The principal governing body for students at the School is the Student Organization. All students are members; officers are elected from each class and faculty members serve as Student Organization advisors. Students have input into policies of the School through their student representatives. They may also serve on designated Faculty Organization committees.
The Student Organization plans social activities and organizes subcommittees for special projects. These include the graduation party, class yearbook, fundraising endeavors, and holiday parties. Students are encouraged to become members of the National Student Nurses Organization (NSNA). Students are actively involved in NSNA activities on the State level and attend conventions. Recently, several students have held high offices in the state organization.
Peer Advisement The School offers a peer advisement program to assist new students. Incoming students are introduced to a panel of peer advisors who are senior students and resource persons, available to answer questions and make appropriate referrals within the School. The student advisors have experienced the nursing program firsthand and, therefore, are able to provide the support and insight necessary to assist the first level student in successfully adjusting to the nursing curriculum.
Guidance Counseling Services One-on-one counseling services are available to help you adjust to college life, as well as to address personal issues and/or family problems. Outside referrals are also available. Contact Linda Fabrizio, Director of Student Services for a confidential referral.
Career Opportunities Preparation of a professional resume and job interview techniques are offered to graduating students. Opportunities for meeting with recruiters and prospective employers are planned and posted. Students are advised of available career and job opportunities. Local colleges visit during the academic year to provide information about baccalaureate and graduate programs in nursing.
Availability of Student Services The Office of Student Services will assist with matters related to course enrollment, immigration status, determination of transfer credit, progress reports and school-sponsored scholarships and emergency grants. A student should see his or her advisor for other academic issues.
Tutoring Tutoring is offered by faculty and peer tutors in specific nursing and science subjects. Faculty offers tutoring sessions as necessary.
Karpas Summer Institute Former Trustee Chairpersons of the School of Nursing, Susanne and Irving D. Karpas, Jr., underwrite a three-week enrichment program offered between July and August. Classes cover the fundamentals of Chemistry, Mathematics, and Test-taking/Critical Thinking Skills. The program is designed for students entering the collegiate environment after a significant hiatus from school.
Student Health Students are required to retain their own primary care physician and dentist while enrolled in the program in order to maintain an optimal level of health and to provide safe and effective care to patients. The Department of Occupational Medicine provides an initial physical examination and immunizations to entering students. Students are also enrolled in the Student Health Services Network and have phone access to health triage on a 24 hour/7 day per week basis. Students also have access to reduced rate health insurance by becoming a member of the National Student Nurses Association; and to dental care through New York Universitys College of Dentistry Kriser Dental Center.
Students are required to carry their own health insurance and will be billed for all medical and diagnostic procedures they undergo at the Medical Center. The School of Nursing does not assume responsibility for the cost of emergency care, hospital care, drugs or specialized diagnostic procedures and/or treatments incurred by students. Students are required to report any accident or illness to the School and the Department of Occupational Medicine. All students are required to comply with the health requirements established by Beth Israel Medical Center and the New York State Health Department.