Graduate Nursing Student Organization Bylaws

Mission Statement

The Graduate Nursing Student Organization (GNSO) seeks to support the development of the graduate nursing students of St. Joseph's College. The GNSO stands as a link to establish methods of communication between the Brooklyn and Long Island campuses, promote scholarly dialogue and engage in community outreach and education.

The name of this organization shall be known as: The Graduate Nursing Student Organization

The purpose of the Graduate Nursing Student Organization shall be to:

1. Assist in the enrichment of the graduate nursing student experience by fostering communication and collaboration among graduate nursing students, faculty and staff within the Department of Nursing, the overall college community and other graduate nursing programs.

2. Serve as a resource to the undergraduate nurses by providing guidance and mentorship.

3. Provide a mechanism for educational and professional networking.

4. Promote and encourage participation in activities at St. Joseph's College.


Membership into this organization shall be open to all students in the graduate nursing course of study of the Brooklyn and Long Island campuses. There shall NOT be a membership fee. To help support events, donations from members shall be appreciated.

Section 1. The officers of the organization shall consist of a President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer and a faculty advisor. Joint leadership representing both campuses shall be sought.

Section 2. These officers shall be elected at the last meeting of the spring semester, by a simple majority vote of the members in attendance and in accordance with the constitution and bylaws of the SGA.

Section 3. The length of term of all officers is one year. No one officer shall exceed two executive terms in any one office.

Section 4. All officers are expected to attend meetings on a regular basis. Attendance at all meetings is required for all officers, unless the President, Vice-President, or Faculty Advisor officially excuses the officer.

Section 5. The officers in attendance shall vote on all proposals.

Section 1. It shall be the duty of the President to:
a. Serve as the primary contact person for the GNSO.
b. Preside over all meetings, including those of the SGA. If the President is not available to do so, he or she will appoint an alternate.
c. Consult with the other officers in organizing events.
d. Oversee the organization in fulfilling its functions and responsibilities.
e. Submit the annual report for review at the spring meeting.

Section 2. It shall be the duty of the Vice-President to:
a. Assist the president with his/her responsibilities in his/her absence.
b. Attend all board meetings, including the SGA meetings.
c. Provide input for events and programming.
d. Work collaboratively with other board members.

Section 3. It shall be the duty of the Treasurer to:
a. Requisition funds for organizational use from the money appropriated to the
organization by St. Joseph's College.
b. Collaborate with other officers to determine how said monies will be spent.
c. Keep accurate records of financial transactions.
d. Organize fund raising activities in collaboration with the officers.
e. Prepare the annual financial statements for publication in accordance with the constitution and bylaws of St. Joseph's College and the SGA.

Section 4. It shall be the duty of the Secretary to:
a. Record and distribute to the GNSO members, faculty advisor and SGA
minutes of all meetings.

Section 1. Time
Officers shall be elected in the spring semester, in accordance with the bylaws and constitution of the SGA. The newly elected officers shall assume their duties after consulting with the former officers and without delay.

Section 2. Vote
a. A majority vote shall elect the officers.
b. When there are more than two candidates running for the same office, the candidate with the highest number of votes wins the election.

Section 1. Standard
There shall be at least two standard business meetings per semester. The fall meeting shall be known as the Annual Meeting. At this time, all officers shall present the written prior annual report, budget report and the floor will be open to all new business.

Section 2. Special
Special Meetings may be called to order by the President, or upon the request of a majority of members present.

Section 1. Formulation
At the end of each year the club will discuss the formulation of the following year's budget proposal to be presented to the SGA.

Section 2. Maintenance
A majority rule vote by officers of the GNSO will appropriate monies to be used for any activities, such as guest speaker presentations or celebrations.

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