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Johns Hopkins School of Nursing and Nursing School of Coimbra Partner for First “Twinned” Sigma Theta Tau International Chapter Model

Dec 10, 2018

The first chapter model of its kind was announced today among more than 500 entities of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (Sigma) between the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing’s (JHSON) At-Large Nu Beta chapter and the Nursing School of Coimbra’s Phi Xi chapter. The now “Twinned” chapters will create a partnership that fosters international collaboration and strategic success models between the two organizations, which may lead the way for other scholarly nursing organizations worldwide to increase intellectual bandwidth and impact.

"The new model will serve as an example of how longstanding chapters with a history of successful recruiting and financial stability can provide guidance to up and coming chapters across the globe," says Kenneth Dion, PhD, RN, MSN, MBA, assistant dean for JHSON business development and strategic relationships and Sigma treasurer. "This exciting opportunity to be the first “Twinned” chapter will not only strengthen the relationship between the two chapters, but may become an exemplar for similar international chapter alliances within Sigma.”

Nu Beta was founded in 1992 at JHSON as a chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International, the second largest nursing organization in the world. Nu Beta was recently inducted as Sigma’s first Chapter-At-Large to join an entire health system to its charter on December 5, 2018, a milestone bringing together chapter membership from the school and the Johns Hopkins Health System.

The Nursing School of Coimbra established the Phi Xi chapter in 2011, making it the 492nd chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International. Under the leadership of chapter president Lurdes Lomba, Phi Xi is comprised of members from this nationally and internationally recognized public institution that is known as heir to the most historic nursing training in Portugal.

The “Twinning” of these two chapters of Sigma is a natural fit given the schools’ rich histories, contributions to the nursing profession, and strength of scholarly research. This “Twinning” model is the first step on the road to student and faculty exchanges resulting in culturally informed scholarship and policy recommendations that will influence nursing practice globally.

“This visionary relationship will allow our chapters to exchange ideas that may lead to new opportunities for collaboration and the sharing of best practices between Johns Hopkins and Coimbra,” said Lurdes Lomba, PhD, Msc, RN, adjunct professor at Coimbra School of Nursing. “We will be working closely with Nu Beta as we plan logistics to host the 2020 Sigma European Conference here in Portugal.”


Located in Baltimore, the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing is a globally-recognized leader in nursing education, research and practice and ranks No. 1 nationally among graduate schools of nursing and No. 2 for DNP programs in the U.S. News & World Report 2019 rankings. In addition, the school is ranked by QS World University as the No. 3 nursing school in the world and is No.1 by College Choice for its master’s program. First opened in 1889, the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing is celebrating throughout 2019 its 130th anniversary as a school and leader in nursing education and excellence. For more information, visit and

The Nursing School of Coimbra, heir to the most ancient nursing training in Portugal, is a nationally and internationally recognized public institution for its quality, innovation, and intervention in the health system and society. Its educative community is committed to humanist, scientific, technical, and cultural training of socially recognized professionals, promotion of accredited research, dissemination of knowledge, and the provision of services. The Nursing School of Coimbra, Portugal is accredited by the Agency for Evaluation and Accreditation of Higher Education (A3ES), a full member of the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education, with all courses evaluated and credited. Moreover, The Nursing School of Coimbra hosts a research unit credited by the by the Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) since 2004 ( For more information, visit

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