Welcome to Indiana University of Pennsylvania's 

                         Zeta Lambda Chapter Website!
                          New Inductees, Spring 2017



              Induction special guest speaker and 'Nursing Excellence' Award Winner,


                       Dr. Susan Poorman, receiving award from Dr. Lora Ott, Awards Chair



                                     Fall 2016 Research Education Day...            


                         Dr. Nicole Custer & Dr. Taylor Edwards Presentations


                                             Student Presentations


A Vision to Lead:
To create a global community of nurses who lead in using scholarship, knowledge and technology to improve the health of the world's people.

A Mission to Serve, Support and Improve:
Sigma Theta Tau International, Honor Society of Nursing provides leadership and scholarship in practice, education and research to enhance the health of all people. We support the learning and professional development of our members, who strive to improve nursing care worldwide.

The Purposes of our society are to:

Recognize superior achievement.    
  1. Recognize the development of leadership qualities.
  2. Foster high professional standards.
  3. Encourage creative work.
  4. Strengthen commitment to the ideals and purposes of the profession.


Sigma Theta Tau International is dedicated to improving the health of people worldwide by increasing the scientific base of nursing practice.

  • Members are nursing scholars committed to the pursuit of excellence in clinical practice, education, research and leadership.
  • We believe that broadening the base of nursing knowledge through knowledge development, dissemination and use offers great promise for promoting a healthier populace.
  • We are committed to furthering nursing research in health care delivery and public policy.
  • We sustain and support nursing's development and provide vision for the future of nursing and health care through our network of worldwide community of nurse scholars.
  • We make available our diverse resources to all people and institutions interested in the scientific knowledge base of the nursing profession.


Sigma Theta Tau was founded in 1922 by six nursing students at Indiana University. Modern nursing was barely 20 years old when Mary Tolle, Edith Moore, Marie Hippensteel, Dorothy Garrigus, Elizabeth Russell and Elizabeth McWilliams met to found a Society to advance the status of nursing as a profession. They recognized the value of scholarship and the importance of excellence in practice. With the full idealism of women forging pathways of change in the 1920s, they wanted to build a framework to encourage future leaders to effectively improve health care.In 1936, Sigma Theta Tau was the first organization in the U.S. to fund nursing research. Since then the Society has underwritten more than 250 small or "seed" grants, which often begin a whole body of research. These peer-reviewed grants are often the first recognition of potent concepts that eventually lead to major, wide-scale research projects and innovation in the nursing profession.

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Chapter News

  • Zeta Lambda Fall 2017 Research-Education Day Planning & Spring 2017 Induction

    SAVE THE DATE!  The Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society of Nursing's Zeta Lambda Chapter's 7th Annual Research Education Day will be held on Wednesday, November 8th. on IUP campus (Room TBA). Our guest speaker at this time will be Dr. Elaine Little who will share her research entitled: 'An Investigation of the Most Influential Factors Predicting Nursing Students' Knowledge and Attitude Toward Older Persons.' Continuing Education Credits will be sought via AACN for our nurse attendees. In conjunction with this program, select poster presentations using qualitative, quantitative, evidenced based practice or concept analysis will be displayed by students and faculty on the following theme: "Innovation in Practice & Education Environments." So, if you would like to present at this conference, please send an abstract (< 250 words) to Dr. Michele Crytzer at: michele.crytzer@sru.edu by Monday, October 6th. at 4:30pm.

    Light refreshments will be served at this event, so if you plan on attending, please RSVP our PR Chair, Dr. Michele Gerwick via mgerwick@iup.edu, so that enough food will be made available.

    Zeta Lambda Chapter had its Spring Induction Ceremony on Saturday, April 15th at the Rustic Lodge in Indiana, PA. Twenty-nine new members were inducted into Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society of Nursing and our featured speaker was this years 'Nursing Excellence' Award winner, Dr. Susan Poorman. Dr. Poorman spoke on the importance of tests. It was a great way to spend part of the Easter weekend and a good time was had by all.

    If you have anything you'd like to see in our upcoming  2017 Fall Zeta Lambda Newsletter, please contact our ZL Newsletter Chair, Roseanne at: Roseanne.anderson@iup.edu

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