Established in 1922, the mission of Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing, is to improve the health of people worldwide through the development of nurse leaders and nursing knowledge. The society provides its members with opportunities and responsibilities to contribute to the accomplishment of this mission. The purposes of Sigma Theta Tau International are to:

  • recognize superior achievement
  • recognize and develop leadership qualities
  • foster high professional standards
  • encourage creative work, and
  • strengthen commitment to the ideals and purposes of the profession.

Xi Chi Chapter Goals:

  1. Improve membership involvement
  2. Strengthen leadership succession
  3. Continue to pursue global initiatives

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Call for Chapter Awards

Nominations for awards are due September 1st.  Please consider nominating someone for the following awards.  The criteria and application/nomination information can be found on the Xi Chi Chapter website Awards

  • Excellence in Nursing Practice (must be chapter member)
  • Excellence in Nursing Research (must be chapter member)
  • Mentor Award (must be chapter member
  • Community Leader Award (individual or group does not need to be chapter member)

In addition, Xi Chi offers a scholarship and a research grant.  Information related to these awards can be found on the website.

Please recognize your Xi Chi peers who serve nursing in a variety of ways.


Dear Xi Chi members:

One of our Xi Chi members, Dennis Freed, is doing mission work in Guatemala.  The Board of Directors is leading chapters members in international efforts and reaching out to Dennis is a great start.  There are many needs in the orphanage, but practically speaking they need financial support and prayers.  The excerpt below (Casa Bernabe) is from the most recent letter sent by the Freed family.

Freed Newsletter – November 2015

Freed Newsletter- August 2015

CASA BERNABÉ –where Dennis is doing his mission work




A home with 150 children and additional support staff needs a lot of food. The picture above shows a panoramic view of the garden which supplements the vegetables that are needed to feed the children and staff of the home.

And that is the vision of Casa Bernabé: to provide a healthy environment that meets the emotional, physical, and spiritual needs for children in its care. Many people contribute to fulfilling these needs. One recent answer to prayer is funding to build a new house to increase the capacity to provide more housing for the frequent calls from governmental agencies to bring more children.

For Denny, in addition to serving on the Administrative Counsel, the primary role that keeps him busy is the healthcare of the children. His big challenge right now is developing a concise system for the children’s records regarding health issues. Dealing with the health issues of children and staff provides an interesting variety of primary health issues. The onset of the rainy season has brought with it the usual spate of viral infections as well. Over the past month three of the houses experienced a major outbreak of varicella (chicken-pox). Two of the homes had at least 10 children under 4 in each home sick at the same time. The children did very well with only a few super-infections requiring more treatment, but the staff were obviously very relieved when their children recovered. The interesting thing is that almost all of these children had been vaccinated for varicella by the public health system, which gives me concerns with the quality of the vaccination program pursued here.

In July a team will be helping to do physical exams for all the children for routine check-ups. Casa Bernabé continues to pursue the necessary governmental approval to be able to open the clinic to the surrounding communities.

 CONTACT INFORMATION: Phone: 011-502-5704-7783 (Denny)

Email: dennisfreed63@gmail.com (Denny)

Call for Leaders

Xi Chi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International would like to identify Nurse Leader candidates for membership.  Please refer to the Nurse Leader Brochure (pg. 2) for qualification criteria for Nurse Leaders.  Then invite a colleague who meets the criteria and would help to strengthen  our chapter.  Candidates are eligible for membership if they hold:

A minimum of a baccalaureate degree  (BSN or equivalent) and have demonstrated achievement in nursing in at least one of the following areas:

  • education
  • research
  • practice
  • global health
  • administration or
  • publication

NurseLeaderMember brochure

Share with a colleague the form and brochure and invite them to apply.  They can use this writeable form online or download and print.  Have them submit the Nurse Leader form and a current resume to Dr. Barbara Zimmerman, Millersville University Nursing Dept, PO Box 1002, Millersville, PA  17551 or email to:  barbara.zimmerman@millersville.edu no later than March 1st.  Invitations to join will be mailed early March.

2016 Nurse Leader Membership Application form

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