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 Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society 



An Honor to Join. A Benefit to Belong.

The Sigma Theta Tau Chapter at Slippery Rock University received its charter on April 20th, 1999. The Department of Nursing at Slippery Rock University is affiliated with STTI to recognize superior achievement, develop leadership, foster a high level of professional standards, and strengthen commitment to the ideals and purposes of the profession

Induction Information

Registered Nurse Students must:

  • Have completed 12 credit hours at current school
  • Have completed ½ of the nursing curriculum
  • Achieve academic excellence (at schools where a 4.0 grade point average system is used, this equates to a 3.0 or higher)
  • Rank in the upper 35 percentile of graduating class
  • Meet the expectation of academic integrity

Graduate Students (Master's and Doctorate) must:

  • Have completed ¼ of the nursing curriculum
  • Achieve academic excellence (at schools where a 4.0 grade point average system is used, this equates to a 3.5 or higher)
  • Meet the expectation of academic integrity

Nurse Leader Candidates must:

  • Be legally recognized to practice nursing in his/her country
  • Have a minimum of a baccalaureate degree or the equivalent in any field
  • Demonstrate achievement in nursing

***Induction is by invitation only.  For more information about induction and member benefits, please visit:

SRU Nursing Department Mission

To provide quality online education and scholarly activities for health care professionals in an environment that supports the needs of adult learners in addressing the health care issues of the global community.

SRU Nursing Department Vision

Nursing at SRU is a premier department which advances the scholarly level
of nursing professionals through an environment that fosters:

  • Mutual respect
  • Leadership
  • Advanced individual and team decision making
  • Collegiality
  • Technology integration 

Organizational Mission

The mission of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International is to support the learning, knowledge and professional development of nurses committed to making a difference in health worldwide.

Society Vision

The vision of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International is to create a global community of nurses who lead in using knowledge, scholarship, service and learning to improve the health of the world’s people.


Membership is by invitation to baccalaureate and graduate nursing students who demonstrate excellence in scholarship and to nurse leaders exhibiting exceptional achievements in nursing. Here are some additional facts about our membership:

  • STTI has more than 130,000 active members
  • Members reside in 86 countries
  • There are 470 chapters on college campuses in the US and around the world

STTI History 

In 1936, STTI became the first U.S. organization to fund nursing research. Today, STTI supports these values through its numerous professional development products and services that focus on the core areas of education, leadership, career development, evidence-based nursing, research and scholarship.

STTI Activities and Member Benefits

  • STTI, with its grant partners, contributes more than US $200,000 annually to nursing research through grants, scholarships and monetary awards
  • STTI is actively involved in sponsoring research and educational conferences, allowing for the spread of information on best practices throughout the nation and the world
  • For those seeking online continuing education credits, STTI offers learning activities in a variety of learning formats, to include case studies, evidence-based articles and module courses
  • STTI's career development programming provides resources for every stage in the career process, from selection of nursing as a profession to active retirement
  • Leadership programs include mentoring programs and global health care think tanks
  • Alliances with other leading providers of nursing knowledge products and services round out STTI's offering and provide added value to its members   

Current Leadership

  • President – Diana Jones EdD, RN  (10/21/11 – 6/30/12)
  • Vice President – Karen Harrison  MSN, RN  (12/1/10 – 6/30/12)
  • Secretary – Karen Mancini MSN, RN  (9/1/08 – 8/31/12)
  • *Treasurer – Kelly Lusby RN, BSN, CCM  (7/1/09 – 6/30/11)
  • *Counselor – Vacant
  • Delegate One – Diana Jones EdD, RN  (7/21/09 – 6/30/12)
  • Delegate Two – Karen Harrison MSN, RN  (1/31/11 – 6/30/12)
  • Governance Chair – Shelia Gealey MSN, RN  (5/1/09 – 5/1/12)
  • *Leadership Succession Chair – Karen Harrison MSN, RN  (5/1/09 – 5/1/11)

                *Expirations – Pending Voting/Election

Announcements - 4/25/2011

Submitted by Dr. Diana Jones

Joyce Penrose, DrPH, FNP-BC, Professor Emerita at Slippery Rock University, spoke recently about Planned Parenthood and Nursing: Long Time Allies in Promoting Women’s Health at the History of Women’s Annual Conference in Philadelphia, PA. She emphasized the role that Planned Parenthood played in educating and employing advanced practice nurses in order to expand the ability of poor and middle-class women to control their fertility and plan their families.

Sheila Gealey MSN CRNP, a charter member of Lambda Tau chapter of STTI, recently wrote a White Paper for the PA Coalition of Nurse Practitioners.  The title is "Improving Access to Healthcare in Pennsylvania: Full Utilization of Certified Registered Nurse Practitioners". The educational preparation of nurse practitioners is discussed as well as the progress that has been made in recognizing the role of the nurse practitioner. Statutory and regulatory barriers are also addressed. The paper can be downloaded at the PCNP website:  Sheila also serves as President of the Board of Directors of the Community Health Clinic of Butler County, a free medical and dental clinic for income-eligible, uninsured residents of Butler County. The Clinic serves adults 19-64 years of age who have no government or employer funded health insurance and cannot afford to purchase it. The Clinic opened over three years ago and has already made an impact on health care in Butler County.


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