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Home : Publications : STTIconnect : President's Message


Suzanne S. Prevost, PhD, RN, COI
April, May, and June tend to be the busiest months of the year for many of our local STTI chapters. This is the most common season for nursing graduations; and with those ceremonies, this is also the most common time for chapter induction events. As we invite hundreds of nursing students, new nurse graduates, and community leaders into our honor society, I want to remind you to go the extra mile to help them feel welcome and connected to our organization.

Many of our chapters have historically struggled to retain new members beyond their first two years. Our “healthier chapters” implement a variety of strategies to intentionally embrace and engage new members. For example, Iota Iota-at-Large Chapter at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, USA, has a Student Advisement Committee. Through this committee, the chapter encourages students and new members to take turns attending the monthly chapter board meetings. The student representatives are encouraged to provide input on chapter scholarships, activities, and programs. Students are also recruited to play active roles in the induction ceremony, such as welcoming guests, serving food, and coordinating a service project for new inductees. At their induction ceremonies, all new inductees are encouraged to join one of the chapter’s committees.

Desta Parkinson, a new-graduate member of Iota Iota-at-Large Chapter, says:

“I will soon be leaving this chapter since my husband's job is taking us elsewhere. However, I am grateful for all that I learned through the Student Advisement Committee … and I encourage other chapters to experiment with ways to get their students and new members more involved. When the students are more involved, chapters retain more members, and closer relationships develop between students and senior chapter members.”

I urge all of you to consider what you can do as individuals or as chapters to reach out and welcome our new members. Provide mentoring connections for new members and create opportunities for them to serve and develop their leadership skills. If we all commit to embracing our new members, our member retention rates will increase, our chapters will become healthier, and our international honor society will continue to grow. Finally, all of these efforts will help increase our capacity to fulfill our mission of making a difference in health worldwide.  


Suzanne S. Prevost, PhD, RN, COI
Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International
2011-2013 President

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