Special Programs and Projects

Sigma Theta Tau International

Last June, 45 SPU undergraduate and graduate students were inducted into the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau, International.  This special honor was awarded to top students in the class, and signifies excellence in academics and leadership.  Families and nursing faculty joined in the celebration.  This year's ceremony will be held on Friday, June 7 at 2:00pm, First Free Methodist Church.


Living Well Initiative

The Living Well Initiative is a multidisciplinary educational program addressing the needs of persons and families affected by severe and persistent mental health conditions.


Co-sponsored by the School of Health Sciences and the School of Psychology, Family, and Community, the program’s goal is to promote awareness and understanding of these conditions through the establishment of the Dickinson Fellowship Program (32 KB PDF), research projects, campus outreach, and annual conferences.


Community Health Projects

Each Spring Quarter, senior nursing students participate in community health projects as part of their coursework. Recent ways SPU students have engaged the local health care culture include


  • Health education. Health education for low-income women at the Compass Center, a transitional housing program
  • Fall prevention. A student-developed, media-based teaching program for elders on fall prevention, in partnership with King County’s Fall Prevention for the Elderly program
  • Disaster preparedness. Participation in a disaster preparedness program for seniors, in conjunction with Seattle Emergency Management


  • Middle School Visit  Senior SPU nursing students visited Hamilton Middle School to teach students about healthy choices. Middle School students also visited SPU to learn about futures career options.  View photos of the SHS visit.

For more information about the different ways nursing majors get involved with the community, contact Associate Dean Kelly Marley.