Student Life

Advising

The School of Nursing gives direction and provides information to interested potential applicants to the B.S., M.S.N., and Ph.D. programs through admissions information sessions. The admissions information sessions are presented in a group format with a number of scheduled speakers. We encourage participants to arrive prior to the beginning of the session. Refer to the program of interest and click on the Admissions Information Sessions link.

On acceptance to the school, all students are assigned a faculty adviser to aid in planning their total program. Students are expected to meet with their adviser each term to evaluate progress, to identify academic and personal needs and match them with available school and University resources, to confirm University and course requirements, and to maximize the student's abilities to reach educational and professional goals. In addition to meeting with their faculty adviser, freshman and sophomore students in the Generic BS program will meet with the Student Affairs Officer to plan their program of study.

Child Care

UCLA Child Care Services offers options to assist B.S., M.S.N. and Ph.D. students who will need to find quality child care. For information on child care options for UCLA students in academic programs, go to: http://www.childcare.ucla.edu 

Commencement – B.S., M.S.N. & Ph.D. Programs

Commencement 2018 for the UCLA School of Nursing will be held on Saturday, June 16, 2018 at 8:30 a.m. in Royce Hall on the UCLA campus. Seating in Royce Hall will be by ticket only. Tickets will be distributed to students in June. All students completing the degree-conferring programs, Bachelor of Science, Master of Science in Nursing and Doctor of Philosophy during the 2017-2018 academic year are encouraged to participate. Students who are scheduled to graduate will receive a Commencement Packet during the Winter Quarter.

Additional information is available at the following sites:

Campus Commencement – Schedule of Commencement Events Campus Map – Event locations and nearby parking Los Angeles Convention and Visitors Bureau – Locate Accommodations and Restaurants

 

Facilities

The UCLA School of Nursing is housed in the Louis and Doris Factor Health Sciences Building on the south end of campus in the 35-acre Center for the Health Sciences. The Center for the Health Sciences houses the Schools of Nursing, Dentistry, Public Health and the David Geffen School of Medicine, along with the UCLA Medical Center, Mattel Children's Hospital, Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Jules and Doris Stein Eye Institute, Doris Stein Eye Research Center, Reed Neurological Research Center and the Louise Darling Biomedical Library. 

The Louise Darling Biomedical Library consisting of over 530,000 volumes and 6,000 periodicals, serves as the professional library for students in medicine, nursing, and the life sciences. Facilities of the University Library and all branches of it are also available to students in nursing. More than six and one half million books and thousands of periodicals are provided through the facilities of the University Library.

A Microcomputer lab is available for all nursing students in the Biomedical Library near the School of Nursing. Students will be required to establish a Bruin OnLine account in the Microcomputer Lab, as part of their course requirement during the first year in the program. Because many faculty use e-mail to communicate with students regarding course requirements, changes, etc., students will be required to provide their UCLA Bruin OnLine e-mail account for communications from UCLA School of Nursing faculty and staff.

 

Housing

Nursing students plan their own living arrangements. Costs for living vary widely depending on individual preferences and living standards. UCLA students have various options for on and off-campus housing. In addition to campus owned options, the surrounding communities offer apartments for varying levels of rent. Housing in Los Angeles, both on and off campus, is in great demand, and students should make arrangements early. The UCLA Housing Office provides information on the various housing options for UCLA undergraduate and graduate students at https://housing.ucla.edu/Students interested in applying for campus housing must complete the online application at the UCLA Housing Office website. 

The UCLA Community Housing Office, http://www.cho.ucla.edu ,in Sproul Hall Annex provides information and current listings for University-owned apartments, cooperatives, private apartments, roommates, rooms in private homes, room and board in exchange for work and short-term housing. A current BruinCard or letter of acceptance to the B.S., M.S.N. or Ph.D. program and a valid photo identification card are required for service. UCLA Housing Assignment Office provides information on the residence halls and suites. 

The Rita and Stanley Dashew International Student Center, http://www.internationalcenter.ucla.edu, provides housing assistance for international students (B.S., M.S.N. and Ph.D.). The center also helps students adjust to the UCLA Community, and sponsors social activities.  

 

Living Expenses

Up-to-date registration and enrollment fee information for B.S., M.S.N. and Ph.D. students can be found at http://registrar.ucla.edu/Fees-Residence/Overview.  Fee information or Post Master's Programs can be found in the Fees and Financial Aid section under the Post Master's Program at this website. Students are strongly encouraged to apply for financial aid. Due to the heavy course load, most students will be unable to work full-time. The School and the University offer a variety of financial aid resources to help support students through their studies. See information contained in Fees, Financial Aid and Scholarship section.  

