Student run organizations are an essential part of the UCLA experience. These organizations create opportunities for leadership development, student engagement, encourage problem-solving, and introduce students to those with shared interests. Student groups help foster and create connections beyond the classroom and provide students a way to develop transferable skills that can help them in their future endeavors.
With more than 1,000 student organizations across campus, UCLA has something for everyone. Below, you'll find more than a dozen Nursing-specific student organizations, along with links and information on how to get involved.
This fraternity is dedicated to creating a community of nursing students between all cohorts and programs. Through community service, fundraising, social and professional development events, we strive to uphold our motto: United in Service. Currently, we have over 150 members including students in the BS, MECN, APRN, PhD, and DNP nursing programs.
APA Health CARE is a collaborative effort between UCLA professional schools (Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health), physicians, and community partners to improve health care access and long-term health in underserved Asian Pacific Islander (API) communities. They provide culturally and linguistically tailored information, as well as follow-up services, to better serve our clients.
This student organization supports our API nursing students and nursing alumni via APINSAA within the UCLA School of Nursing through community engagement, scholarship, and service.
BROAD SPECTRUM works toward a more inclusive and accepting environment for LGBTQIA+ students, faculty and patients through education, support, social action, and advocacy. BROAD SPECTRUM provides a platform for students to advocate the needs of LGBTQIA+ patients through equality in nursing care. BROAD SPECTRUM fosters a greater sense of community for LGBTQIA+ identified students, faculty, and allies within the SON and between SON and the broader UCLA student body through education, outreach, and community service.
GAIN is an open forum for the UCLA nursing community to enhance knowledge and participation in global health. We welcome all undergraduate and graduate students and faculty who are interested in nursing abroad. Global health nursing is a wonderful chance to help those in the greatest need of healthcare throughout the world. We aim to create a space for globally minded nurses and students to learn, discuss, and act on healthcare inequities across borders.
The mission of GSNA is to create opportunities of learning, service, and socializing, and serve as a resource for advocacy and communication between graduate students, administration and community.
LANSA is committed to advancing the health of Latino communities, empower, advocate, and promote education and professional opportunities for Latino nursing students and nurses. All friends and colleagues are welcome who promote these goals.
WHNO is an organization dedicated to bringing community and health justice oriented students together to serve women's health organizations and to bring awareness to women's health issues. Born from the Maternity Nursing Interest Club, the club grew into the Women's Health Nursing Organization at UCLA because members understood that women's health is more than just obstetric health. Overall, WHNO seeks to promote inclusivity, awareness, and equity in women's health care while integrating nursing students into the community.
MIN is a nationally recognized chapter that looks to raise awareness of the lack of representation of men in nursing and to empower those who want to go into nursing.
NS@UCLA is a student-led organization whose mission includes contributing to the nursing education of all nursing students at UCLA. We aim to create programs that are representative of all the interests and concerns of nursing students. Our club aims to aid in the development of all nursing students including his/her professional role as future nurses and patient advocates.
PANSAA provides a forum that addresses the academic and social concerns of Black and other minority Students enrolled in the UCLA School of Nursing.
PICU promotes and advocates for the health of the pediatric population through community outreach and education for students interested in pediatric nursing in order to better the lives of children and their families.
WIN is an organization that allows members to share and promote wellness.
The ultimate goal of this student organization is to connect UCLA nursing students to successful certified nurses who are practicing exactly what we want to do one day. In fostering this connection, we believe that students will get more opportunities to explore their interests in critical care and be guided by experienced professionals. Potential shadowing opportunities for students in critical care positions with mentors would be something we would want to pursue to give students true exposure to the day in the life of a critical care nurse.
HEN originally started in the wake of the social injustices and activism the world finally woke up to two years ago. Our alumni members began this group as a safe space to openly discuss their thoughts and sentiments around the situation without fear. The alumni passed the torch to our current members of HEN, and we decided to continue these crucial conversations and take it a step further as we branch out into the community for actionable advocacy. HEN members wanted to continue the legacy of speaking about gaps in our society and within our profession, but we knew that to speak is one thing and to have boots on the ground is another. We wanted to connect with members of the community of all backgrounds and stories. We have partnered with Venice Family Clinic and MEND for Food Drives, Sigma and Sound Body Sound Mind to provide public health nursing in Huntington Park and we have an important spring panel discussion coming up revolving around the future of nursing. Our objective is to trailblaze a legacy in which equity and diversity is not only a lip service and to truly connect the dots between social determinants of health and healthcare access.