On May 21, 2008, 109 nursing students at the Johns Hopkins University were inducted into Sigma Theta Tau, the International Honor Society of Nursing. The ceremony was held at Turner Auditorium on the Johns Hopkins Medical Campus in Baltimore, Maryland and featured an address, "Evidence-Based Practice: A New Competency," by Kathleen White, PhD, RN, CNAA, BE, Associate Professor and Director of the Master's Program at the School.
"This is quite an accomplishment for the individual students and for the school," says Assistant Professor Cheryl Dennison, PhD, RN, ANP, who serves as President of the honor society's Nu Beta Chapter, "The organization is highly selective about inviting members, so the fact that so many Hopkins nursing students are being inducted speaks volumes about the caliber of our nurses. They are joining the ranks of nursing leaders throughout the world."
Membership to Sigma Theta Tau is by invitation to baccalaureate and graduate nursing students who demonstrate excellence in scholarship, and to nurse leaders exhibiting exceptional achievements in nursing. This year, 80 baccalaureate students, 27 master's students, and two doctoral students from the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing will be joining the Nu Beta chapter of the honor society.
Nu Beta is a chartered chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, the International Honor Society of Nursing, and was established at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing in 1992. The purposes of Sigma Theta Tau are to recognize superior achievement and the development of leadership capabilities, foster high professional standards, encourage creative work, and strengthen commitment to the ideals and purposes of the profession of nursing.