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 Sigma Theta Tau organization see their website:
Welcome and Congratulations to our 2023 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.
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.
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.