Sigma Theta Tau International (Sigma)
Sigma Theta Tau International (Sigma), the Honor Society of Nursing, was founded in 1922 by six nurses at the Indiana University Training School of Nurses, now Indiana University School of Nursing in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. The founders chose the name from the Greek words Storge, Tharsos and Time meaning “love”, “courage” and “honor”.
As other University Nursing Programs requested to become part of this Honor Society, chapters were formed. The Honor Society became a national organization. As University Nursing Programs in other countries requested to form Chapters, the name changed to Sigma Theta Tau International. The common “public” name was Sigma.
In 2017 at the 44th Biennial Sigma Theta Tau International Convention, a new public logo was introduced: SIGMA. The founding mission, goals and initiatives have not changed…. Only our public name and logo.
The mission of Sigma throughout Texas is to support the learning, knowledge and professional development of nurses committed to making a difference in health locally and worldwide. This vision 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.
Sigma has more than 135,000 active members who reside in more than 85 countries. There are more than 500 Chapters in institutions of higher education. Our Delta Kappa Chapter is number 104 and was chartered in 1980.
Membership is by invitation to baccalaureate and graduate nursing students who demonstrate excellence in scholarship and to community nurse leaders exhibiting exceptional achievements in nursing. If you are helping to improve nursing practice, YOU are a NURSE LEADER.
Our Delta Kappa Chapter is supported by The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) School of Nursing. We represent the mission and vision of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. Our Chapter works collaboratively with UTEP SON administration and faculty to implement the SON’s Guiding Principles: EXCELLENCE – INNOVATION – DIVERSITY.
Think Global….Act local…Make a Difference to the Persons we care for…..and work with…..