Sigma Theta Tau:
Mu Omicron Chapter

Nursing Honor Society Sigma Theta Tau

Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI), the Honor Society of Nursing, provides leadership and scholarship to nurses in practice, education, and research in order to enhance the health of all people. It serves to recognize superior academic achievement in undergraduate students, graduate students, and community leaders. Its purpose is to maintain the high standards of the profession of nursing through leadership and scholarship activities.

STTI 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.

The founders chose the society's name from the meaning of the Greek words Storge, Tharsos, and Time: "love," "courage" and "honor." As women ahead of their time, the founders' vision for the society helped bring recognition to nursing as a science. 

Mu Omicron Induction 2015

Mu Omicron holds an annual Induction Ceremony for new members at DeSales University. The Induction Ceremony serves as a moment of recognition and the symbolic beginning to a new member's service. The Mu Omicron Chapter has inducted over 500 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students along with community nurse leaders into this prestigious society. The following listings provide the membership eligibilty requirements for both undergraduate and graduate nursing students: 

Undergraduate Criteria:

  • Have attained junior or senior level status in the nursing program
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher

  • Rank in the upper 35% of their nursing class

  • Demonstrate the ideals of the society which include potential for leadership in the profession and academic integrity

Graduate Criteria:

  • Have completed 25% of the MSN curriculum
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher

  • Demonstrate the ideals of the society, which include potential for leadership in the profession and academic integrity

Further questions can be directed to the chapter President:  Karen.Peterson@desales.edu

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