Founded in 1922 by six nursing students at Indiana University, Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing, is dedicated to improving the health of people worldwide by increasing the scientific base of nursing practice. Members are nursing scholars committed to the pursuit of excellence in clinical practice, education, research and leadership. The Iota chapter is based at the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, and was the eighth chapter founded in 1953. Sigma Theta Tau has grown over the years to include more than 90 countries and territories, and the 406 chapters are located on 503 college and university campuses in the U.S. and countries including Canada, Hong Kong, Pakistan, South Korea, Australia and Taiwan.

Membership is by invitation to baccalaureate and graduate nursing students, who demonstrate excellence in scholarship, and to nurse leaders exhibiting exceptional achievements in nursing. Criteria for membership as a graduate student are:

  • Completed at least one fourth of the graduate program
  • Grade point average of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale (via official transcript)

The application deadline for membership in Iota chapter is in spring and will be announced.




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Chapter News

  • Congratulations to Dr. Sheila Ridner!

    Dr. Sheila Ridner, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing Martha Rivers Ingram Professor, will be inducted into the International Nurse Researchers Hall of Fame at this years International Nursing Research Conference in Dublin, Ireland.  Join us in congratulating Dr. Ridner on her exceptional achievements in nursing science.
  • Iota is on Facebook!

    We're hoping Facebook can be a place to share information, celebrate achievements, and to make it easy for members to keep in touch. Please share anything you think might be interesting to other members, whether it's a great research article, a challenge from work, or pictures from a 5k.

    You can also follow the global STTI community at https://www.facebook.com/SigmaThetaTauIntl/ 
  • Chapter Key Award

    Iota Chapter won their 1st Key Award at the 43rd Biennial Convention of STTI. The Chapter Key Awards, established in 1991, honor STTI chapters that excel in chapter-related activities. 

    Thanks to Iota members for your contribution to the chapter - send us ideas on how we can continue to excel!
  • VUSN is on LinkedIn

    Did you know that VUSN has a LinkedIn page? When you join LinkedIn, you get access to people, jobs, news, updates, and insights that help you be great at what you do. Connect with VUSN on LinkedIn!

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