Nursing Activities

Nursing students participating in the White Coat and Hand Blessing Ceremony

Nursing White Coat and Hand Blessing Ceremony

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The nursing department hosts this annual ceremony at the beginning of the fall semester. The White Coat Ceremony is a rite of passage to emphasize the importance of compassionate patient care at the very start of training. Undergraduate nursing students are invited to recite an oath to dedicating themselves to providing the highest quality care and services to all clients. Students wear their embroidered white nursing coats during the ceremony and receive a Keeping Healthcare Human pin from The Arnold P. Gold Foundation to remind them of how important compassion, caring and humanism is to the healing of their clients. Additionally, each nursing student has their hands blessed by the nursing faculty to symbolize the healing of human touch as nurses.


2019-20 Sigma Theta Tau International Induction
Above: Carroll College nursing students inducted into Sigma Theta Tau International during the 2019-20 school year.

There were 24 Carroll College nursing students inducted into Sigma Theta Tau International at an Induction ceremony and luncheon held on the Carroll College campus on Saturday, October 19, 2019.

The Zeta Upsilon Chapter of STTI 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. The purposes of Sigma Theta Tau are to: 1) recognize superior achievement; 2) recognize the development of leadership qualities; 3) foster high professional standards; 4) encourage creative work; and 5) strengthen commitment to the goals and purposes of the nursing profession.

Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Students

Carroll's Sigma Theta Tau International nursing students collected and donated lots of needed coats, hats, socks, and clothing to the local homeless shelter during their Warm Clothes Drive in late February and early March (coinciding with a late and long blast of winter weather!). To spread some cheer with the welcome arrival of spring, they created and delivered cards to local nursing homes in April.

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. CCSNA is involved with a variety of campus and community events and projects, including:

Nursing Students making cards
Nursing Gift Drive

Shodair Children’s Hospital Christmas Gift Drive
The 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.

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 mannequin. CCSNA provides refreshments, baby shower games and prizes, and asks attendees to bring items such as diapers, onesies, binkies, 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-designed nursing t-shirts and sweatshirts are worn with pride by nursing students, faculty and alumni. The group usually offers a shirt sale annually.

Nursing Students at t-shirts
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Self-Care Activities & Community Volunteering
CCSNA encourages self-care and organizes fun activities such as cookie making and ice cream socials. Another way to deal with stress is through putting others first and students enjoy giving back to the community through activities such as tying blankets for elders and volunteering at different places in the community, including God’s Love Homeless Shelter and various nursing homes.

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.

Floor Snacks Picture
Blood Drive Picture

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.

Helping with STEM event
CCSNA volunteers enjoyed helping inspire middle school students interested in nursing at the annual STEM event held at the college in February.

Saying Thanks
CCSNA coordinates a thank you breakfast for nursing department faculty and staff at the end of the semester.

Saying Thanks Picture

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