Since its founding in 2007, Nursing Students for Choice (NSFC) continues to grow rapidly—advancing its nationwide organizing, training, advocacy, and leadership development with nursing students across the country.
The co-founders of the national NSFC organization attended two nursing schools: Winona State University and Oregon Health Sciences University.
NSFC on the Winona State University campus in Winona, Minnesota was founded in 2006 by three nursing students who wanted to create a pro-choice student club that was geared directly toward nurses, and which would work to bring awareness of pro-choice issues to the campus and surrounding community.
The group at OHSU (OHSU Nursing Students for Reproductive Health and Justice) in Portland, Oregon has existed since 2005. It was started by one student who wanted to supplement missing reproductive health curriculum.
NSFC always works collaboratively. At its beginning, sister reproductive health and justice groups were there to help us get on our feet and gain expertise. Law Students for Social Justice (LSRJ), NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota, and Provide (formerly the Abortion Access Project) were among those first groups who saw the organization’s potential. As we have continued on our journey, the Civil Liberties and Public Policy Program (CLPP) at Hampshire College has engaged us in their New Leadership Networking Initiative. Today, the organizations we work most closely with include: Clinicians for Choice (a part of the National Abortion Federation), Association of Reproductive Health Professionals (ARHP), and the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM). In addition, two of our board members also serve on the PSCRJ board, and our president is on the board of Pro-Choice Resources in Minnesota. NSFC chapters often collaborate with Medical Students for Choice (MS4C) campus chapters in presenting abortion care trainings and activist events. We are deeply committed to movement building work.
I am kind of astonished at the fact that my own nursing curriculum doesn’t cover reproductive health. Our NSFC chapter really emphasizes that we are not being educated to be able to provide best practices for our patients, and the chapter provides that education.
~ Olivia Fragoso, Linfield College Good Samaritan School of Nursing
BSN Student, Portland, OR
NSFC made my nursing education complete.
~2014 Activist Summit Participant
“I am so proud to be a nurse and member of NSFC and look forward to a career promoting reproductive rights and justice and staying connected to NSFC.”