Thursday, April 12, 2012

Sigma Theta Tau - Honor Society of Nursing

Ashland University is associated with Rho Nu-at-Large, a chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI), the Honor Society of Nursing.  The mission of Sigma Theta Tau International is to support the learning, knowledge and professional development of nurses committed to making a difference in health worldwide.  The organization’s vision 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.  

Provost Pettigrew, Karen Estridge, Jackie Owens

Membership is by invitation only to baccalaureate and graduate nursing students who demonstrate excellence in scholarship and to nurse leaders who exhibit exceptional achievements in practice.  There are currently 475 active SSTI chapters representing 90 countries globally.  The local chapter boasts more than 350 members.

The Ashland University chapter, Rho Nu-at-Large, is collaborating with Mount Vernon Nazarene University’s School of Nursing to support the at-large status that began with collaboration between Ashland University’s Rho Nu Chapter and the MedCentral College of Nursing in 2009. 
On April 1, 2012, the chapter inducted more than 40 new members on its 10th anniversary as a chapter.  Prior to the induction, senior RN-BSN student, Sarah Koehler, was presented with the Rho Nu-at-Large Nursing Excellence Award for Academic Performance. 

Lisa Young
Following the induction ceremony, two Ashland University College of Nursing faculty members also gave presentations.  Dan Hellinger, professional instructor of nursing, and Lisa Young, director of simulation lab, and Mt. Vernon’s nursing faculty member, Karla Adu, described recent mission trips in a presentation titled, "Global Nursing".  Hellinger and Dr. John Swope went to Eleuthera, Bahamas, with 16 AU students in March 2011.  Young visited South Africa with AU nursing students last summer and will be returning to South Africa in May with another group of AU nursing students.  Ms. Adu’s medical mission trip was to Haiti with students this spring.

Dan Hellinger
In addition to celebrating its 10th anniversary and induction ceremony, the chapter presented Ashland University's Schar College of Nursing and Health Sciences with a purple jeweled globe on a shiny brass stand for display in the new nursing academic building.  Provost Dr. Frank Pettigrew and Dean Faye Grund, (also a member) were present to accept the gift and share their insights with the audience of over 110 members, inductees, and guests.  A reception immediately followed the ceremony.
Dean Grund and Provost Pettigrew