January 2014 GNSA Bulletin

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Emerging Leaders
Nicole Marcy Bloom, BPH, BSN, RN
MSN Student
University of San Diego

Anticipated Graduation Date:
December 2014
Current Position:
Staff RN at V.A. Medical Center
“I have known that I wanted to be a nurse since I was only 8 years old. My family tells me that they always knew that I would be a nurse because I was always taking care of everybody and spending copious time studying medical encyclopedias since I was in early elementary school. I started volunteering at a local nursing home tending to the resident's activities of daily living in a small town of rural Minnesota. Throughout my experience in various healthcare service delivery settings, I realized that clinicians needed to be more involved with healthcare policy. I knew that although my back and knees would eventually ache due to age, which might take me away from direct hands-on patient care, that I could use the many decades of nursing experience, in the healthcare policy realm. I always saw myself in the world of academia doing research on healthcare policy and teaching the next generation of nurses to carry the nursing profession and the healthcare system forward. Pursuing my master's and doctorate has been a lifelong dream. I love learning, and I am dedicated to leaving the world a better place by helping as many people as I can.
I have always had a fascination with how technology can improve healthcare. My passion lies in healthcare policy in regards to healthcare information technology and my current program has allowed me to further dive into that passion.
I hope to contribute to the evolution of the healthcare system by making it better for more people. I hope to research, teach, and influence healthcare reform.”
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

Karen Batke, RN
MSN Student
Benedictine University
“My plan for engaging fellow students in the GNSA at Benedictine University is to continue sharing messages about the GNSA membership in the university’s online student forum at the start of each term to catch the attention of newly enrolled nurse graduate students and encourage class colleagues to interact outside of class in the Collaboration Community.”
If you interested in becoming a liaison, click here to complete the online form.
The CNL Bulletin
The CNL Bulletin is now posted on the AACN website and can be accessed by clicking here. For more information regarding any of the announcements, contact Tracy Lofty, CNC’s Executive Director, at
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.
Visit the Digital Campaign 'Careers in Healthcare' Featured in USA Today
This USA Today special feature focuses on the ever changing landscape of healthcare and includes articles focusing on the healthcare workforce and healthcare education as well as tips for job seekers.
Visit Careers in Healthcare for access to these resources.
Contribute to the Bulletin!
If you have any contributions, issues, or items for the GNSA Bulletin, send this material to Marta Wall at

GNSA Members
Happy New Year From the GNSA!
On behalf of the GNSA, we would like to wish you a happy and prosperous new year. In 2013 the GNSA experienced tremendous growth through the development of new programs and initiatives. GNSA membership expanded from 2,000 at the beginning of the year to over 7,600 by the end of 2013. During 2013, the GNSA hosted 18 webinars on relevant topics requested by GNSA members, which featured distinguished nursing leaders such as Dr. Mary Wakefield, Dr. Greer Glazer, and Dr. Bernadette Melnyk. In addition, The first Leadership Council members, selected to represent graduate nursing students and provide direction for the GNSA, will finish their first year of a two-year term in March. The first GNSA Leadership Council meeting took place in October 2013 and focused on member engagement, cultivating partnerships, and evaluating current resources and services of the GNSA. The first issue of the GNSA Bulletin was distributed in March 2013 and provided information about student participation opportunities and updates on GNSA activities. In 2013, more than 100 students also volunteered to serve as GNSA Liaisons to represent their institutions.
We are excited for what lies ahead in 2014 - increasing membership, new webinar topics, a new member services system, development of student resources, and more opportunities available to graduate nursing students. We look forward to your active participation in the New Year and welcome any feedback or thoughts that you may have. If you have questions or suggestions, please send an email to
Join us for the 2014 Faculty Development Conference - Special Discount Offer for GNSA Student Members
Join us on February 6-8, 2014 in Fort Worth, TX for AACN’s Faculty Development Conference aimed at those new to the faculty role and those who would like to develop teaching skills in baccalaureate and higher degree programs. The conference will include strategies for success in multiple aspects of the faculty role, methods to help transform traditional classroom methodologies to increase student engagement, and explore legal issues of interest to faculty in the academic and clinical environments. The conference will also explore other topics of interest for those who wish to improve their teaching practice.
The GNSA is excited to announce a special half price conference registration fee for GNSA members who are full-time students. 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.
Enter the NCLEX-RN Video Competition to Develop Online Learning Resources and Be Part of Nursing Innovation
The Khan Academy, in collaboration with the Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence and AACN, is looking for the next generation of health educators to transform how professional health education is delivered to providers across disciplines around the globe. You can be a part of this groundbreaking work. Nursing students are encouraged to enter this competition by creating video tutorials and exercises related to content covered in the NCLEX-RN exam. Winners will receive an all-expenses paid one-week trip (March 2-9, 2014) to a Khan Academy training site to receive face-to-face training and support from Khan Academy, including the chance to become a regular Khan Academy content creator.
On January 6, 2014, Ryan Patton, a nurse and past winner of a Khan Academy competition, offered insider advice and provided some tips and tricks to making amazing videos in the webinar titled Creating Engaging Khan Academy Tutorials: The Nuts and Bolts. To watch the webinar recording, click here.
All submissions will be accepted through the Khan Academy website until January 17, 2014 at the latest. For more information and submission guidelines, click here.
2014 Johnson & Johnson Minority Nurse Faculty Scholarship is Now Available
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.
Celebrate the Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS) National Solidarity Day

