May 2014 GNSA Bulletin

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MAY 2014
Emerging Leaders
Courtney Hampton-Bennett, MSN, RN, PMHNP-BC
DNP Student
University of Southern Mississippi

Anticipated Graduation Date:
December 2014
Current Position:
Adult Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner at East Mississippi State Hospital
“I enrolled in the DNP program to further my education as an expert clinician. The DNP program is preparing me with the necessary knowledge and tools to become a better mental healthcare provider. I am an Adult Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner at a long-term care facility, which is part of a state hospital. After enrolling in the DNP program, I now find myself reviewing literature more on how to improve healthcare outcomes for older adults with mental illness and implement best evidence-based practice. The DNP program also has provided me with a knowledge base which allows me to think outside of the box and utilize motivational communication skills to engage other healthcare professionals in acts of improving patient outcomes as well.
My experience in the program has given me the opportunity to serve as a nursing leader in implementing best evidence-based practice in my clinical site and advocate for patient safety. My plans after completing the program is to become more involved in publishing and research opportunities geared towards improving the quality of care of older adults. I also plan to continue in my role as a mental health nurse practitioner and later pursue a career as a nurse educator; teaching future nurses my clinical experiences and the valuable lessons the DNP program has taught me.”
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.
Become a GNSA Liaison and Participate in the Liaison Leadership Project
If you are interested in becoming a liaison, click here to complete the online form. To understand and get an overview of the liaison role, click here to access the Liaison Webinar.
If you are interested in interviewing a nursing leader or researcher at your institution and would like to submit the video to the GNSA YouTube channel, email for more information.
Take Advantage of the Special Conference Discount
Register online between April 1 and August 1 and pay only $349 per conference (this represents a $50 discount per conference). Individuals must register for specific conferences. To view specific conferences, click here. This discount may not be combined with other conference discounts. To register for conferences, click here.
Opportunity for Medical Students, Residents, and Faculty
Competition Seeks Educators to Prepare the Next Generation 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 help students prepare for the new MCAT exam. The competition seeks talented video-based educators and innovative question and article 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.
Submit a Video to Help Build Online Resource Exploring Health Careers
Dr. Kit is an online resource exploring various careers including Nursing. To learn more about this resource, click here.
Help build this resource by submitting a video providing advice from a student’s perspective and focus on your specific program. If you are interested in submitting a video, contact Dr. Kit Nast by emailing him at
Check out the Latest Job Postings on the Graduate Nursing Career Network

Did you know that you can search for job-postings by location? Recent job postings include positions at the Department of Veteran Affairs, Rush University Medical Center, and CVS Caremark. To check out the Graduate Nursing Career Network, create your profile and follow a specific employer, click here.
American Nurse Project

The American Nurse Project, which aims to elevate the voice of nurses in this country by capturing their personal stories through photography and film, will air its documentary this week during National Nurses’ Week. For more information on this project and to find a theatre location near you, click here.
Contribute to the Bulletin!
If you have any contributions, issues, or items for the GNSA Bulletin, send this material to Marta Wall at

