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          Welcome to Indiana University of Pennsylvania's 

                         Zeta Lambda Chapter Website!
                          New Inductees, Spring 2015



Induction special guest speakers Sarahlyn Knechel, Co-President, Krista Bechard,

     Kelly Fetterhoff, Elise Palmer and Chelsea Sledzinski from  the Foundation for

                        International Medical Relief of Children (FIMRC)


                           Fall 2014 Research Education Day...
    Community Health Students Present on 'Ebola' and 'Enterovirus'

             Dr. Labant and Dr. Palmer Present on 'Shoulder Dystocia
            using TEAMSTEPPS' and 'Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome'

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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The latest Zeta Lambda NEWSLETTER can be accessed, as well as all  a
rchived ZL Newsletters by clicking the following link:

***More Zeta Lambda EVENT PHOTOS can be viewed by clicking on the following links or by searching 'Zeta Lambda' under 'Resources' at the top of the webpage:


ZL's Induction Luncheon, Spring 2015

ZL's Induction Luncheon, Spring 2014

ZL's Fourth Annual Research-Education Day, Fall 2014        




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Chapter News

  • Zeta Lambda Data

    The following board/chair positions were filled for the 2015- 2017 calendar year: Board Members: Elaine Little, Vice President and Johanna Boothby, Treasurer. Chair Positions: Michele Gerwick, Public Relations, and Edie West, STTI Newsletter Editor/'Circle' Webmaster. And welcome aboard, Roseanne Anderson, Zeta Lambda Chapter Newsletter Chair…. Congratulations, ladies!

    IUP's Zeta Lambda Chapter of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing is sponsoring our 5th. Annual Research & Education Day on Wednesday, November 4th., 2015 at 5:30pm in Eberly Auditorium.

    Our speakers at this time will be Dr. Johanna Boothby, who will be sharing her research entitled: 'Nursing Students' and Educators Perspectives on Using Educational Games as an Experiential Learning Strategy' and Dr. Pam O'Harra, who will be sharing her research entitled: Nursing Students Lived Experiences in Learning Communication Skills in a Theater Class Taught by Theater Faculty.' Continuing Education Credits are being sought via AACN for nurse attendees.

    In conjunction with this program, select poster presentations using qualitative, quantitative, evidenced based practice or concept analysis research are being solicited from students and faculty on the following theme: "Innovations in Teaching: Student and Client Education in Nursing Practice."

    Event plans for this evening are:
    5p- 5:30p = There will be a Sigma ZL General Membership Meeting
    5:30p- 6:30p= Guest Speaker Presentations
    6:30p- 7:30p= Poster Presentations with Light Refreshments (Eberly Foyer)

    So, mark your calendars!

    If you would like to submit an abstract (200 words or less), please send it to ZL President, Pam O'Harra at: by October 21st. We hope to see you there!

    The Sigma Zeta Lambda Induction Luncheon was held on Saturday, April 18th., 2015. Our special guest speakers were our own IUP nursing students from the Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children (FIMRC). They were Sarahlyn Knechel, Co-President, Krista Bechard, Kelly Fetterhoff, Elise Palmer and Chelsea Sledzinski, who shared their “Medical Mission Experiences in Nicaragua.” We had 34 new members inducted into our chapter at the ceremony. The event was held at the Rustic Lodge in Indiana, PA. A great time was had by all!

    If you have anything you'd like to see in our upcoming Fall ZL Newsletter, please contact Roseanne at:

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