Nursing Student Organizations

Pre-Nursing Association

Students in lab

The Pre-Nursing Association is an academic organization at GVSU that focuses on providing information on different areas of nursing. We have speakers, videos, and field trips planned to present these ideas in a variety of different formats. PNA is an organization for students who have not yet been admitted into the nursing program but desire to learn more about the field, develop leadership skills, get involved on campus, and connect with other students with similar interests. PNA meetings will not only present the basics of nursing but will also explain what it takes to get into nursing school and explore other nursing professions with or beyond your BSN degree. If you feel that this club would be a good fit for you, then please request to join on LakerLink. We hope to see you at the next meeting!


Faculty Advisor

Lisa Pentinga-Brown headshot

Lisa Pentinga-Brown
Affiliate Faculty
[email protected]

Staff Advisor

Mackenzie Prins

Mackenzie Prins, M.ED.
(616) 331-5638
[email protected]

Student Nurses' Association

Student Nurses Association Logo

The Grand Valley State University Student Nurses’ Association (SNA) is a professional organization for student nurses that is dedicated to empowering future nurses through student assistance and service at the local, state, national, and global levels. SNA is an excellent way to develop professionalism in nursing, meet fellow nursing students & KCON faculty and staff, connect with fellow Lakers, become involved in current issues in nursing, and help others through volunteering. Sign up to join SNA on LakerLink.

Faculty Advisor

Sally Stockdale headshot

Sally Stockdale
Affiliate Faculty
[email protected]

Staff Advisor

Kristin Norton

Kristin Norton, M.A.
(616) 331-5637
[email protected]

Kirkhof College of Nursing Graduate Student Organization

Graduate Student Organization

The purpose of the KCON Graduate Student Organization (GSO) is to advocate for the health and well-being of the community and student body through the KCON graduate and doctoral students in support of the GVSU Mission, Vision, and Values. Activities include professional development, volunteer, and networking opportunities to engage with fellow nursing graduate students and to support the local community. The GSO also coordinates a Graduate Mentorship Program.

Faculty Advisor

Nicole Harpold headshot

Dr. Nicole Harpold
[email protected]

Kirkhof College of Nursing Student Chapter of the Michigan Council of Nurse Practitioners

Kirkhof College of Nursing Student Chapter of the Michigan Council of Nurse Practitioners Logo

The KCON Student Chapter of the Michigan Council of Nurse Practitioners seeks to improve the nurse practitioner practice environment through the education, advocacy, and engagement of its members.

Sigma Theta Tau International


Sigma Theta Tau is an international honor society of nursing with over 135,000 members in more than 90 countries worldwide. Members serve as agents and catalysts for change throughout the world. Sigma Theta Tau members include clinicians, educators, administrators, and researchers who are leaders in the scientific journey towards improved patient care.

The local chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, Kappa-Epsilon-at-large, was organized in 1996 joining chapters from 503 colleges and universities. Potential candidates may be students in undergraduate, graduate, or doctoral programs or may be nursing professionals or community leaders. The society challenges members to become better nurses and offers support through continuing education, networking opportunities, access to nursing research, mentoring opportunities, and many other avenues.

Contact the local chapter-at-large for more information.

Page last modified December 8, 2023