Department of Nursing

Associations

Sigma Theta Tau International, Inc., Honor Society of Nursing, Delta Zeta Chapter

Pictures from Sigma 2012 Induction Ceremony

Mission

Sigma Theta Tau International, Honor Society of Nursing, provides leadership and scholarship in practice, education and research to enhance the health of all people. We support the learning and professional development of our members who strive to improve nursing care worldwide.

Vision

To create a global community of nurses, who lead using scholarship, knowledge and technology to improve the health of the world's people.

Organization

In 1922 six nurses founded Sigma Theta Tau at the Indiana University Training School for Nurses, now the Indiana University School of Nursing, in Indianapolis, Indiana. The founders chose the name from the Greek words Storge, Tharos, and Tima meaning "love," "courage" and "honor." The society became incorporated in 1985 as Sigma Theta Tau International, Inc., a not-for-profit organization with a 501(c)(3) status.

Membership

Membership is by invitation to baccalaureate and graduate nursing students who demonstrate excellence in scholarship, and to nurse leaders exhibiting exceptional achievements in nursing. Here are some additional facts about our membership:

  • More than 300,000 members have been inducted worldwide.
  • More than 120,000 active members make Sigma Theta Tau the second largest nursing organization in the world.
  • Members are found in more than 90 countries.
  • There are 424 chapters on 523 college campuses in the U.S., Canada, Hong Kong, Pakistan, South Korea, Australia, Taiwan, Brazil and Netherlands.
  • Sixty percent of active members hold master's and/or doctoral degrees. Forty-five percent are clinicians, 20 percent are administrators or supervisors and 19 percent are educators or researchers.

Education & Research Initiatives

In 1936 Sigma Theta Tau became the first U.S. organization to fund nursing research. The society, with its chapters and grant partners (corporations, associations and foundations), contributes more than $650,000 annual to nursing research through grants, scholarships and monetary awards. More than 250 research oriented educational programs and international research congresses are sponsored or co-sponsored annually or biennially by Sigma Theta Tau in the U. S. and internationally.

Center Nursing Publishing

The society produces numerous publications designed to fulfill the society's mission of disseminating nursing knowledge.

  • Journal of Nursing Scholarship is the foremost, peer-reviewed scholarly journal in nursing with a global circulation of 120,000. It is available online and in print.
  • Reflections on Nursing Leadership is the society's award-winning, four-color quarterly news magazine that communicates nurses' contributions and relevance to the health of people worldwide.
  • Excellence is a customized member newspaper available in education, clinical, and administrative versions.
  • Peer-reviewed scholarly books focus on nursing scholarship, research, leadership, and clinical topics.
  • Chapter Leader Emphasis is a quarterly newsletter sent to more than 4,500 chapter leaders.
  • You Belong Here newsletter is an online publication targeting new members.

Online Library

The International Center for Nursing Scholarship houses the society headquarters and its state-of-the-art electronic library, the Virginia Henderson International Nursing Library. Individuals, organizations, schools of nursing, and health science libraries can access the library's online services:

  • The Online Journal of Knowledge Synthesis for Nursing, a peer-reviewed full-text electronic journal gives nurses access to integrative reviews of research pertinent to clinical practice. Registry of Nursing Research, a collection of nursing research data includes researchers' demographic information, studies, projects, abstracts, variable studies, and scientific results.
  • Nursing Knowledge Indexes, a completely new paradigm indexes research knowledge, not research articles. It allows the user to go directly to research findings while totally circumventing a traditional bibliographic database search.
  • Nursing Knowledge bases employ unique knowledge management software that allows knowledge to be stored and retrieved directly by using the variable names as the "index" to the knowledge.
  • Library Search allows the nurses to use one search function to pull information from several different library resources, including those listed above.

Professional Development Leadership

The International Leadership Institute (ILl) focuses on the development and advancement of nurses as exceptional health care leaders. Through in-person and Internet learning programs, fellowships and recognition activities, the ILl helps nurses across the globe to develop their leadership abilities.

  • The Arista global think tank conferences enhance leadership skills by creating and sharing knowledge.
  • Career Map: Managing Your Career with a Purpose provides career guidance.
  • Chiron: The Mentor Fellow Forum offers individual leadership development opportunities within a mentored relationship. Recognition programs, such as the prestigious Archon Awards, reward professional competence and integrity in health care.

Sigma Theta Tau International Contact Information

Sigma Theta Tau International
Honor Society of Nursing 550 West North Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202

Phone: 317-634-8171
US and Canada Toll Free: 888-634-7575
International Toll Free: + 800-634-7575-1
Fax: 317-634-8188
E-mail: stti@stti.iupui.edu

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