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Wesley’s Nursing Honor Society Receives Regional Excellence Awards

Wesley College’s Tau Beta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International, Honor Society of Nursing (STTI), received three Showcase of Regional Excellence Awards from the organization in the areas of Lifelong Learning, Advocacy and Philanthropy.

The Showcase of Regional Excellence (SRE) awards are designed to recognize chapters accomplishments and hard work in partnership with the organization’s President Call to Action. The Call to Action drives Tau Beta Chapter’s two year strategic plan.

“We are very proud of this recognition by Sigma Theta Tau International, Honor Society of Nursing,” said Professor of Nursing and Chair of Nursing Department Dr. Robert Contino. “Our students are wonderful examples of the kind of dedication needed to pursue the nursing profession.”

STTI was founded in 1922 in Indianapolis, IN with a mission to advance world health and to celebrate nursing excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, and service. Today, STTI has more than 135,000 active members in more than 90 countries and more than 500 chapters.

To receive the Influence through Lifelong Learning award, chapters must host a program to help members identify and achieve their professional goals, host a program to promote a work/life balance, inform members about STTI’s educational opportunities, and partner with practice settings to make STTI more visible in the workplace. In this category, Wesley offered an event to freshmen nursing students about developing a professional portfolio and their future-nursing career, the chapter held a Military nursing event called “Military Nursing: Historical Perspectives,” they offered grants to undergraduate and graduate nursing students, and lastly, sponsored a funded trip to senior nursing students to the Mutter Museum in Philadelphia.

To receive the Influence through Philanthropy award, chapters must create and maintain a mentoring program, host a Founders’ Day celebration that includes 90 minutes of service, educate members on the benefits of donating to STTI, and become part of the STTI Chapter Giving Club. Wesley sponsored a walk for Alzheimer’s Awareness, sponsored the Girl Scout Workshop – “Passport to Nursing,” and lastly, two members of Sigma Beta Tau take a group of Wesley students to Guatemala for a mission trip over spring break. In addition, Tau Beta purchased health educational materials, a year’s supply of water filters for the Wisdom and Grace school to use, and supplies such as blood pressure cuffs, stethoscopes, scales and glucometers to supply a medical clinic.

To receive the Influence through Advocacy award, chapters must host a world health day event for the community, educate members on local, regional, and international initiatives that focus on world health, and partner with organizations at the local, regional, or international levels to improve health care. In 2015, the chapter provided an Infection Control Update to junior, senior and graduate nursing students. In 2016, the chapter presented an all-day educational session titled “Educating Nursing Students about Inter-Professional Collaboration.”

These awards are based upon the work of Wesley’s faculty and students who are members of the Tau Beta Chapter, as well as all nursing students who participated in these events.