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In 1922, six nurses founded Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, today known as Sigma at the Indiana University Training School for Nurses, which is now the Indiana University School of Nursing, in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. The founders chose the name from the Greek words storgé, tharsos, and timé, meaning love, courage, and honor. The mission of Sigma, is advancing world health and celebrating nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service. Sigma’s vision is to be the global organization of choice for nursing.

From its inception, Sigma has recognized the value of scholarship and excellence in nursing practice. In 1936, Sigma became the first US organization to fund nursing research. Today, Sigma supports these values through its numerous professional development products and services that focus on the core areas of education, leadership, career development, evidence-based nursing, research, and scholarship. These products and services advance the learning and professional development of members and all nurses who strive to improve the health of the world’s people.


Xi Chi Chapter Goals:

To guide our programs and work for 2018, we’ve focused on three of the
United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): 

Upcoming Programs & Events

  • Tri-State Consortium:
    • Sunday ~ October 20, 2019 at 9AM
    • Location: University of Delaware, Tower At STAR, Audion Room, 100 Discovery Blvd Newark, DE 19713
    • Featuring: Richard Ricciardi, PhD, CRNP, FAANP, FAAN – “Driving Change: Rethinking the APRN’s Role in Reshaping Healthcare”
    • Registration: Click Here

Call for Leaders

Xi Chi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International would like to identify Nurse Leader candidates for membership.

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Invite a colleague who meets the criteria and would help to strengthen  our chapter.

∗Nurse Leader Candidates eligible must:

  • Be legally recognized to practice nursing in their country.
  • Have a minimum of a baccalaureate degree or the equivalent in any field.
  • Demonstrate achievement in nursing. Candidates will be asked to explain how they have met the achievement in nursing categories below.

Leader Achievement in nursing categories:

  • Scholarship
  • Leadership
  • Service or Practice

Click here for leadership achievement examples for each category above

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 application (below) and a current resume to Dr. Kelly Kuhns, Millersville University Nursing Dept, PO Box 1002, Millersville, PA  17551 or email to:  Kelly.Kuhns@millersville.edu

After review, applicants selected by the membership committee will receive invitations by mail. Please follow invitation instructions to accept (and submit annual membership fee).

Nurse Leader Membership Application

Chapter Fundraising


Fundraising events to increase Chapter’s ability to hold more social and EBP events along with support future community service projects.  Our service projects preparing meals at Ronald McDonald House in Hershey and providing personal care items for the MU Campus Cupboard (food pantry providing groceries and weekly meals to MU students who are food insecure). These align with our three United Nation’s Sustainable Goals: zero hunger, good health and well-being, and climate action. Please support our Amazon Smile fundraising.

Call for Chapter Awards

Nominations for awards are due September 15th.  Please consider nominating someone for the following awards.  The criteria and application/nomination information can be found on the Xi Chi Chapter website. Awards will be presented during the Distinguished Lecture on October 11th.


  • 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 “Denny” 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.

Dennis Freed Newsletter October 2019 

October is over halfway done, and time runs on towards the holidays and end of the year!   We don’t have the fall colors here like many of you do, but we are heading towards the end of the rainy season and an increase in the winds “which blow the rain away.”  We remain busy with our life here…we are anticipating our visit to the states the end of November. Click here for Newsletter

Freed Family OPEN HOUSE: December 1, 2019 @ 2:30 PM

Where: Landisville Mennonite Church, 3320 Bowman Rd, Landisville, PA 17538

From Denny: “Come and hear about our family, work, and ministry in Guatemala with Orphan Resources International (ORI). We know this is a busy time of year, but hope you can come to hear and say “hi.” We will have some amazing Guatemalan coffee available as well.”

For more information email: dennisfreed63@gmail.com.


The October 2019 Newsletter and other updates can be accessed at http://guatefreedfamily.blogspot.com/


Dennis Freed Newsletter May 2018 

Ecclesiastes says that to every thing there is a season. We have learned that for many things in our lives, and our family is approaching new seasons in two very big ways. Here is the latest update on our family and our life here in Guatemala. Please continue to remember us in prayer for all the opportunities God has opened for us here!

Freed Prayer Card January 2017

Freed Newsletter Dec 2016

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Dennis L. Freed, MSN, CRNP
Email: dennisfreed63@gmail.com 
Cellular:  011-502-5704-7783
Dennis Freed