 

Location

The UCLA Campus is located in the green rolling hills of Westwood. The 419-acre campus is bounded on the north by Sunset Boulevard, on the south by Westwood Village, which includes shopping, restaurants, theaters and the Armand Hammer Cultural History Museum. The UCLA campus is just 5 miles from the beach. The School of Nursing in the Louis and Doris Factor Building is part of the Center for Health Sciences complex located on the corner of Charles E. Young Drive South and Tiverton Avenue at the south end of campus.

Get directions to campus or see an interactive map.  You can search for The Louis and Doris Factor Building on this map.

 

Official Publications

The UCLA General Catalog and Schedule of Classes can be found at:http://www.registrar.ucla.edu. Graduate Division publications can be found at:http://www.gdnet.ucla.edu.  Other Academic Publications can be found under Academic Publications.

 

Graduate Students

Graduate Students in Nursing Association 

The Graduate Students in Nursing Association (GSNA) is the official organization of the graduate students in nursing. The primary purpose of the organization is to further enhance graduate education by offering the graduate student opportunities for leadership experience, furnishing an avenue for student and student/faculty interaction, providing a forum for addressing issues pertinent to the nursing profession, and fostering student participation in the greater University community. 

All graduate students enrolled in the School of Nursing are members of GSNA by virtue of their graduate student standing and are urged to become active participants.

Undergraduate Students

Nursing Students at UCLA (NS@UCLA)

All undergraduate nursing students at UCLA are invited to become members of Nursing Students at UCLA (NS@UCLA), which strives to facilitate interaction among students and between students and the School of Nursing faculty and staff. NS@UCLA also seeks to further the quality of education in the School of Nursing through representation on all major faculty committees.

 

ALL STUDENTS

Alpha Tau Delta

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Alpha Tau Delta is a professional fraternity for nurses that was founded in 1921 at the University of California, Berkeley. College chapters are established only in schools of nursing fully accredited by the National League for Nursing. Alpha Tau Delta is also a charter member of the Professional Fraternity Association. 

The purposes of Alpha Tau Delta are to further higher professional educational standards for those in the nursing profession, develop character and leadership, organize the social life of its members as a contributing factor to their educational program, and form a close bond of friendship, fellowship, mutual helpfulness, and understanding among those in the nursing profession. 

Men and women are eligible for membership in the UCLA Gamma Chapter. Students must be recognized for their high professional, moral, and scholastic standards to be eligible for membership.

Being an active member of Alpha Tau Delta entails eligibility for applying for scholarships as well as recognition through certificates and graduation cords. More information can be found at our website (atdatucla.weebly.com).

Our contact information, official website, and Facebook:

Email | atd.ucla@gmail.com

Website | http://atdatucla.weebly.com/

Facebook Group | ATD Gamma Chapter

Facebook Page – Like Us! Alpha Tau Delta – Gamma Chapter

 

Global Action in Nursing (GAIN)

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GAIN is an open forum for the UCLA School of 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. GAIN strives to create a space for globally minded nurses and students to learn about, discuss, and act to address healthcare inequities across borders. We seek opportunities to enrich the UCLA School of Nursing with international nursing experiences.

Like our Facebook page.

Visit our Website to learn more.

 

FIMRC @ UCLA

The Foundation For International Medical Relief for Children (FIMRC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing improved healthcare to developing communities across the world. Previous and ongoing events include visiting the Los Angelitos Orphanage in Tijuana, Mexico and the Belen Kindergarten Project which involves creating clean, sustainable drinking water for children in Belen, Peru. Additionally, club members also have the opportunity to plan and create their own international trips to the various FIMRC clinical sites in countries such as Peru, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, India, Uganda, and many more!

For additional information on how to get involved, please contact FIMRC President, Derek Bau at dbau@g.ucla.edu.

Please visit our official Facebook page to stay up to date with events and club meetings: https://www.facebook.com/groups/226918940765742/

     

Latin @ Nursing Student-Alumni Association (LANSA)

 

LANZA (meaning to launch; i.e. careers, action, professionalism, empower)

 

Mission: Latino nurse’s organization 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 welcome who promote these goals.

