Student Organizations

Nursing Student Council

The School of Nursing Student Council serves as a liaison for communications between students and faculty, coordinates activities between classes and organizations within the School, and represents the School in campus-wide activities. The Council includes 18 members: 16 with voting privileges and 2 nonvoting faculty members. Each respective class is represented by four voting members, who are chosen by petition and class election. Officers of the Council are 2 Co-Presidents, Treasurer, Publicity Head, and Secretary.

Purdue Student Nurses Association (PSNA)

PSNA is a local chapter of both the Indiana Association for Nursing Students (IANS) and the National Student Nurses Association (NSNA). The purpose of PSNA is to aid in the preparation of nursing students for professional careers. It is open to all nursing students and allows for interaction with each other as well as faculty members. Guest speakers discuss topics related to nursing and the various fields of nursing practice at meetings scheduled throughout the academic year.

Student Ambassadors

Ambassadors serve as representatives of the Nursing student body at official School and University functions. They interact with potential students; current nursing students, faculty, and staff; nursing alumnae; and dignitaries from Purdue, the local community, and beyond.

Nurses Christian Fellowship

The Nurses Christian Fellowship is a division of Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship. The main purpose of NCF is to advocate quality nursing care that includes the spiritual dimension. NCF aims to deepen and strengthen the spiritual lives of nursing students by the study of the Bible, by prayer, and by Christian fellowship. Membership is open to any student who has been admitted to the School of Nursing.

Nursing Students Without Borders (NSWB)

The NSWB mission... To promote health empowerment through education, build networks to access health care resources, and distribute material donations to developing world communities, while expanding the perspective of the nursing student.

NSWB is a student-run organization working on international health initiatives. The majority of our members are nursing students, but health care professionals and other community members also contribute, according to a project's need. The initial NSWB chapter was founded in 1999 at the University of Virginia.

Diversity in Nursing Association (DNA)

The purpose of DNA is to provide support and encouragement to diverse students in nursing, as well as other prospective minority students who plan to enter the nursing profession.  Membership is open to any student who has been admitted to the School of Nursing

Institute for Healthcare Open School (IHI)

Institute for Healthcare Open School is an international organization focused on teaching students about quality improvement in healthcare. Purdue’s chapter members complete free courses, participate in chapter meetings and discussions, and complete quality improvement projects in the community. This organization is open to all nursing students but also to other students, specifically industrial engineering and other allied health profession students.

Sigma Theta Tau International

Sigma Theta Tau International is the honor society of nursing, which recognizes superior achievement and the development of leadership qualities, fosters high professional standards, encourages creative work, and strengthens commitment to the ideals of the profession. Invitations are extended to junior and senior undergraduate students, graduate students, and community leaders in nursing. The Purdue University chapter is Delta Omicron, which was chartered in 1980. During its 32 years, the chapter has grown and flourished through the efforts of its membership. The chapter and the School of Nursing have established a supportive relationship in which the goals and interests of both have been strengthened. If you have questions, suggestions, or comments, please contact Karla Ross at or by phone at (765) 494-4028.

Holistic Student Nursing Association (HSNA)

The Holistic Student Nursing Association (HSNA) promotes the education of student nurses, faculty, and the public on the importance of holistic health practices and thus, highlighting holistic nursing as an official nursing specialty. Through educational practices and demonstration, HSNA intends to teach members about complementary and integrative health practices, holistic nursing ethics, and research and scholarship. The HSNA reflects the values of the American Holistic Nursing Association. The values include holistic philosophies, theories, and ethics; holistic nurse self-reflection, self-development, and self-care; holistic caring process; holistic communication, therapeutic relationships, healing environments, and cultural care; and holistic education and research. Primary advisor: Deborah Dye.

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