Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International Events
Safety Tips and Code of Conduct
Keep the following safety tips in mind when traveling:
In Your Hotel:
- While in your room, always use the deadbolt and chain. Do not leave your door open or unlocked, even if only going down the hall.
- Don’t open your hotel door to anyone you do not know. Call the front desk to verify the identities hotel staff, security guards or others requesting entry to your room.
- Move around your hotel in groups and avoid questionable individuals. Report these individuals to hotel security.
- All hotels have security personnel. Call on them for assistance and advice.
- Don’t leave valuables out in the open. Most hotels provide safe deposit boxes for your security.
In the City:
- Take off your registration badge when not attending events.
- When off the property, consider traveling in groups and avoid dark areas. Travel only in high traffic pedestrian areas.
- When traveling by taxi, consider going in groups and use seat belts.
- When entering a taxi, always note the taxi number in case of lost items, overcharges and for security reasons.
- When purchasing items, don’t display a large amount of cash.
- As soon as you arrive, read the emergency instructions on the back of your door or in pamphlets provided at hotel.
- Memorize your floor plan and escape route. Locate the nearest emergency exits, fire extinguisher and fire alarms.
- Place your room key on your nightstand when retiring. Take it with you in case of emergency.
- If you awake to a smoke-filled room, save oxygen by crawling to the exit stairwell. Never take an elevator and use stairs.
- If you must remain in your room, place wet sheets and towels around doors to keep smoke out. Call 911 or the hotel operator to make sure they know your whereabouts. Stay low and near a window. Make sure fresh air rather than smoke is outside before opening windows or doors.
Code of Conduct
Sigma Theta Tau International acknowledges the rights and privileges of members, visitors, faculty, speakers, exhibitors, program, event sponsors and all those who attend STTI events to be treated with respect and courtesy. To ensure an environment conducive to professional growth and development, the following Code of Conduct should be respected.
- All exhibit booths must have a professional appearance and may display or sell items considered to reflect a professional image of nursing. Items deemed to demean or discredit the profession of nursing and/or nursing students, patients/clients, faculty and others, shall be removed.
- Table top displays are to be staffed during exhibit hours by official exhibitor representatives.
- When collecting personal data from attendees, exhibitors are required to disclose how the information will be used and shared with others.
- Speakers shall not solicit business, present product information, distribute products, promote their own business, or use the program in any manner whatsoever to inform attendees about products and services. An exhibit booth may be rented for this purpose.
- Stay within time limits as determined by STTI and provide time for questions and answers when appropriate.
- Handouts are the responsibility of the speaker.
- STTI, at its discretion, may accept or reject a sponsor or a presenter of a program.
- Topics for presentation are determined collaboratively with content planning teams.
- All attendees of STTI conventions and congresses shall conduct themselves in a professional and courteous manner showing respect to others at all times.
- All attendees shall keep their badge in full view at all times while attending the meeting.
- All attendees are asked to arrive on time to meetings, events, and programs to limit disruptions.
- Professional business attire or business casual attire is acceptable style of dress for professional meetings.
Please direct your questions or concerns to any member of the STTI staff.