Sigma Theta Tau International recognition of IUP chapter

IUP's honor society for nursing students was recognized for excellence at the international honor society's convention in Grapevine, Texas.

The Zeta Lambda chapter of Sigma Theta Tau was one of seven Pennsylvania chapters honored at the organization's biennial convention in November. Sigma Theta Tau has 475 chapters worldwide.

IUP's chapter was recognized for excelling in three areas: creating welcoming environments; enhancing knowledge, resources and network; and contributing in global health.

Elaine Little, a faculty member in the Nursing and Allied Health Professions Department who is vice president of the Zeta Lambda chapter, was also recognized for her work as a co-chair of the Regional Membership Involvement committee.

Founded in 1922 and headquartered in Indianapolis, Sigma Theta Tau has more than 125,000 active members in 86 countries.

IUP's chapter, which is planning its 30th anniversary celebration, has 200 members. Inductees include undergraduate, master's, and doctoral students and outstanding professional nurses from the community.

For three years in a row, IUP nursing graduates have achieved a passing rate of more than 90 percent on the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX) when taking the test for the first time.

Approximately 500 students are enrolled in the Nursing and Allied Health Professions Department.

In the photo: Janice Holmes, Zeta Lambda president, left, and Elaine Little, Zeta Lambda vice president, faculty members in the Nursing and Allied Health Professions Department, accepted recognition for IUP's nursing honor society during Sigma Theta Tau International's biennial convention in Grapevine, Texas, in November.