The School of Nursing encourages students to become involved in professional, academic, spiritual, social, and athletic activities to enhance their growth throughout their educational experiences. Among the activities available in the School of Nursing are the Student Nurse Association (SNA) and Mu Chi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International. Each of these organizations provides a unique opportunity to nursing students to become involved in professional nursing activities.
The primary goal of the SNA is to foster social and academic opportunities for nursing students. There is an emphasis on leadership, community service, and recreational activity that enhances interpersonal relationships for members of the School of Nursing community. The organization offers a diverse array of activities that serve as a gateway to the academic world and the professional world of nursing.
Some of the activities sponsored by the SNA include:
- Monthly meetings
- State and National Student Nurse conferences
- Community service projects for underserved populations (ie., Hunger Clean-up, Relay for Life, and Heart Walk)
- Informal student/faculty gatherings
Sigma Theta Tau is the only international honor society in nursing. The Mu Chi chapter was established at Fairfield University in 1991 to recognize superior achievement, leadership, high professional standards, creative work, and commitment to the high ideals of the nursing profession among nursing students. Research grants, conferences, publications, films, exhibits, and awards are extended nationally by Sigma Theta Tau. At Fairfield University, membership is an honor conferred on students by invitation, following a committee review of qualifications.
Undergraduate candidates must:
- have completed at least one-half of the nursing curriculum by the end of the Spring semester;
- have achieved an overall grade point average of at least 3.0 at the end of the Spring semester;
- rank in the upper 35 percentile of the graduating class.
Graduate candidates must:
- have completed one-fourth of the nursing curriculum by the end of the Spring semester;
- have achieved an overall grade point average of at least 3.5 at the end of the Spring semester.
Students who meet these academic qualifications should apply when they have completed the above requirements. The counselors of the Mu Chi Chapter, faculty members of the School of Nursing, will provide candidates with additional information and an application.