Sigma Theta Tau
The Alpha Iota Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, the national honor society of nursing, was installed at the University of Missouri on Dec. 12, 1964. The purposes of the society are to foster high professional standards, encourage creative work, promote maximum development of the individual, and increase one’s capacity to serve the profession and society, promote the spirit of fellowship among members of the nursing profession, develop an abiding interest in the advancement of nursing, and promote continuous participation as responsible members of the profession. Students who are in the final year of the program may be invited to apply for membership.
Student Nurses’ Association (SNA)
All pre-nursing and nursing majors are encouraged to join the MU Student Nurses Association for a minimal membership fee. Nursing majors are strongly encouraged to join and become involved in the National Student Nurses Association (NSNA). Participation in the NSNA at the district, state, and national level offer the student nurse the opportunity to have their voice heard in state legislatures, Congress, professional nursing organizations, and communities. The NSNA magazine Imprint, scholarship opportunities, discounts on text books and other nursing and school supplies are all additional benefits of membership at the national level. Activities include monthly meetings with programs (local), community service projects, Student Nurses’ Week, and annual state and national conventions. Officers are elected each spring. All students are encouraged to become involved.
Diversity in Nursing Association
The University of Missouri’s Diversity in Nursing Association is an umbrella organization of SNA that prepares aspiring nurses, particularly students of diverse backgrounds and lifestyles, for the rigor of the nursing program and career by exposing them to opportunities within the field via mentorship, shadowing and community service. Any student interested is encouraged to participate whether they fit into a diverse category (i.e. male, ethnicity, LGBTQ, first generation college, low-income or rural background) or if they share an interest in increasing diversity within the nursing field.
Nursing Student Council (NSC)
All undergraduate nursing students are automatically members of the Nursing Student Council. NSC is composed of elected executive officers, class representatives, and student representatives to the student faculty committees. Council meetings are open to all students, and all NSC members have voting privileges. The NSC gives nursing students a voice in affairs affecting their academic and social lives; serves to enhance students’ educational and social environment; improves communications among students, faculty, and administrators; assists in the development and improvement of selected nursing school policies, and coordinates the various student activities in the school. A copy of the charter is given to each student upon request.
The Nursing Learning Community
The Nursing Learning Community is an innovative living-learning environment for pre-nursing, clinical nursing and Nursing Scholar students, and is located in Galena Hall. As a member of this community, residents work with nursing faculty and staff as well as residence hall staff to create activities and opportunities that support academic success. For more information on how to submit your required housing and dining contract to Residential Life, please contact:
Office of Residential Life
0780 Defoe-Graham Hall
901 Hitt Street
Columbia, MO 65211-4050
Phone: 573.882.7275 or 1.800.225.6075 (in MO and IL)
Nurses Christian Fellowship (NCF)
Nurses Christian Fellowship is a part of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. NCF provides an opportunity for students and faculty to meet and pray, share Bible studies and socialize with other Christian nurses or nursing students. Members are also committed to service projects.
Student Representation on Faculty Committees
The Faculty Assembly (FA), a faculty organization, serves as the governing body of the faculty in the MU Sinclair School of Nursing. The Assembly by-laws provide for student representatives on two faculty committees: (a) the FA SA&P Committee, and (b) the FA Curriculum Committee. Undergraduate students serve on each committee. The student committee members have voice and vote in committee meetings but not in executive sessions. The FA SA&P Committee at times must act on individual student requests. The Committee will call for an executive session (without student representation) when individual students are discussed in order to protect the privacy of the student being discussed.
Campus Student Organizations
Nursing students are eligible to participate in campus organizations for which they qualify. A complete listing of recognized student organizations may be found in the M-Book. Students may stop by the Department of Student Life in Brady Commons to inquire about participation in student organizations other than those specific to nursing students.
Membership in national nursing organizations such as the American Nurses Association, the National League for Nursing, the Nurses’ Association of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and the American Association of Critical Care Nurses is encouraged.