Sigma Theta Tau International Mission

The mission of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) is advancing world health and celebrating nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service.

Society Vision

The vision of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International is to be the global organization of choice for nursing. Read more about STTI.

Chapter Region

The honor society’s chapters are divided into six global regions. Chi Xi at-Large chapter belongs to the Africa region. The Africa region is further divided into 58 geographic regions. The Regional Chapters Coordinating Committee is one of three standing committees of the STTI Board and has been out in place to facilitate the work of chapter leaders to fulfill the mission of the Society. The RCCC consists of 20 elected Regional Coordinators (RCs) and one elected chairperson. The RC for Africa is Deliwe Rene Phetlhu.
To learn more about the organization’s regions, visit STTI at: www.nursingsociety.org

Headquarters Information

Chapter-specific questions should be directed to the chapter’s contact person listed in the chapter directory. If you have questions about your membership, renewals or benefits, please contact STTI headquarters.

Honor Society of Nursing
Sigma Theta Tau International
550 W. North Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202 USA

888.634.7575 (US/Canada toll-free)
+1.317.634.8171 (International)
memserv@stti.org

Chi Xi at-Large Fact Sheet

Chapter Vision

Our vision is to be the organization of choice for nursing excellence in the Africa region.

History

Chi Xi at-Large Chapter has its origins in an Africa-wide nursing organization, the Africa Honor Society of Nursing (AHSN) which was founded in 2001 in Pretoria, South Arica. The AHSN was chartered in 2004 in Gaborone, Botswana and named the Tau Lambda at-Large Chapter. The inaugural President of Tau Lambda was Professor Leana Uys with Professor Naomi Sebone as President-elect for the next biennium. Tau Lambda at-Large consisted of 19 Universities from South Africa, Botswana, Swaziland, Malawi, Ghana, Tanzania, Kenya & Nigeria. A restructuring process and new structure was approved by the AGM in Blantyre, Malawi in 2012 to increase the functionality and presence of STTI in Africa. Subsequently, Tau Lambda-at-Large has been divided into three Chapters (two were brand new), each of which were championed by an interim president and Board of Directors until their chartering as new chapters of STTI. All three Chapters were chartered at the 15th Annual Conference of Tau Lambda at-Large in Johannesburg on 13 August 2015 and the two new ones were given their Greek names:
– Chi Xi at-Large Chapter
– Chi Omicron at-Large Chapter
On 11 November 2015, Chi Xi at-Large and other new chapters were acknowledged by the business meeting of the House of Delegates in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Jointly, the three Chapters will be known as the STTI Africa Consortium. For further information please contact the STTI office in Pretoria: stti.africa@fundisa.ac.za

Membership

Chapter (and STTI) membership is by invitation to baccalaureate and graduate nursing students who demonstrate excellence in scholarship and to nurse leaders exhibiting exceptional achievements in nursing. Here are some additional facts about our membership:

• Chi Xi at-Large Chapter has more than 200 members.
• Currently, members reside in three countries, namely South Africa, Swaziland and Malawi.
• There are seven participating universities, also known as sub-chapters, as follows:

• Tshwane University of Technology (TUT),
• University of Malawi, Kamuzu College of Nursing (KCN),
• University of Johannesburg (UJ),
• University of Pretoria (UP),
• University of South Africa (UNISA),
• University of Swaziland (UNISWA) and the
• University of the Witwatersrand (WITS).

• The majority of our members are registered nurses/nurse leaders
• Student members are elected and inducted annually.

Products and Services

Since its inception, STTI has recognized the value of scholarship and excellence in nursing practice. In 1936, STTI became the first U.S. organization to fund nursing research. Today, STTI 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, which all chapter members can benefit from. Some opportunities include:

• STTI, with its grant-offering partners (corporations, associations, and foundations), contributes more than US $200,000 annually to nursing research through grants, scholarships, and monetary awards.
• A number of education and research conferences are supported by STTI, including a yearly research congress that presents the latest nursing research from around the world and a biennial convention that offers nursing’s best practices in clinical, scientific, and leadership areas.
• Online continuing nursing education offers peer-reviewed interactive learning activities that are presented in a variety of learning formats including case studies, evidence-based articles, and module courses. These activities are Web-linked to full-text articles and abstracts and are available for continuing nursing education contact hours.
• The Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository is an online digital service that collects, preserves, and disseminates digital materials in both abstract and full-text format. Submissions to this repository may be made by individual nurses and nursing students as well as nursing organizations.
• STTI’s career development programming provides resources for every stage in the career process, from selecting nursing as a profession to active retirement.
• Leadership programs include mentoring programs and global health care think tanks.
• Alliances with other leading providers of nursing knowledge products and services round out STTI’s offering and provide added value to its members.

Scholarly activities

STTI holds a Nursing Research Congress annually in different countries and a Biennial Convention usually in the US, alternating between Indianapolis (where the STTI headquarters is based) and another city in the US. The 44th Biennial Convention will be in Indianapolis, Indiana, 28 October-1 November 2017.

Annual scholarly activities are planned by different sub-chapters and at Chapter level. In 2016, at sub-chapter level, the University of Malawi, Kamuzu College of Nursing held a well-attended research dissemination conference, which aimed at improving nursing and midwifery education and research in Malawi. At Chapter level, we hosted a successful Research Colloquium in honor of Past President of STTI (2013-2015), Professor Hester Klopper, on Friday, 7 October 2016. Several new members were inducted at both these events.

Chi Xi at-Large Chapter will host its First Biennial Conference in Mbabane, Swaziland from 9-11 August 2017. See Save-the-date flyer.