On December 10, 2010, the Beta Epsilon Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI), the Honor Society of Nursing, inducted 97 students from the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing, and Doctor of Nursing Practice degree programs at the Duke University School of Nursing.
Among the newest nurse leaders and scholars to join the STTI chapter at Duke were assistant professors Les Harmon and Frank Titch. Dr. Sharon Elliott-Bynam, who founded CAARE – a community-based, nurse-led center that provides a full range of health care services to low-income, at-risk individuals and families, was inducted as a community leader.
“Beta Epsilon is proud to welcome its newest members, whose continuing education and professional development it will support,” said Terry Valiga, EdD, RN, ANEF, FAAN, Beta Epsilon president and professor and director of the Institute for Educational Excellence at the Duke University School of Nursing. “As inductees, they are joining us in our work to develop health care leaders, advance nursing scholarship, and improve patient care worldwide.”
STTI offers membership to students who have met rigorous academic standards and demonstrate the qualities of a scholar or leader, and to nurses who have made significant contributions to the field. The Beta Epsilon Chapter at Duke has nearly 600 active members.
The 2010-2011 Beta Epsilon officers are President Terry Valiga, Vice President Vickey Keathley, Secretary Beth Phillips, Treasurer Fran Mauney, Undergraduate Faculty Counselor Kay Mueggenburg, and Gradate Faculty Counselor Allison Vorderstrasse. Members of the Board of Directors are Debra Lekan, Lorie Ann Meek, Kathy Turner, and Terry Ward. Members of the Leadership Succession Committee are Chair Stephanie Niemchak, Al Cadavero, Sharon Hawks, and Jo Holt.
The first and only nursing honor society, STTI was founded in 1922 by six students at the Indiana University School of Nursing. The Society has 470 chapters on more than 531 college campuses across the globe. With more than 405,000 inductees, 130,000 of whom are active, the Society is the second largest nursing organization in the world.
Duke University School of Nursing (DUSON) is a diverse community of scholars and clinicians engaged in educating the next generation of transformational leaders in the field of nursing, the advancement of nursing science in areas of global significance, and the scholarly practice of nursing. In 2007 US News and World Report ranked Duke among the top 15 graduate schools of nursing in the nation. The School offers masters, PhD, and doctor of nursing practice degrees, as well as an accelerated bachelor of science in nursing degree for adult learners who have previously completed an undergraduate degree. In 2010 the School enrolled 639 students, the largest number in the School’s 80-year history.