On April 28, 2011, 124 nursing students at the Johns Hopkins University and three community nurse leaders were inducted into Sigma Theta Tau, the International Honor Society of Nursing.
The ceremony held at Sommer Hall on the Johns Hopkins East Baltimore Campus featured an address by Maryann Fralic, DrPH, RN, FAAN, Professor and Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations at the School. Dr. Fralic spoke on "The Contemporary Hopkins Nurse: A New Day," and advised inductees that as healthcare rapidly evolves, many roles of the future have not yet been invented. She encouraged new members to be the architects of tomorrow's models for care.
"We are pleased to welcome and celebrate the induction of these new members to the only worldwide honor society for nursing," said Elizabeth Hill, PhD, RN, President of the honor society's Nu Beta Chapter, "The accomplishments of these outstanding students and community leaders as nurses and scholars will be a wonderful asset to our growing chapter. We are excited about the impact they will have as nurse leaders and scholars locally and worldwide."
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.
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.