The Arnold P. Gold Foundation will be celebrating the GHHS National Solidarity Day for Compassionate Patient Care on February 14, 2014. This special commemoration was first started in 2011 to celebrate the humanistic actions of a trauma surgeon following the tragic shootings in Tucson, Arizona. This event celebrates the commitment to compassionate, patient-centered care through diverse events and activities at schools, medical facilities, and other organizations. For more information and to find out what activities you can plan to benefit your community, click here.
GNSA Webinars
GNSA Webinars offer 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.
Exploring Advanced Practice Nursing Roles: Providing Primary, Preventative, and Specialty Care - The Clinical Nurse Specialist
Monday January 27 @ 12:00 PM EST
Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs), whether they are nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, nurse anesthetists, or nurse midwives, play a pivotal role in providing essential healthcare services across all types of settings. With career horizons expanding, APRNs are expected to play an even larger role in meeting the nation’s need for primary, preventative, and specialty care.
Webinar Speaker:
Nancy M. Albert PhD, CCNS, CCRN, NE-BC, FAHA, FCCM
Associate Chief Nursing Officer, Office of Research and Innovation - Nursing Institute; Cleveland Clinic Health System and Clinical Nurse Specialist, Kaufman Center for Heart Failure- Heart and Vascular Institute, Cleveland Clinic main campus
To register for this webinar, click here.
This webinar is part of a four-part series focusing on the four APRN roles. To access the recordings of the previous webinars which covered the certified nurse-midwife, the certified registered nurse anesthetist, and the nurse practitioner role, click here.
Certification for Advanced Public Health Nursing: An Update
Tuesday February 4 @ 3:00 PM EST
The certification process for the advanced practice public health nurse has changed from an examination to a professional portfolio review. This webinar, presented by the Senior Certification Program Analyst at the American Nurse Credentialing Center, will provide an overview of the new application process for advanced practice public health nursing.
The webinar will also include information on the importance of this certification for the public health nurse and provide an outline of the requirements for the certification.
Webinar Speaker:
Diane Thompkins, MS, RN
Senior Certification Program Analyst
American Nurses Credentialing Center
To register for this webinar, click here.
Information on upcoming webinars for spring 2014 will be available soon.
Past GNSA Webinars
You can access all past Webinars, including those offered for faculty, 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 event.
Opportunity Alerts
Duke-Johnson & Johnson Nurse Leadership Program
This leadership program is designed specifically to offer Advanced Practice Registered Nurses a life-changing opportunity to become leaders of new models of care. This one-year certificate program, through onsite retreats combined with distance-based sessions, offers innovative and integrated training in the areas of leadership, management, organizational development, business, community engagement and population health. The program is structured to provide the working clinician a program rich in content and opportunities for professional development. Cost is nominal due to the generous support of Johnson & Johnson. To learn more about this exciting opportunity and how to apply, visit:

The Duke-Johnson & Johnson Nurse Leadership Program will be accepting applications until January 31, 2014. Thirty Program Fellows will be selected to participate for the 2014-2015 Program Year.
GE-NMF Primary Care Leadership Program (PCLP)
Faced with an increasing shortage of primary healthcare professionals, the GE-NMF Primary Care Leadership Program (PCLP) develops nursing, medical, and physician assistant students into leaders in the primary care field to increase access for the United States’ most underserved communities. GE-NMF PCLP Scholars actively engage in leadership training, site-specific independent projects, and healthcare services to examine the challenges and rewards of primary care practice in community health centers (CHCs) across the United States.
PCLP candidates are students from underrepresented minority groups and/or socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds. Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited nursing master’s or doctoral program. In 2014, 78 PCLP Scholars will each receive a $7,000 scholarship stipend, which is expected to cover travel, living, and lodging expenses during the program. The application deadline is January 31, 2014. For more information, visit:
National Black Nurses Association Scholarships
NBNA is committed to excellence in education and conducts continuing education programs for nurses and allied health professionals throughout the year. The association provides annual scholarships for students. Scholarships provide funding for continuing education. This funding enables nurses to grow and better contribute their talents to the health and healthcare of our communities. NBNA offers multiple scholarships each year which range from $1,000 - $5,000 in funds and support 25 students ranging from LPN to doctoral levels. For more information on the scholarships and application requirements, click here.
National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Program Application Cycle Now Open!
The National Health Service Corps offers loan repayment assistance to support qualified health-care 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.
  • Webcast: Wed, January 29 at 8:00 – 9:30 p.m. ET
  • Conference Call: Wed, February 5 at 8:00 – 9:30 p.m. ET
  • Conference Call: Wed, 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.
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