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GEM Mentoring Opportunities

The following opportunities are available to students in our College of Nursing’s Direct Entry Master’s in Nursing (MSN) for Non-Nurses program:

Student Nurse Association

Our Student Nurse Association, or RU-SNA, gives new GEM students an opportunity to give back and guide newer students in the program. This is a great way for you to get involved and build connections during your time at RUSH.  

New mentor-mentee matches are made prior to the start of new students’ first term. 

This program is especially beneficial for students in the first two terms. Mentors can provide study tips and answer any questions newer students might have.  

RU-SNA hosts at least one mixer event per term so mentors and mentees can meet in person during school hours. Mentors and mentees communicate using email, text, phone calls, social media or face-to-face. 

Look out for emails and Facebook posts if you are interested in joining the program. Join us on Facebook at RUSH University Student Nurses Association (RU-SNA) to learn more about upcoming scholarship and volunteer opportunities. 



THRIVE mentorship matches GEM student with a DNP or PhD student mentor. Matching takes place in the Fall term of every year.  

Each GEM mentee and DNP/PhD mentor fills out a Google survey to start the match process. Mentors list their history as nurses and their current DNP/PhD track. Mentees list the nursing areas they are interested in.  

In addition, both the mentors and mentees list often they’d like contact with the other. THRIVE matches occur based on all responses.  

Contact your College of Nursing Student Council representative for more information. 


Scholars Program

The scholar programs are a unique opportunity to foster an ongoing mentoring relationship to explore professional development hours and a capstone project. 

We want to develop a core group of generalist scholars who have a passion for these fields.  

In the past, specialty scholars have been accepted as Schweitzer Fellows, presented at national conferences and pursued advanced degrees. 

We offer the following scholar programs: