In 1922 six nurses founded Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) at the Indiana University Training School for Nurses. The founders chose the names from the Greek words Storge, Tharsos and Time meaning “love,” “courage” and “honor”. STTI became incorporated in 1985 as a nonprofit organization. The vision of the Honor Society of Nursing is to create a global community of nurses who lead in using knowledge, scholarship, service and learning to improve the health of the world’s people. Membership is by invitation based on scholarly achievement. Baccalaureate and graduate nursing students who demonstrate excellence in scholarship and nurse leaders exhibiting exceptional achievements in nursing are invited to join. STTI has greater than 130,000 active members, members reside in more than 85 countries and there are 488 chapters at 668 institutions of higher education worldwide. There are many benefits of being a member in Sigma Theta Tau such as opportunities to compete for research grants, networking within the community, identifying individuals for participation in the honor society, building the legacy, participation in Nursing Research Conferences, continuing education offerings including the annual Miller leadership series.
As part of Sigma Theta Tau International Beta Tau was founded in 1974 at the University of Miami School of Nursing and health studies. Currently Beta Tau has more than 300 active members and will be celebrating the 40th anniversary in 2014. Why get involved in STTI/ UM Beta Chapter? There are many opportunities to compete for research grants, participate in conferences, networking within the nursing community, have access to the Virginia Henderson International Nursing Library, receive the Journal of Nursing Scholarship, the Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing Journal and collaborate in identifying individuals for participation in the honor society and lasting building the legacy of excellence in nursing.
To support the learning, knowledge and professional development of nurses committed to making a difference in health worldwide.
To create a global community of nurses who lead in using knowledge, scholarship, service and learning to improve the health of the world’s people.
Membership is by invitation to baccalaureate and graduate nursing students who demonstrate excellence in scholarship and are in last semester of the program. Undergraduate students who are in the 30 percentile of their class academically and graduate students with a GPA of 3.5 or > are invited to join. Nursing leadership is the only category which does not require achievement in academic scholarship as a criterion. Nurse leaders (e.g. educators, clinicians, researchers, administration, global health and others can also be nominated to Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI). This organization has more than 130,000 active members in more than 85 countries.