Model 5: Practice Setting Joining an Existing Chapter to Become At-Large

When an existing chapter adds a practice setting to its existing charter, the process is called charter amendment. The process is more streamlined than chartering a brand new chapter because the STTI Board of Directors gives final approval for amending a chapter’s charter.

Groups wishing to pursue this model must follow the suggested process for establishing a collaborative relationship and then operate as a prospective at-large chapter for 6-12 months. Once the groups are able to demonstrate a collaborative history according to suggested guidelines, they may request and submit a charter amendment application.

The existing chapter’s leaders and members must approve the addition of the practice setting. A practice setting that join with existing chapters must each meet the same minimum requirements for STTI affiliation:

  • Institution of higher education grants a minimum of a baccalaureate degree or equivalent in nursing
  • School's nursing programs are accredited by an appropriate accrediting body recognized by the STTI Governance Committee
  • Obtained support from the institute of higher education and the educational unit with the nursing program for an STTI chapter

Benefits to choosing this model include:

  • Offers students and members greater access to nursing leaders in the community
  • Helps foster greater collaboration between the groups
  • Increases the visibility of STTI in the workplace
  • Promotes engagement, satisfaction, and retention of clinical nurses
  • Formalizes an already existing partnership between the two groups

Challenges to choosing this model include:

  • Higher level of communication and coordination to reach all members
  • Ability to offer diverse programing for all levels of nurses through variety of processes
  • Decrease member participation, if there is a significant distance between school and/or practice setting

Charter Amendment Process

For more information or start the process visit Charter Amendment: Adding a Practice Setting. Additional resources are available in the Chapter Information and Tools and Resources sections of the website.

Questions? Contact us!
Staff at STTI are available to schedule webinar consultation and to answer your questions about the charter amendment process via phone or email.

developinghs@stti.org

Telephone: 1.888.634.7575 (U.S./Canada toll-free) or 1.317.634.8171 (International)

Chapter Amendment applications are available upon written request.

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