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About Chi Psi


The mission of the Chi Psi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau is to advance health and celebrate nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service. Membership is by invitation to baccalaureate nursing students who demonstrate excellence in scholarship and to nurse leaders exhibiting exceptional achievements in nursing. Here are some additional facts about our membership:

 *  We have more than 125 active members.

 *  We inducted our first group of baccalaureate members April 24, 2013. In November, 2014, we inducted our first group of MSN students and nurse leaders.

*  We have been approved for full chapter status in Sigma Theta Tau, International and will be chartered as Chi Psi Chapter #525 in April 2016.

 *  We offer two continuing education programs with CE’s every year, which coincide with our business meetings.

 *  We host Nurses’ Day in the first week of May each year in conjunction with the celebration of Florence Nightingale's birthday at St. David’s School of Nursing.

 *  We serve the community through activities at Texas Baptist Children’s Home.

From its inception in 2012, the Texas State University, St. David’s School of Nursing Honor Society recognized the value of scholarship and excellence in nursing practice. Support of these values is demonstrated through professional development programs and services that focus on leadership, career development, evidence-based nursing, and scholarship. These products and services advance the learning and professional development of members who strive to improve health and well-being of our community and the world.

Texas State University, St. David’s School of Nursing Honor Society was founded to advance knowledge, promote learning and foster service through nursing scholarship and leadership derived from academic excellence and a social and ethical commitment to the values and virtues of honor, caring, compassion, and altruism. The vision of Texas State University, St. David’s School of Nursing Honor Society is to create a diverse community of nurses who lead through nursing knowledge, education, service and research to improve health care. Texas State University, St. David’s School of Nursing Honor Society accepts a social responsibility to address public health care and nursing issues that influence health and health care.

The rate and scope of change in health care are enormous. It is imperative that the needs of the public be addressed as health care is redefined. While this provides opportunities for institutional and system reorganization, the provision of more equitable health care delivery and the emergence of new paradigms of thinking, implementation and evaluation, it also requires active and visible nursing leadership. Nursing leadership involves socially responsible use of knowledge and collective expertise resulting in action that transforms the health of persons, communities and environments. Nursing leadership in the transformation process also involves nurses’ participation in the policy process – from development, to implementation, to monitoring and evaluation.

Since the work of Florence Nightingale, nurses have helped shape public, health and nursing policy. Visionary nurse leaders understood the consequences of the social, political and economic factors on the health and well-being of the public. Today, nurses continue to make an important contribution to planning and decision-making, and to the development of appropriate and effective public, health and nursing policy on all levels.

While individual nurses have policy responsibilities, professional nursing organizations such as Texas State University, St. David’s School of Nursing Honor Society have a role in promoting the participation of nurses in local and national health decision-making and policy development contexts. They also have a role in helping ensure nurse leaders have adequate preparation to enable them to participate in the policy process. Through its unique policy work and resources, Texas State University, St. David’s School of Nursing Honor Society strengthens nurses’ involvement and presence within the policy arena. Through time, the Texas State University, St. David’s School of Nursing Honor Society strategic directions will advance because of such work – supporting nurses to shape health care and demonstrate the value and contributions of the nursing profession to the health and well-being of society.

If you are interesting in becoming a member, please contact Ms. Janene Jeffery, President, at jlj140@txstate.edu or 512-716-2942.

If you are currently a member, please send your current information so that we may notify you of up-coming events. We look forward to hearing from you.