IWU Nursing Spring 2014: Volume 7 Issue 1 - Page 6

nursing association spotlight written by Kelsey Mitchener Sigma Theta Tau International Storgé. Tharsos. Timé. The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International, draws its name from these three Greek words and the values behind them: Love. Courage. Honor. Founded in 1922 by six Indiana University nursing students and headquartered in Indianapolis, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) is today one of the largest nursing organizations in the world with 130,000 active members in more than 490 chapters across 85 countries and territories. This year’s invitations were sent in February. Nominees may choose to become members for an annual fee. The 2014 induction ceremony is March 29 at 3 p.m. at College Wesleyan Church on the Marion, Indiana, campus. Chapter member Dr. Linda Rieg, PhD, RN, CNE will be sharing from her research, “Caring Based on of membership in STTI include opportunities for career advancement and lifelong learning,” Eby noted. “Dependent on where an individual is in his or her career, benefits include career assistance, access to the Virginia Henderson International [research] Library, and continuing education opportunities.” STTI was founded to advance nursing knowledge, status, and service and was the first U.S. organization to fund nursing research. At IWU, students are members of the Eta Chi chapter, founded in the mid-1980s and currently led by Ruth Eby, MSN, RN, Chair of the Division of Post-licensure. Last year 235 students became members of Eta Chi, the IWU chapter of The Eta Chi boasts 659 active Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International. Pictured is the reception following the 2013 induction. Photo by Jamie Daniel. members, the majority of whom are IWU students and alumni. The chapter also a Biblical Worldview,” and about the includes several community nurse International Nursing Research Conleaders. ference in Prague where she origiEti Chi inducts new members annually. All divisions of the School of Nursing nominate students who embody leadership, excellence, and scholarship in the nursing profession. The chapter also welcomes membership applications from the community. 6 School of Nursing SPRING 2014 nally gave her presentation for STTI. Rieg is a professor in the Division of Graduate Studies in Nursing at IWU. A continuing education (CE) credit will be offered. In addition to the honor of being selected to the society, “the benefits The Eta Chi chapter sponsors research, humanitarian work, and attendance at STTI-sponsored conferences, including the Innovations in Faith-Based Nursing Conference to be held June 16-19 on the Marion campus. Cosponsors of this biennial conference include the School of Nursing, Nurses Christian Fellowship, and Nurses Christian Fellowship International. The University expects 250 participants who will be eligible for CE credits. For more information, call 888.876.6498. + Find more online. facebook.com/STTI.EtaChi nursingsociety.org/membership indwes.edu/nursing-innovations