The Nu Omega Chapter of STTI held an induction on November 13, 2013. You can see the pictures below.

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Nu Omega Induction 2014

Sigma Theta Tau

Celebrating 90 years of nursing excellence

In 1922, six nursing students founded Sigma Theta Tau at the Indiana University Training School for Nurses. The Greek letters they chose stood for "storgé,""tharsos" and "timé": love, courage and honor. Ninety years later, the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) serves 130,000 active members in more than 85 countries and nursing profession at large. It has chapters located at 674 college and university schools of nursing worldwide. 50% of the Society's members work in a hospital or multihospital setting, 16% work in schools of nursing, and 35% hold master's and/or doctoral degrees.


Membership is contingent upon an invitation from the Nu Omega Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau.

  • Undergraduate students must be enrolled in a baccalaureate or
    equivalent nursing degree program that leads to the first professional degree:
    • Complete one-half of the nursing curriculum
    • Have at least a 3.5 GPA (GPAs will not be rounded up)
    • Meet the expectations of academic integrity
    • Obtain two endorsements
  • RN-BSN must have completed 1/2 of their program.
    • Have at least a 3.0 GPA
  • Graduate students must be enrolled in master, post-master, doctoral and post-doctoral graduate study.   
    • Complete one-quarter of the nursing curriculum
    • Have at least a 3.5 GPA (based on a 4.0 scale)
  • Nurse Leaders are registered nurses who are legally recognized to practice in his/her country.
    • Be a registered nurse
    • Hold at least a baccalaureate degree or equivalent
    • Have demonstrated marked achievement in nursing education, practice, research, administration or publication
  • Honorary Members is a person who is not eligible for regular membership in STTI but who has gained national and/or international recognition in the field of nursing or any field contributing to nursing.

The 1st and 2nd Counselors of Nu Omega review cohort induction criteria for pre-licensure (first semester seniors), RN-BSN, and graduate program in the Spring and Fall semesters. Once those who meet the listed criteria have been identified, invitations with induction information will be sent. If, prior to graduation, a student who was not eligible during the first round of invitations becomes eligible, they may contact the 1st or 2nd Counselor to request consideration for an invitation.



RuthAnne Kuiper, PhD, RN, ANEF


Denise Phillips, MSN, RNC


Karen Juma, RN, MPH, NE-BC


Deborah Pollard, PhD, RNC, CNE, IBCLC

1st Counselor

Patty White, MSN, RNC, CNE

2nd Counselor

Susan Marshall, DNP, FNP, PNP

Leadership Succession Committee Members

Tom Curley, MSN, RN -

Saralyn Gillikin, MSN, RN -

Carolyn Brown, MSN, RN -

Kelly Laham, MSN, RN, ANP-BC -

Membership Ambassador

Colleen Fels, MSN, RN -

Marge Verzella, MSN, RN, CEN, CNE -

Nu Omega Chapter Goals

  • Goal 1 - Promote the growth of Sigma Theta Tau International membership in all areas
  • Goal 2 - Expand funding resources for research and scholarship
  • Goal 3 - Establish a database for knowledge (content expert), research and practice

Nurses 'NINEty'

Share your interest in STTI by participating in our yearlong 90th Anniversary celebrations. There are NINE ways to celebrate 90 years of STTI. Use these opportunities to re-engage with STTI while sharing your passion for the honor society and the nursing profession:

  1. Share your story on The Circle
  2. Locate and connect with nine people on The Circle.
  3. Tell nine people about STTI and why you became a nurse.
  4. Send a thank you letter/note to a nurse who inspired you during your career.
  5. Send a welcome note/letter to a new STTI inductee or a nurse offering encouragement.
  6. Become a mentor for a younger member.
  7. Show off your STTI gear.
    1. Display your STTI nameplate or static sticker.
    2. Wear your STTI shirt, pin, or bracelet.
  8. Start or participate in a local service project.
    1. Complete/update a Volunteer Interest Profile (VIProfile).
    2. Participate in 2011-2013 Call for Action: to serve locally, transform regionally, and lead globally.
    3. Work toward meeting fulfilling the U.N. Mellenium Development Goals.
  9. Invite nine students to view Student Central.

Contact Information

Ms. Patty White, First Counselor
University of North Carolina Wilmington
School of Nursing
601 South College Road
Wilmington, NC 28403

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