To help celebrate Nurses Week, GNSA Liaisons created a new video-based initiative titled Great Minds in Nursing: Insights from Nursing’s Thought Leaders.This project was developed to help Liaisons engage in leadership development at their institutions while giving GNSA members advice and insights from leaders in nursing education.
The GNSA Liaisons who participated in this project include:
  • Blandine Augustin, MSN, FNP-BC, DNP Student, Marymount University
  • Christy Gipson, MSN, RN, PhD Student, University of Texas at Tyler
  • Theresa Koleck, RN, BS to PhD Student, University of Pittsburgh
  • Michelle Linnekin, RN, CNL Student, University of Virginia
  • Judy McKelvy, MN, RN, PhD Student, Jonas Veterans Healthcare Scholar, University of California – Los Angeles
  • Edtrina Moss, MSN, RN-BC, NE-BC, PhD Student, Texas Woman’s University
  • Angela Piech, BSN, RN, CCRN, MSN Student, Drexel University
  • Beth A. Pratt, MSN, RN, PhD Student, Florida Atlantic University
  • Misty Richmond, PMHNP-BC, PhD Student, Jonas Nurse Leader Scholar University of Cincinnati
  • Kendra Sayles, BSN, RN, PhD Student, University of Pittsburgh
  • Isabel Toledo, PMHNP, RN, DNP Student, University of Portland
(Pictured from left to right)
To watch a brief clip featuring nursing leaders offering advice for the next generation of nursing professionals, click here. To watch the full interviews, subscribe to the new Graduate Nursing Student Academy YouTube channel by clicking here. Continue to check back to the GNSA YouTube channel as Liaisons submit new interviews.
AACN Novice Faculty Teaching Awards
The Novice Faculty Teaching Awards recognize excellence and innovation in the teaching of nursing by novice faculty at AACN member schools. The Novice Faculty Excellence in Didactic Teaching Award is presented to faculty teaching in either classroom or online settings, and the Novice Faculty Excellence in Clinical Teaching Award is presented to faculty teaching in clinical settings. The application deadline is June 4, 2014, and winners will be announced in August 2014. For details on the eligibility criteria, award criteria, and the nomination process, click here.
CNL Certification Exam Review Course Available
AACN is pleased to announce that registration is now open for the only comprehensive online review course that reflects the content outline of the CNL Certification Exam.
Developed by practicing CNLs and academicians, the course will be offered in 12 modules and may be used by individuals preparing for CNL certification or by other healthcare professionals seeking contact hours. With each module, you will have 24/7 access. Successful completion will require reviewing the entire presentation, passing an assessment, and completing an evaluation. Individual modules include:
  • Advanced Assessment: Physical Assessment, Clinical Assessment and Pharmacology
  • Evidence-based Practice
  • Healthcare Advocacy and Lateral Integration of Care Services
  • Healthcare Finance and Quality Improvement
  • Healthcare Policy
  • Healthcare Systems and Healthcare Informatics
  • Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Management
  • Horizontal Leadership and Interdisciplinary Communication and Collaboration Skills
  • Illness and Disease Management
  • Integration of the CNL Role
  • Knowledge and Data Management
  • Team Coordination and Ethics
The complete CNL Certification Exam Review Course may be purchased for $279 or modules may be purchased separately for $59. To access and register for the review course or individual modules, click here.
For more information about the CNL Certification Exam Review Course, contact AACN's Education Policy Coordinator Horacio Oliveira at or 202-463-6930.
AACN and CDC Announce New Call for Proposals
As part of AACN’s collaborative work with the CDC, AACN is pleased to announce a call for proposals for two small evaluation projects to increase the evidence base on the impact of academic/practice partnerships in the public/population health arena. The $5,000 grants are intended to support primary and secondary data analysis focused on the impact of selected interventions undertaken as part of an existing partnership involving an academic partner together with a public health or population health focused community partner and/or a local health department. Detailed proposals must be submitted by May 31, 2014. For complete details on program eligibility, available funding, and application requirements, click here. For questions regarding the applications, contact the CDC Project Director Mary A. Paterson at 202-463-6930, ext. 219 or
Upcoming GNSA Webinars
FREE Webinars offered exclusively to GNSA members and faculty from AACN member schools 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.
Join us for these upcoming Webinars:
The DNP or PhD: Understanding Your Options
Thursday, May 8 @ 3:00 PM EST
Choosing a doctoral program aligned with your selected career path is essential to achieve your goals. This Webinar will discuss the differences in two doctoral degree programs, the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), and the career paths associated with each degree.
Webinar Speakers:
Robin Newhouse, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN
Professor and Chair
University of Maryland School of Nursing
Shannon Idzik, DNP, CRNP
Assistant Professor and Director
University of Maryland School of Nursing
Meg Johantgen, PhD, RN
Associate Professor and Interim Assistant Dean
University of Maryland School of Nursing

To register for this Webinar, click here.
From Evidence to Impact: An Interdisciplinary Journey to Achieving Quality
Tuesday, May 20 @ 3:00 PM EST
As a novice researcher, you might have questions about the research process, including: How do I narrow my research focus and establish a plan of research study?, How can I connect with experts?, How do I get research funding? and, How do I disseminate my research? Please join Dr. Naylor, the National Program Director for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation program, Interdisciplinary Nursing Quality Research Initiative, as she focuses on answering these key questions.
Webinar Speaker:
Mary Naylor, PhD, RN, FAAN
Marian S. Ware Professor in Gerontology
Director of NewCourtland Center for Transitions and Health
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
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
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 healthcare.
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.
The Gerber Foundation Novice Research Awards
Distributed by the Gerber Foundation, these awards 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.
Advocacy Information
Join in HRSA's Social Media Campaign to Celebrate National Nurses Week!
In celebration of this year's National Nurses Week (May 6-12), the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is encouraging nurses to participate in their #IAMANURSE Social Media Campaign kicking off on Tuesday, May 6. In an effort to promote the profession, the agency is asking nurses to describe what it is about their job they enjoy the most by tweeting @HRSAgov or commenting on HRSA's Facebook page during Nurses Week. HRSA would like participants to include a photo of themselves, and to use the #IAMANURSE Twitter hashtag.
Join us on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube!
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