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Sigma: Gamma Rho Chapter

Sigma Honor Society of Nursing: Gamma Rho Chapter

Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing provides leadership and scholarship in practice, education and research to enhance the health of all people. We support the learning and professional development of our members, who strive to improve nursing care worldwide.

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Mission & Vision

Mission: Developing nurse leaders anywhere to improve health care everywhere.

Vision: Connected, empowered nurse leaders transforming global health care.


  • Grow in value for all members and nurses worldwide who are pursuing excellence
  • Promote and celebrate nursing scholarship, leadership, and services worldwide
  • Build partnerships and collaborative endeavors to advance the mission of the society
  • Sustain and advance the resources of the society

Collaborative Edge Article

Read about today’s healthcare environment, it’s imperative to seamlessly integrate research and evidence-based practice (EBP) to deliver top-tier healthcare and achieve optimal patient outcomes.

Sigma Theta Tau International History

Sigma Theta Ta International (Sigma) was founded in 1922 by six nursing students at Indiana University. Modern nursing was barely 20 years old when Mary Tolle, Edith Moore, Marie Hippensteel, Dorothy Garrigus, Elizabeth Russell and Elizabeth McWilliams met to found a society to advance the status of nursing as a profession.

The founders recognized the value of scholarship and the importance of excellence in practice. With the full idealism of women forging pathways of change in the 1920s, they wanted to build a framework to encourage future leaders to effectively improve health care.

In 1936, Sigma was the first organization in the United States to fund nursing research. Since then, the society has underwritten more than 250 small or "seed" grants, which often begin a whole body of research. These peer-reviewed grants are often the first recognition of potent concepts that eventually lead to major, wide-scale research projects and innovation in the nursing profession.

Sigma Theta Tau Gamma Rho Chapter History

The Gamma Rho chapter was officially chartered by Sigma Theta Tau International on April 26, 1978. Maureen Niland, the Sigma national treasurer installed the officers and conducted the proceedings. Chapter officers were:

  • Madeline Leininger, President
  • Sister Francelyn Redder, Vice-President 
  • Margaret Adamson, Secretary
  • Liz Close, Treasurer 
  • Kay Carbol, Archivist
  • Elizabeth Moses and Kathy McCance, Chapter Advisors

The nurses who founded our Gamma Rho Chapter were true nursing leaders. This celebration was the beginning of the University of Utah's chapter in the National Honor Society of Nursing.

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Gamma Rho Co-Presidents

Jenneth Doria, DNP, MS, RN

Julie Gee, PhD, MSNEd, RN

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