On March 24, 2013, the Ashland University (AU) Rho Nu-at-Large chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI), the Honor Society of Nursing, inducted 52 new members into the chapter in a ceremony held at the Mansfield Seventh Day Adventist Church. New inductees were AU pre and post licensure students, Mount Vernon Nazarene University (MVNU) students, and community nurse leaders. The Ashland University chapter, Rho Nu-at-Large, has applied to STTI to formally collaborate with Mount Vernon Nazarene University’s School of Nursing to support the at-large status.
Prior to the induction, senior RN-BSN student and Rho Nu-at-Large member, Sarah Carpenter, was presented with a Rho Nu-at-Large Nursing Excellence Award for Academic Performance. Following the induction ceremony, several faculty members and students collaborated to provide a presentation, Mission Nursing. Two Ashland University College of Nursing and Health Sciences faculty members, Cindy Dowds, MS, RN, OCN and Sharon See MSN, RNC-OB, along with AU students Emily Thorne, Kelsey Thiel, and Jacoby Baab presented about their 2012 trip to the Navajo Reservation. Karla Adu, MS, RN, CNP, faculty member from MVNU, along with MVNU nursing students Samuel Couchenour and Chari Mault, then continued the presentation by sharing about their March 2013 mission trip to Haiti. A reception immediately followed the ceremony.
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.
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.