June 2014 GNSA Bulletin

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JUNE 2014
Emerging Leaders
Brenna L. Quinn, MS, RN
PhD Student
University of Massachusetts-Boston

Anticipated Graduation Date:
May 2015
Current Position:
Nurse Manager, LABBB Educational Collaborative; Intern Nurse Researcher, Boston Children's Hospital
“I began UMass Boston's BS to PhD program immediately after finishing my nursing degree at UMass Lowell in 2011. Before committing to the PhD program, I had looked at several master's programs in nursing education. An undergraduate advisor told me that if I wanted to go anywhere in nursing education, I should get a PhD!
Having a PhD will allow me to do many things, such as teach, research, and lead. Entering the program immediately after finishing nursing school and at a young age will allow me to have a long career doing these activities. Also, I will still be able to stay in touch with clinical happenings and inform my research with real practice by continuing to work as an RN. For my dissertation work, I will soon be sending a survey to school nurses in the United States to study what pain assessment practices are being employed for students with mild to profound special needs. After completing the PhD program, I am hoping to stay in the Boston area and become a nursing faculty member.”
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

Lorre Laws, MS, RN
DNP Student
University of Arizona

Currently I am a second-year DNP/FNP student at the University of Arizona, continuing on after having earned my master’s degree in nursing in 2013. In preparation for my future role as a nurse educator, I currently work as a healthcare educator in an undergraduate course on Care, Health and Society.
As Arizona’s Liaison, I promote the GNSA to various graduate nursing programs such as the MEPN (Master’s Entry to the Profession of Nursing), BSN-MSN, and DNP programs via electronic and print media in conjunction with speaking engagements.”
Become a GNSA Liaison and Participate in the Liaison Leadership Project
To find out more about the Liaison role, click here to view the Liaison Webinar. If you are interested in becoming a Liaison, click here to complete the online form.

