Carroll College, Helena Montana

Nursing Activities


The Carroll College Student Nurses’ Association is the college chapter for the state and national Student Nurses’ Association.

CCSNA brings students together to help further the growth of nursing, providing opportunities for education, experience, service and fellowship. Attendance at state and national conventions allows students to have an active voice in the future of nursing.

2014-15 Activities

Shodair Children’s Hospital Christmas Gift Drive
CSSNA 2008-09The Carroll College Student Nurses Association is doing their part to give back to the Helena community. Each year the Carroll College Student Nurses Association, or CCSNA, holds a Christmas gift drive for Shodair Children's Hospital, a residential psychiatric treatment center that is one of their nursing clinical sites. CCSNA tries to collect as many items (clothing and toys) as possible for the children and adolescents in the hospital. Find out more about the 2014 gift collection.

Photo above: CCSNA members continue their annual tradition of collecting Christmas gifts for the children and adolescents of the local Shodair Hospital.

Snack Sack Fundraiser
CCSNA sends letters to parents asking if they would like to buy a snack sack for their child that CCSNA will put together and deliver during finals week. This is the group's main fundraiser and helps to fund a variety of activities throughout the year.

Up ‘Til Dawn Nursing Team
CCSNA put together an awesome team in the fall semester to raise money to suport St. Jude's Hospital and won several awards during the FUNdraising all-nighter.

Special Olympics Basketball Tournament
CCSNA volunteers helped with Blood Pressure checks, BMI, Nutrition Education, Hydration Station, Sun Safety, and Tobacco-free Education for the Special Olympics Athletes at their state Basketball Tournament in November.

CCSNA helps with the annual "SnowBall" dance, organized primarily by the sophomore nursing class for the residents of Son Heaven, an assisted living facility in Helena that is one of their nursing clinical sites. CCSNA helps with decorations, getting residents ready for the dance, and dancing with the residents. It is a very special night!

Tips on Interviewing
CCSNA brings in speakers, including from the local hospital, to guide student nurses on how to successfully interview for jobs.

Baby Shower for Florence Crittenton Home
CCSNA has hosted “baby showers” in previous years in the nursing lab with a demonstration "live" birth with Noelle, the birthing mannekin. CCSNA provides refreshments, baby shower games and prizes, and asks attendees to bring items such as diapers, onesies, blinkies, etc. to donate to the local Florence Crittenton Home that helps pregnant and parenting teens.

Community Volunteering
CCSNA enjoys giving back to the community and students have volunteered at different places in the community, including God’s Love Homeless Shelter and various nursing homes.

Nursing T-Shirts
CCSNA-deisgned nursing t-shirts and sweatshirts are worn with pride by nursing students, faculty and alumni. The group usually offers a shirt sale annually.

Blood Pressure Drives
CCSNA has set up a booth at various campus and community activities offering blood pressure readings. Upperclassman are happy to teach younger students if they don’t know how to take a blood pressure yet.

NAMI Walk:
CCSNA has been very active in participating in the fall fundraiser walk for the National Association of Mental Illness to show their support for those suffering from mental illness and to raise awareness.

Floor Snacks:
Students love to stop by the hospitality cart in the nursing office for a cup of tea or some goodies and many of these treats are provided by CCSNA. 

Faculty luncheons
Each semester CCSNA provides a thank you lunch for the faculty and staff of the nursing department.




There were 21 nursing students inducted into Sigma Theta Tau International at an Induction ceremony and luncheon held on the Carroll College campus on Saturday, October 25, 2014. 

Zeta Upsilon Chapter was formed through the joint efforts of the nursing faculty at Carroll College and Montana State University School of Nursing to encourage and recognize superior scholarship and/or leadership achievement in nursing at either the undergraduate or graduate level in the state of Montana.

International Honor Society