NEWS | May 16, 2012

School of nursing graduate students elected to Honor Society of Nursing


Several Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership Graduate students from the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis were elected to membership in the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International at a special induction ceremony May 10.

UC Davis graduate nursing students were inducted for the first time through the Zeta Eta Chapter at Sacramento State University. UC Davis was invited by the chapter to establish a joint chapter for the region following the opening of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing in 2010. This year, 19 UC Davis graduate students were elected to membership along with six Sacramento State University graduate students and 30 Sacramento State baccalaureate students.

The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International, one of the largest international nursing organizations, works to foster, develop and connect nurse scholars and leaders worldwide to improve health care. The honor society promotes nursing excellence through its initiatives in research, leadership, an electronic library, programming and publications and develops and distributes nursing knowledge for use in practice.

Membership in STTI is by invitation to baccalaureate and graduate nursing students who demonstrate excellence in scholarship, and to nurse leaders who demonstrate exceptional achievement in nursing. The master's and doctoral student must have at least a 3.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale and have completed at least one-quarter of the nursing curriculum to qualify for membership. The undergraduate student must have at least a 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale, be in the upper 35 percent of his/her graduating class, have completed at least one-half of the nursing curriculum and meet the expectation of academic integrity to qualify for membership.

STTI's members are active in more than 90 countries and territories, and the 469 chapters are located on college and university campuses in Australia, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Ghana, Hong Kong, Japan, Kenya, Malawi, Mexico, The Netherlands, Pakistan, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Swaziland, Sweden, Taiwan, Tanzania, the United States and Wales.

About the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis
For 100 years, UC Davis has engaged in teaching, research and public service that matters to California and to transform the world. The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis was established in March 2009 through a $100 million commitment from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the nation's largest grant for nursing education. The vision of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing is to transform health care through nursing education and research. Through nursing leadership, the school will discover knowledge to advance health, improve quality of care and health outcomes, and shape health policy. The school's first programs, a doctoral and a master's degree program, opened in fall 2010. Additional students and programs will be phased in over the next decade. The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing is part of UC Davis Health System, an integrated, academic health system encompassing the UC Davis School of Medicine, the 631-bed-acute-care hospital and clinical services of UC Davis Medical Center and the 800-member physician group known as the UC Davis Medical Group. For more information, visit