By Paulette Thabault, Director, School of Nursing

Beginning with the 2017 graduating class, nursing students will have the opportunity to become members of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI).  The School of Nursing is excited to be joining with The University of Vermont and Vermont Technical College in forming an AT-Large Chapter.

The mission of SSTI is advancing world health and celebrating nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service. Its vision is to be the global organization of choice for nursing.

In 1922, six nurses founded the Honor Society at the Indiana University Training School for Nurses, which is now the Indiana University School of Nursing, in Indianapolis, Ind. The founders chose the name from the Greek words storgé, tharsos, and timé, meaning love, courage, and honor.

STTI membership is by invitation to baccalaureate and graduate nursing students who demonstrate excellence in scholarship and to nurse leaders exhibiting exceptional achievements in nursing. Students in the top 35% of their graduating class who meet the minimum GPA standard may apply.

STTI has more than 135,000 active members from more than 90 countries and

700 institutions of higher education throughout Armenia, Australia, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, England, Ghana, Hong Kong, Japan, Kenya, Lebanon, Malawi, Mexico, the Netherlands, Pakistan, Philippines, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Swaziland, Sweden, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America.

Members are from a wide range of practice settings and include nurse educators, nurse leaders and advanced practice nurses.

STTI recognizes the value of scholarship and excellence in nursing practice. It supports these values by supporting professional development in education, leadership, career development, evidence-based nursing, research, and scholarship.

Examples of SSTI activities include funding through research and grant partnerships, supporting education and research conferences, offering online nursing education opportunities, providing professional development and leadership programs and publishing several peer reviewed journals.

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