Nursing Honor Society

Xavier University School of Nursing, along with the College of Mount Saint Joseph, hosts the Omicron Omicron Chapter-at-Large chapter of the Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society. Faculty in the School of Nursing belong to this prestigious honor society and recommend top students and community leaders for membership.

Membership in Sigma Theta Tau sets you apart as one of a select group of nurses who has demonstrated a personal commitment to nursing excellence. Membership is open to both nursing students and registered nurses. In nursing the privilege of being a member of Sigma Theta Tau, nursing's international honor society, is treasured.

The purposes of the Society are to:

  1. Recognize superior achievement.
  2. Recognize the development of leadership qualities.
  3. Foster high professional standards.
  4. Strengthen commitment to the ideals and purposes of the profession.

Membership is by invitation only.  Candidates for membership are selected from juniors and seniors who have completed at least one half of the nursing courses in the School of Nursing's baccalaureate nursing program. Graduate students are eligible for membership once they have completed 25% of the graduate curriculum and have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.

Qualifications include:

  • Superior scholastic achievement.
  • Evidence of professional leadership potential.
  • Desirable personal qualifications
  • The top 35% of an undergraduate class can be selected to join providing they have a GPA of 3.0 or above.

Individuals who are already members of Sigma Theta Tau may also become members of Omicron Omicron.

History of the Chapter

Our origins as a chapter began on Oct. 12, 1922 with the first induction for Alpha Chapter of the Sigma Theta Tau Fraternity, located in Indianapolis.

This event was the culmination of the efforts of six courageous nursing students (given the social climate) seeking to establish a nursing organization focused on high standards of excellence. The week before, the Indiana secretary of state had confirmed the organization title whose three Greek letters stood for the initials of Storga, Tharos, Tima, meaning "Love, Courage, Honor."

The organization promotes superior achievement, creativity and leadership. The primary mission of the organization has become the development of nursing science and the fostering and nurturing of the nurse scholar. Membership is both a privilege and responsibility that lasts beyond induction into the organization.

By 1934 five other universities had established chapters. In 1959 Sigma Theta Tau was admitted to the Association of College Honor Societies as Nursing's Honor Society. During the 1980s, chapters in other countries began developing and the organization's name was changed to Sigma Theta International. Prior to spring 1998, 349 chapters existed in the world.

The nursing faculty at the College of Mount St. Joseph and Xavier University had long believed that baccalaureate nursing students should have the opportunity to seek recognition for their achievements, creativity and leadership. Both schools began their efforts to fulfill their beliefs in 1993 and in 1994. Committees were established to develop local honor societies after receiving permission from college/university administration.

The Sigma Theta Tau guidelines for establishing these societies were followed. Induction ceremonies were held, programs were presented, newsletters were used for communication with members, and financial management guidelines were followed. Both local societies collaborated with other nursing honor organizations to offer selected programs.

In 1995 the two Honor Societies began exploring the possibility of joining resources to form a chapter at-large since the members believed that the Cincinnati nursing community could not support several independent chapters of the organization. Both schools submitted proposals for charter status to the International Office in September 1996. A site visit was held in April 1997.

At the Sigma Theta Tau Biennial Convention in December 1997 the delegates voted to approve our request for a charter chapter at-large. During the 1997-1998 academic year members of both societies collaborated to make Omicron Omicron Chapter-at-Large a reality. The Charter Induction ceremony took place on April 26, 1998.