Love, Honor, and Courage

Love, Honor, and Courage

What is Sigma Theta Tau?
Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI), the honor society of nursing, was founded in 1922 to support the learning, knowledge, and professional development of nurses committed to making a difference in health worldwide. The name “Sigma Theta Tau” comes from the Greek words Storgé, Tharsos, and Timé, meaning “love,” “honor,” and “courage”all of which are key to excellence in nursing.

What does the Nu Beta chapter do?
Recently, Nu Beta, the chapter of STTI affiliated with the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, hosted a Founders’ Day celebration and CEU program for 70 participants with Dr. Sue Hassmiller, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Senior Adviser for Nursing and Director of the RWJF Initiative on the Future of Nursing at the Institute of Medicine. This spring, Anne Muller, RN, MSN, ACNS-BC, from University of Pennsylvania spoke about how STTI can help nurses grow as leaders throughout their careers. Nu Beta also sponsored a service event to donate books to children at local community outreach sites.

What’s next?
On Sunday, April 25, members of Nu Beta will attend the International Year of the Nurse celebration at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC. Nu Beta’s annual induction will be held May 26 with keynote speaker Dr. Alexis Bakos, an alumna from the Hopkins nursing PhD program and Chief of the Diversity Training Branch within the Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities at the National Cancer Institute (NCI).

How do I join Nu Beta?
Membership in STTI is by invitation made to baccalaureate and graduate nursing students who demonstrate excellence in scholarship and to nurse and community leaders exhibiting exceptional achievements in nursing. Members of other chapters of Sigma Theta Tau may also join Nu Beta through the headquarters website. Members who are currently inactive can reactivate their membership by contacting STTI at (888) 634-7575 or

For more information about the Nu Beta chapter, visit

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