Message from STTI President
Suzanne Prevost, RN, PhD
President, Sigma Theta Tau International
consider it an honor and a privilege to be a member of Sigma Theta
Tau at the local chapter level, as well as in an international
leadership position. Since the honor society has been an important
part of my professional career for nearly 30 years, I would like to
share a few suggestions for getting the most from your honor society
1. Don't just
join - Engage! Unfortunately, many new members join Sigma Theta Tau
in name only. They fail to truly connect with the work of the
chapter and the society. Members who stop there tend to quickly lose
interest and fail to experience the true value of STTI. Like many
professional endeavors, the benefits and rewards of membership are
directly proportional to your personal investment. So, find a place
within the chapter to share your talents and connect with other
members. Through the Sigma VIP profile (http://membership.nursingsociety.org/Pages/Volunteerinterestprofile.aspx)
you can volunteer to get involved at the chapter, regional, or
2. Use Sigma events as a great
opportunity to stay connected to your fellow classmates and other
3. Build your personal and
professional network of nurse leaders in Lexington, in Kentucky,
across the U.S., and even around the world. Log in and register on "The
Circle," Sigma's social networking site, to make connections
with nurse colleagues who have similar interest, across the country
and around the globe.
4. Find a nurse mentor through
Sigma Theta Tau. The overwhelming majority of prominent nurse
leaders in the U. S. are members of Sigma Theta Tau; and most of
them cherish the opportunity to support the development of new
Take advantage of the many educational and leadership development
opportunities. Sigma has mentored leadership development programs
for: Maternal-Child Nurses, Geriatric Nurses, Nurse Educators, and
one that is specifically for nurses who are interested in serving on
national and international boards.
Make an investment in the next generation of nurses. Participate in
the Delta Psi Silent Auction; or make a donation to the Delta Psi
Share your ideas for improving STTI – locally, regionally,
nationally, and internationally. Tell us which benefits and
activities are most meaningful to you. Continuing education
programs? Career development? Mentoring relationships?
Scholarships? Social gatherings? Community service projects?
Travel and international exchange opportunities? Tell us what you
value; and then help us make it happen.
I challenge you to truly get involved to receive greater personal
benefit and to make a greater impact. As I move toward the role of
President of Sigma Theta Tau, please share your ideas with me; so
that we can continually improve our nursing honor society.