Northland Student Nurse Association
Students are encouraged to join the nurses club, which is an organization of interested students who are involved in activities such as Nurses Day on Capital Hill, graduation celebrations, annual nurses spring luncheon, and service learning projects.
Service Learning Projects
Students in the nursing program have opportunities to participate in service learning projects. Examples of service learning include: working in soup kitchens, participating in health fairs, educating grade school students, participating in screening programs for the community and school systems.
Phi Theta Kappa (PTK)
Phi Theta Kappa is a national honor society for two-year colleges, officially recognized in 1929 by the American Association of Community and Junior Colleges. Recently, Phi Theta Kappa expanded into an international honor society, with branches located in Germany. Northland’s chapter is Sigma Alpha.
Phi Theta Kappa’s primary purpose is to recognize and honor outstanding academic achievements. Students plan and sponsor various activities on campus, such as blood drives and food drives. Fundraising activities help raise money for regional and national conventions.
In addition to the opportunity to earn individual and chapter awards, membership in Phi Theta Kappa is a lifetime membership. A record of membership automatically appears on a transcript to a four-year college or on an employment reference. There are opportunities for scholarships, participation at national and regional conventions, and fellowship with other members in the local chapter.
How to be a Nurse for a Day
AD-PN Mobility nursing students at Northland get the opportunity each year to teach 3rd graders How To Be AD Nurses For A Day. The AD students teach the third graders about:
- germs and the importance of good hand washing
- they show them X-rays of broken bones and teach them how to apply splints and casts
- the third graders learn how to give shots to infant mannequins and about safety in giving medications
- the AD students teach the children how to work in isolation gowns and how to change dressings on injuries
- they listen to heart and lung sounds, look in ears and take temperatures and blood pressures.
It is a wonderful chance for children to learn what nursing is all about. There is a severe shortage of nurses throughout the United States. Perhaps this exposure will give the children an opportunity to consider nursing as a possible career choice in the years ahead.