Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society (STTI)
For most of us who are registered nurses, and have been functioning as one for quite some time now, it is not just a profession but it is a passion – to provide care for those who need it, to help colleagues perform better and become better nurses, and to improve oneself in the field, always keeping up to date with the most recent changes in the medical field and with the latest forms of treatments and interventions we can give to our patients. If you are one such nurse, you should acquaint yourself to an international organization with similar goals as these.
The Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society (SSTI) is this very old organization that has goals very similar to those cited above. Founded in 1922, the organization started with six nurses at the Indiana University Training School for Nurses, which is currently the Indiana University School of Nursing in Indianapolis, USA. The founders based the name on the Greek words: Storgé, Tharsos and Timé which means “love,” “courage,” and “honor.” It later developed into an incorporation in 1985 with the name Sigma Theta Tau International Inc. in the United States as a nonprofit organization.
The organization mission of the organization is to provide support for the knowledge, learning, and professional maturity of nurses devoted to creating a difference in health worldwide. Its vision is to produce a global network of nurses who head in utilizing knowledge, scholarship, learning and service to enhance the health of the people of the world.
More than 475 chapters exist on college campuses worldwide in countries including Canada, Australia, Brazil, Botswana, Hong Kong, Japan, Mexico, USA, UK, to name a few. SSTI interacts regularly with over 100 nurse leaders who have shown interest in putting up a chapter in several other countries and territories as well, proving that the organization is not sleeping and not mainly just setting up goals with their realizations.
To become a member of SSTI, an invitation is given to baccalaureate as well as graduate nursing students who exhibit brilliance in scholarship as well as to nurse leaders who show outstanding accomplishments in nursing. To date, SSTI has beyond 125,000 active members who live in 86 countries. 46% of the active members have master’s and/or doctorate degrees, while 26% are staff nurse or clinicians, 21% are nurse practitioners, nurses anesthetists, clinical specialists, or nurse midwives, 18% are supervisors or administrators, and 22% are researchers or educators.
Becoming a member is not limited to invitations only, though, so should you feel the desire to sign up for it, you can always look them up on the internet and find out whether or not you qualify. The organization sets up standards on the members they pick so as to keep their goals realized and to make certain that only members who are truly passionate in moving the profession forward and who are more than eager to do their part elsewhere in the world enter. So if you think you have what it takes to meet their requirements, you can always apply so that you too can take part in making nursing a better profession.
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