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The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International

In 1922 six nurses founded Sigma Theta Tau at the Indiana University Training School for Nurses, now the Indiana University School of Nursing, in Indianapolis, Ind., USA. The founders chose the name from the Greek words Storgé, Tharsos and Timé meaning "love," "courage" and "honor." The honor society became incorporated in 1985 as Sigma Theta Tau International Inc., a nonprofit organization with a 501(c)(3) tax status in the United States.

Organizational Mission

The mission of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International is to support the learning, knowledge, and professional development of nurses committed to making a difference in health worldwide.

Society Vision

The vision of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International is to create a global community of nurses who lead in using knowledge, scholarship, service and learning to improve the health of the world’s people.


Membership is by invitation to baccalaureate and graduate nursing students who demonstrate excellence in scholarship, and to nurse leaders exhibiting exceptional achievements in nursing. 

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TWU nursing students receive prestigious scholarship

From left: Shana Hansford (TWU), Michalea Cortes (TWU), Sarah Wilcox (Baylor University), Soo Min Park (TWU), and Angelica Garcia (TWU). Not pictured: Whitney Hain (TWU).

Six Texas Woman’s University nursing students were awarded Edith Cavell Nursing Scholarships from the Dallas County Medical Society Alliance. Full story...

Nursing leader Jean Watson guest speaker at recent Fall Forum

Anita Hufft, Jean Watson, and Joan Edwards

Jean Watson, Ph.D., considered a global expert on the “Theory of Human Caring,"recently spoke to more than 200 leaders from the Texas Medical Center and Texas Woman’s University during TWU’s annual Nursing Fall Forum. Full Story...