As a nursing student, you’ll want to get involved in student organizations. You could embark on a medical mission trip to the Dominican Republic, present a poster at a national conference or volunteer to assist local nursing home residents. All student organizations offer opportunities for friendships, networking, and skill-building in leadership and professionalism.
National Student Nursing Association (NSNA)
NSNA is a pre-professional association for ONU nursing students that focuses on professional development, mentoring and community service. Students in NSNA form a close bond and work together to plan activities each school year. NSNA members bring guest speakers to campus and coordinate community service projects, including a campus Bone Marrow Drive and volunteer time with residents at the Lost Creek Nursing Home in Lima, Ohio. On the national level, ONU nursing students can submit research papers to a peer-reviewed journal and present scholarly poster projects at a conference. Every year, approximately 10 to 12 ONU nursing students receive travel assistance from ONU to attend the NSNA national convention, which takes place in a major U.S. city. The national convention features prominent speakers and provides an opportunity to learn about the latest topics in nursing and network with nursing students and professional from across the country.
Northern Nursing Without Borders
Northern Nursing Without Borders is a student humanitarian organization that travels to the Dominican Republic for one week every May on a medical mission trip. The organization’s members come from the disciplines of nursing, pharmacy, engineering, education and more. Throughout the year, student members solicit donations – medicines, medical supplies, vitamins, clothing, hygiene products – to make the trip successful. Students travel with licensed professionals (registered nurses, physicians and pharmacists) to different barrios (neighborhoods) to set up health clinics. The local people come into the triage center to be evaluated and receive care. Students help operate the clinics and may also work on construction projects or assist with medical or surgical procedures. During their time in the Dominican Republic, students also socialize and interact with the local people with softball games, religious services and more. The trip gives nursing students the opportunity to learn what it is like to care for people of a different culture, how to utilize a translator and how to provide care with limited resources.
Ohio Northern’s Nursing Honorary Society
This society is for students who exhibit excellence in academics and leadership. ONU nursing students are invited to join this group if they have completed half the nursing curriculum and meet certain criteria, including being in the top 35 percentile of their class and maintaining a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) on Campus
NAMI on Campus is a student organization with the goal educating, empowering and spreading awareness about mental illness while fighting to stop the stigma surrounding it. ONU nursing students established the organization in 2017-18, but NAMI on Campus is open to students from all majors. The group was formed in response to increasing numbers of people across the country who struggle with anxiety, depression and substance abuse. Members of the group plan special events on campus such as guest speakers and student panels around the topic of mental illness.
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