|Sigma Theta Tau International is the honor society of nursing and it
exists to promote the development, dissemination and utilization of nursing
knowledge. Sigma Theta Tau International is committed to improving the
health of people worldwide through increasing the scientific base of nursing
practice. In support of this mission, the Society advances nursing leadership
and scholarship, and furthers the use of nursing research in health care
delivery as well as in public policy.
Sigma Theta Tau International serves as a link between professional
nurses and others, and participates in scholarly endeavors of interest
to the health care profession and the public. Its founders believed that
love, courage and honor were critical values for leadership in nursing;
these values continue to be inherent in all of the association's interactions.
Research and scholarly development through Sigma Theta Tau programs and
services respond to the ethical, moral, and humanistic issues of society,
while also enhancing scientific discovery to shape nursing's responses
to societal needs.
Based on a commitment to strengthening nursing and nursing scholarship,
Sigma Theta Tau International provides member services through chapter,
regional, national and international forums. Programs and services encompass
education, leadership, recognition, networking and career development.
Respect for scholarly discipline, research and strength through group interaction
are fostered in all of Sigma Theta Tau International's activities. Members
form a worldwide community of scholars recognizable within the profession
and by the public, who act to sustain, support and interpret nursing's
development and to provide vision for the future both of the discipline
and of health care.
The name Sigma Theta Tau comes from the Greek letters which are the
initials for storga, tharos, and tima: love, courage, and
The seal of this Society is a lamp surrounded by a circle containing
the name and the date of the founding. All official documents are imprinted
with the seal which is in the custody of the Sigma Theta Tau International
The Greek letters "Sigma Theta Tau" are inscribed on a cup which rests
upon a lamp encompassed by a circle including six stars. The letters and
the stars are of black enamel.
The Society possesses a Coat-of-Arms of the following description:
the center section of the Coat-of-Arms is divided into four parts formed
by two diagonal lines that intersect at the center of the section. Within
the upper part is an eye; in both sides there are three stars; the bottom
part contains the scroll with the Greek letters SIGMA THETA TAU. Above
the center section is a Grecian lamp on a horizontal bar and on either
side are Grecian columns and below the center section is the banner with
the words Sigma Theta Tau. The Coat-of-Arms is used on official stationery
D. Colors and Flower
The colors are orchid and fuschia. The flower is the orchid.