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AACN Launches New Graduate Nursing Student Academy

Posted Aug 16 2012 10:00am

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) announced recently that it will launch a new Graduate Nursing Student Academy (GNSA) at its semiannual meeting in October. The GNSA will offer programs, services, and resources to graduate nursing students with the aim of guiding more nursing students into academic, research, and leadership positions.

These services will represent an expansion and reorganization of services historically offered by the AACN, as well as an enhanced commitment to America’s 110,000 graduate nursing students. The AACN acts as the unified voice of more than 700 public and private nursing programs, in addition to performing many other support and advocacy services for those institutions.

“Preparing the next generation of nurses to lead change and foster innovation in academic, research, and practice settings is a priority for the association,” said Jane Kirschling, president of the AACN. “AACN stands ready to leverage its resources and work collaboratively with stakeholders to move more nursing students into graduate programs and to offer enrichment opportunities for this important student population.”

In concrete terms, AACN’s support for nursing students takes the form of scholarships, webinars, conferences and discounted conference admissions, community building, internships, and advocacy.

The GNSA has been designed in large part to meet the professional development needs expressed by graduate nursing students in interviews conducted by the AACN. To build on this data about the needs of students, the AACN is currently conducting a brief and wide-ranging online survey .

In anticipation of the GNSA launch in October, the AACN has also created a Web site to provide further information about the GNSA. The Web site’s resources include a new guide to graduate nursing programs, information about nursing scholarships and other nursing student organizations, and career resources. These offerings are only a small selection of the ways in which the GNSA will serve future nursing students.

We invite you to learn more about the Nursing@Georgetown program, or call our admissions team at 1-877-910-HOYA (4692).

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