Student and Professional Organizations
Of course, the most important thing about going to college is getting your education so that you can begin working as a nurse in whatever practice setting you choose. However, college is about much more than classrooms and exams. It is a time to gain leadership experiences, to network and make professional connections, to build your self confidence, to discover what your passions are, to make a difference. It is a time to ask yourself, “who am I, and what do I want to be?”
Student and professional organizations give you many different opportunities to answer those questions. The Department of Nursing has three specific groups, each a little different in purpose, to give you some great experiences before you leave college.
Fort Hays Association of Nursing Students
The Fort Hays Association of Nursing Students (FHANS) is a professional organization that gives anyone interested in a career in nursing the opportunity to see what a professional nursing organization looks like. FHANS gives pre-nursing and nursing students the chance to get to know their classmates, to put leadership theory into practice, learn more about nursing careers and attend national conferences. FHANS members also do service projects like administering flu shots at Hays Medical Center during the drive-up flu shot day and participating in Good Samaritan shoebox gift program. Generally, the group meets every two weeks. For more information, contact Kathleen Ward,FHANS advisor.
Nursing Christian Fellowship
Begun in 1948, Nursing Christian Fellowship (NCF) is both a professional organization and a ministry of and for nurses and nursing students. Fort Hays NCF’s goal is to provide Christian-based support for nursing and pre-nursing students. The group meets weekly to talk, laugh, listen, support, and pray with one another. Members have participated in local and outreach service activities, such as collecting items to donate to volunteer programs, including Crossroads Pregnancy Center and Operation Christmas Child, and mission trips, such as helping with Hurricane Katrina clean up and working at the Denver Rescue Mission. For more information, contact Carolyn Insley, NCF advisors.
Sigma Theta Tau
Sigma Theta Tau is the international honor society of nursing. Students are invited to membership in the organization based on high academic achievement in their nursing program. In addition, community leaders may also be invited into membership. Sigma Theta Tau supports knowledge generation in professional nursing practice, and also engages in numerous service projects. Nu Zeta, the local chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, regularly participates in fundraising for research in Alzheimer’s and other diseases. They also provide support for continuing education workshops and social events. For more information, visit our Sigma Theta Tau, NuZeta Chapter Web page..
Other Ways to Get Involved
In addition to the nursing-focused organizations, as a student at Fort Hays State University, you will find hundreds of ways to get involved. You can volunteer with Tigers in Service. You can become a member of the Student Government Association. You can be in a play or musical (even if you’re not a music major!). You can play intramural sports. To discover the many different ways you might get involved, visit FHSU’s Center for Student Involvement.