Western’s nursing honor society inducts new members

CULLOWHEE – The Eta Psi chapter of Sigma Theta Tau international nursing honorary society at Western Carolina University recently inducted 24 new members.

The recent inductees include 14 bachelor of science in nursing students: Julie Andrews, Shana Brewer, Shanna Brooks, Betsy Clarke, Stephanie Collins, Nicole Crane, Julie Elliott, Tracy Haire, Megan Hartley, Jennifer Oldenburg, Vanessa Owen, Jennifer Pearson, Kayla Powell and Shauna Queen. Capstone graduates inducted were Louis Capellupo and Alice Murray. Several community leaders were also inducted: Patricia Brown, dean of Distance and Continuing Education at Western; nursing faculty members Shelia Chapman and Faye Hodgin; and nursing professionals Linda Crawford, Elaine Deppe, Mary King, Rhonda Kuykendall and Susan Whitt.

The induction ceremony was held in the recital hall of Western’s Coulter Building, and Sharon Farley, a professor emeritus at Indiana University, delivered the speech “Keeping the Joy in a Career Journey.”

Membership in the honor society is extended to nursing students who exhibit excellence in scholarship and to nurses who demonstrate outstanding leadership and achievement in their field. The honor society strives to develop and connect nursing scholars and leaders worldwide to improve health care. It encourages excellence in nursing through research, leadership, programming, publications and an electronic library.

More 340,000 nursing scholars have been inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau. The honor society’s 120,000 active members make it the second largest and one of the most prestigious nursing organizations in the world.

The Eta Psi chapter at Western was started in 1984 and has since inducted more than 520 members.