The mission of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International, is advancing world health and celebrating nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service.
Sigma Theta Tau International's vision is to be the global organization of choice for nursing.
In 1922, six nurses founded the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) at the Indiana University Training School for Nurses, which is now the Indiana University School of Nursing, in Indianapolis, Ind., USA. The founders chose the name from the Greek words storgé, tharsos, and timé, meaning love, courage, and honor. STTI became incorporated in 1985 as Sigma Theta Tau International Inc., a nonprofit organization with a 501(c)(3) tax status in the United States. Learn more about STTI's founders.
In the fall of 1977, Dr. Marion McKenna, dean of the College of Nursing, along with two faculty members, met with Ms. Jean McKinley, first vice president of Sigma Theta Tau, to initiate plans for establishing a chapter of the national honor society in nursing. With Ms. McKinley's encouragement, a group of nine UK faculty members met as a steering committee to form our Honor Society in Nursing on Nov. 28, 1977. The purpose was to recognize excellence in nursing and eventually, to petition a charter from Sigma Theta Tau, the National Honor Society for Nurses. Evelyn Geller was elected Chair of the Steering Committee and bylaws were drafted.
The induction ceremony for 221 candidates into the newly formed UK College of Nursing Honor Society was held on May 7, 1978 at the Student Center Ballroom with Dean McKenna presiding. Ms. McKinley presented the keynote address: Why an Honor Society in Nursing?
In July 1979, then President Gretchen LaGodna received word that our application for membership would be recommended for approval by the National Council of Sigma Theta Tau. Dean Marion McKenna and Ms. Kay Robinson represented the Honor Society at the Sigma Theta Tau Biennial Convention in Seattle, Washington. The UK College of Nursing Honor Society was approved for chartering.
Along with the presentation of the charter, the induction of members and installation of officers followed. Ms. Jean McKinley, former vice president of Sigma Theta Tau, presided as the installing officer for the 276 charter and transfer members. After the installation, a reception and luncheon was held at the LafayetteClub. The installation marked the accomplishment of many years of hard work.
Currently, we have 355 active members in Delta Psi.
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. Here are some additional facts about our membership:
- STTI has more than 135,000 active members.
- Members reside in more than 90 countries.
- 39 percent of active members hold master’s and/or doctoral degrees; 51 percent are in staff positions; 19 percent are administrators or supervisors; 18 percent are faculty/academics; and 12 percent are in advanced practice.
- There are roughly 515 chapters at more than 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.
- STTI communicates regularly with more than 100 nurse leaders who have expressed interest in establishing chapters globally, including those in Chile, China, Costa Rica, Denmark, Finland, India, Ireland, Israel, Germany, Jamaica, Jordan, New Zealand, and Spain.
Products and Services
From its inception, STTI has recognized the value of scholarship and excellence in nursing practice. In 1936, STTI became the first U.S. organization to fund nursing research. Today, STTI supports these values through its numerous professional development products and services that focus on the core areas of education, leadership, career development, evidence-based nursing, research, and scholarship. These products and services advance the learning and professional development of members and all nurses who strive to improve the health of the world’s people.
- STTI, with its grant-offering partners (corporations, associations, and foundations), contributes more than US $200,000 annually to nursing research through grants, scholarships, and monetary awards.
- A number of education and research conferences are supported by STTI, including a yearly research congress that presents the latest nursing research from around the world and a biennial convention that offers nursing’s best practices in clinical, scientific, and leadership areas.
- Online continuing nursing education offers peer-reviewed interactive learning activities that are presented in a variety of learning formats including case studies, evidence-based articles, and module courses. These activities are Web-linked to full-text articles and abstracts and are available for continuing nursing education contact hours.
- The Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository is an online digital service that collects, preserves, and disseminates digital materials in both abstract and full-text format. Submissions to this repository may be made by individual nurses and nursing students as well as nursing organizations.
- STTI's career development programming provides resources for every stage in the career process, from selecting nursing as a profession to active retirement.
- Leadership programs include mentoring programs and global health care think tanks.
- Alliances with other leading providers of nursing knowledge products and services round out STTI's offering and provide added value to its members.
- Journal of Nursing Scholarship is a leading peer-reviewed scholarly publication with a global circulation of 125,000. It is published bimonthly and is available in both print and full text searchable online formats to members and subscribers.
- Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing™ is a bimonthly periodical that is available in print and full text searchable online formats to subscribers. It is a leading global source of the best research and evidence available, with applications to nursing practice, administration, education, and policy.
- Scholarly books cover a wide range of topics in nursing and health care that are of interest to members and other nurses around the world.
- Reflections on Nursing Leadership is STTI's award-winning online member magazine that communicates nurses' contributions and relevance to the health of people worldwide.
- Chapter Leader Emphasis is a biannual newsletter that is sent to more than 4,000 chapter leaders.
- STTIconnect is a monthly electronic newsletter sent to all members that includes chapter-specific information and announcements.
The Foundation holds all permanent funds of STTI. These assets are distributed over nine endowed or restricted funds, each established for a specific purpose. Endowed funds contain donations made by members and friends of nursing, but only the interest earned from these funds is distributed. Restricted funds hold monies that are given to STTI for a specific activity and are distributed accordingly.
Nursing Knowledge International (NKI) was established in 2002 as a nonprofit 501(c)(3) subsidiary of STTI. Through its e-commerce website, NKI delivers nursing knowledge that is designed to improve patient outcomes by enhancing the knowledgebase of its nurse customers. More than 82,000 nurses have joined the NKI community.
Incorporated in 1993 as a corporation with 501(c)(2) status, the Building Corporation holds title to real and personal property for the benefit of STTI. It is also responsible for managing and maintaining STTI’s 39,350-square-foot building and grounds