College of Nursing

Our Vision is to Lead

Sigma Theta Tau Our goal is to create a global community of nurses who lead in using scholarship, knowledge and technology to improve the health of the world's people.

Our Mission is to Serve, Support and Improve

The Honor Society of Nursing provides leadership and scholarship in practice, education and research to enhance the health of all people. We support the learning and professional development of our members, who strive to improve nursing care worldwide.

Sigma Theta Tau History

Sigma Theta Tau was founded in 1922 by six nursing students at Indiana University. Modern nursing was barely 20 years old when Mary Tolle, Edith Moore, Marie Hippensteel, Dorothy Garrigus, Elizabeth Russell and Elizabeth McWilliams met to found a Society to advance the status of nursing as a profession. They recognized the value of scholarship and the importance of excellence in practice. With the full idealism of women forging pathways of change in the 1920s, they wanted to build a framework to encourage future leaders to effectively improve health care.

In 1936, Sigma Theta Tau was the first organization in the U.S. to fund nursing research. Since then the Society has underwritten more than 250 small or "seed" grants, which often begin a whole body of research. These peer-reviewed grants are often the first recognition of potent concepts that eventually lead to major, wide-scale research projects and innovation in the nursing profession.

Announcements

Elementary School Book Donation

In February 2014, members of Sigma Theta Tau collected 60 children’s books related to health and science topics. The books were personally inscribed by new members at the induction meeting for Sigma Theta Tau Iota Iota Chapter. Students donated these book to several local elementary schools where they were gratefully received.