Develop your leadership skills and network with nursing leaders and researchers at your institution by conducting a brief video interview. Submitted videos are posted on the GNSA YouTube channel. For more information, email Marta Wall at To view past interviews, click here.
Take Advantage of the Special Conference Discount
Register online by August 1 and pay only $349 per AACN conference (this represents a $50 discount per conference). Individuals must register for specific conferences. To view upcoming events, click here. This discount may not be combined with other conference discounts. To register for conferences, click here.
Register for the PCORI Webinar
PCORI (Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute) is hosting a Webinar on Thursday June 12, 2014 @ 1:00 – 2:30 pm titled, Exploring PCORI: Highlighting Opportunities for Nurses. The Webinar will explore how nurses can get involved in PCORI’s work, how nursing researchers can strengthen their work through patient-centered outcomes research methods, and provide examples of promising models of engaging nurses in research. Registration for the Webinar is now open!
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
Vote For the Most Influential People in Healthcare
Voting for Modern Healthcare Magazine’s annual ranking of the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare is currently underway and closes Friday June 13. AACN’s incoming CEO, Deborah Trautman and retiring CEO Geraldine “Polly” Bednash, have both been nominated. We also encourage you to vote for these nurse leaders who are also on the ballot: Maureen Bisognano, Institute for Healthcare Improvement; Karen Daley, American Nurses Association; Susan Hohenhaus, Emergency Nurses Association; Sister Carol Keehan, Catholic Health Association; Beverly Malone, National League for Nursing; Diana Mason, American Academy of Nursing; Marilyn Tavenner, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services; Deidre Walton, National Black Nurses Association; and Marla Weston, American Nurses Association. For the past few years, nurses have been under-represented on this high-profile list, which is something we all have the power to change by simply casting a vote. Vote now!
Read the Current Issue of "Nurse Appreciation"
Nurse Appreciation, a special publication developed by Mediaplanet for USA Today, contains articles related to nursing education, leadership, and careers. To read the online issue, which was developed in collaboration with AACN and other nursing organizations, click here.
AACN’s CEO, Geraldine “Polly” Bednash, is featured in an interview on nursing leadership, which you can read by clicking here.
AACN Launched Free Graduate QSEN Learning Module Series
AACN has created a free faculty and student development resource for nurse educators teaching in graduate-level programs. Based on the content developed through the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) initiative and building on AACN’s commitment to further disseminate the QSEN teaching strategies,
the seven web-based learning modules focused on a Call to Action and the six core QSEN competencies: Patient-centered care, teamwork and collaboration, evidence-based practice (EBP), quality improvement (QI), safety, and informatics. These cutting-edge, interactive modules are available to all graduate nursing students and can be accessed through the GNSA Student Collaboration Community. Students will have the opportunity to earn American Nurses Credentialing Center contact hours for each QSEN learning module. To access the modules, log in to your My AACN account and click on the Student Collaboration Community found under the GNSA Student Center on your dashboard.
Call for Innovative Nurse Educator Volunteers
AACN, the Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare, and Khan Academy have partnered to create a free, peer-developed and reviewed resource to help nurses prepare for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN®). Together, these partners hosted a competition to create videos related to content found on the NCLEX-RN® exam. Competition winners are producing video content that will be accessible to healthcare students and professionals worldwide. To read more about the competition winners, click here.
AACN is seeking nursing volunteers to create NCLEX-RN® style practice questions and be part of this exciting educational innovation. Volunteers will create sample questions, answers, and hints.
Expert nurse educators with experience in test item writing are needed.
Qualification for volunteers:
  • Experience and expertise in teaching nursing content
  • Excellent test item writing skills
  • Meets deadlines effectively
  • Comfortable learning and using online tools (specifically the online tool Trello)
  • Ability to commit up to 5 hours per week for practice test item construction and review
Applicants should submit a cover letter describing their qualifications and their curriculum vitae or resume to If selected as a volunteer, you will be featured in the GNSA Bulletin and AACN Faculty Link and have an opportunity to take part in this important initiative.
Deadline for submission is June 15, 2014 or until a core set of volunteers is found, whichever comes first.
Questions? Contact Dr. Karen Kesten at or at 202-463-6930, x.274.
Register for the 2014 Professional Development and Data Systems Workshop
The professional development and data set workshop, which is cosponsored by HHS/National Institute of Health and partly funded by HHS/Office of Minority Health, will focus on the use of national datasets to study Hispanic health disparities and professional development while networking with scholars and Federal agency researchers. The workshop will be held on July 24-25, 2014 at the National Institute of Health offices in Bethesda, Maryland. For more information contact or visit
Call for Nominations for the Circle of Life Award
Applications for the 2015 Circle of Life Awards, which celebrate Innovation in Palliative and End-of-Life Care, are now available by clicking here. If you have an innovative palliative and/or end-of-life care program, please consider completing this application. For any questions on the award or the 2015 application, send an email to
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.
Featured archived Webinars:
Developing Into a Successful Nursing Leader
Aired on May 30, 2013
In this Webinar, Dr. Greer Glazer discusses the unique perspective leaders from other healthcare disciplines have regarding nurses in power positions and outlines the meaning of leadership. Dr. Glazer also discusses characteristics of transformational leaders and provides an overview of some leadership themes.
Webinar Speaker:
Greer Glazer, PhD, RN, CNP, FAAN
College of Nursing
University of Cincinnati
AACN Board Member
To register, click here.
Winning Strategies for Advancing Your Nursing Job Search
Aired on November 8, 2013
In this Webinar, the speaker focuses on uncovering myths that could be holding you back and strategies that can propel your career forward. Ms. Thomas focuses on do’s and don’ts across your resume, cover letter, networking, outreach activities, and your overall job search strategy.
Webinar Speaker:
Lisa Mauri Thomas, MS
Author of Landing Your Perfect Nursing Job
To register, click here.
Interested in a specific topic? Email Marta Wall, AACN's Program Manager, at for Webinar topic requests.
Opportunity Alerts
TYLENOL® Future Care Scholarship
This scholarship program awards a total of $250,000 in scholarship funds to 40 undergraduate and graduate students pursuing an education in health care.
The application period is open and submissions must be received by June 30, 2014. Scholarship award decisions will be made in July, and awards will be distributed to selected students in August 2014 with recipients receiving up to $10,000. To learn more and to apply, click here.
Competition Seeks Educators to Prepare the Next Generations of Physicians
The AAMC, in collaboration with Khan Academy and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is seeking talented health profession students, residents, and faculty to help complete the MCAT Collection, which offers free tutorials to students preparing for the new MCAT exam. The competition seeks talented video-based educators and innovative question and answer writers.
Winners will receive hands-on training with Khan Academy leaders and the opportunity to create free pre-health and medical education resources for a global audience. The deadline for entry is June 13, 2014. For more information, click here.
AAMN Foundation Student Nurse Essay Contest
The American Assembly for Men in Nursing (AAMN) Foundation offers an annual Student Nurse Essay Contest. Applicants must be a male student currently enrolled in a graduate nursing program and a current member of the AAMN. The selected winners receive a $1,000 scholarship with the application being due by July 1, 2014. For more information on the criteria and process for applying, click here.
Advocacy Information
AACN Submits Comments to FTC on Healthcare Provider Regulation
The Federal Trade Commission recently hosted a workshop, Examining Health Care Competition, and invited public comments on the subjects discussed. AACN responded to this call for input and submitted comments on the professional regulation of healthcare providers, including advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs). The comments commended the FTC for its work to protect the public through critical analysis of barriers to fair trade healthcare practices and to facilitate discussion on these issues through the workshop and public comment period. AACN supports the removal of barriers which prevent APRNs from practicing the full extent of their education and limit competition in the healthcare arena.
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