March 2014 GNSA Bulletin

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MARCH 2014
Emerging Leaders
We are looking for our next emerging leader! If you are interested in being featured send an email to Marta Okoniewski at
Ms. Hanson was nominated for this spotlight by one of her colleagues at Mount Sinai Medical Center, Victoria Cooper, RN, BS, LHRM.
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.
Become a GNSA Liaison
The GNSA Leadership Council is working hard to ensure that each AACN member institution with a graduate program is represented by a GNSA Liaison. Check out the list of current liaisons by clicking here.
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.
CNL Certification Program Received Accreditation
The Commission on Nurse Certification (CNC) is pleased to announce that the CNL Certification Program is now nationally accredited. The program received a five-year term of accreditation from the National Commission for Certifying Agencies.
For more information, click here or contact Tracy Lofty, CNC’s Executive Director, at
Register for the Next CNL Certification Exam Testing Period
March 21 is the deadline to register for the Spring testing period (April 27-May 24, 2014) of the Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) Certification Exam. To register for the CNL Certification Exam, click here.
For information regarding the CNL Certification Program, contact Tracy Lofty, CNC’s Executive Director, at
David B. Larson Fellowship in Health and Spirituality
The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress is accepting applications for the David B. Larson Fellowship in Health and Spirituality. This paid research opportunity at the Library of Congress is open to qualified scholars to apply for a post-doctoral fellowship designed to continue Dr. Larson's legacy of promoting scholarly excellence in the scientific study of the relation of religiousness and spirituality to physical, mental, and social health. The fellowship provides an opportunity for a period of 6 to 12 months of concentrated use of the collections of the Library of Congress, through full-time residency in the Library's John W. Kluge Center. More information on eligibility, application procedures, and the stipend can be accessed by clicking here.
Contribute to the Bulletin!
If you have any contributions, issues, or items for the GNSA Bulletin, send this material to Marta Wall at

Meet AACN's New Dissertation and Capstone Award Winners
AACN’s Excellence in Advancing Nursing Science Award, given for an outstanding dissertation from a student in a PhD in nursing or DNS program, was presented to Dr. Nancy Crego who graduated in 2013 with her PhD from the University of Virginia. For her study titled Influencing Pediatric Sedation Safety, Dr. Crego utilized big data to discover sedation practices, compared nurse and physician sedation teams, and made recommendations for evidence-based practice guidelines.
Nancy Crego, PhD, RN, CCRN
Honorable mentions went to Erica Schorr from the University of Minnesota for her dissertation titled Characterization of the Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) Symptom Experience; and Yafen Wang from Case Western Reserve University for her dissertation titled Associations Among Academic Stress, Dispositional Optimism, and Resourcefulness in Fifth and Sixth Graders in Taiwan.
Jennifer L. Titzer, DNP, RN, RT(R), RCIS
AACN’s Excellence in Advancing Nursing Practice
Award, given for an outstanding capstone from a student in a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program, was presented to Dr. Jennifer L. Titzer. Dr. Titzer graduated in 2013 with her DNP from the University of Southern Indiana. For her capstone project, titled Nurse Manager Succession Planning: Strengthening Health Systems for the Future, she developed and implemented a model for strategic succession planning for the chief nursing officer in a large hospital system.
Honorable mentions went to Joelle Hargraves from
Chatham University for her capstone titled Glycemic Control in Cardiac Surgery Patients—Revising and Educating Nurses on an Evidence-based Insulin Infusion Protocol; and Rebecca Russo-Hill from Duke University for her capstone titled Screening for Depression in Patients with Diabetes: Addressing the Challenge.
AACN's New Online Member Service System
The new state-of-the-art My AACN system is now live! On Tuesday, February 11, 2014, GNSA members received an email from Marta Wall, AACN’s Program Manager, with instructions on how to login to the new system. Visit AACN’s main website ( and login with your login and password 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. Once you log in, you will be directed to your unique and personal dashboard page.
For technical support for the new My AACN system, please contact or call (202) 463-6930.
Participate in the College Student 2014 Insight Survey
Every year, AfterCollege gathers student feedback about the internship and job search process. Students who complete the survey will have a chance to win a $50 gift card. Click here to complete the survey. To find out the results of the 2013 Job-Seeker Survey, click here to view the infographic.
