Sigma Global Nursing Excellence

Formerly Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society for Nursing

The mission of Sigma is advancing world health and celebrating excellence in scholarship, leadership and service. The vision of Sigma is to be the global organization of choice for nursing.

Sigma 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:

  • Sigma has more than 135,000 active members.
  • Members reside in more than 90 countries.
  • 39 percent of active members hold master’s and/or doctoral degrees; 51 percent are in staff positions; 19 percent are administrators or supervisors; 18 percent are faculty/academics; and 12 percent are in advanced practice.
  • There are roughly 520 chapters at more than 700 institutions of higher education throughout Armenia, Australia, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, England, Ghana, Hong Kong, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Malawi, Mexico, the Netherlands, Pakistan, Philippines, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Swaziland, Sweden, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America.
  • Sigma communicates regularly with more than 100 nurse leaders who have expressed interest in establishing chapters globally, including those in Chile, China, Costa Rica, Denmark, Finland, India, Ireland, Israel, Germany, Jamaica, New Zealand, and Spain.

Elmhurst College has the Zeta Beta chapter of Sigma. Each spring, we induct undergraduate prelicensure students, undergraduate RN to BSN students, prelicensure Master’s Entry in Nursing Program (MENP) students, Master of Science in Nursing students, and nursing leaders from the community.

Our Zeta Beta chapter has an annual fall program featuring presentations from nursing leaders or collaborative presentations from our colleagues in other health care disciplines.

Eligibility Criteria

To be selected for membership, candidates must demonstrate superior academic achievement, academic integrity, and professional leadership potential. An application will be submitted to the Faculty Counselor and the Eligibility Committee. Criteria for consideration include:

  • Complete at least half of the nursing curriculum
  • Cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Rank in the upper 35% of the graduating class
  • Complete at least half of the nursing curriculum
  • Cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Rank in the upper 35% of the graduating class
  • Complete at least ¼ of the program of study
  • Achieve a GPA of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale
  • Hold a baccalaureate degree
  • Demonstrate achievement in Nursing
  • Be an RN legally recognized to practice in his/her country

Contact the department for more details.

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