About the Rho Psi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau
For 12 years, the Armstrong Department of Nursing shared an at-Large chapter of Sigma Theta Tau with the Georgia Southern University School of Nursing. On October 16, 2002, approval for separation into two distinct chapters was granted by the Sigma Theta Tau International Board of Directors. The Armstrong chapter received its Charter in a ceremony held Sunday, December 8, 2002. It was formerly the Mu Kappa Chapter at Large
Sigma Theta Tau was founded in 1922 at the Indiana University School of Nursing. The Greek letters stand for the initials of Storga, Tharos, Tima meaning "Love, Courage, Honor." The purpose of the society is to provide leadership and scholarship in practice, education, and research to enhance the health of all people. Sigma Theta Tau supports the learning and professional development of the members who strive to improve patient care worldwide. Membership is conferred upon undergraduate and graduate nursing students who have met or exceeded rigorous academic standards and upon college-educated professionals who have demonstrated exceptional achievement in nursing.
Sigma Theta Tau is the second largest nursing organization in the world. There are more than 300,000 inducted members in more than 90 countries and territories in 423 chapters in the US and other countries including Australia, Brazil, Canada, Hong Kong, Netherlands, Pakistan, Puerto Rico, South Korea and Taiwan. The official headquarters is based in Indianapolis where the International Center for Nursing Scholarship provides a home for nursing professionals to envision and implement methods to improve health care and the Virginia Henderson International Nursing library provides cutting edge nursing knowledge (Sigma Theta Tau International, 2002).