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Joan G. Loftus
Director & Chair of Nursing,
School of Nursing & Health Sciences
Your academic success is top priority, but the School of Nursing and Health Sciences also believes in the importance of learning who you are outside of your studies. Not only do faculty and staff encourage you to join an athletic team, take part in the performing arts, and participate in clubs and community service organizations, they also cheer you from the sidelines, applaud your stage debut, share in community events, collaborate on service projects and support you at professional conferences. At Colby-Sawyer, you’ll discover who you are alongside people who care about helping you establish a healthy work-life balance.
Connect with students who appreciate the wonder, splendor and intricacies of the biological sciences — from the simplicity of a spider's web to the complexity of the human body. Discuss local and global issues, explore the natural world and participate in community service projects.
Join students from across disciplines who are interested in pursuing careers in the health care industry. Participate in pre-professional networking and volunteer events that inform, guide, educate, assist and support your career goals.
Gain emergency response education and skills through Colby-Sawyer’s affiliation with the Medical Reserve Corps, a national network of volunteers dedicated to public health, while serving the community though activities that promote and protect health and well-being.
Join faculty and fellow nursing students on a biennial, winter-break medical mission to Puerto Penasco, Mexico. Gain hands-on experience in administering medications, taking vital signs and initiating intravenous therapy while fulfilling community health, public health and cultural learning objectives.
This annual event is a rite of passage for seniors. Hosted by the New Hampshire Nurses Association, the conference focuses on important topics for graduating nursing students, including tips to prepare for the NCLEX, how to get a job, specialty practice, new nurse challenges and the crucial role nurses play in health care.
Celebrate excellence in scholarship, leadership and service as a member of the Colby-Sawyer chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International, an honor society dedicated to improving the health of people worldwide through increasing the scientific base of nursing practice. Undergraduate nursing students may be invited to become members during junior year pending scholarly requirements, academic integrity and faculty endorsements.
Learn more about nursing, share your experiences and develop connections to state and national nursing organizations though Colby-Sawyer’s Student Nurses' Association, a chapter of the National Student Nurses' Association. Participate in monthly meetings, community service and education projects, and professional development opportunities.