As a GNSA member you have exclusive access to the Graduate Nursing Career Network, a job board with opportunities for new nursing graduates with master’s and doctoral level preparation which is easily accessible through your My AACN dashboard. You also can narrow the search results by “Intern/Co-op” to display clinical rotation openings. To access the Graduate Nursing Career Network, click here.
The Gerber Foundation Novice Research Awards
The purpose of the Novice Research Awards, distributed by the Gerber Foundation, is to 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 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.
Upcoming GNSA Webinar
Free Webinars offered exclusively to GNSA members and faculty 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.
Advancing Your Doctoral Education: Tips and Guides for Considering a Doctoral Education
Wednesday March 12 @ 5:00 PM EST
Thinking about getting a doctoral degree in nursing and unsure what you should expect? Join us for this webinar to hear from two current PhD students and one recent graduate as they share their experience in their doctoral program. Each speaker is a Johnson & Johnson Minority Nurse Faculty Scholar and will expand upon their reasons for choosing a doctoral education and provide you with some tips and strategies as you begin your doctoral studies.
Webinar Speakers:
Willie M. Abel, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC
Assistant Professor
University of North Carolina-Charlotte School of Nursing
Nakia C. Best, MSN, RN, CNL,
PhD Student - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Jonas Nurse Leader Scholar
Johnson & Johnson - AACN Minority Nurse Faculty Scholar
Anissa Guzman Buhring, MSN, CNS, RN,
PhD Student - University of Colorado
Johnson & Johnson - AACN Minority Nurse Faculty Scholar
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
Minute Clinic® Nurse Practitioner Scholarship Program
Minute Clinic® and Johnson & Johnson have teamed up for the “Together We Care” Nurse Practitioner Scholarship Program. The program will offer a total of 35 nurse practitioner scholarships, including 30 Nurse Practitioner scholarships at $2,500 each and 5 Doctor of Nursing Practice Scholarships at $5,000 each. The scholarship deadline is March 31, 2014 or once 280 applications have been received. To find out more about the eligibility criteria and the application process, 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.
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
To address the need for more faculty, 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.
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, visit:
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.
Last year’s winner, Paule V. Joseph, MSN, CRNP, CTN-B, was recently featured in an article for ADVANCE for Nurses. To read the article, click here.
Advocacy Information
Mark Your Calendars for AACN's Virtual Advocacy Day
AACN will be hosting its spring virtual advocacy day on Monday, March 24, 2014. On this day, AACN member deans attending the association’s Spring Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, will visit with Congressional leaders and staff on Capitol Hill to discuss AACN’s priorities for nursing education, research, and practice. You can help strengthen this message by sending an email to your Senators and Representative. Your support is critical to ensuring that nursing’s voice is at the forefront of those that influence policy decision-making at the federal level. Members of AACN’s Grassroots Network will be invited to send a message to their federal legislators requesting they support funding priorities impacting nursing education, research, and practice in Fiscal Year 2015 as well as pressing policy initiatives.
To join AACN’s Grassroots Network, click here. AACN appreciates all that our members do to support programs and legislation that advances our profession and the health of our patients.
AACN Launches Tool Kit on the Health Insurance Marketplace
A new resource is now available for AACN members and faculty to assist students and patients in navigating the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) Health Insurance Marketplace. This tool kit was created for faculty members to enhance their understanding of the Marketplace and what it means for nurse educators, students, and patients. The tool kit includes:
  • Messages from Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Mary Wakefield, PhD, RN, on nursing’s role in educating the public on the Marketplace
  • A presentation by Mandy Cohen, MD, MPH, Senior Advisor to the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and Ellen-Marie Whelan, PhD, RN, FAAN, Senior Advisor for the Innovation Center on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, about the impact of the ACA on nursing
  • General information about the Marketplace (enrollment, eligibility, current state action)
  • Activities and assignments for faculty members to utilize with students
  • Additional resources for nursing practices that qualify as small businesses
Strategic guidance and review of the tool kit’s outline was provided by AACN’s inaugural class of Faculty Policy Intensive Fellows. While AACN did not take an official position on the ACA, the association’s leadership recognizes the responsibility to educate our constituents about the law and what the Marketplace means for clinical practice, faculty, students, and patients. To access the tool kit, click here.
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