School of Nursing inducts new members into honor society
Undergraduate students, graduate students, community members, and employees of Loma Linda University Medical Center who were inducted as members of Sigma Theta Tau International pose for a picture.
Celebrating 31 years of inductions, the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing Gamma Alpha Chapter held its induction ceremony June 6 in Alumni Hall for Basic Sciences.
Forty-nine undergraduate students, graduate students, community leaders, and employees of Loma Linda University and Loma Linda University Medical Center were inducted into the chapter.
Elizabeth Dickinson, MPH, RN, senior vice president of patient care services, LLUMC, gave the address, “Embracing Excellence.”
In addition to the induction ceremony, several awards were presented to outstanding faculty and students.
Jan Nick, PhD, RN, associate professor of nursing, School of Nursing, received the Excellence in Teaching Award, while Deanna Stover, a graduate student, was the recipient of the Excellence in Research Award. Ms. Stover received the award for her work on “Developing an Evidence-based Assessment Guideline for Evaluating a Fire Fighter’s Ability to Return to Work After a Lower-extremity Injury.”
Research Poster Awards were also presented to Patrick Turpin, RN, for his work on “African American Males and Diabetes: Understanding the Relationship;” and to Jagjit Dharni, RN, for “Screening Depression in Diabetic Adult Populations.”
The following individuals were inducted into Sigma Theta Tau’s Gamma Alpha Chapter: Undergraduate students
Desiree De Jesus
Shu Tze Dawn Huong
Andrew Zalsman Graduate students
Rita Patel Community leaders
Sigma Theta Tau International granted a charter to the nursing honor society at Loma Linda University School of Nursing in 1976. The chapter, which promotes nursing scholarship, leadership, and research, has grown from 101 charter members to more than 1,200 members.
Sigma Theta Tau was founded in 1922 by six students at the Indiana University Training School of Nurses. The name Sigma Theta Tau represents the initials of the Greek words storga, tharos, and tima. They mean love, courage, and honor and were chosen when the society was chartered.
In universities where chapters have been established, Sigma Theta Tau is an educational force standing for the best in nursing and making contributions to the school and the profession through its help in the preparation of leaders.
There are five purposes of Sigma Theta Tau: to recognize superior achievement, to recognize the development of leadership qualities, to foster high professional standards, to strengthen commitment to the ideals and purposes of the profession, and to foster professional excellence and scholarly cooperation within the context of Christian commitment.
By Dustin Jones, MA