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MNU Approved for Prestigious International Nursing Honor Society

MNU Approved for Prestigious International Nursing Honor Society

April 3, 2014

MidAmerica Nazarene University’s School of Nursing and Health Science was recently approved to form a chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI), the honor society of nursing. Founded in 1922, STTI is recognized as the only international nursing honor society with approximately 500 chapters across the globe, only 5 of which are in Kansas.

Sigma Theta Tau International’s mission is advancing world health and celebrating nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service. STTI membership can lead to career growth, professional development and publication. The organization also provides the healthcare industry with scholarly research.

The Chi Eta Chapter of STTI will be chartered in a ceremony at MNU on June 23, 2014. Sarah Miller, MSN, RN, a graduate student in the School of Nursing in 2010, believed a scholarly organization in which students and faculty could share their work and advance the profession of nursing would benefit MNU. Now an assistant professor of nursing at the university, Miller proposed the idea of starting a chapter as a component of her graduate school project. Miller says faculty were very supportive and assisted with the six-phase process of becoming a chapter by working with her on submitting the application and documentation required for consideration.

The officers in Chi Eta are:

President: Sarah Miller (RN-BSN and MSN alumni and faculty)

Vice-President: Deborah Brunkhorst (RN-BSN and MSN alumni)

Secretary: Lauren Loyd (MSN alumni and faculty)

Treasurer: Casey Kelley (current student)

Faculty Counselor: Deborah Petty (faculty)

“My fellow officers have devoted countless hours in helping me make this dream become a reality,” Miller says. “I could not be more thankful to have each one of them on the team!”

School of Nursing and Health Science Dean, Susan Larson, PhD, RN, says the accomplishment is significant because few programs reach this level of recognition.

“This is another indicator of excellence for our nursing programs, brought about by the quality and distinction of the nursing faculty,” Larson said. “I’m proud of their vision to pursue this rigorous accomplishment.”

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