Nursing Student Groups and Activities

Nursing Student Groups and Activities

Student Nurses Association

Nurse Challenge

BU nursing students and advisees who participated in the 2013 Geoffrey Allen Walp Memorial Annual Student Nurse Challenge, based on the College Bowl program.

The purpose of the Student Nurses Association (SNA) is to involve students in activities that promote professionalism. Leadership is encouraged as the responsibilities of nursing are practiced. SNA meets its goals by planning and conducting social, educational, and community services. Activities are coordinated between student cohort groups - from freshman to seniors. SNA goals involve enhancing communication between students, faculty, and administration while enriching personal and professional growth.

It is through SNA that BU baccalaureate nursing students participate in nursing department committees such as Curriculum, Student Admission, Progression and Retention, Faculty Search, and Educational Resources. This involvement is an excellent way to ensure that the nursing department and its students consistently work toward the same objectives. SNA organizes a peer mentorship program where senior nursing students are partnered with incoming freshmen.

SNA members participate in various service activities throughout the year, including raising money for the Ronald McDonald House, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and numerous other charities. Students contribute to wellness education by performing blood pressure screenings at such events as the Health Sciences Symposium. Members of SNA also participate in academic achievement events, including the annual Bowl or Student Nurse Challenge competition for Pennsylvania students to help prepare them for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). In addition, SNA sponsors banquets, picnics and social functions. These events and fundraisers provide a fun way to know both students and faculty outside the classroom!

SNA meetings are held the first Wednesday of every month at 9:15 pm in Hartline 108. Announcements and news items are posted on Bloomsburg Online Learning and Teaching (BOLT). Outside the SLL on the third floor of MCHS, an SNA bulletin board also provides information about meetings and current affairs. The SNA mailbox is located in the Department of Nursing Office, Room 3109, MCHS. Faculty advisors are appointed yearly. Officers for the 2013-2014 Academic Year are: President Stacey Campbell, President-elect Courtney Wesley, Vice-president: Robin Hampton, Secretary: Michelle Sekunda, Treasurer: Christina Flaherty, Historian: Sheena Stoner.

National Student Nurses Association

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Here are some of BU’s SNA members that participated in Relay for Life this past Spring.

The National Student Nurses Association (NSNA) is an organization that connects with over 60,000 students and mentors nationwide. Members include students and registered nurses who work with nursing students to help them develop professionally. Multiple resources are available, including educational materials, leadership opportunities, career guidance, NCLEX preparation, and scholarships. NSNA membership provides significant discounts at many stores, hotels, nursing journals, and nursing apparel.

With a NSNA membership, each student receives five free issues of Imprint, a professional magazine for nursing students. NSNA also has many partnerships that provide discounted prices to the Academy of Neonatal Nursing, Oncology Nursing Society, Emergency Nurses Association, The Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science, and many other specialty nursing organizations.

Being an active member of NSNA provides a venue for recognition, awards and cash prizes. Nursing students can receive credits through NSNA’s Leadership program. NSNA members also have opportunities to submit their opinions and manuscripts for potential publication in nursing journals. Along with NSNA membership is a free HealthStream professional portfolio that facilitates job location and placement within nursing.

NSNA membership provides unique resources and opportunities for Bloomsburg University nursing students, including local and national nursing conferences and conventions. Members of NSNA provide activities and fundraisers in addition to SNA events.

NSNA meetings conveniently coincide with SNA and are held on the first Wednesday of every month at 9:15 pm in Hartline 108. Officers for the 2013-2014 Academic Year are: President Julie Rose Booth, Vice-president Evan Davis, and Secretary Caroline Toomey.

STT Theta Zeta Chapter

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BU's Nursing Department has a chapter of the International Honor Society of Nursing, Theta Zeta chapter of Sigma Theta Tau. Students from the Theta Zeta Chapter participate in many service activities. These include the Alzheimer’s Memory Walk, the Cystic Fibrosis walk, and making blankets for Project Linus.

Membership Criteria

Induction into Sigma Theta Tau is both a privilege and an honor. Students should be aware there are several criteria that must be met for eligibility.

  • Upper 35% of their graduating class in scholarship (upper 15% is inducted as juniors and remaining 20% or upper 35% as seniors)
  • Minimum 3.0 overall GPA
  • Competitive nature of class determines actual GPA necessary for eligibility into organization

A combination of the following is required for endorsement:

  1. Superior academic achievement
  2. Development of leadership qualities
  3. Demonstration of high professional standards
  4. Demonstration of a strong commitment to the ideals and purposes of the profession.

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Nurses Christian Fellowship

Nurses Christian Fellowship

Nurses Christian Fellowship (NCF) is a professional organization affiliated with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, and a ministry of and for Christian nursing students and registered nurses. Its major activities include regular Bible study and prayer, fellowship and support, and outreach into the nursing community. NCF's vision is to transform the way nurses view and care for their patients using Jesus' example of servant leadership and holistic care.

By serving the needs of the whole person–spiritual, emotional, intellectual, ethical, and professional–NCF strives to enable nurses to enhance their discipleship of Jesus Christ and influence their nursing practice through His example.

NCF is open to all nursing students, faculty, and nurses in the community who are interested in incorporating their Christian values and beliefs into nursing practice. We meet informally for fellowship and prayer throughout the semester. Contact for more information.

International Experiences and Community Service

In addition to Nurses’ Christian Fellowship, BU nursing students have traveled to numerous countries.

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Chelsea Stoner, Elizabeth Lee, and Kieren Hooper in Jamaica over Spring break. Students had the opportunity to work at health clinics in Jamaica and provide health and medication teaching to impoverished Jamaicans.

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BU nursing student Elizabeth “Lizzie” Lee helps prepare medication at a Jamaican clinic.

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BU nursing students who participated in the Spring 2013 “Be Hope to Her” walk, a nationwide event designed to raise awareness about the need for clean water. With a yellow bucket on their heads, students journeyed to a water source, filled their bucket and walked back as if each was providing a day’s worth of water for her family—just as millions of women and girls do across the globe every day. The funds that were raised helped lead to the drilling of four deep water wells in Kuria, Kenya.

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BU nursing students, Rachel Franz (left) and Julia Arment (right) volunteer at the Bocce Bash, an annual Special Olympics event held on campus with support from BU's Student Council for Exceptional Children and the Department of Exceptionality Programs.