Promoting the Developing Honor Society
What Is An Honor Society?
An honor society is a group of nurses who qualify to be future members of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) and who have organized together with the intent to form a chapter of STTI.
Being inducted into an honor society signifies that one is a leader in his or her profession and has demonstrated excellence or has demonstrated the potential for excellence and leadership. Being an honor society member does not mean someone is necessarily smarter or more advanced than a nonmember; rather, the member has made accomplishments of which he or she should be proud and is, therefore, recognized as a leader within the field.
Joining an honor society signifies one’s commitment to excellence in her or his chosen profession and acknowledges the individual’s achievements – whether academic or professional – that will make an impact on others in that profession. Candidates of STTI are invited to join a family of nursing leaders around the world, gain global access to information and engage in opportunities to liaise and collaborate with nurses in other parts of the world.
Planning Informational Meetings to Educate About STTI
Honor societies should have informational meetings with nurses and students who may qualify to be members of your honor society based on the eligibility criteria as stated in the bylaws. Typically, these types of meetings continue even after the honor society becomes a chapter.
The informational meetings are a venue for introducing STTI and the benefits nurses receive by joining. Some honor societies also invite nurses to complete a membership application at these meetings.
An honor society is not an official part of STTI. Honor societies must meet specific requirements to apply to formally become part of STTI. That formal connection begins when an honor society is approved and is chartered as an official STTI chapter. Honor societies and members of those honor societies do not owe fees to STTI. Members of honor societies are not members of STTI until they are inducted into the organization through an official CHAPTER. This should be communicated to prospective honor society members at the informational m
Prospective Member Resources
Sample Prospective Member Presentation
Sample Prospective Member Presentation Talking Points
Overview of STTI Video
- Becoming an STTI Chapter
- What is the Honor Society of Nursing?
Sample Membership Application
Sample Letter to Membership explaining developing honor society status