Students helping students
If you’re a BScN student at McMaster University, Mohawk College or Conestoga College, you’re automatically a member of the McMaster University Nursing Students Society, also known as MUNSS. The society was founded in the academic year of 1949-50, and it’s a superb example of students helping students.
From your first day on campus to the final day of graduation, MUNSS offers a wide range of services including:
Every year, MUNSS grants 4 awards: The Level 4 achievement award, the service to the community award, the unsung hero award, and the leadership award. These awards are worth $500 each. You can find out how to apply on the McMaster University Nursing Students Society (MUNSS) website
. These prizes are handed out at an annual assembly. Through their website, MUNSS also informs nursing students about external awards that are available to them.
MUNSS hosts educational, social, and political events throughout the year.
The first event of every year is Welcome Week. Upper-year nursing students act as Welcome Week representatives, wearing colourfully-decorated yellow overalls so they are easy to spot on campus. The representatives welcome first-year students and help ease their transition to university and living away from home.
Politically, the society sends students to regional and national conferences like the annual general meeting of the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario (RNAO) and the Canadian Nurses Students’ Association (CNSA) conferences.
Educational events include “Lunch and Learns” and guest speakers.
But remember, life shouldn’t be all work and no play! MUNSS also hosts social events every month of the year. These include the Nursing Formal in March – a big dinner and dance that usually attracts about 500 students. If you enjoy sports, you can join your fellow students for water polo or skating, or the Nursing Games, where nursing students from Ontario universities compete in sports. You can also take part in Relay for Life.
The NUB program stands for “nursing upper-year buddy”. This mentorship program pairs first-year students with upper-year students for one-on-one support. Beginners can ask their mentor questions about any concerns they have through the first year.
Get Involved in Running MUNSS
Students who want to play a more active role can apply for positions within the MUNSS Executive such as vice president, level reps, executive assistant, educational chairperson, delegates for associations, etc. There are around 40 positions in total.
The headquarters for MUNSS at the McMaster University site is the “Hole in the Wall”, a student lounge beside the BScN office (room 2J36). That’s where they base their ticket sales, selling of spirit wear or just “hang out”. Meetings, however, are held at all three sites: Mohawk, Conestoga and McMaster.
You can learn more about the society at the McMaster University Nursing Students Society (MUNSS) website.