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King University News :: Regional Nursing Programs Join Together to form Sigma Theta Tau International’s Epsilon Sigma Chapter-At-Large

BRISTOL, Tenn., Nov. 18, 2014 – King University, along with East Tennessee State University, Lincoln Memorial University, and Milligan College came together on Nov. 6, 2014 to become a chapter-at-large for Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society for Nursing. Several undergraduate and graduate nursing students were invited to join this prestigious organization.

King is now an official chapter-at-large for Sigma Theta Tau,” says Penny Neal, PhD(c), CPNP, president of the Epsilon Sigma chapter-at-large. “This is a great opportunity for our students to become connected with an international network of nurse scholars and clinicians. We are so proud of our students who have joined the honor society. We will be hosting our chapter's research conference this spring at the Hardin Valley campus and are planning several events for our members and the greater nursing community.”

STTI membership is by invitation to baccalaureate and graduate nursing students who demonstrate excellence in scholarship and to nurse leaders exhibiting exceptional achievements in nursing. Founded in 1922, with members in 490 chapters throughout 85 countries, STTI supports the learning and professional development of nurses making a difference in global health.

The organization’s founders chose the Greek words for love, courage, and honor to represent their honor society. One of the highest honors a student nurse can receive is to be asked to join the society. The mission of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International, is advancing world health and celebrating nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service. Sigma Theta Tau International's vision is to be the global organization of choice for nursing and to bring recognition to nursing as a science.

Benefits for members include access to education and research conferences; grant funding for research; online continuing education; career development; and leadership opportunities along with access to an extensive online publication repository including the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository. The focus is on scholarship and research, primarily the advancement of the profession of nursing and academic excellence.

“Through the support of this organization, King nursing students will have the opportunity to expand their knowledge and career networking opportunities,” added Neal.


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