About Our Society


Student Government at the School of Nursing

The Nursing Science Society (NSS) represents all undergraduate Queen’s Nursing students to the School of Nursing, the University, and the Kingston community. The NSS consists of elected student representatives and hired individuals who meet on a bi-weekly basis to discuss issues concerning students, and to maintain communication between all six years of nursing. The NSS plans many nursing-specific and campus-wide events. The NSS strives to help provide Queen’s nursing student with unique opportunities that foster their professional development, strengthen their health & well-being, ignite their ability to give back to worthy causes, and encourage their growth as Undergraduate students. The NSS also works to give back to the Kingston community by organizing several charitable events that benefit local organizations and charities. NSS aims to develop students’ professional careers by organizing career workshops, skill-building courses, student-run conferences, and maintaining communication between the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario and the Canadian Nursing Students’ Association. NSS sits on the Alma Mater Society, the Nursing Orientation Committee, the School of Nursing Academic Council and the Faculty of Health Sciences Faculty Board Executive, to serve as an advocate with the best interests of the students it represents.

There are many opportunities to get involved with the NSS through first year internship, class council, NSS executive assembly, orientation committee, and the numerous initiatives put on throughout academic year.

The Queen’s University Nursing Science Society (NSS) has been founded upon the pillars of leadership, tradition and care.

Our Motto

Vincat Scientia Morbos

Conquering Disease through Knowledge

Our Mission

The Nursing Science Society is committed to providing Queen’s Nursing Students with unique out-of-classroom opportunities that not only enhance professional development, but also support the foundations of healthcare leadership & innovation. It is the aim that these experiences will empower nursing students to inspire positive change throughout their healthcare careers.

Our Crest

Established in Fall of 2013*, the Nursing Science Society crest brings together the very elements that define what it means to be a part of the Nursing Science Society: leadership, tradition, and care.

This crest represents who we are. We are the Nursing Science Society.

*A special thank-you to Taylor Mann (Artsci’14), Jessical Searle (NSS President ’13) and the NSS Executive of 2013 for their hard work to design and develop our first official crest!

“Vincat Scientia Morbos.”

This is Latin for “conquering disease through knowledge.” As leaders in health care, we are called to a battle each and every single day. We brave each new day with leadership- working to advocate and respect the needs of our patients. We brave each new day rooted in tradition- continuing the legacy of the valiant health care professionals before us. We brave each new day with the passion to care- understanding that our work will never be finished, but our impact will be boundless.


Florence Nightingale’s Lamp

It was made most prominent during the time of the Crimean War, when Florence Nightingale circulated wards filled with wounded soldiers to ensure that they were well. Just as her lamp lit up the dark and gloomy nights, she lit up the lives of those she cared for. It is because of her dedication and selflessness that Florence Nightingale is an inspiration to nurses everywhere. Her leadership is a beacon of hope for nurses who face challenges every day.



The Caduceus is a symbol representing the tradition of medicine. It is important to note that we only see half of this figure. This is attributed to concept of nurses being life-long learners. We are rooted in our journey here at Queen’s University, and what we will make of it is yet to be discovered.


The Three Crowns

These crowns represent the “Three C’s of Nursing” by Lynda Hall. Lynda was an advocate for the critically ill and developed this theory of care in the 1960s. The Three C’s of Nursing are core, cure, and care. Core represents the person or patient whom nursing care is directed towards. Cure is the attention given to patients by health care professionals, as well as the treatment focus. Care is the comfort measures used to meet the needs of patients. It is through the understanding of these values that nurses are able to provide quality care.