Beta Iota was chartered May 21, 1972, as the 55th chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International. Over the past 33 years, Beta Iota Chapter has inducted close to 3000 nurse scholars. These nurse scholars were selected for membership based on their academic excellence in the undergraduate and graduate nursing programs or as a nurse leader in the community by achieving excellence in administration, publication, research, education, or as a clinician. The relationship between the College of Nursing and the chapter reflects a strong commitment to the purposes and goals of the organization. An outcome of that commitment is the Beta Iota Room appropriated to the chapter by Dean Andrea Lindell on January 25, 1995.
Beta Iota Chapter has a long history of supporting the conduction of research and knowledge dissemination through financial support and presentation or publication opportunities. The chapter continues to support nursing scholarship as well as recognize nurse leaders, collaborate with other chapters and organizations, seek to engage members and increase the visibility of Sigma Theta Tau International in the Tri-State community.
Beta Iota is one of the 32 Region 9 chapters that are located in Southern Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana and Monterrey, Mexico. Beta Iota Chapter is also a member of a local consortium of STTI chapters called SONK (Southern Ohio Northern Kentucky). SONK consists of four other chapters, Omicron Omicron Chapter-at-Large (Xavier University and College of Mount St. Joseph), Rho Theta (Northern Kentucky University), and Zeta Phi (Wright State University). The SONK Consortium sponsors one of the two scholarly programs presented annually.
Sigma Theta Tau International
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing, was founded in 1922 by six student nurses at the Indiana University Training School for Nurses. Today, the Society is the second largest professional nursing organization in the world with over 360,000 nurse scholars as members. Of the 360,000 nurse scholars, 48% are clinicians in diverse roles and specialties, 21% are administrators or supervisors, and 20% are educators or researchers. The headquarters of the organization, the Center for Nursing Scholarship, is located in Indianapolis, Indiana. In addition to the administrative offices, the Center houses a unique electronic library called the Virginia Henderson Library. At the international, regional and chapter level, this dynamic organization promotes the development and dissemination of nursing knowledge, facilitates the development of nurse leaders and influences healthcare worldwide. More information about the international organization can be found on the Sigma Theta Tau International website.
The mission of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International is to support the learning, knowledge and professional development of nurses committed to making a difference in health worldwide.