Clubs & Organizations, Nursing
Widener University Student Nurses’ Association (WUSNA)
Students in the School of Nursing gain valuable leadership experience by participating in clubs and organizations.
WUSNA is the Widener University Student Nurses’ Association and it is proudly run by the students of Widener University School of Nursing. All prelicensure students are members of the WUSNA, SNAP, and NSNA.
Being involved with nursing extracurricular activities is one of the most important aspects of being a nursing student, and WUSNA is the best way to take your first steps in becoming a dynamic student. WUSNA creates an active opportunity for nursing students to become intellectually engaged in events with their local school chapter, their community, and at the state level with the Student Nurses Association of Pennsylvania (SNAP) and national level with the National Student Nurses Association (NSNA).
Community involvement is an essential component to the activities of the WUSNA members. WUSNA has been recognized at the SNAP convention for its volunteer activities which include Widener blood drives, influenza kits for schools in the City of Chester, volunteering at the nurse run clinic at Cityteam ministries, canned food drives, and much more.
WUSNA members attend the state and national conventions and participate in the organizational process as delegates. At WUSNA meetings, students discuss a variety of topics, such as current issues in nursing, what to expect as a nursing student, tips on how to apply for a job/externship/internship, and how to raise money for fellow nursing students.
WUSNA members are also granted membership in the State Nurses’ Association of Pennsylvania and the National Student Nurses Association.
Future Leaders of the Army Nurse Corps (FLANC)
The Future Leaders of the Army Nurse Corps (FLANC) is a School of Nursing organization which supports ROTC nursing students. As an active Widener University organization, FLANC has received student activities funding for trips to the National Institute of Health (NIH) as well as the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. FLANC is also very active with programs to support the wounded warriors.
Eta Beta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International
Nursing Honor Society
In 1922 six nurses founded Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) at the Indiana University Training School for Nurses, now the Indiana University School of Nursing, in Indianapolis, IN. As part of its mission, STTI is advancing world health and celebrating nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service. Membership is by invitation to baccalaureate and graduate nursing students who demonstrate excellence in scholarship and to nurse leaders exhibiting exceptional achievements in nursing. The Widener Nursing Honor Society established May 8, 1980, was chartered as the Eta Beta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau on March 31, 1984. Eta Beta inducts new members every fall and provides opportunities for networking, service, scholarship, leadership, and mentorship for its members.
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American Assembly for Men in Nursing, Widener Chapter
In August 2012, Widener University established a chapter of the American Assembly for Men in Nursing for the Greater Philadelphia region. Led by Widener University nursing alumnus Frank Poliafico, a board of students, and faculty and practicing nurses, the chapter aims to increase awareness of the need for men in the field and to reduce gender discrimination, according to a news release. And since the chapter’s inception, it has continued to grow. The inspiration to start a chapter of this organization in the Philadelphia region stemmed from the research of Normajean Colby, RN, PhD, CPN, Assistant Professor of Nursing at Widener University.