Student Organizations

The School of Nursing encourages students’ unique interests in community organizations to foster supportive academic and co-curricular learning experiences, and there are many opportunities to get involved in the DUSON community. Learn more about the DUSON student organizations below that are recognized and supported by the Office of Student Services, the University Activities and Events Center and the Graduate and Professional Student Council  (GPSC) of Duke University. GPSC is the umbrella student organization for Duke's nine graduate and professional schools.

List of Student Organizations

Active Minds: Nurses for Mental Health Awareness
President: Lucy Frank & Liza Brauns; ​Faculty/Staff Advisor: Nancy Crego
Active Minds is an organization leading change within the world at large, and now within the medical world, by pushing forward a movement that reaches more than 400 schools serving more than 5.1 million students in 50 states and 17 countries with suicide prevention training and mental health education. We have already begun this here at Duke, and will continue as we move forward. Join us on Facebook!

Duke Chapter of the American Assembly for Men in Nursing (DAAMN)
President: Joshua Tai; Faculty/Staff Advisors: Brett Morgan & Benjamin Smallheer
This organization is an assembly of nurses and affiliates within the Duke University Health System (DUHS) who are interested in increasing the visibility and inclusion of men in nursing. DAAMN supports the mission of the American Assembly for Men in Nursing (AAMN) to influence policy, research, and education about men in nursing. Objectives include the following:

  • creating a network of people who desire to further the participation of men in all aspects of professional nursing practice within and beyond DUHS

  • providing formal and informal networking, mentorship, and leadership opportunities

  • supporting professional growth of men who are nursing students and licensed nurses

  • Membership is open to Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurses, entry-level nursing students, and affiliates. Membership is unrestricted by consideration of age, color, creed, handicap, sexual orientation, lifestyle, nationality, race, religion, or gender.

  • serving as role models of professional nursing through community outreach and service.

Duke Emergency Nursing Students (DENS)
President: Kevin O'Hara; Faculty/Staff Advisor: Michele Kuszajewski
The mission of Duke Emergency Nursing Students (DENS) is to function as a specialty nursing club for professional nursing students committed to advancing their knowledge of emergency nursing to best advocate for safety, philanthropy and education for the community of Durham in preparation to provide emergency nursing care.

Duke Nursing Students Without Borders
Co-Presidents: Lucy Frank & Hannah Reynolds; Faculty/Staff Advisor: Irene Felsman
The mission of the Duke Nursing Students Without Borders organization is to promote health empowerment through volunteer efforts in education, hands-on patient care, building networks to access health care resources as well as distributing collected materials to local, regional and international communities. In addition, by creating opportunities to give, learn and connect, Nursing Students Without Borders aims to expand the perspectives and experiences of current nursing students and alumni.

Duke University School of Nursing Student Council
President: Kristin Wainwright; Faculty/Staff Advisor: Jill Brennan-Cook
The Duke University School of Nursing Student Council is comprised of elected officers and class representatives. The sole purpose of the Student Council is to serve the students’ educational and professional needs and provide a formal structure for student participation in a wide variety of events within the School. The organization is the governing body of the students of the School and a source of information of importance to students. Activities conducted by the organization include the following:

  • submitting information to the student listserv covering local events and opportunities of interest to students
  • cosponsoring events at Duke with other organizations (i.e., Duke University and Medical Center organizations, the local chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, and the DUSON Alumni Association)

The Student Council positively affects students’ educational experience by increasing awareness of resources and student services, encouraging student involvement in DUSON activities, and sponsoring events throughout the school year, including alumni and student socials, service projects, and career planning events. Contact us at

DUSON Spectrum
Co-Presidents: Julia Sisson & Tara Stark; Faculty/Staff Advisor: Les Harmon
The mission of DUSON Spectrum is to assist the Duke University School of Nursing in meeting its goals addressed in the DUSON Mission Statement. This organization is committed to the advancement of the health of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and other individuals of minority status through the practice of nursing advocacy. DUSON Spectrum will encourage its members to be socially-aware, active, and responsible Duke citizens who reflect the DUSON Spectrum mission proudly in their nursing practice.

Fusion: Multicultural Nursing Student Association
President: Liane Lau; Faculty/Staff Advisor: Jacquelyn Mcmillian-Bohler
Fusion is a multicultural student organization whose goal is to increase diversity awareness within the school of nursing and throughout the Durham community and to foster an environment that is inclusive of all groups of diversity. FUSION will provide the opportunity to obtain knowledge and understanding that will assist in the ability to provide culturally competent care to diverse populations in diverse situations and environments within the field of nursing. Fusion will encourage its members to be socially-aware, active and responsible Duke citizens who reflect the Fusion mission proudly in their nursing practice.

Graduate and Professional Student Council (GPSC)
The Graduate and Professional Student Council of Duke University (GPSC – pronounced “G.P.S.C.”) is the umbrella student government organization for Duke’s nine graduate and professional schools. Our purpose is to:

  • represent and advocate on behalf of graduate and professional students at Duke University;
  • serve as a liaison among the student governments of the graduate and professional schools of the University;
  • serve as a liaison between graduate and professional students and the University Administration;
  • nominate graduate and professional student representatives to University committees;
  • program events of interest to the graduate and professional student community; and
  • financially support the programming of graduate and professional student groups.

