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University of Maryland School of Nursing Doctoral Student Selected for National Student Leadership Council

October 7, 2015

Council members seek to serve the professional needs of graduate nursing students.

Baltimore, Md. – The University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) is pleased to announce that the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) has selected doctoral student Stacey Iobst, BSN ‘07, RNC-OB, C-EFM, to the Graduate Nursing Student Academy (GNSA) Leadership Council. Iobst will serve a two-year term.

Members of the Council will help develop future strategic goals by providing advice on services and programming for the GNSA. It will also help serve the professional development needs of graduate nursing students as they prepare for careers in the field. The Council, which consists of four PhD students, three Doctor of Nursing Practice students, and three master’s students, are from across the country.  

“It is an honor to represent my fellow nursing students as a member of GNSA’s inaugural Leadership Council,” Iobst said. “In this role I would like to bolster efforts to recruit nurses with strong leadership skills to graduate nursing programs around the country. I would also like to explore opportunities for nurses to conduct interdisciplinary education within the graduate school setting.”

The GNSA provides high value programs, services, and resources to nursing students enrolled in master's and doctoral programs. Formed by AACN in 2012, the GNSA continues to experience significant growth. It helps meet the professional development needs of graduate nursing students as they prepare for careers as faculty members, researchers, advanced practice registered nurses, policy experts, health care administrators, and other roles in nursing leadership. Membership in the GNSA is open to graduate students enrolled in AACN-affiliated schools.

“We are excited that Stacey has been selected to be a part of a group of outstanding emerging leaders,” said UMSON Dean Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN. “I’m looking forward to seeing the work that the Leadership Council does in helping to develop programs and resources that serve the expressed needs of the more than 110,000 nursing students enrolled in master’s and doctoral programs in the U.S.”

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The University of Maryland School of Nursing, founded in 1889, is one of the oldest and largest nursing schools, and is ranked sixth nationally. Enrolling more than 1,700 students in its baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral programs, the School develops leaders who shape the profession of nursing and impact the health care environment.