Councils, Advisory Boards & Constituent Relations

Dean’s Leadership Team

The Dean’s Leadership Team meets regularly and is advisory to the Dean. The Leadership Team consists of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Level and ELM Coordinators, DNP Track Leads, Simulation Coordinator, and the Assistant to the Dean.

School of Nursing Community Advisory Board

The SoN Community Advisory Council provides a mechanism for significant community partners, alumni, and constituents to provide input into the School of Nursing’s strategic initiatives; to foster advancement of the SoN; and to strengthen our regional impact through meaningful partnerships. The Community Advisory Council meets twice a year.

Student Assemblies

Open Forums for Undergraduate and Graduate Students are held once per semester for undergraduate and graduate students. The open forums provide an opportunity for students to interact directly with the Dean relative to their needs, concerns, challenges, and suggestions for improvement. Results are evaluated by the Dean and PEC and recommendations are made annually.

SIGMA Psi at-Large Chapter

PLU belongs to the SIGMA (previously Sigma Theta Tau International) Psi at-Large Chapter along with the University of Washington (Seattle), Seattle Pacific University (Seattle), Northwest University (Kirkland), and Olympic College (Bremerton). Faculty are encouraged to participate in SIGMA local and national events, serve the organization by taking a leadership role by serving on the Psi at-Large Chapter board or as a PLU Counselor. Faculty are also encouraged to talk to students about the benefits of joining the organization.

Faculty must be members of SIGMA if they wish to attend any of the Psi at-Large Chapter meetings (Psi at Large), national conferences, or serve on the board or as a PLU faculty counselor. Counselors are responsible for planning and executing SIGMA new member induction ceremonies for PLU and the Psi at-Large Chapter. Faculty can join SIGMA as community members if they never had the opportunity to join SIGMA as a student.

SIGMA Psi at-Large Chapter recognizes students, faculty, and community members who demonstrate outstanding scholarly achievement and professional promise. Nominations for student inductees are by invitation only based on Undergraduate and Graduate student eligibility requirements. After J-Term of each year, PLU Faculty Counselors request and receive a list of students and their GPAs from the SoN office. PLU Counselors evaluate student’s GPAs and academic records and select students that meet the criteria outlined below. An invitation for membership into the nursing honor society is sent out by the PLU faculty Counselors through an online SIGMA system. Induction of new student, faculty and community members are held in the spring semester and planned and coordinated by PLU faculty Counselors. All students and faculty are highly encouraged to participate in the induction ceremony.

SIGMA Undergraduate student eligibility requirements

  • Rank in the top 35% of their graduating class;
  • Completed 1/2 of the nursing curriculum;
  • Maintained a cumulative GPA of a minimum of 3.0 out of 4.0
  • Meet professional expectations.

SIGMA Graduate student eligibility requirements

  • Completed 1/3 of the graduate curriculum;
  • Maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.5 out of 4.0;
  • Meet professional expectations.
Center for Continued Nursing Learning (CCNL)

The PLU SoN is an approved provider of nursing continuing education through the Montana Nurses Association. Continued Nursing Education (CNE) events are planned and by an appointed Director of CCNL. Faculty interested in becoming a nurse planner for a CNE event should contact the current CCNL Director. Please note that several months of planning and ample time allowed for marketing are needed to accomplish all of the necessary steps as defined by CNE regulations.

Community Based Clinicals (CBC)

CBCs are conducted as practice-based community service learning projects. Faculty utilize the PLU SoN mobile health van to schedule community-based health screening, health promotion, community clinics, or other activities, most typically in underserved areas or with vulnerable and underserved populations. Faculty interested in driving the SoN mobile health van must have special training prior to taking the van out. To schedule use of the van or to ask about training, please contact DNP Project Coordinator.

Delta Iota Chi

Delta Iota Chi is PLU’s Nursing service club and constituency school for the National Student Nurses Association. The mission of Delta Iota Chi is to promote and encourage leadership through networking, community service, and advocacy. Students can also hold membership in the Nursing Students of Washington State (NSWS) and the National Student Nurses’ Association (NSNA).