The Student Experience

Gustavus Nursing Program

Student Organizations
Sigma Theta Tau
Gustavus Student Nursing Association (GSNA)
Featured Student of the Week

Every week a senior nursing major is highlighted here. Check back often to learn more about the dedicated and caring students pursuing a career in nursing.

presenting student researchStudent Research

Gustavus Nursing offers premier opportunities for undergraduate students to engage in nursing research. Students take a research course during the nursing program and are paired with nursing faculty to conduct an original, independent nursing research project. Students develop, implement, and evaluate their research project and develop a manuscript. Students may submit an abstract for a conference presentation and have presented at local, regional, and national professional nursing and undergraduate research conferences.


Barrow, Alaska
Study Away/January Interim Experiences: Alaska, India and Africa

Study Away opportunities are available in the Gustavus Nursing program and include an exciting 6-7 week rotation in Alaska for Maternal-Child and Public Health Nursing and January Interim experiences in countries including India and Africa. Students participating in the Alaska rotation spend their time in precepted nursing experiences in Fairbanks and Barrow, Alaska and are able to engage in a rich cultural learning experience. 

nursing students helping children in Petatlan, MXService Opportunities: Petatlan, MX and Local and Regional Facilities

The Nursing Program offers a multitude of service opportunities both within the program and through spring break work trips.  Students in the nursing program engage in service learning activities at geriatric facilities, with high school health career programs, and in other community settings. Gustavus, through a partnership with their sister city of Petalan, Mexico, offers a spring break work trip that is inter-disciplinary in nature and includes experiences based in health care settings in the community. 



Career Opportunities
  • Staff RN
  • Chief Nursing Officer
  • Nursing Educator
  • Public Health Nurse
  • Parish Nurse
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Nurse Anesthestist
  • Nursing Administration

Clinical Experiences
  • Metropolitan Hospitals
  • Suburban Hospitals
  • Rural Hospitals
  • Home Care
  • Public Health Agencies
  • Community Agencies

Olivia Skaare, participant in the Fairbanks, Alaska clinical rotation."Fairbanks has been amazing! I have learned so much! I can't believe we are already going into the third and final week. I am actually sad we will be leaving on Saturday :( I did my rotation at the Women's center last week, and all the nurses and providers are amazing; I was only there for three days and I started to feel as though I was already a part of the second floor family."


- Olivia Skaare, participant in the Fairbanks, Alaska clinical rotation