School of Nursing Organizations

The School of Nursing is home to local chapters of national nursing-related organizations as described below as well as to groups specific to the school. Consult the Student Life section of the school’s website for the most up to date student association information, as well as information about other services available to students.

Active Minds: Nurses for Mental Health Awareness

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.

Duke Chapter of American Assembly for Men in Nursing

The Duke Chapter of the American Assembly for Men in Nursing (DAAMN) is an assembly of nurses and affiliates within the Duke University Health System (DUHS) who are interested in the encouragement and support of men in nursing. DAAMN supports the mission of the American Assembly of Men in Nursing (AAMN) to influence policy, research, and education about men in nursing. Objectives of DAAMN include 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, providing mentorship and leadership opportunities, supporting professional growth of men who are nursing students and licensed nurses; and serving as role models of professional nursing through community outreach and service. Membership is open to all DUSON students, 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.

Duke Emergency Nursing Students (DENS)

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

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 Ambassadors

The Student Ambassador program is a leadership opportunity for students who are dedicated to serving and representing the School of Nursing. Student Ambassadors provide campus tours, peer guidance and mentoring to prospective students, serve as orientation leaders and perform duties at various campus events. Student Ambassadors demonstrate a high level of School pride and exceptional service at all times. Students who are interested in participating are encouraged to contact Student Services at or (919) 684-4248.

DUSON Spectrum

The mission of DUSON Spectrum is to assist the Duke University School of Nursing in meeting its goals addressed in the Duke University School of Nursing 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

The mission of Fusion: Multicultural Nursing Student Association is to represent diversity within DUSON for students from diverse, ethnic and racial backgrounds to come together as learners and leaders towards a more multicultural and rich nursing workforce. FUSION will encourage its members to be socially aware, active, and responsible Duke citizens who reflect the FUSION mission proudly in their nursing practice.

National Student Nurses Association Duke Chapter

The Duke University School of Nursing Student Nurses Association (DUSON SNA) is the Duke chapter of the National Student Nurses Association (NSNA) and the North Carolina Association of Nursing Students (NCANS). The organization serves aims to contribute to nursing education in order to ultimately provide for the highest quality of health care; provides programs representative of fundamental interests and concerns to nursing students; and aids in the development of the whole person, their professional role, and their responsibility for health care of people in all walks of life. The functions of the DUSON SNA include 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; and representing nursing students to the consumer, to institutions, and other organizations. The organization also promotes and encourages student participation in community affairs and activities towards health care and the resolution of related social issues and in interdisciplinary activities; recruitment efforts, participation in student activities, and educational opportunities regardless of a person’s race, color, creed, sex, lifestyle, national origin, age, or economic status; and collaborative relationships with nursing and health related organizations.

Nature vs. Nurses

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

The Neonatal and Pediatric Students are a group of ABSN students interested in pursuing and learning about the nursing field of pediatrics. We provide educational sessions, community outreach, and cross-cohort support to students wanting to precept and/or work as a nurse in pediatrics.


DUSON’s student-directed a cappella group, the Nightingales, includes students, faculty, and staff who love to sing and have fun together. Music is great self-care for those singing and hearing it, so he Nightingales love to be able to use their gifts outside the classroom/ lab/clinic/office to bring joy to themselves and others.

Nurses Christian Fellowship

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

In the spring of 1972 the Beta Epsilon Chapter of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing was established at Duke with a charter membership of one hundred students, faculty, and alumni. Sigma Theta Tau is the only international honor society for nursing and is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies. The first chapter was established in 1922. The society recognizes achievement of superior quality, fosters high professional standards, encourages creative work, recognizes the development of leadership qualities, and strengthens the individual’s commitment to the ideals and purposes of professional nursing. Sigma Theta Tau is a scholarly professional organization that promotes the best in nursing.

Duke University School of Nursing students who meet the criteria for membership in Sigma Theta Tau are eligible for induction into the Beta Epsilon Chapter. The induction ceremony is held once a year in the fall.

Women’s Health Organization

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.