National Student Nurses Association - Duke Chapter (DUSON SNA)
President: Kaili Hall; Faculty/Staff Advisor: Margie Molloy
The Duke University School of Nursing Student Nurses Association (DUSON SNA) is the Duke chapter of the National Student Nurses Association and the North Carolina Association of Nursing Students. The organization serves several purposes:

  • assumes responsibility for contributing to nursing education in order to provide for the highest quality of health care
  • provides programs representative of fundamental interests and concerns to nursing students
  • aids in the development of the whole person, his/her professional role, and his/her responsibility for health care of people in all walks of life

The functions of the DUSON SNA include the following:

  • providing direct input into standards of nursing education and influencing the education process
  • influencing health care, nursing education, and practice through legislative activities as appropriate
  • representing nursing students to the consumer, to institutions, and to other organizations.

The organization also promotes and encourages many activities:

  • student participation in community affairs and interdisciplinary activities involving health care and the resolution of related social issues
  • recruitment efforts and participation in student activities and educational opportunities regardless of a person’s race, color, creed, sex, lifestyle, national origin, age, or economic status
  • collaborative relationships with nursing and health-related organizations.

Nature vs. Nurses
President: Lindsey Knapp; Faculty/Staff Advisor: Mary Paden
The mission of Nature vs. Nurses is to promote self care and environmental awareness within the DUSON community by participating in organized outdoor activities, fostering a sense of connection to the surrounding community.

Neonatal and Pediatric Students
President: Caitlin Howard; Faculty/Staff Advisor: Mary Paden

The Nightingales
Senior Director: Kathy Chang; Faculty/Staff Advisor: Jane Blood-Siegfried
DUSON's a cappella group made up of faculty and students who love to sing and have fun together. Music is great self-care for those singing and hearing it, so we love to be able to use our gifts outside the classroom/lab/clinic/office to bring joy to ourselves and others.

Nurses Christian Fellowship
President: Anna Allsep; Faculty/Staff Advisors: Staci Reynolds & Katie Harrison
Nurses Christian Fellowship is intended to be an interdenominational Christian fellowship organization for nursing students at all levels. We intend to meet regularly for Bible study, fellowship, and prayer, as well as hold monthly events, such as service oriented activities in the community, on-campus guest speakers, social gatherings, church events, etc. Our general aim is to create a Christian community of nurses, develop ongoing friendships, and to share ideas about how our Christian values impact our role as developing nurses.

Sigma Theta Tau - Beta Epsilon Chapter
The Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing is dedicated to improving the health of people worldwide through increasing the scientific base of nursing practice. Its members are nursing scholars committed to the pursuit of excellence in clinical practice, education, research, and leadership. The Society believes that broadening the base of nursing knowledge through knowledge development, dissemination, and use offers great promise for promoting a healthier populace.

For students meeting eligibility requirements, invitations to join the Beta Epsilon Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau are distributed during the fall semester.

Women's Health Organization
President: Katelyn Cioffi; Faculty/Staff Advisor: Barbara Hotelling
A specialty-nursing club for professional nursing students committed to advancing their knowledge of women's health, believing that preventative and educational care is essential to lifelong health and that all women deserve excellent care.

Interested in starting a new student organization? Start here!

Recognition of your organization by the School ensures that it will benefit from the following:

  • Access to printing and faxing services.
  • Opportunities to request monetary support through Duke University’s GPSC fund request process.
  • Publicity via the DUSON website and bulletin.
  • Assistance in creating DUSON affiliated social media sites.
  • Access to operational services such as a mailbox, a phone line and an email account specifically for the organization.
Student Organization Recognition Process

To obtain recognition for your organization, follow these steps:

  • Recruit a DUSON faculty advisor who will support the creation of the group and assist with building and mentoring the organization’s leadership team. Complete the DUSON student recognition form.
  • Review and complete the GPSC student affiliation process and document. This process includes submitting a copy of the group’s constitution, by-laws and mission statement. This step is not required for organizations tied to national nursing associations.
  • Receive funding and funding code from GPSC (See student group funding).
  • Complete Mandatory Student Training in Sakai (Read how-to):
    • The online training is required for all student organization presidents, treasurers and authorized spenders. Your organization's fund code will be frozen until training is successfully completed. Graduate groups: Please make sure to take the "2016-2017 Graduate Orientation Training Quiz."
    • You will need to watch the entire video (embedded in the quiz).
    • Take the quiz located in the Tests and Quizzes section.
    • Sign up for DukeGroups.
    • Review UCAE Policies and Procedures.

Once all steps have been completed, Student Services will contact the organization president to confirm that recognition by DUSON has been granted and identify the steps to accessing the resources listed above.

Maintaining DUSON Recognition

To maintain DUSON recognition, the organization president must:

  • Maintain good academic standing.
  • Complete the GPSC affiliation process.
  • Notify the Office of Admissions and Student Services of any changes in organizational leadership or advisor.

Contact the Student Services Advisor at (919) 684-4248 or

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