RU Nursing Honor Society Inducts 2014 Class
Thirty six Radford University nursing students were inducted into the Epsilon Psi chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) Honor Society of Nursing at a ceremony on Saturday, April 12, in the Muse Banquet Room.
"Welcome to the community of nursing. We celebrate your achievements as nursing leaders and scholars," said Assistant Professor of Nursing and Chapter President Victoria Bierman. "We challenge you to think differently about yourself, your nursing and your profession."
The 2014 class represents nurses at various career stages. In the Nurse Leader category, Lisel Browe, Deborah Pike and Judy Smith were inducted and Molly Cheng was inducted in the Graduate Student category. Nurse Leader candidates are nurses who are legally recognized to practice, demonstrate achievement in nursing and have completed 12 credit hours with above a 3.0 GPA. Graduate students must have completed a quarter of their nursing curriculum, maintained at least a 3.5 GPA and met the expectation of academic integrity.
The Epsilon Psi chapter conveyed an award of special recognition to Rebecca Scheckler, assistant professor of nursing, for her significant contribution to nursing as the School of Nursing's technology specialist.
The 2014 STTI undergraduate inductees were Sarah Backof, Natalie Blanchetti, Brooke Barnette, Ashlee Blevins, Morgan Bohannan, Erin Brown, Danielle Combs, Kathryn Cunningham, Lakisha Ferguson, Kayla Gardner, Amanda George, Elizabeth Green, Hannah Holliday, Sarah Hughes, Afton Jamerson, Jenny Lanzara, Victoria Marshall, Brittany Mattox, Allyson McCoy, Joshua Meyer, Delaney Mills, Julia Reed, Brook Reeves, Marybeth Romeo, Allyson Scruggs, Rachel Simons, Victoria Snyder, Brittany Spence, Shelby Sprouse, Kelley Tuennermann, Brittany Wray and Amber Zinnecker. Undergraduate students must have completed at least half of their nursing curriculum, maintained a minimum 3.0 GPA, ranked in the upper 35 percent of the graduating class and met expectation of academic integrity.
During the induction ceremony, candidates were presented with the traditional purple and white honor cord and entered their names in the chapter induction book which contains signatures of every inductee since the chapter's inception in 1982. Director of Women's Health Services at Lewis Gale Montgomery, Marjorie Young '95, was the guest speaker. She gave a presentation titled, "Are You Baby Friendly?"
The RU initiates are now a member of an organization whose mission is to support the learning, knowledge and professional development of nurses and improved health worldwide. STTI has more than 130,000 active members and 490 chapters in 85 countries.