Island University’s Sigma Theta Tau, Honors Society of Nursing, Receives Regional Excellence Award

By Olivia Santos | Published: December 03, 2019

Island University’s Sigma Theta Tau, Honors Society of Nursing, Receives Regional Excellence Award

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s College of Nursing and Health Science’s Eta Omicron Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International (SIGMA) was recently recognized in Washington, D.C., during the Biennial SIGMA Showcase of Regional Excellence. Advancing world health and celebrating nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service, the only honor society for nursing professionals recognized the chapter for fulfilling the Presidential Call-to-Action to Catalyze and Collaborate from 2017-2019.

“We were genuinely surprised and honored beyond words when we received this award,” said Dr. Pamela Greene, CONHS Professor and SIGMA Chapter President. “Yvonne Serna, our past president, was the inspiration to join the international initiative of involvement with the Sustainable Development Goals because it is the ‘right thing.’  We never imagined we would be selected for this award.”

Chartered in 1984 by various members of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s CONHS faculty, the 181st chapter earned the recognition by meeting certain requirements such as strengthening existing activities and developing new initiatives, engaging in program and policy initiatives related to the Global Advisory Panel on the Future of Nursing & Midwifery (GAPFON®), and jointly funding scholarships and grants with local professional organizations.  

“We have been working on being more intentional in our efforts to support Sustainable Developmental Goals, by establishing the United Nations as a blueprint to address the global challenge we face,” said Greene. “In this process, we have strengthened our relationships with two local specialty nursing organizations and hope to expand our network going forward.”

The local chapter annually hosts the Adele Bemis Leadership Lecture Series which advances leadership among nursing professionals. At the end of each semester, it inducts members into the nursing honor society who consist of undergraduate and graduate students, as well as nurse leaders from the community, who meet the requirements of academic success, academic integrity, professionalism and leadership potential. This fall, the Island University is set to induct 26 new members into Eta Omicron Chapter.