TAU PHI Chapter of SIGMA THETA TAU International

Who Are We?
Tau Phi Chapter was established in 2002 as the Nursing Honor Society of the Roanoke Valley. In April, 2006 we were awarded chapter status in Sigma Theta Tau International. We now number over 100 registered nurse leaders, educators, clinicians and students in the Roanoke area who are working together to enhance healthcare delivery. Tau Phi recognizes, encourages and supports nursing excellence and scholarship. We do this through support of professional development, scholarly pursuits, leadership, creativity and commitment to nursing.

As a chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International the nursing honor society, Tau Phi is dedicated to improving the health of people worldwide by increasing the scientific base of nursing practice. Sigma Theta Tau was founded in 1922 by six nursing students committed to establishing a society to advance the status of nursing as a profession.

More than 360,000 nurse scholars have been inducted into Sigma Theta Tau International. With 125,000 active members, it is the second largest nursing organization in the world. Members are active in more than 90 countries and territories, and the 431 chapters are located on 515 college and university campuses.

Membership is by invitation to baccalaureate and graduate nursing students, who demonstrate excellence in scholarship, and to nurse leaders exhibiting exceptional achievements in nursing. Sixty-one percent of active members hold master's and/or doctoral degrees. Forty-eight percent are clinicians, 21 percent are administrators or supervisors and 20 percent are educators or researchers.

The Society's Vision and Mission

A Vision to Lead:
To create a global community of nurses who lead in using scholarship, knowledge and technology to improve the health of the world's people.

A Mission to Serve, Support and Improve:
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.

Reasons to Join

  • Professional involvement with other nurse leaders, with opportunities for networking and personal growth.
  • Professional development through regularly scheduled educational programs, journal club meetings.
  • Recognition for excellence among members in the areas of leadership, clinical practice and scholarship.
  • Belonging and contributing to Tau Phi is a professional involvement that helps be the best nurses we can be.
  • When we belong and contribute to this organization, we contribute to the profession, the workplace, our patients and ourselves.

Membership Criteria

Undergraduate students:

  • Be enrolled at Jefferson College of Health Sciences
  • Have completed ½ of the nursing curriculum
  • Have at least a GPA of 3.0/4.0
  • Rank in the upper 35 percentile of the graduating class

Graduate students:

  • Be enrolled at Jefferson College of Health Sciences
  • Have completed ¼ of the nursing curriculum
  • Have at least a GPA of 3.5/4.0

Nurse Leaders:

  • Be a registered nurse
  • Hold a baccalaureate degree in nursing or another discipline
  • Have demonstrated achievement in nursing

Calendar of Events

Click above to see the current schedule of events.

Membership Information

Click here to view the student membership criteria for joining Tau Phi.

Click here to view the nurse leadership membership criteria for joining Tau Phi.

Correspondence to Tau Phi Chapter

Click here to see the mailing address for JCHS's Tau Phi Chapter.

Officers and Board Members

Jefferson College of Health Sciences STTI-Tau Phi Chapter Board President Dee Stewart M.S.N., R.N.

Click here to view the roster of chapter officers and board members.


Click on the links below to download the latest Tau Phi Chapter newsletters.


Click here to download the Tau Phi Chapter Bylaws.