Opportunities for involvement in activities that encourage the personal and professional growth of students are available at BHSN. For approved educational activities that are presented to students, those students who would like to attend need to complete a “BHSN Student Educational Activity Rating Form” (refer to previous Educational Activity section).
Each class has student representation. Students are represented on the Student Council Committee. The Faculty Class Advisor assists the nursing class representatives in various activities such as graduation and class yearbook.
Student Council Committee
The Student Council Committee, which meets at least four times a year, provides democratic forum of student functioning. The Student Council is the central governance organization for the student body. It ensures effective student participation in the faculty governance system and is the principle advocate for the interest of the student body as a whole to the BHSN administration and faculty.
Each class has representation on the committee (2 from each nursing class and one from Allied Health Program). Membership also includes Faculty Class Advisors, Allied Health Program Coordinator, Associate Directors, and School Administrators. The purposes of the meetings are to: provide opportunities for student services, coordinate and facilitate communication between faculty, administration and the student body, and unify the classes into a functioning body.
Professional organizations play a vital role in strengthening the nursing profession. BHSN is a chartered member of the National Student Nurses’ Association (NSNA). The Student Nurses’ Association at Bridgeport Hospital School of Nursing has won statewide awards for its community service and NSNA members are encouraged to attend the annual NSNA Convention. All students are encouraged to become members of The NSNA in their first year. As members of NSNA, student nurses in each class will be elected by their peers to serve as the Student Nurses’ Association President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. The NSNA Faculty Advisor will assist class with the membership process through the School. The NSNA Faculty Advisor will meet with officers to help them carry out their roles. As part of membership benefits, students receive a subscription Imprint, The Journal for Student Nurses. The Association of Surgical Technologists (AST) plays a vital role in establishing consistent standards for education, training, and practices related to surgical technology. In Term III of the Surgical Technology Program, all students become members of the AST which includes a one year subscription to The Surgical Technologist and are registered to take the national certification examination through NBSTSA.