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Sigma Theta Tau: Nu Phi Chapter

Sigma is an international community of nurses, dedicated to the advancement of knowledge, teaching, learning, and service through the cultivation of communities of practice, education, and research.

APSU's local chapter of Sigma Theta Tau is the Nu Phi Chapter. This chapter is led by our Govs faculty, students, and community members in serving Sigma's vision and mission. To learn more about the Signma Theta Tau organization see their website:

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Sigma Theta Tau Iternations, Nu Phi Chapter Inductees Nov 2022

Welcome and Congratulations to our 2022 Nu Phi Chapter Inductees!

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In 1922, six nurses founded Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, today known as Sigma, at the Indiana University Training School for Nurses, which is now the Indiana University School of Nursing, in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. The founders chose the name from the Greek words storgé, thárros, and timé, meaning love, courage, and honor. Sigma became incorporated in 1985 and is a nonprofit organization with a 501(c)(3) tax status in the United States.

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Potential members who meet our eligibility criteria are invited to join Sigma – baccalaureate and graduate nursing students who demonstrate excellence in scholarship and to nurse leaders exhibiting exceptional achievements in nursing. Here are some additional facts about our membership:  

  • Sigma has more than 135,000 active members.
  • Members reside in more than 100 countries.
  • Thirty-nine % of active members hold master’s and/or doctoral degrees; 51% are in staff positions; 19% are administrators or supervisors; 18% are faculty/academics; and 12% percent are in advanced practice.
  • There are roughly 540 chapters at more than 700 institutions of higher education throughout Armenia, Australia, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, England, Ghana, Hong Kong, Ireland, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Malawi, Mexico, the Netherlands, Pakistan, Philippines, Portugal, Scotland, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Swaziland, Sweden, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America.
  • Sigma communicates regularly with more than 100 nurse leaders who have expressed interest in establishing chapters globally, including those in Chile, China, Costa Rica, Denmark, Finland, India, Ireland, Israel, Germany, Jamaica, New Zealand, and Spain.

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Nu Phi Chapter was founded in 1994 with 126 members and lies within Region 8. Currently, the chapter has over 110 active members. Annual community activities include community outreach, donations, scholarship awards, and the annual Scholarly Dinner.


Dr. Bettina Shank

Dr. Bettina Shank


Ms. Heather Moran

Ms. Heather Moran

Vice President

Dr. Michelle Robertson

Dr. Michelle Robertson


Dr. Amy Black

Dr. Amy Black


Ms. Kristen Butler

Ms. Kristen Butler


Dr. Shondell Hickson

Dr. Shondell Hickson

Leadership Succession Chair

Headshot Lori Sutton

Ms. Lori Sutton

Governance Chair

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Kim French

Governance Chair Committee Member

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Dr. Terri Clark

Leadership Succession Committee Member

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