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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

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    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!

    Zeta Lambda's 4th Annual Research-Education Day was on Wednesday, November 19th, 2014 in the Hadley Union Building's Ohio Room on IUP campus. Our guest speakers were Dr. Amy Labant and Dr. Lisa Palmer who shared their simulation research studies entitled: Shoulder Dystocia using TEAMSTEPPS and Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome. From 6p-6:30p there were faculty and student poster presentations on the following theme: 'Innovations in Practice.' Light refreshments were served and one continuing education credit was awarded to nurse attendees via IUP (AACN). Approximately 90 students/faculty and nurses attended the event and a good time was had by all.

    The following board/chair positions will need to be filled for the 2015- 2017 calendar year: Board Members: Vice President and Treasurer. Chair Positions: Public Relations, and STTI Newsletter Edior/'Circle' Webmaster. Ballots have been posted on our 'Discussion' board (below) . Ballots are due by June 18, 2015. Our Counselor/Governance & Eligibility Chairperson is Dr. Theresa Gropelli, Leadership Succession Chairperson was assumed by Dr. Lisa Palmer and Dr. Michele Crytzer is our new President Elect. Thank you ladies!

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

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