BSN Student Life | More than classes & textbooks
Because learning takes place not only in the classroom but also in the community, service learning is an important part of the nursing curriculum. Service learning provides the following benefits:
- Fulfils community needs
- Promotescivic responsibility
- Actively reflects and reinforces classroom learning
- Develops strengths that last a lifetime
Service learning activities enhance your nursing skills as you progress through the program. Written assignments are a part of most activities.
Foundations of Nursing
- Students provide wellness assessments and education at Doorstep, Knightsbridge, and Highland Park Methodist Church.
- Students assist with a health fair at Brewster Place, a retirement, assisted living and nursing center.
Nursing of Elders
- Students provide a wellness clinic at the Lulac Senior Center and Plaza West Apartments, a housing unit for the elderly and people with disabilities.
- Some students assist with the prostate screening offered by Stormont Vail Health.
Nursing of Adults II
Some students accompany a home health nurse and assist with scheduled services.
Nursing of Children
- Students complete vision checks and Denver Developmental Screenings at day-care centers.
- Students participate in the annual health check day at Head Start.
- Students assist with vision screenings at St. Matthews School, kindergarten through eighth grade.
- Students assist with Girl-to-Woman class.
Nursing of Childbearing Families
At the Stormont Vail Birthplace breast-feeding clinic students assist with assessment of babies.
Professional Nursing Practicum
All students complete a minimum of three hours service learning as part of their clinical practicum. The following are examples of service learning activities:
- Assist at the Kansas State Nurses Association office preparing for annual convention and nurse’s day at the legislature
- Provide physical assessments for Baker University football players
- Teach proper car-seat installation for Safe Kids, Shawnee County Health Department
- Teach life skills for mental health patients at the Valeo Care Program
- Help with the community blood drive
- Staff the clothing center or provide referral and support-group information for clients of Birthright
- Assist with giving flu shots for employees at Stormont Vail Health
- Help provide health screens and other activities at the Kid’s Fest at the Kansas Expo Center
- Serve meals at the Topeka Rescue Mission or Jubilee Kitchen in Lawrence
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 you to serve your community and engage in activities that prepare you for the nursing profession.
Student organizations arrange a variety of social activities throughout the academic year that allow you 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.
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.
Spiritual Lfie Services
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 spiritual life activities on the Baker campus in Baldwin City.
Stauffer Health Sciences Library
Located in the lower level of the Pozez Education Center, the Stauffer Health Sciences Library is the support library for the faculty and students of the School of Nursing. The library also serves Stormont Vail’s medical staff, employees, patients and patient families.
7 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday – Friday
24/7 access via security
- Interlibrary loans
- Photocopies, fax, pdf
- Computer access
- Library instruction
Stauffer Health Sciences Library
Stormont Vail Health
1500 S.W. 10th Ave., Topeka, KS 66604
Just a mile from downtown Topeka, nursing students are close to the heart of the city. The business district features dining facilities, from fast food to locally owned restaurants. A wide variety of retail shopping centers, including the West Ridge Mall, are nearby.
The capital city is in Shawnee County and has a population of about 121,000 residents. It has an active arts community and offers a variety of recreational and social activities.
Nursing students live independently off campus. Topeka offers a variety of rental housing, including apartments, condominiums and houses. Contact the student admissions and progressions coordinator at cara.bonfiglio@bakerU.edu or call 785.354.5850. Students also carpool to campus from nearby towns, including the popular residential choice, Lawrence, Kansas.
Dining & Snack Locations
Eat in or carry out. Open 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. Monday – Friday. Lunch and dinner specials, sandwiches, soups, hot beverages, fountain drinks and yogurt are available. Located in the North Patient Tower, first floor of Stormont Vail Health.
Sunflower Terrace Cafeteria
The employee cafeteria in the basement level of the hospital has daily specials as well as a salad bar, grill, soups and more. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are available.
Food Vending Machines
Located off the basement hallway joining the North and South towers. Vending machines are also located on the first and second floor of Pozez Education Center.
Java Plaza North & South
Two coffee shops, located at the entrances to the North Tower and South Tower of Stormont Vail Health, offer a variety of coffee and drink specials.
Auxiliary Gift Shop
The Gift Shop, located on the main level of the hospital next to the Food Connection, provides a convenient location to get greeting cards, gifts and snacks. Store hours: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Saturday, 1 – 5 p.m. Sunday.
Student Admissions & Progressions Coordinator
785.354.5850 | 888.866.4242
Pozez Education Center
1505 SW Eighth St.
Topeka, KS 66606
Baker School of Nursing
1500 SW 10th St.
Topeka, KS 66604