 

How it fosters growth for our nursing students at UCLA:

  • Provide support and resources for student success in the SON AND UCLA.
  • Contribute towards nursing leadership representation at UCLA/SON.
  • Advance the educational, professional, and leadership among Latino nurses to increase representation for Latino faculty, researchers and administrators.
  • Advocate for equity, inclusion and health policy development
  • Assist in identifying facilitators and barriers to quality education for Latino students and nurses.
  • Grow the community of Latino Nurses through networking and community service.
  • Provide service to the SON to promote recruitment and retention of Latinos in nursing.
  • Assist the SON to promote the nursing field among Latino youth.
  • Encourage students to volunteer in outreach and other community health related events
  • Serve as consultants in providing cultural sensitivity services to Latino’s (nurse, patients, nursing students, administration, faculty, and others.)
  • Assist the SON and organize presentations and other events at the SON
  • invite speakers, community leaders, faculty and student leaders from UCLA
  • Promote cultural specific events/celebrations; for example Hispanic Heritage Month, NIH Minority Health, etc.

Officers

Position

Officer (Program/Cohort)

President

Valeria Amezola

APRN-2019

Assistant President

Mary Lou Villanueva

MECN-2018

Vice President

 

Co Vice-President

Fatima Urquilla Soto

MECN-2018

Fernanda Monteon

APRN-2019

Secretary

 

Co-Secretary

Laura Peña

BSN-2021

Raquel Tugade

APRN-2019

Treasurer

 

Co-Treasurer

Marisol Palacios

MECN-2018

Gisela Guzman

MECN-2018

Outreach Chair

 

Elizabeth Arreola

MECN-2018

Membership-elections Chair

 

Gerardo Flores

PhD

Events/Social Media Chair

Iliana Dominguez

APRN-2019

 

 

Faculty Sponsor/Advisor:

M.E. Ruiz, PhD, RN, FNP-BC

 

The Pan African Nursing Student Association (PANSAA)  

The Pan African Nursing Student and Alumni Association (PANSAA) provides a forum that addresses the academic and social concerns of Black Students enrolled in the UCLA School of Nursing.  Student members of PANSAA benefit from the mentorship, networking and guidance of alumni of the UCLA School of Nursing. The PANSAA also assists in recruiting and retaining students of color in the School of Nursing.

Contact:

Rhonda Flenoy Younger

Email: rflenoy@sonnet.ucla.edu

Phone: 310-825-9193

 

Pediatric Interest Club at UCLA (PICU)

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. Previous PICU volunteer events include leading arts and craft activities in the playroom at UCLA Santa Monica, playing outdoor games with children from the Maryvale Emergency Shelter, collaborating with March of Dimes to advocate for infant health in Sacramento, and taking vital signs at Dream Street, a camp for children with chronic and life-threatening illnesses.

For my information on PICU and how you can get involved, email PICU President Ashley Louie at ashley.louie@ucla.edu

You can also join our Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/401549173205627/

 

Sigma Theta Tau International

Sigma Theta Tau is the only international honor society for nurses. It recognizes individuals for leadership qualities, superior achievement, high professional standards, creative work, and commitment to the ideals and purposes of the profession. UCLA's Gamma Tau Chapter was established in spring 1978. For more information visit the Gamma Tau Chapter website. 

Wellness in Nursing

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We are Wellness in Nursing (WIN), where we are striving to be balanced Bruins. WIN creates an environment where nursing students are encouraged to prioritize their physical and mental wellness through healthy activities. Activities range from weekly challenges with raffles, to 5Ks, to practicing mindfulness. With some support, our goal is for students to be happy and healthy future nurses. Staff and faculty are welcome to participate as well!  For more information, check out our Facebook page (WIN-Wellness in Nursing) or email us at WINatUCLA@gmail.com.

Parking and Transportation

Parking on the UCLA campus is at a premium. Not all students are able to obtain a UCLA parking permit. We therefore urge students in the B.S., M.S.N. and Ph.D. programs to apply for parking early. A few parking spaces are available on a daily basis for a fee of $12.00, but these spaces fill up quickly.

UCLA offers assistance to students commuting to campus from surrounding areas in the form of Van Pools and Commuter Assistance-Ridesharing. You can find information on parking and transportation at the Transportation Services site.

Clinical experiences are generally assigned at off-campus sites. Students in the B.S., M.S.N., and Ph.D. are responsible for arranging and financing their own transportation for clinical experiences in the community and are required to have the use of a car.

For complete and current parking rates visit UCLA Transportation Services website.

Student Health Services

The Student Health Services (SHS), located in the Arthur Ashe Student Health & Wellness Center, 221 Westwood Plaza, provides registered UCLA students a complete range of preventive, diagnostic, and therapeutic health services at little or no cost. In cooperation with UCLA's Center for the Health Sciences and other community health resources, SHS provides general outpatient health care to students in the B.S., M.S.N. and Ph.D. programs through its primary care clinic, with referrals to specialty medical and surgical clinics. For more information visit the Arthur Ashe Student Health & Wellness Center website.