BUFFALO - Sigma Theta Tau, the international honor society of nursing, inducted 62 D'Youville nursing students, including Rebecca Wood of Lakewood, into Zeta Nu, D'Youville's chapter, in a special ceremony on Nov. 15.
The honor society recognizes scholarship and leadership and is one of the largest and most prestigious nursing organizations in the world. The society is composed of nurse scholars and leaders recognized for their superior achievement, leadership qualities, high professional standards and commitment to the profession of nursing.
Chapters are found around the world and the society, founded in 1922, has more than 130,000 members.
Candidates for membership must have completed half of the school's nursing curriculum; have achieved academic excellence with a grade point average of 3.0, rank in the upper 35 percent of the graduating class and meet the expectation of academic integrity.
Registered Nurse students must have completed 12 credit hours in the school they are attending, in addition to the above requirements. Graduate candidates must have completed one quarter of the graduate nursing curriculum and meet the same requirements.
"Becoming a member of Sigma Theta Tau communicates achievement, leadership and responsibility. We are fortunate to have so many students who have demonstrated excellence, and we look forward to the contributions they are going to make to the profession," said Dr. Judith H. Lewis, dean of D'Youville's School of Nursing.
There are three other chapters at local institutions in Western New York.
D'Youville began the area's first four-year nursing program in the 1940s and today is a leader in health care education.