Current Students

Leadership opportunities

Consider sitting on the committee as a student representative for your degree program or collaborating with UW School of Nursing faculty on various research projects.

Graduate and Professional Student Senate

The Graduate and Professional Student Senate (GPSS) is the official student government for all graduate and professional students at UW-Seattle. Over 120 elected or appointed students represent each of the graduate and professional degree-granting schools, departments, and programs.

GPSS represents students to the UW administration and state and federal governments and puts on regular social events.

Contact Betsy Mau (bmau@uw.edu) for information on how to become a senator.

Contact us

For more information about becoming involved, visit the Graduate & Professional Student Senate website or email gpss@uw.edu

Current student senators

Accelerated BSN (ABSN) Senators

  • Seat 1: Pending
  • Seat 2: Pending

PhD Program Senators

DNP in Child, Family, and Population Health Nursing

FNP, NM, PCNS, PHN, and PNP tracks

MS or DNP in Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Systems

  • Seat 1: Zion Shekinah, DNP-PMHNP (zcs3@uw.edu)
  • Seat 2: Vacant

Network of Doctoral Students (NeDS)

NeDS was founded to meet the specific interests of doctoral (DNP and PhD) students, and now also welcomes Masters students in the School of Nursing.

The purpose of NeDS is to promote collaborative, supportive relationships and resource-sharing opportunities among graduate students in the UW School of Nursing. It is the intent of the organization to:

  • Facilitate social, educational, and professional development opportunities regarding topics of mutual interest
  • Provide a venue for the exploration and discussion of how doctoral students in nursing will work together
  • Provide a forum to examine the social and political implications of nursing research and practice

Learn more

To learn more about NeDs or to get involved, subscribe to their email list. You can also follow NeDS on Facebook.

Contact Pei-Chin Wu (pcwu31@uw.edu), Cindy Dong (jingyid@uw.edu), or Shih-Yin Yu (ruthuw@uw.edu) if you have questions or ideas for networking opportunities.

Professional Organization of Nursing Students (PONS)

PONS is a Registered Student Organization (RSO) that serves as the overarching student government for the undergraduate nursing cohorts, encompassing the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN), 1st Year Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN1), and 2nd Year Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN2) cohorts.

Representatives from each cohort make up an Executive Board and Student Senate that deliberate on important issues and events that pertain to undergraduate education, experience, and preparation to become Registered Nurses (RNs).

Students benefit from this organization in that it has a long-standing history in the UW School of Nursing and works as a unifying agent for the undergraduate cohorts. It is a place for students to coordinate projects, share common ideas, and work together towards building a more unified undergraduate nursing voice.

Contact us

For more information about getting involved, email: ponsuw@uw.edu

Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing Cohort (ABSN)

The ABSN RSO is made up of the individual student government representatives of the ABSN cohort. It works to represent the needs of ABSN students in the Graduate and Professional Student Senate (GPSS), School of Nursing Coordinating Committee (CC), School of Nursing Student Council (SONSC), and to work on projects internal to the ABSN cohort. ABSN representatives also serve on PONS as a means to represent their cohort.

Students benefit from this organization in that it is a pipeline to make known their individual cohort needs, have a voice with Faculty and Staff in the School of Nursing (SoN), have a means of communicating funding issues to the Dean of the School of Nursing as well as the Provost Advisory Committee for Students (PACS), connect with the greater UW community, and grow individually and corporately as a cohort.

First Year Bachelor of Science in Nursing Cohort (BSN1)

The BSN1 RSO is made up of the individual student government representatives of the BSN1 cohort. It works to represent the needs of BSN1 students in the Associated Student of the University of Washington (ASUW), School of Nursing Coordinating Committee (CC), School of Nursing Student Council (SONSC), and to work on projects internal to the BSN1 cohort. BSN1 representatives also serve on PONS as a means to represent their cohort.

Students benefit from this organization in that it is a pipeline to make known their individual cohort needs, have a voice with Faculty and Staff in the SoN, have a means of communicating funding issues to the Dean of the SoN as well as the Provost Advisory Committee for Students (PACS), connect with the greater UW community, and grow individually and corporately as a cohort.

Second Year Bachelor of Science in Nursing Cohort (BSN2)

The BSN2 RSO is made up of the individual student government representatives of the BSN2 cohort. It works to represent the needs of BSN2 students in the Associated Student of the University of Washington (ASUW), School of Nursing Coordinating Committee (CC), School of Nursing Student Council (SONSC), and to work on projects internal to the BSN2 cohort. BSN2 representatives also serve on PONS as a means to represent their cohort.

Students benefit from this organization in that it is a pipeline to make known their individual cohort needs, have a voice with Faculty and Staff in the SoN, have a means of communicating funding issues to the Dean of the SoN as well as the Provost Advisory Committee for Students (PACS), connect with the greater UW community, and grow individually and corporately as a cohort.

Student representatives

There are many standing and ad hoc committees in the School of Nursing that need student representation each year, including coordinating committees for the undergraduate, masters, and doctoral programs. Student representatives to serve on these committees are solicited annually via email, and representatives are chosen from those who express interest. Undergraduates may also be selected through the Professional Organization of Nursing Students (PONS).

Students who have questions, concerns or suggestions about their academic program can email the student representative(s) of the appropriate committee.

2018-19 representatives

Bachelor of Science in Nursing Coordinating Committee (BSNCC)

BSN second year representative

BSN first year representative

ABSN representative

Master’s Coordinating Committee (MCC)

Doctor of Nursing Practice Coordinating Committee (DNPCC)

Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Science Coordinating Committee (PhDCC)

First year

Second year

Third year

UW School of Nursing Leadership Board

The School of Nursing Student Leadership Board’s (SLB) mission is to represent, advocate for, and build connections among all students in the School of Nursing (SoN).

We envision an inclusive, collaborative and connected student body that works together to support and improve academic and student life for all SoN students, as well as to strengthen the health and equity of our community.

Our organization has several purposes:

  • Represent the student voice to the SoN leadership, the UW and community
  • Provide leadership opportunities for SoN students
  • Provide non-academic experiences to enhance students’ preparation for future nursing roles
  • Build community among SoN students in different cohorts, programs, and departments
  • Ensure student needs and priorities are considered and reflected in SoN decision-making

We aim for broad engagement of students across programs and cohorts. We have many opportunities for leadership and involvement.

Contact us

Email us at SoNSLB@uw.edu and follow us on Facebook to learn about how to get involved and what we’re working on.