Nominate a Community Leader

Community Leader Membership Guidelines

PURPOSE: To recognize leadership, creative work, support for professional standards and commitment to scholarly nursing. This category is the only one which does not have achievement in academic scholarship as a criteria, but rather emphasizes all other areas related to the purposes of Sigma Theta Tau International.

  1. Definition/Qualification — Nurses with a minimum of a bachelor degree who have demonstrated marked achievement in education, practice, research, administration or publication. The majority have degrees in nursing, but consideration is given to registered nurses with bachelor degrees in other fields if achievement in nursing is exceptional.

Students unaware of their eligibility who graduated within the past year from a school which has a chapter may apply under student criteria for membership in the chapter after graduation. Otherwise, 5 years post graduation, the alumnus may apply to any chapter as a Community Leader if they meet the criteria for community leader membership.

  1. Examples of Community Leaders
    1. Educators, e.g., Faculty in school of existing chapter or school without chapter.
    2. Clinicians
    3. Researchers
    4. Administrators
    5. Authors
    6. Other categories, i.e. consultants, entrepreneurs
  2. Achievement Areas — Areas in which excellence of community leaders is demonstrated. Community leaders may demonstrate achievement in one or more of the following areas: education, practice, research, administration or publication.
    1. Achievement in Education — May be demonstrated in one or more of the following ways:
      1. Teaching.
      2. Curriculum development.
      3. Course development.
      4. Evaluation process.
      5. Administration in education.
      6. Post graduate education.
    2. Achievement in Practice — May be demonstrated in one or more of the following ways:
      1. Outstanding clinician in field as documented by peers and others.
      2. Outstanding contributor to improvement of the status of professional nursing through leadership in professional nursing organizations.
    3. Achievement in Research — May be demonstrated in one or more of the following ways:
      1. Achievement in research in practice, teaching or administration.
      2. Conducting of outstanding research as documented by peer researchers and nurse colleagues.
    4. Achievement in Administration — May be demonstrated in one or more of the following ways:
      1. Outstanding administrator in nursing service as documented by peers and others.
      2. Outstanding contributor to improvement of health care through leadership in nursing service.
      3. Achievement in staff development by creating a climate for nurses to practice professional nursing.
    5. Achievement in Publication — May be demonstrated in one or more of the following ways:
      1. Contribution to the knowledge of nursing through publication of books, articles, research reports, news media, etc.
      2. Recognition by peers and nurse colleagues for nursing publications.
    6. Achievement in Other Category — May be demonstrated in one or more of the following ways:
      1. Outstanding consultant in field of nursing as documented by peers and others.
      2. Outstanding contribution to nursing as an entrepreneur.

For More Information, Contact Nina Luciano at: nkl3@columbia.edu