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          Welcome to Indiana University of Pennsylvania's 

                         Zeta Lambda Chapter Website!
                          New Inductees, Spring 2016



              Induction special guest speakers  from  the Foundation for International

                                     Medical Relief of Children (FIMRC)


             Krista Bechard, Elise Palmer & Tiffany Kwong who spoke on their

                                         experiences in Africa...

                                     Fall 2015 Research Education Day...
   Graduate Student's Poster Present            Dr. O'Harra & Dr. Boothby 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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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 2016


Fifth Annual Research-Education Day, Fall 2015        




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Chapter News

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    Our Spring 2016 Induction Ceremony was held on Saturday, April 23rd. at the Rustic Lodge. Zeta Lambda had 40 of our 43 inductees and their family members attend this event. A social ensued at 11:30am, followed by luncheon at 12N and the Induction ceremony at 1pm. Our guest speakers were our own IUP nursing students from the Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children (FIMRC) who went to Africa over Christmas break. We were pleased to induct 3 of our International Master’s students at this event. Over 90 persons attended and a good time was had by all.

    .... the following Zeta Lambda positions for 2016-2018 are open:

    President ELECT
    Vice President
    Awards Chair
    Delegates (electronic/convention)

    ... Ballots for these positions went out in the Spring ZL Newsletter. But if you are interested in serving, please contact our ZL President, Dr. Pam O'Harra at:

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

    Our speakers were Dr. Johanna Boothby, who shared her research entitled: 'Nursing Students' and Educators Perspectives on Using Educational Games as an Experiential Learning Strategy' and Dr. Pam O'Harra, who shared her research entitled: Nursing Students Lived Experiences in Learning Communication Skills in a Theater Class Taught by Theater Faculty.' 1.5 Continuing Education Credits were awarded via AACN for our nurse attendees.

    In conjunction with this program, select poster presentations using qualitative, quantitative, evidenced based practice or concept analysis were displayed by students and faculty on the following theme: "Innovations in Teaching: Student and Client Education in Nursing Practice." Light refreshments were served. Approximately 30 students and faculty attended and a good time was had by all!

    ZL is currently planning for our 6th. annual Research Education Day for fall 2016. Please do contact our President, Dr. Pam O’Harra if you have any ideas you’d like to share or are interested in helping with the planning of this event.

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

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