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Graduate Student Nurses Association

 The GSNA is a chartered student organization (CSO) member of the Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA). Chartered student organizations are formed to further the common interest of the members of the group and the university community.  Officers of GSNA represent graduate student nurses at the university level.


  1. Represent, support and advocate for graduate nursing students
  2. Provide supplemental scholarship and financial information and resources
  3. Promote the scholastic, professional and social interests of the graduate student nurse while acting as a conduit for graduate student-faculty communication


All graduate students currently enrolled into the College of Nursing at UNM are members of the GSNA by virtue of being a graduate nursing student.  We are your graduate association; please feel free to contact any of the officers with information or suggestions regarding activities and/or your interests. 


At this time, the GSNA does not hold regularly scheduled on-campus meetings as many of our members attend classes online only. The virtual nature of the GSNA allows us to communicate online to stay in touch with all members by web. 

GSNA Funding

A non-refundable GPSA fee is levied on all graduate students at the time of registration for each semester.  Use of the designated GSNA apportionment of these fees is subject to the budget procedures set forth in our bylaws (see GSNA Grants Code). 

GSNA Officer Biographies and Information


Terms begin upon the completion of the Spring semester in May and run to the following May.  Please contact any of the officers if you have questions, concerns or thoughts on how this association can better support graduate students. 

2012-2013 President, UNM Graduate Student Nurses Association

Sue No, BSN, RN is a doctoral student and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Fellow in nursing and health policy with the RWJF Nursing and Health Policy Collaborative at the University of New Mexico?s College of Nursing. She received her second bachelor?s degree in nursing from the University of South Florida in effort to further her goal of improving the lives of others. Sue currently serves as a committee member of the New Careers in Nursing Scholars Network, and is also a member of the Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society and New Mexico Nurses Association. As a doctoral student at the University of New Mexico, she will draw from her diverse experiences and rely on her analytical and organizational skills to conduct rigorous studies, develop new insights, and implement cost-effective services and programs. Her aim is to contribute to policy deliberations affecting health care delivery by advocating for democracy and self-efficacy for underserved communities.



2013-2014 Vice President, UNM Graduate Student Nurses Association

Beret Ravenscroft, JD, BSN, RN worked at a therapeutic middle school and as youth counselor at an emergency shelter for teenagers, which gave her an appreciation for the challenges that some people unfairly face. She practiced law in Connecticut, and then went back to school for a second baccalaureate degree in nursing. Her aim was to bring her knowledge of law to the practice of nursing to make more powerful change to people she sought to help. Aware of the rich and expansive opportunity to shape change that comes with a PhD in nursing and health policy, Beret joined this program at UNM.

2013-2014 Treasurer, UNM Graduate Student Nurses Association

LisaMarie Turk, MSN, RN is a doctoral student and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Fellow in nursing and health policy with the RWJF Nursing and Health Policy Collaborative at the University of New Mexico?s College of Nursing.  LisaMarie?s background in nursing is in adult cardiac critical care, quality improvement in managed care organizations, and nursing education.  She completed her graduate degree at the University of New Mexico and was a recipient of a Hearst Foundation Health Policy Scholarship that supported her education and enabled her increased awareness of the impact of policy on health.  LisaMarie is interested in influencing and shaping policies that contribute to building nursing capacity and leadership, increasing the diversity of the healthcare workforce, decreasing health disparities, and achieving health equity.


2013-2014 Secretary, UNM Graduate Student Nurses Association

Nicole Adams, MSN, RN has a Master of Science in Nursing degree with a concentration in Administration from UNM and began her PhD in Nursing in the Health Policy program in May 2012. She became an RWJF Nursing and Health Policy Collaborative fellow in 2013. She has worked in the Emergency Department and Medical Intensive Care Unit, and as a Unit Director on a Surgical Unit at UNM Hospital. She has now returned to the bedside as a float pool nurse. Her research interests include the outcomes created by health policy in vulnerable populations and the impact of policies on bedside hospital nurses and the care that they provide. Having spent her entire nursing career in hospitals, she would like to become a health policy advocate for the bedside RN.

MSN Student Handbook

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Graduate and Professional Students Association 

The Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA) is the representative governing body for all graduate and professional students. GPSA represents the interests of graduate students through continuing contacts with the OGS, the University administration, Board of Regents, and the state legislature. In addition, GPSA maintains an active network with other graduate student organizations nationally. The primary goal of the association is to enhance graduate educational opportunities for all students at the University.  For more information visit the GPSA website at , call (505) 277-3803, or e-mail

Graduate Resource Center 

The Graduate Resource Center, administered by the Office of Graduate Studies (OGS), provides support for graduate and professional students engaged in writing and research. The GRC crafts a series of workshops, seminars, and symposia to develop academic, research, and professional skills, and the faculty connections that are essential to student success.  The GRC offers individual appointments to discuss writing and research projects with advanced peer graduate consultants. Visit or call (505) 277-1407for more information.

Online Writing Lab (OWL) 

The OWL offers online consultation through email. Students can submit their work and questions (up to 10 pages at a time) and receive feedback within 48 hours. Visit

Financial Aid for Graduate Nursing Students

Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA)

Any student enrolled in a graduate or professional program is eligible for GPSA grant funding.

The SRAC grant, up to $500, is available for conducting research or traveling to present it at a conference. The ST grant, also up to $500, is available for traveling to a conference where you are NOT presenting research, or for any event that furthers your professional development (i.e.  job interviews, or travel to and from an internship). The Graduate Research Development (GRD) grant, $3000 or (if you are working with a New Mexico state agency) $5000, is available for larger-scale research projects.  Contac the GPSA for application information and deadlines

Office of Graduate Studies (OGS) 

The UNM Office of Graduate Studies provides Research, Project & Travel (RPT) grants. RPT awards are intended to defray the costs of materials or equipment necessary to your research, and/or for travel required to collect data or to present the results of research at professional meetings. Because of the limited availability of funding, the selection process will be extremely competitive.

New Mexico Area Health Education Centers (NM AHEC)

The national network of AHECs provide priority workforce development and community health support services to underserved populations, primary care and primary care support health disciplines.  To meet this goal, AHEC provides financial support for students in multiple health disciplines to assist with the completion of clinical rotations in rural and underserved communities throughout the state. Contact Robin Mintz, Program Manager, (CON) for more information at or call (505) 272-1184.


A portion of the funds collected by the GSNA are allocated to assist graduate nursing students with the cost of attending clinical rotations outside of Albuquerque and professional conferences.  To apply for a GSNA grant, please complete the application and submit to by Monday, March 31, 2014 at midnight (MT).

Application:  GSNA Grant Spring 2014 PDF.

GSNA members are encouraged to apply of funding through GPSA, OGS and AHEC (see above) prior to applying for GSNA funds. GSNA reimbursement is limited to $500 per applicant per semester; however funds will be awarded in proportionate amounts (i.e. less than $500) according to the total number of applications and funding available.


For more information about the application process to request funds from the GSNA please view the document below.

GSNA Grant Codes