In 1922, six nurses founded Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, today known as Sigma, at the Indiana University Training School for Nurses, which is now the Indiana University School of Nursing, in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. The founders chose the name from the Greek words storgé, thárros, and timé—meaning love, courage, and honor.
Sigma seeks to connect and empower nurse leaders to provide better health care throughout the world.
Undergraduate students must have completed half of the nursing curriculum, have a GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and be ranked in the upper 35 percent of their graduating class.
Graduate students are required to have completed a quarter of the nursing program and have a GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.
Graduates of master's programs may be considered under the master's student criteria up to one year following graduation providing they have a minimum 3.5 GPA; this last criterion applies only to those students who were unaware of their eligibility and did not apply while a student.
There are no scholarship criteria for community leaders; rather, the emphasis is on significant clinical leadership and community service. The minimum education requirement is the baccalaureate degree, which may be in nursing or another field. Typically they must be five years post the BS degree. Graduate students may also be elected as community leaders if they meet the community leader criteria, but it is preferable that they be elected under this category post graduation from the master's program.
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The Board of Directors typically meets six times per year, and there are typically two general membership meetings per year.
There are programs sponsored or co-sponsored by the local chapter—usually two to three yearly. The international organization sponsors a variety of programs, including a major conference each year: regional leadership conferences during even years, and the biennial convention during odd years. All members may attend any of these.
The time involvement for Chapter meetings is about two hours per meeting. Conference attendance, of course, requires more of a time commitment.
The Honors Program seeks to facilitate customized learning for Honors students in their disciplines by offering the opportunity for students to engage in Honors education and to have Honors Learning Experiences in upper division courses. Honors students may choose to focus their Honors Learning in their major and pursue the Honors in the Major designation, which is awarded at graduation.