Opportunities In & Out of the Classroom
- Small classes allow maximum interaction with classmates and instructors in a program focused on student engagement and real-world experiences.
- Professional and service organizations allow students to serve their community and engage in activities that prepare them for the nursing profession.
- Student organizations arrange a variety of social activities throughout the academic year that allow students to relax and strengthen friendships.
National Student Nurses Association & Kansas Association of Nursing Students
All students become members of the national and state professional organization for students upon entry into the nursing program. We recommend that all nursing students become active members of the professional organization. A faculty member serves as an advisor for the organization.
Eta Kappa Chapter-at-Large
Eta Kappa Chapter-at-Large, a chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, is a collaborative effort between Baker University School of Nursing and Washburn University School of Nursing. Sigma Theta Tau International recognizes superior achievement, recognizes the development of leadership qualities, fosters high professional standards, encourages creative work and strengthens commitment to the ideals and purposes of the profession. Eligibility requirements include a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, rank of upper 35 percent of class, leadership skills and completion of at least one-half of the nursing curriculum and faculty endorsement. Qualifying students will be invited in their final semester. Inductions take place twice a year.
Student Representation on School of Nursing Committees
One or two students will be selected to represent the student body on each of the following committees:
- Faculty Senate
- Program Evaluation and Outcomes Assessment
- Educational Programs and Curriculum
- Student Affairs
- Baker University School of Nursing Advisory Committee
One or two student per level will be selected to serve on the Academic Resources Committee.
Student Senate Organization
Upon admission to the School of Nursing, all students automatically become members of the Student Senate Association. Two representatives from each class are elected annually and a faculty sponsor is selected. The officers represent the entire student body as it conducts special projects and professional and recreational activities.
All students with an interest in singing are invited to join the Baker University School of Nursing chorus. The chorus practices most Mondays over the lunch break for 45 minutes. The chorus performs before each Pinning Ceremony in May and December and for other events as requested. Instrumentalists (e.g., pianists, flutists, guitarists, violinists) are also invited to accompany the chorus.
Students can apply to become an ambassador at the end of first level. Students are selected by faculty and staff. Ambassadors are expected to represent the school in a professional manner. Orientation to ambassador responsibilities is provided at the beginning of second level. Ambassadors receive $50 toward book expenses for second, third and fourth levels and are expected to participate in a minimum of four events each semester.
Four or five students are selected from each level to help plan the Pinning Ceremony each semester. This committee generally meets twice a semester. Students scheduled to graduate make decisions regarding food, music, flowers, awards, speakers and budget. Students in lower levels learn the process and volunteer to assist with distributing programs and serving food and punch at the reception.
Nurses for Cultural Awareness
Nurses for Cultural Awareness welcomes all students with an interest in expanding or enhancing their cultural competency. The club allows explorations of various cultures, values and belief systems. Meeting times and places will be announced.
Trinity Lutheran Committee
Several students are selected from each level to meet with representatives from Trinity Lutheran Church once a semester. This committee determines how Trinity can assist nursing students and how the School of Nursing can support their members. Trinity Lutheran Church is three blocks from Baker School of Nursing and has provided lunches, snacks, graduation gifts, spiritual support and more for our students. The School of Nursing helps to manage a blood pressure clinic at the church and assists the church with fund-raisers, Adopt-a-Family and more.
Nurses Christian Fellowship
All students are invited to join Nurses Christian Fellowship, a nondenominational group affiliated with Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship. There are no dues. The meeting times will be determined at the beginning of each semester to accommodate the needs of participants.
The hospital chapel is open 24 hours and all are welcome who wish to spend time in prayer and meditation. More information.
Nursing students may also participate in religious activities on the Baker campus in Baldwin City.