Each nursing student is encouraged to actively participate in professional organizations to enhance the educational experience, to further develop personal growth and professional identity as well as to facilitate communication and camaraderie among fellow students.
The SNA is a local chapter of the National Student Nurses Association (NSNA). The NSNA mentors the professional development of future nurses and facilitates their entrance into the profession by providing educational resources, leadership opportunities, and career guidance. Membership is voluntary.
The purpose of the TAMHSC-SNA is:
- To assume responsibility for contributing to nursing education in order to provide for the highest quality health care.
- To provide programs representative of fundamental and current professional interests and concerns.
- To aid in the development of the whole person, and his/her responsibility for the health care of people in all walks of life.
Dues are $40 and provide many benefits through the NSNA organization.
The class council is a student-led organization that is dedicated to fostering leadership and involvement opportunities for TAMHSC nursing students. All nursing students are encouraged to actively participate. The group will hold meetings once per semester as a minimum, but may call other meetings as needed.
In addition to electing officers, the Class Council will elect committee chairs and members of College of Nursing standing committees. Elected officers include a president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer, treasurer-elect, historian, and class representatives. Committee chairs to be elected include a community service chair and a social chair for each class.
The College of Nursing standing committees that have student members include:
- Undergraduate Curriculum Committee (2)
- Graduate Curriculum Committee (1)
- Program Evaluation Committee (3)
- Student Affairs Committee (3)
- Student Appeals Board (2)
- HSC Student Government Association (4)
Student members will serve for a term of one year and will have voting privileges. Committees will meet a minimum of once per semester. For questions about committee service participation and expectations, please contact the Associate Dean for Student Affairs.
Only students in good academic standing (overall GPA 2.0 or above for the current semester and the semester immediately prior to election/appointment and not on probation for any reason) may serve on committees.
Nurses Christian Fellowship (NCF)
Nurses Christian Fellowship is a ministry of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship USA. Since 1935, NCF has been encouraging practicing nurses, nursing students, and faculty to integrate their Christian faith and nursing practice. As both a ministry and a professional organization, NCF provides support, networking opportunities, and a Christian voice within nursing.
Membership is open to any interested nurses and nursing students in the B/CS area. The organization, which meets at least bimonthly, provides spiritual enrichment to the student and faculty population, assistance on how to provide spiritual care to clients, and allows for worship of God among fellow Christians.
The purpose of the Texas A&M Health Science Center Student Government Association (SGA) is, first and foremost, to work for the betterment of the HSC by serving the Office of the President in an advisory capacity on issues pertinent to its students. The SGA acts as the official voice of the students to its President and central administration. The delegates of the SGA work to educate and stimulate student involvement in student affairs across component boundaries, assist in communicating HSC-wide issues to all students, consider matters of policy and their implications on professional and graduate education, and assist in the advancement of sound public policy as it relates to the HSC.
The mission of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International, is to support the learning, knowledge and professional development of nurses committed to making a difference in health worldwide. The international honor society began in 1922 and has now grown to include more than 400 chapters that are associated with university schools or colleges of nursing in 85 countries.
On May 15, 2011, the College of Nursing’s Phi Iota chapter was named as a new charter chapter in Sigma Theta Tau International. This chapter is active in bringing together nursing students and professional nurses in the area. Nursing undergraduate and graduate students as well as nursing professionals may be inducted into the organization. Membership into Sigma Theta Tau International is by invitation, and induction of new members is held during Graduation Week each year in May.
Phi Iota Chapter and Sigma Theta Tau International ascribe to the following purposes.
- To recognize superior achievement.
- To recognize the development of leadership qualities.
- To foster high professional standards.
- To encourage creative work.
- To strengthen commitment to the ideals and purposes of the profession.