FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
30 March 2015
The Honor Society of Nursing,
Sigma Theta Tau International email@example.com
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The Honor Society of Nursing Remains Inclusive of Nurses and
Health Care Leaders Around the Globe
INDIANAPOLIS — Diversity of membership is what makes any profession stronger, and nursing is no exception. The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) is proud to be a professional association comprising more than 135,000 members from around the globe. Indianapolis, Indiana, USA, has served as its headquarters location since its founding in 1922.
This past week, the governor of Indiana signed into law the “Religious Freedom Restoration Act.” Passage of this new state law has caused us great concern. STTI remains committed to the value and active engagement of a global community of nurses. We represent fairness, equality, inclusivity, and respect by the very nature of our core tenets and are against any form of discrimination. We will continue to welcome and celebrate our members’ rich diversity as we always have.
“Our organizational foundation comes from the meaning of Sigma Theta Tau: love, courage, honor,” said STTI President Hester C. Klopper, PhD, MBA, RN, RM, FANSA. “The board is committed to our core values, and as STTI we have the courage to value diversity and honor the people who help meet our mission. We want all our current and future members and employees to be welcomed wherever we are and will continue to be inclusive of all people.”
STTI’s mission — “advancing world health and celebrating nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service” — further encourages us to value diversity within our organization and to provide the best resources and support possible to all our members and the global health care community.
STTI’s leadership will continue to monitor the situation created by passage of this law and will respond appropriately to ensure that STTI provides a welcoming and positive environment for all.
The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is advancing world health and celebrating nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service. Founded in 1922, STTI has more than 135,000 active members in more than 85 countries. Members include practicing nurses, instructors, researchers, policymakers, entrepreneurs and others. STTI’s roughly 500 chapters are located at approximately 695 institutions of higher education throughout Armenia, Australia, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, England, Ghana, Hong Kong, Japan, Kenya, Lebanon, Malawi, Mexico, the Netherlands, Pakistan, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Swaziland, Sweden, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, the United States, and Wales. More information about STTI can be found online at www.nursingsociety.org