JULY 2014
Emerging Leaders
Keisha Butler, RN
MSN Student
Austin Peay State University

Anticipated Graduation Date: 
December 2015
Current Position:
Riverview Regional Medical Center, Vanderbilt University  Medical Center Trauma ICU, Quality Health Care and Rehab
“I decided to enroll in the MSN program because my dream is to share my knowledge and experiences with others and so I knew that I needed to get my Master’s in Nursing. I am currently in my first semester as a full- time student. Even though I have only just begun my classes, I have already learned so much. My professors have been very helpful and so have my classmates. It is a completely different learning environment than an undergraduate program, and I have had to adjust the way in which I study and learn in order to be successful. After I complete the program, I intend on becoming a nursing professor with a concentration in critical care nursing, teaching in both a classroom and clinical setting.”
If you are interested in being featured as the next emerging leader or would like to nominate someone, send an email to mwall@aacn.nche.edu  with a brief statement about why they should be featured.
Become a GNSA Liaison and Participate in the Liaison Leadership Project

Develop your leadership skills and network with nursing leaders and researchers at your institution by becoming a GNSA Liaison and participating in the Liaison leadership project. Conduct a brief video interview with a nursing leader at your school and submit it for the GNSA YouTube channel. To find out more about the Liaison role, click here to access the Liaison Webinar. If you are interested in becoming a Liaison, click here to complete the online form.
For more information, email Marta Wall at mwall@aacn.nche.edu. To view past interviews, click here.
CNL Bulletin Now Available
The Spring/Summer 2014 issue of The CNL Bulletin is now available. To access this newsletter, 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.
The Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing E-learning Center

Access the Hartford Institute’s E-learning Center which includes topics in geriatrics with an interdisciplinary focus and covers the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of acute, chronic and life threatening diseases and disabilities, including dementia. Continuing education in nursing is available. For more information, click here.
Civility Toolkit

The RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows developed a user-friendly toolkit which contains resources to empower nurse leaders to identify, intervene, and prevent workplace bullying. To access this web-based toolkit, click here.
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 mwall@aacn.nche.edu.
The GNSA is Now on LinkedIn!
Start networking with fellow GNSA members by joining the GNSA LinkedIn group. Connect with students across the country and share resources by clicking here.
Also, don’t forget to like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and check out nursing leader interviews on our YouTube channel.
New CEO Deborah Trautman Featured on AACN Web Site
AACN was pleased to welcome Deborah Trautman, PhD, RN, as its new CEO on Monday, June 16, 2014. To better introduce our new leader to AACN members and stakeholders, a new Meet the New CEO section has been added to the AACN web site, which includes links to Dr. Trautman’s bio, recent articles about her, a Q&A, and related news. To access this resource, see www.aacn.nche.edu/media-relations/meet-the-new-ceo.
Outstanding Dissertation and Capstone Awards
Submit a nomination for this award which showcases outstanding dissertations and capstone/scholarly projects completed by students in research- and practice-focused doctoral programs. The deadline to submit a nomination is September 15, 2014, and the awards will be presented in January at AACN’s annual Doctoral Education Conference in two categories:
  • Excellence in Advancing Nursing Science Award: For an outstanding dissertation from a student in a PhD in nursing or DNS program.
  • Excellence in Advancing Nursing Practice Award: For an outstanding capstone/scholarly project from a student in a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program.
To find out more about these awards and for information on how to submit a nomination, click here.
Khan Academy, AACN, and Jonas Center Introduce Online Learning Materials
The first wave of innovative healthcare lessons in 9 topic areas are now available for free on the Khan Academy website and can be used to supplement the learning of healthcare students, practitioners, and patients worldwide. The Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare (Jonas Center), Khan Academy, and AACN launched an international competition last fall to identify content creators interested in developing video-based lessons with supporting practice questions. The content creators developed 55 videos on specific topic areas, and new videos, articles, and sample exam questions will be developed on an ongoing basis. If you are interested in helping to write NCLEX-RN style questions, please email Dr. Karen Kesten at AACN at kkesten@aacn.nche.edu.
To access the free learning materials, see www.khanacademy.org/test-prep/NCLEX-RN.
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 events@hshps.org or visit www.hshps.org/programs.
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 circleoflife@aha.org.
Check Out the GNSA Collaboration Community
Opt-in to the GNSA Collaboration Community through your My AACN dashboard and network with fellow GNSA members. Recent discussions have included human rights in nursing, nursing incivility, and conversations about choosing to further your nursing education and encouraging others to do so. Also, visit the resource center for interesting articles and toolkits that may be helpful to you as you progress through your program.
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:
Speeding the Translation of Research into Practice to Improve Healthcare Quality
This Webinar discusses important “so what” outcome factors that are necessary to include in research and EBP/quality improvement projects in order to speed the translation of research findings into clinical practice. The COPE Parent Program will be highlighted to illustrate critical factors that facilitated its adoption in healthcare settings throughout the globe. Other variables that hinder and influence the adoption of evidence-based practices also will be discussed.
Webinar Speaker:
Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk, PhD, RN, CPNP/PMHNP, FNAP, FAAN
Associate Vice President for Health Promotion
University Chief Wellness Officer,
Dean and Professor
College of Nursing
The Ohio State University
To register, click here. 
Understanding the Affordable Care Act: What the Law Means for You
Learn more about the changes in the healthcare delivery system as a result of the new Health Insurance Marketplace. In the Webinar, Dr. Miyamoto will provide an overview of the law and how it impacts nursing practice as well as reference resources that are available to you.
Webinar Speaker:
Suzanne Miyamoto, PhD, RN
AACN Senior Director of Government Affairs and Health Policy
To register, click here.
Interested in a specific topic? Email Marta Wall, AACN's Associate Director for Student Initiatives, at mwall@aacn.nche.edu for Webinar topic requests.
Opportunity Alerts
$40,000 MSN Informatics "Big Data Management" Scholarship
Duke University School of Nursing is offering an Informatics Scholarship for up to $40,000 for a student who is applying to enter the School’s MSN Informatics Program. The competitive “Big Data Management” Scholarship would cover up to $20,000 in tuition costs per year for two years. The Informatics specialty at Duke is a distance-based program using online learning management systems and webinars. Deadline for applications is July 15, 2014. For more information, or to apply for the “Big Data Management” Informatics Scholarship, please visit nursing.duke.edu.
Advocacy Information
GNSA Policy Committee Call for Applications
Apply now to be part of a select group of five GNSA members who will receive support to become highly-skilled advocates able to influence policy at the local, state, and national levels. Members of this committee will offer insight to AACN on policy issues of importance to graduate nursing students. Through participation in this committee, members will have an opportunity to serve in a leadership role, enhance their professional development, and acquire the necessary knowledge and skills to be effective policy and advocacy leaders for nursing. Interested applicants must meet the following criteria:
  • Be a current GNSA Member
  • Ability to participate in quarterly conference calls during the year for 1-2 hours
Applicants are asked to provide the following information:
  1. Current resume or curriculum vitae
  2. Short essay (no more than 500 words) outlining your professional interests in becoming an advocate for the profession and what contributions you bring to the committee serving in this role
  3. List of two references
The submission deadline for all applications is Friday, August 22, 2014 @ 5:00 PM ET.  To complete an application, visit: www.aacn.nche.edu/students/gnsa/policy-committee-application.
Please direct any questions to AACN’s Associate Director of Student Initiatives Marta Wall at mwall@aacn.nche.edu or AACN’s Associate Director of Government Affairs Lauren Inouye at linouye@aacn.nche.edu.
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