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The William F. Connell School of Nursing at Boston College prepares students to be nursing leaders. Our students work to gain the skills, knowledge, and perspective necessary to affect clinical practice and nursing science.

In addition to their academic and clinical work, students enrich their Boston College experience by participating in student groups and extracurricular activities and by reaching out to the community, in Boston and around the world.

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Students in the news


Building leadership competencies Undergraduate participates in leadership conference with students from across the health care disciplines

Community health fair Faculty member Allyssa Harris, a student, and an alumna participate in a health fair that Harris started 12 years ago

Global health perspectives Students expand their knowledge of global health in Ecuador as part of a new course taught by Joyce Pulcini

Students travel to Lourdes Three Connell School seniors chronicle their experiences assisting pilgrims who were visiting the shrine

Award for study in South Africa Undergraduate student is awarded a prestigious Boren Scholarship to study Xhosa in South Africa

Wisdom shared Students meet with AARP president and School of Nursing alumna Jennie Chin Hansen

Safety tips Connell School seniors appear on Catholic TV's "This is the Day" to talk about fall prevention

On the cover Boston College Magazine cover story features Barone and the clinical experiences of her students

Real-world education Katya Wheelwright '12 spends her summer teaching disease prevention in Ugandan schools

Pilgrimage to Lourdes Students reflect on a transformative experience

Undergraduate presents research findings Elizabeth Johnson presents findings at the Roy Adaptation Association Tenth Annual Conference

MetroWest Daily News Student who traveled to Uganda to teach disease prevention is profiled in the MetroWest Daily News

VALOR internship at Bedford VA Margaret O'Connor ’10 is chosen to intern at the Bedford Veteran's Administration (VA) Hospital

Nursing student breaks track and field records Kelsey Huckins '12 is the new record-holder for BC’s women's track and field team in two events

Advanced Study Grants Two students are awarded grants to recognize ambition and originality

Top Commencement honor Nursing student receives Boston College’s top Commencement honor, the Edward H. Finnegan, SJ, Memorial Award

Oncology student nursing fellow Student is awarded the Carol A. Ghiloni Oncology Nursing Fellowship from Massachusetts General Hospital



Building community bridges Students lead breast health awareness event; program builds community ties

Homelessness prevention service Master's entry student is selected as an Albert Schweitzer Fellow, through which students in health professions carry out service projects in underserved communities

Extraordinary activist Ashley Younger’s work in Mattapan’s Haitian community is highlighted by the president of the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship

Marathoners run to support brother Kristen Padulsky runs the Boston Marathon and raises money in memory of her brother Tim, who passed away from leukemia



Jonas Nursing Scholar PhD candidate Lisa Wolf is honored by the Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence and the National League for Nursing.

Building research skills in Switzerland PhD students to attend research program at the University of Basel's Institute of Nursing Science

Rising star PhD student is honored by Emergency Nurses Association

Janssen Scholarship Marchetti is chosen as a Janssen Scholar by American Psychiatric Nurses Association

Outstanding diversity initiatives Deborah Washington receives the inaugural Arnold Z. Rosoff "Agent of Change Award"

Oncology nursing scholarship Clare Butt is awarded an Oncology Nursing Society Foundation Doctoral Scholarship

Simulation scenario development Brian French is given a grant to develop simulation scenarios

Student groups

Sigma Theta Tau
The International Honor Society of Nursing's Alpha Chi Chapter at Boston College

Graduate Nurses' Association (GNA)
All BC graduate students in nursing are members of the GNA. Find out more about events and activities.

Keys to Inclusive Leadership in Nursing (KILN)
Preparing nursing students from underrepresented backgrounds to be nursing leaders

Undergraduate Government/Student Organizations
The voice of the student community on campus

Office of AHANA (African American, Hispanic, Asian and Native American) Student Programs

New England Regional Black Nurses Association (NERBNA)

Part of the national effort to unify, educate, and increase the number of African American nurses in this country

The National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN)
Promoting Hispanic nurses to improve the health of our community

National Student Nurses Association
Fostering the professional development of nursing students