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Sigma Theta Tau International

Delta Eta Chapter

The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International was founded in 1922 by six nurses at the Indiana University Training School for Nurses, 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."

The honor society became incorporated in 1985 as Sigma Theta Tau International, Inc. The mission of the Honor Society of Nursing is to support the learning, knowledge, and professional development of nurses committed to make a difference in health worldwide. The vision Sigma Theta Tau International 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.

The Delta Eta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International was established by a group of faculty members of the University of Southwestern Louisiana in October of 1976. The first induction ceremony was held in the spring of 1977. 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:

  • More than 525 members have been inducted worldwide.
  • More than135,000 active members make Sigma Theta Tau International the second largest nursing organization in the United States.
  • There are more than 540 chapters in more than 114 countries.
  • Thirty-nine  percent of active members hold master’s and/or doctoral degrees; 51 percent are staff nurse/clinicians; 18 percent are nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, nurse anesthetists, or clinical specialists; 16 percent are administrators or supervisors; and 18 percent are educators or researchers

Executive Board

Dr. Gwen Leigh
Vice President
James Blankenship
Dr. Stephanie Arceneaux
Kathy Ardoin
Faculty Advisor
Jennifer Allain
Faculty Advisor
Cynthia Watson
Governance Chair
Dr. Frances Stueben
Leadership Succession Chair
Dr. Tricia Templet

Membership Information
Candidates shall have demonstrated superior scholastic achievement, academic integrity, professional leadership potential and/or marked achievement in the field of nursing are eligible for membership. Inductions are held yearly in the Fall.

Candidates are elected for membership in the following categories:

Must have completed 1/2 of the nursing curriculum, have at least a 3.0 on a four-point scale, rank in top 15% of 2nd semester junior class or rank in the upper 35% of the senior class, and meet the expectation of academic integrity. Students invited for membership each fall.

(Masters) Must have completed 1/4 of the program of study and have at least a 3.5 on a four-point scale and meet the expectation of academic integrity.
Graduate students invited for membership each fall.

Community Leader
Must have earned at least a baccalaureate degree, and demonstrated marked achievement in nursing education, practice, research, administration, or publication. The majority must have degrees in nursing, but exception can be made for registered nurses with bachelor's degrees in other fields if achievement in nursing is outstanding. Delta Eta members may nominate a nursing community leader or Community Nurse Leaders are encouraged to email one of the counselors below to inquire about membership in the Delta Eta Chapter.

From the President
Welcome to Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society for Nursing (STTI). The mission of the Delta Eta Chapter is in alignment with STTI, which is to advance world health and celebrate nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership and service. Delta Eta Chapter presents an annual research seminar Accent on Scholarship, every Fall. New students and community members are inducted every fall. Every Spring there is a General Board meeting that will include a research presentation. These events ensure the future success of the Chapter by inviting the best and brightest of each nursing class, as well as leaders in the community, to join our organization. By hosting the annual research event, the goal of advancing nursing scholarship and leadership is realized.

We invite anyone interested in learning more about the Delta Eta Chapter of STTI to contact one of the Officers or visit

Gwen Leigh, DNP, RN, CNE Chapter President