Nursing society chapter welcomes new addition

New inductees and representatives of the Honor Society of Nursing gather
at Salve Regina University.

The Delta Upsilon Chapter-at Large Chapter of the Honor Society of Nursing, which includes RIC’s School of Nursing and URI’s College of Nursing, has a new member: the Department of Nursing at Salve Regina University.

Salve’s nursing department was approved by the society’s Sigma Theta Tau International board of directors to join the local chapter. Twenty-one nurse leaders and students were inducted as new members of this group on April 18.

Patricia Quigley, chapter president and charter amendment ceremony leader, and Col. Richard Ricciardi, treasurer of Sigma Theta Tau International, conducted the charter amendment and induction ceremony at Salve Regina University’s Ochre Court. Quigley is an associate professor of nursing at RIC.

Officers installed were Bonnie Dinwoodie (vice president), Debra Erickson-Owens (treasurer), Karen Hetzel (faculty counselor, Rhode Island College) and Joanne Mullaney (faculty counselor, Salve Regina University). Hetzel is an associate professor of nursing at RIC.

The chapter has inducted over 2,000 members, with an active membership of over 700. Twice, the chapter has been awarded the Sigma Theta Tau Key Award for Chapter Excellence, and has received the Sigma Theta Tau International Award for Heritage.

The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to improve the health of people worldwide through leadership and scholarship in practice, education and research. Membership in the honor society is by invitation to baccalaureate and graduate nursing students who demonstrate excellence in scholarship, and to nurse leaders who demonstrate exceptional achievement in nursing. For more information, visit