CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Twenty-seven distinguished nursing students and one nurse leader from the local community were inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Eta Omicron chapter at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi on August 6. The mission of Sigma Theta Tau is to advance world health and celebrate nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership and service.
The induction ceremony was held at the Performing Arts Center. On stage, each student made a pledge to the society, and received a lavender and white honorary cord from Eta Omicron. Dr. Linda-Gibson Young, College of Nursing and Health Sciences (CONHS) Graduate Chair and Associate Professor, gave the keynote address.
“Sigma Theta Tau is a prestigious society because students have to meet academic and professional standards to be inducted,” said Yvonne Serna, President of Sigma Theta Tau, Eta Omicron chapter. “These students are not only leaders in academia, needing to be in the upper 20 percent of their graduating class with a GPA of 3.5 or higher, but they are also leaders of professionalism in the classroom and at work.”
Phillip Quintanilla, an inductee at the ceremony who graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing on August 8, says he is honored and excited to start his nursing career.
“Being a nurse is being a leader,” said Quintanilla. “Everyone looks to you for help and information and you become a mentor for your community.”
The Eta Omicron chapter of Sigma Theta Tau was chartered in 1984 by the CONHS at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Two of the founding chapter members were present at the Aug. 6 induction. Dr. Mary Jane Hamilton, R.N., who is the current CONHS Dean, participated in the stage ceremony. The other, Adele Bemis, M.S.N., R.N., an online educator at the Island University, applauded the new inductees from the audience.
“Because I have worked a great deal in service and in academia, as a nursing director, we look at the nurse’s activities, including their professional associations when deciding which students will be chosen for Sigma Theta Tau,” said Bemis. “Those activities make a huge impact, because that lets me know that nurse wants to be a leader.”
The Bachelor of Science in Nursing summer inductees included Christina Maria Brown, Ashlee Jean Burt, Eunice Marie Crisp, Sharon Michelle Dooley, Stephanie Janelle Kautz, Sabrina Lopez, Hanna Moore Manifold, Alvaro Mayorga, Christine McIntyre, Cassandra Navarrete, Whitney Leigh Orsak, Norberto Perales, Stacey Poole, Phillip Quintanilla, Lorena Rangel, Kacee Ritter, Sara Rodriguez, April Nicole Slowinski, Hector Sosa, Leslie Anne Taylor and Nwando Ugwu.
The Master of Science in Nursing summer inductees included Toni Biezugbe, Yolanda Daggs, Donnice Johnson, Emily Ryan McGahan, Lacy Stanley, and Courtney K. Wolfe.
Also inducted was Leslie Swift, Master of Science in Nursing, Master of Business Administration in Healthcare, and Registered Nurse-Board Certified. Swift works as a Nurse Educator at Driscoll Children’s Hospital.