing and Allied Professions in Copenhagen, Denmark. I have also had the opportunity to hold various leadership positions within student and nursing organizations. Based upon the mentorship I have received and my experiences in the BSN to PhD program, I feel very prepared to further my career as a nurse researcher. After graduation, I plan to complete a post-doctoral fellowship where I can gain additional experience in conducting research related to environmental factors associated with cardiovascular disease risk factors.”
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

Wakako Eklund, MSN, APN, NNP-BC
DNP Student
Northeastern University
“I had the opportunity to deepen my understanding of the potential role of future nurse leaders as well as the importance of getting involved with the national organization to broaden our understanding on advocacy and policy issues. By the support of the DNP director at Northeastern University, Dr. Michelle Beauschesne, we plan to establish a web-forum on Northeastern’s DNP website where I can introduce GNSA's mission and how the students can get involved by becoming members. I will also introduce the students to the leadership opportunities or national issues that concern future of nursing and to carry a dialogue with students. With the hybrid nature of our program, we spend a lot of time on web-based communication. I believe that this would be a great way to make GNSA and all the opportunities visible to other graduate students and lead to an increased involvement of Northeastern nursing students with the GNSA.”
If you interested in becoming a liaison, click here to complete the online form.
View the CNL Certification YouTube Video
The Commission on Nurse Certification (CNC) has just launched the Clinical Nurse Leader channel on YouTube. To view the first video, Defining the Certified Clinical Nurse Leader, click here.
GNSA Members
Join the 2014 Master's Education Conference
Join us on February 27-March 1, 2014 in Scottsdale, AZ for AACN’s Master’s Education Conference, which will examine the role of higher education in preparing nurses for a changing healthcare and practice environment. GNSA members who are full-time students are eligible for a half price conference registration fee. If you are interested in taking advantage of this offer, please send an email to including your name, email, institution name, and current program.
For more information on the conference, including an overview of the schedule, click here.
AACN's New Online Member Service System
AACN is updating its member services and website to serve you better. This new state-of-the-art system called My AACN, will streamline each part of your membership experience and provide an array of online services that can be accessed on demand.
You will have the ability 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. This transition means that AACN’s website will have a new login feature. GNSA members will receive an email this month with instructions on how to login through AACN’s main website ( which will contain your unique credentials. Once you log in, you will be directed to your unique and personal dashboard page. Please be sure to check your email for this very important notification that will explain the new system and how to access it.
Health Care Without Harm Charlotte Brody Award

This prestigious award sponsored by Health Care Without Harm in conjunction with The Luminary Project, honors nurses who play a role in helping develop sustainable environments through activities in professional associations, their communities, and places of work. Potential awardees may be nominated by a colleague or member of the public, or may be self-nominated. This award recognizes Nurse Luminaries who go beyond everyday nursing endeavors to proactively promote and protect environmental health. The deadline for the award is March 31, 2014. To apply and find out more about the award details, click here.
Project L/EARN Research Training Internship
The Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research at Rutgers University is offering Project L/EARN which is designed to increase graduate school enrollment among students from groups that are traditionally under-represented in health-related graduate programs such as students from low-income families; first-generation college attendees; African-Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, and Pacific Islanders.
This program is open to sophomore and junior students with an interest in health, mental health, or health services research for the summer 2014. This intensive ten-week internship gives students “hands-on” research experience under the guidance of a distinguished faculty mentor. The internship provides students with a $4,150 stipend, tuition, and room and board for the duration of the program in addition to three academic credits for completing the program. The internship is offered from May 27 to August 1, 2014.
Applications are due February 10, 2014 and can be completed online by clicking here.
Opportunity Alerts
NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program
The NURSE Corps Program is open to registered nurses and advanced practice registered nurses who have qualifying educational loans and are dedicated to serving the nation’s medically underserved populations in health professions shortage area (HPSAs). The next Technical Assistance Conference Call will be held on February 13 from 8:00 – 10:00 PM ET where NURSE Corps Program staff experts will answer your questions. The application cycle will close on February 27 @ 7:30 PM ET. To learn more about the program, visit the 2014 NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program Application and Program Guidance.
For the technical conference call access information and access to the application, click here.
National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Program
The National Health Service Corps offers loan repayment assistance to support qualified healthcare providers who choose to bring their skills where they are most needed. This program is open to licensed primary care nursing, medical, dental, and mental and behavioral health providers who are employed or seeking employment at approved sites. In addition, applicants should be interested in working with underserved communities in high need areas throughout the United States and its territories.
Technical assistance webcasts and conference calls have been scheduled to address questions. Mark your calendar for the following webcast and conference calls.
  • Conference Call: February 5 at 8:00 – 9:30 p.m. ET
  • Conference Call: February 12 at 8:00 – 9:30 p.m. ET
The application deadline is March 20 at 7:30 PM ET. To learn more about the NHSC Loan Repayment Program, click here.
Nurses for Wisconsin: Learn, Teach, Lead - Fellowship and Loan Forgiveness Programs Available
Four University of Wisconsin System nursing programs are offering new fellowship and loan forgiveness programs to help nurses pursue doctoral degrees or postdoctoral training and assume faculty positions in Wisconsin, addressing the nursing faculty shortage. The Nurses for Wisconsin initiative is funded through a UW System Economic Development Incentive Grant and will provide fellowships to nurses enrolling in doctoral programs or post-doctoral programs at UW schools with opportunities for mentorship in the nurse educator role. The pre-doctoral fellowships provide one-year tuition funding and are available to PhD and DNP students. In return, fellows are required to complete three years of full-time faculty employment at a UW nursing program. For more information on this program, click here.
2014 Johnson & Johnson 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
APRN Scope of Practice Under Threat in the VHA: Take Two Minutes and Send a Message to Congress!
We urge you to contact your Representative and ask that they refrain from signing a Dear Colleague letter being circulated by Reps. Michael Grimm (R-NY) and Ann Kirkpatrick (D-AZ) regarding the Veterans Health Administration’s (VHA) guidelines to modernize its Nursing Handbook. The VHA has proposed to allow advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) to be recognized as Full Practice Providers within the VHA system. Reps. Grimm’s and Kirkpatrick’s letter opposes this critical step toward supporting APRNs to practice to the full extent of their education and training. Send a message to your Representative asking they do not sign this letter by February 7, 2014.
If you have any questions, please email AACN Government Affairs and Grassroots Manager Lauren Inouye at
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