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Modern Nursing was barely in its infancy when the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International, began carving a pathway of excellence from its home in Indianapolis to the far corners of the globe.
Formed in 1922 by six students from the Indiana University School of Nursing, their vision to advance the status of nursing and health care has become a marvellous reality.
It has led generations of nurses and health care professionals to a seemingly bottomless well of knowledge, and brought recognition to nursing as a science.
And now the Joanna Briggs Institute has strengthened its own commitment to reaching higher education levels by entering an exciting partnership with STTI and its subsidiary - Nursing Knowledge International.
Through a new website - http://www.nursingknowledge.org - JBI and Nursing Knowledge International will deliver the latest and best available information designed to improve patient outcomes. They will assist in offering solutions developed for nurses by nurses.
The program will also help nurses improve the health and education of their patients, and the communities, in which they practice, lead, teach and conduct research.
Nursing Knowledge International will provide all nurses with a one-stop resource for the knowledge they need to practice evidence-based nursing, develop their careers, increase leadership skills, and earn continuing education credits. At its launch, Nursing Knowledge International hosted 50,000 offerings, with one third made available at no charge.
An estimated 11 million working nurses, plus health care systems and educational systems, around the world may benefit from the evidence-based practice information provided by the JBI through the Nursing Knowledge International website.
JBI Executive Director Professor Alan Pearson said the new partnership with STTI would allow JBI to expand, and serve the global community of nursing with the knowledge and professional development services it needed to improve patient care.
Nursing Knowledge International founding Executive Director Bob Gallup said the organisation made a strategic decision to build an intuitive and fulfilling experience on the most advanced delivery platform available.
"Nurses visiting the site will be presented not with a laundry list of products and services that are available, but with comprehensive knowledge solutions based on their search criteria," Mr Gallup said. "This is truly different than any other offering in the market."
A featured product of Nursing Knowledge International is CareeRxel(TM), an on-line, multi-module professional development program developed by the honor society. The six-session, web-based learning tool is personalised, easy to use and engaging.
Participants are guided through the program by renowned author and organisational/ motivational expert Eric Klein, whose best-selling books and collaborations with companies are credited with bringing increased productivity to corporations and job satisfaction to employees.
CareeRxel is the first in a family of professional development tools distributed by Nursing Knowledge International that range from on-line continuing education to programs that help nurses analyse and present data in evidence-based nursing research. The program is designed to help nurses align values, beliefs and professional identity with their organisation's mission.
The STTI is a remarkable organisation based in Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S. with Daniel J. Pesut, PhD, APRN, FAAN as President, and Nancy Dickerson-Hazard, RN, MSN, FAAN as Chief Executive Officer.
The visionary students from the Class of 1922 who formed the honor society were Mary Tolle, Edith Moore, Marie Hippensteel, Dorothy Garrigus, Elizabeth Russell and Elizabeth McWilliams. They chose the STTI name from the meaning of Greek words: Storge, Tharsos, and Time. ...representing love, courage and honor.
As women ahead of their time they recognised 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 the honor society became the first organisation in the U.S. to fund nursing research. Since then it 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 into the nursing profession.
Unquestionably, the honor society has achieved its mission to provide leadership and scholarship in nursing practice, education and research to enhance the health of all people. It has increased the scientific base of nursing practice, largely through the 345,000 scholars who have been inducted into the honor society.
With 120,000 active members, the honor society has become the second-largest nursing organisation in the world.
Members are active in more than 90 countries and territories, and the 424 chapters are located on 523 college and university campuses in the U.S. and countries including Australia, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Hong Kong, Mexico, Pakistan, South Africa, South Korea, Swaziland, Taiwan, Tanzania, and The Netherlands.
Membership is by invitation to baccalaureate and graduate nursing students, who demonstrate excellence in scholarship, and to nurse leaders exhibiting exceptional achievements in nursing. More than 60 percent of active members hold masters and/or doctoral degrees. Also, more than 60 percent are clinicians, 23 percent are administrators or supervisors, and 17 percent are educators or researchers.
More information about the honor society can be found online at http://www.nursingsociety.org.
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