JULY 2013
Emerging Leaders
Doreen D'Agostino, BSN,
MSN Student
Psychiatric/Mental Health
NP Program
Drexel University

Anticipated Graduation Date: June 2015
Current Position: Board certified psychiatric RN on 39-bed acute inpatient behavioral health unit at Lancaster Regional Medical Center
“When I learned that Drexel University offered one of the few online nurse practitioner programs that included a psychiatric track, it was a natural fit. A native of South Philadelphia, I was familiar with Drexel's reputation for quality education. Currently in my fourth quarter, the support and guidance I have received thus far from my professors and advisor has been exemplary. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that Drexel Online provided a student coach the first two quarters, as a peer resource. Moriah, my coach, has been there for me when I needed encouragement and/or reassurance, to answer questions, and to reach out from time to time to make sure I am on track. Overall, I am finding the courses to be organized and thorough. Upon completion of my program, I hope to obtain a license as a psychiatric nurse practitioner. After obtaining my license, I plan to work through a travel agency and ultimately at a VA Hospital.”
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GNSA Members
Help AHRQ Shape New Tools for Shared Decision-making
The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) has been partnering with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to raise awareness and encourage use of evidence-based tools from the Effective Health Care (EHC) Program.  These tools help clinicians and consumers learn about the effectiveness, benefits, and risks of treatment options for many common conditions.
AHRQ invites you to provide feedback and input on the development of new clinical tools and workshops to support shared healthcare decision-making about treatment options. Your participation in a brief survey will ensure that AHRQ understands your needs and preferences for new tools to use with your patients.   The survey is open until July 15, 2013 so act now to ensure your voice is heard! 
In recognition of your time, AHRQ offers an opportunity to order FREE bulk copies of Effective Health Care Program clinician and consumer brochures.  After completing the survey you will receive an access code to place your order.
To access the survey, please click here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/AHRQ-NPN.
If the link does not work, please copy and paste it into your Internet window.
Nominations Open for Outstanding Dissertation and Capstone Awards
AACN created this new awards program to recognize and showcase outstanding dissertations and capstone projects completed by students in research and practice-focused doctoral programs. The Excellence in Advancing Nursing Science Award recognizes an outstanding dissertation from a student in a PhD in nursing, DNSc, or DNS program and the Excellence in Advancing Nursing Practice Award recognizes an outstanding capstone project from a student in a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program. To be considered for this award, the student must have defended/completed their dissertation or capstone/scholarly projects between October 2012 and September 2013. Nominations for the award must be received by October 15, 2013. For more information on the award criteria and the nomination requirements, click here.
Upcoming GNSA Webinars
Make an Impact: Communicating Your Research Beyond Academia Webinar Series
Register for this three-part webinar series to learn how to better promote the impact of your nursing research and communicate your work to the general public to help improve healthcare policies and bring healthcare decision-making to the foreground.
The three sessions will cover tools to help develop your communication strategy and tactics that will help you connect with your target audiences and promote your research through different social media outlets.
Jennette Carrick
Senior Director of Communications & Marketing
University of California, Davis
Laura Perry
Director of Communications
University of California, Los Angeles

Successfully Transitioning from Practice to Teaching Roles
Monday, July 29 @ 3:00 PM EST
  As you evolve from a student to an educator, there are tools you can utilize which will allow you to fluidly move from novice to expert. Dr. Patsy Maloney will provide you with tools for success in the academic environment. Learn strategies for effective teaching, motivating students, and managing student expectations whether in the classroom or clinical setting. 
Patsy Maloney, EdD, RN-BC, NEA-BC
Professor and Director, Continuing Nursing Education
Pacific Lutheran University
For information on how to register for this webinar and all upcoming webinars, visit: http://www.aacn.nche.edu/students/gnsa/webinars
Did you miss a recent Webinar?
You can access all past webinars including past faculty webinars through the GNSA  collaboration community by clicking on the “Webinar Archives” navigation menu.
Collaborate with GNSA Members
Join the GNSA collaboration community and start discussions with other members. The directory allows you to find other members, learn about their nursing programs, and read their biographical statements. Make sure that your profile is up to date to make it easy for others to network with you.
Opportunity Alerts
American Cancer Society: Doctoral Scholarships in Cancer Nursing
This American Cancer Society (ACS) scholarship is awarded to graduate students pursuing doctoral study in the field of cancer nursing research, and preparing for careers as nurse scientists. Applicants must possess a current license to practice as a registered nurse, and be enrolled in or applying to an accredited doctoral degree program.  Students must be enrolled in a full-time program of study that integrates cancer nursing and provides evidence of faculty support.  Awards are made for up to two years, with the possibility of two-year renewal based on satisfactory progress.  The yearly stipend is $15,000 per year, which includes subsistence and tuition expenses.
The scholarship deadline is October 15, 2013. For more information, click here.
PROSPECTIVE APPLICANTS: Save the date to participate in an informational call on Thursday, August 1, 2013, at 4PM EDT. The program director and other ACS staff will advise on the Doctoral Degree Scholarships in Cancer Nursing program requirements and how to submit an application. If you would like to participate, please contact Shannon Mejri at shannon.mejri@cancer.org.
The Senior Care Scholarship Contest
This scholarship is available to students enrolled in a bachelor's degree or graduate level program in any field related to gerontology, medicine, nursing, social work, or sociology at an accredited four-year university. A scholarship in the amount of $1000 will be awarded based on a 500-word essay on a selected topic.
The scholarship deadline is September 13, 2013. For more information, click here.
Advocacy Information
July 1 Deadline Doubles Interest Rate on New Student Loans
On July 1, 2013, interest rates on federally subsidized undergraduate Stafford student loans doubled from 3.4% to 6.8% as Congress failed to pass legislation preventing this increase (this affects only new loans taken out). While several proposals had been offered in both the House and the Senate, none garnered the support necessary to be enacted and stave off this increase.
President Obama also offered a plan that would allow interest rates to vary with the Treasury note. His plan did not include caps on interest rates, however, a loan’s rate would become locked in at the point when a student took out the loan. The President has indicated he would accept caps on interest rates. Some Congressional leaders assert that a solution may still be passed that could potentially reverse the increase and delay the interest hike for another year.
Participate in the Nurses' Health Study 3
The Harvard School of Public Health and Brigham and Women's Hospital are excited to announce that the Nurses' Health Study is growing. Previous cohorts revealed much of what we currently know about how diet and lifestyle can affect women's risk of developing cancer and other serious health conditions. The goal is to enroll 100,000 female nurses into a new web-based study! You can contribute to groundbreaking research on lifestyle, environment, nurses' work life, and women's health. To read more, click here.
If you are a female nurse between the ages of 20 and 46, JOIN the study!
For more information, visit www.nhs3.org.
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