Nursing honor society holds induction, awards ceremony

On Dec. 6, 113 undergraduate nursing students, 10 RN to BSN students, 6 graduate nursing students and 5 nurse leaders were inducted into the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International through Delta Upsilon Chapter-at-Large. The event was held at the Quonset O Club in North Kingstown.

The Delta Upsilon chapter is comprised of Rhode Island College School of Nursing, University of Rhode Island College of Nursing and Salve Regina University Department of Nursing.

Scholarship awards were given to Kate Molvig (RIC undergraduate scholarship), Angela Silvestri (SRU undergraduate scholarship), Esperanza Gutierrez (RIC graduate scholarship at the master’s level) and Marcia Thompson (URI graduate scholarship at the doctorate level).

Emily Marek (RIC) and Ashley Stewart (SRU) each received the Brem Award. The Chapter Service Award was given to Karen Hetzel, RIC associate professor of nursing and Delta Upsilon Faculty Counselor for the college.

The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International, one of the largest international nursing organizations, works to foster, develop and connect nurse scholars and leaders worldwide to improve health care. The honor society promotes nursing excellence through its initiatives in research, leadership, an electronic library, programming and publications. It develops and distributes nursing knowledge as a contribution to evidence-based nursing practice.

Membership to 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. The undergraduate student must have at least a 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale, be in the upper 35 percent of his/her graduating class, have completed at least one-half of the nursing curriculum to qualify for membership and meet the expectation of academic integrity.