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Sigma Theta Tau was founded in 1922 by six nursing students at Indiana University. Modern nursing was barely 20 years old when Mary Tolle, Edith Moore, Marie Hippensteel, Dorothey Garrigus, Elizabeth Russell and Elizabeth McWilliams met to found society to advance the status of nursing as a profession. They recognized the value of scholarship and the importance of excellence in practice. With the full idealism of women forging pathways of change in the 1920s, they wanted to build a framework to encourage future leaders to effectively improve health care.
In 1936, Sigma Theta Tau was the first organization in the US to fund nursing research. Since then the Society has unwritten more than 250 small or "seed" grants, which often begin a whole body of research. These peer-reviewed grants are often the first recognition of potent concepts that eventually lead to major, wide-scale research projects and innovation in the nursing profession.Overview
Sigma Theta Tau International is dedicated to improving the health of people worldwide by increasing the scientific base of nursing practice.
Members are nursing scholars committed to the pursuit of excellence in clinical practice, education, research and leadership.
We believe that broadening the base of nursing knowledge through knowledge development, dissemination and use offers great promise for promoting a healthier populace.
We are committed to furthering nursing research in health care delivery and public policy.
We sustain and support nursing's development and provide vision for the future of nursing and health care through our network of worldwide community of nurse scholars.
We make available our diverse resource to all people and institutions interested in the scientific knowledge base of the nursing profession.Vision
A vision to lead: To create a global community of nurses who lead in nursing scholarship, knowledge and technology to improve the health of the world's people.Mission
A mission to serve, support and improve: Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing provides leadership and scholarship in practice, education and research to enhance the health of all people. We support the learning and professional development of our members, who strive to improve nursing care worldwide.