Student Life

Living Accommodations Atlanta Campus

  • Nursing StudentsHousing on the Cecil B. Day campus consists of apartment-style units that are fully furnished.
  • These units are newly built and offer basic cable, local telephone service and Internet connection. One, two, and four-bedroom apartments are available, each offering private bedrooms.
  • Two-bedroom units have two bathrooms; four-bedroom units also have two bathrooms.  
  • The kitchen has a refrigerator, oven/range, dishwasher, microwave, and garbage disposal. There is also a living room in the center of each apartment.  
  • Laundry facilities are available in each building. All utilities are included in the monthly rent, including local telephone service and Internet access.  
  • Housing is in close proximity to the Sheffield Student Center, the wellness and recreation center, as well as the library and the College of Nursing.  

Orientation  

Orientation is an important time for Georgia Baptist College of Nursing, and it is expected that all students will attend. A good beginning is the foundation of a productive college experience, and the nursing orientation is designed to give students all the information they need to be successful.  

Fall Orientation is held prior to classes beginning all new students. There are general sessions that are of interest to students at all levels, as well as sessions designed to meet the needs of individual groups. Orientation is a time to meet new friends and become familiar with a new learning environment.  

Student Activities  

  • Students are encouraged to become involved in the Georgia Baptist College of Nursing and the community through a variety of activities. Several student organizations are active on campus. Students serve on a number of College committees, giving students a voice in the operation of the College.  
  • Student organizations provide opportunities for both participation and leadership. Current organizations include: Student Government Association (SGA), Georgia Baptist Association of Nursing Students (GBANS), the Culturally Diverse Organization, Baptist Student Union (BSU), Peer Representatives, Student Ambassadors, Pi Gamma, and Phi Kappa Phi.  Students are also represented on the following committees:  Honor System Committee, Student Affairs, Student Grievance Council, and the Joint Appeal Board.  Prelicensure nursing students are all members of the National Student Nurses Association.  Opportunities to attend state, regional, and national conventions are available, as well as officer positions within each later of the Association.

Campus Health Services 

The Campus Health Program is designed to focus on holistic, Christian caring and strives to meet the ever-changing health care needs of its diverse college population by promoting wellness and self-care, enabling individuals to make informed decisions about health related concerns, and by empowering individuals to be self-directed and well-informed consumers of health care services. Education is an important part of the health service and is accomplished by direct teaching by the health nurses, handouts on a variety of health care topics, and presentations of on-campus programs.  

Mercer University maintains a Campus Health Office. The Office is staffed by a registered nurse, a nurse practitioner, and one doctor. A variety of services and treatments are made available to students.  Georgia Baptist College of Nursing reserves the right to require the withdrawal of a student when physical or emotional problems occur which pose a threat to the student's own health or the health of others.  

To protect students and faculty from contracting and spreading infectious diseases while in the classroom and clinical areas, students and faculty are required to update their measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccines so that they have had one since 1980 (unless they were born before 1957), and to complete a series of three vaccines for Hepatitis B. Tetanus boosters are also required. TB skin tests must be done prior to enrollment and in April of each year.  

Enrolled students are REQUIRED to maintain health insurance. Proof of continued health coverage will be verified at registration. Coverage can be in the form of the student's family insurance. Additional information regarding health policies is available through Campus Health.  

Counseling  

The Counseling Center staff is available to assist students to achieve their highest potential and thrive in their lives and learning.  The Center serves as a comprehensive resource for the personal growth and life skills development of students.  Mercer counselors are prepared to assist students in a variety of personal development areas.  Issues addressed include, but are not limited to, the following:  

  • Stress reduction  
  • Interpersonal relationships  
  • Anxiety  
  • Depression  
  • Personal awareness and growth  
  • Vocational and career issues   

Counseling services are available to Mercer students upon request and at no additional charge.  Confidential counseling sessions are scheduled with one of the licensed mental health professionals, and there is usually no extended waiting period.  Appointments are encouraged; however, a student may be seen on a drop-in basis when a counselor is available.  Referrals to off-campus mental health services will be made when necessary and upon request.  

The Counseling Center is located in the Sheffield Student Center (Room 208).  Call (678) 547-6060 for an appointment.