International honorary nursing society inducts Radford 2016 class
At a ceremony on April 9 in Muse Hall, Radford University nursing students were inducted into the Epsilon Psi chapter of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.
The 41-member 2016 class represents nurses at various career stages: nurse leaders/Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)/graduate students, Bachelor of Science-Nursing (BSN) students and Registered Nurses (RN)-to-BSN students. During the induction ceremony, candidates were presented with the society’s commemorative 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.
Assistant Chief Nursing Officer at Salem's Lewis Gale Medical Center Amy Woods '08, DNP '15 keynoted the ceremony with a personal account of her career that began as a RN and has led to executive leadership positions and service on a state legislative task force on substance abuse and rehab.
The 2016 STTI undergraduate inductees were Katelyn Adkins, Jessica Akers, Zoe Beyer, Kristal Bryant, Samantha Carey, Gary Cope, Jada Dingess, Jimi Gonce, Sperry Grills, Makenzie Harmon, Victoria Harris, Jason Itson, Lyndsey Jackson, Marta Jones, Mandeep Kaur, Brittany Leftwich, Christian Lonetto, Morgan Lineberry, Jakela Meredith, Craig Moseley, Rebecca Mullins, Katherine Nelson, Anna Rankin, Hanna Schmatz, Benjamin Smith, Naomi Stephens, Morgan Tomlin and Katelyn Vaughn.
Undergraduate students inducted from the School of Nursing’s RN-BSN program were: Amanda Bruneau, Tiffany Hollowell, Angela Kincer, Ashley Kulina, Shannon Lowry, Allison Parkhurst and Michelle Shabazz.
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.
The RU candidates are now members of an organization whose mission is to support the learning, knowledge and professional development of nurses committed to making a difference in health care worldwide. STTI has more than 135,000 active members in more than 90 countries and almost 550 chapters, of which Radford was the 144th chapter.