UndocuNurses: A Pack of Care
UndocuNurses is UCLA's only student organization for undocumented nursing students. A group of undocumented undergraduate and graduate students at the School of Nursing formed the organization just a few years ago after recognizing that undocumented nursing students faced unique obstacles when earning a degree.
Join UndocuNurses on their mission to bridge the financial gap that undocumented and other first-generation students sometimes struggle with filling at UCLA. Your support of today's nursing students ensures that they graduate on time and become the best nurses they can be.
Going to the UCLA School of Nursing and following our dreams of becoming a nurse is exciting, but financial costs can be daunting. There are a number of materials and resources that nursing students are required to purchase: including the one time purchase of $300 for a lab pack (including bandages, syringes, IV equipment, and other materials necessary for passing our classes), $40 for scrubs, and $28 for lab coat, and the yearly purchases of $285 for required assessment tests.
Many college students struggle financially, but that struggle is amplified for undocumented students who have less access to financial resources. While some undocumented students are eligible for in-state tuition and some state financial aid and loans, others don't and must pay out-of-state tuition (over $60,000). It’s not uncommon for undocumented nursing students to take a part time job to pay for some of these costs, but that presents another challenge: when to study, to sleep, to complete required volunteering time at a medical facility… Overwhelmed yet? We are and that is why we need your help.
A donation of any size will help an undocumented nursing student pay for the materials necessary to graduate from one of the top ten nursing schools in the country, according to USA Today. For Martin, financial support would have eliminated the challenging decision of whether to go to the hospital for required clinical experience or going to work for a much needed pay check. For Deysi, not having to pay for a lab pack would be one less burden on her family and other financial obligations.
In a time when California has the second smallest ratio of registered nurses per population in the country, it is more important than ever that nursing students are supported. UCLA's School of Nursing is producing qualified and diverse nurses, that will provide for their communities and the state at large. That is to say, California needs more nurses and undocumented students at the School of Nursing who are ready to serve. By supporting UndocuNurses, you are not only supporting individual students, but the patients who we will help in the future.
Your donation will make a difference in undocumented nursing student’s lives and help us reach our goal of becoming the best nurses possible. Thank you so much for your support!