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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 405,000 members have been inducted worldwide.
  • More than 130,000 active members make Sigma Theta Tau International the second largest nursing organization in the United States.
  • Members reside in more than 114 countries.
  • Sixty-one percent of active members hold master’s and/or doctoral degrees; 26 percent are staff nurse/clinicians; 20 percent are nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, nurse anesthetists, or clinical specialists; 16 percent are administrators or supervisors; and 23 percent are educators or researchers

Executive Board

Dr. Catherine Belden
Vice President
Joseann DeWitt
Michael Hebert
Kathy Ardoin
Senior Faculty Advisor
Laura Harolds
Junior Faculty Advisor
Dr. Tricia Templet
Research Committee
Joseann DeWitt
Leadership Succession Chair
Carole Guidry

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

The Delta Eta chapter of STTI is excited for its journey to new horizons in 2016! We recently elected a slate of new officers and are happy to welcome them to their new leadership roles for our chapter! We also had 71 new inductees at our November 2015 induction! It has been an exciting time for our chapter!

As the newly elected chapter president, I would like to extend my sincere thanks and gratitude for the service of our outgoing officers. Your leadership and expertise have been invaluable to the Delta Eta Chapter. On behalf of the board and membership, many, many thanks!

Lastly, we are looking forward to our next Induction Ceremony in November 2016 and our Research Day in December 2016. The Research Day will be a joint venture with our consortium universities. It will truly be a day of collegiality, scholarship, and knowledge advancement!

I sincerely encourage all of our chapter membership to become an active member and participate in as many chapter activities as you are able. We look forward to your participation, input, and support of the Delta Eta chapter!

With kindest regards,

Dr. Belden

Catherine Belden, PhD(c), DHSc, MSN, RN

Delta Eta Chapter President

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