SIGMA THETA TAU
Above: Fifteen Carroll College nursing students inducted into Sigma Theta Tau International during the 2017-18 school year.
There were 15 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 14, 2017.
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.
Carroll's Sigma Theta Tau International nursing students concluded their successful Stuffed Animal, Sweatshirt, Sweatpant and Flannel Drive at the end of March (above). New stuffed animals were given to a neonatal intensive care unit as "grow buddies" for infants and gently used stuffed animals were given to the Helena fire department and ambulance crews. Sweatshirts, sweatpants, and flannels were donated to those in need through several local organizations.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
CCSNA has been very active in participating in the fall fundraiser walk for the National Association of Mental Illness (NAMI) to show their support for those suffering from mental illness and to raise awareness.
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.