Sigma International Honor Society of Nursing, was founded in 1922 by six nursing students at Indiana University Training School for Nursing located in the city of Indianapolis. Sigma has more than 135,000 active members who reside in more than 100 countries. Currently, there are 540 chapters at more than 700 institutions of higher education.

Sigma is recognized for its support of scholarship, excellence in nursing practice and funding opportunities in nursing research. In 1936, Sigma was the first organization in the United States to fund nursing research. Through Sigma’s commitment to professional development numerous educational offerings and products serve to advance learning to improve world-wide health.

Membership is by invitation to baccalaureate and graduate nursing students who demonstrate excellence in scholarship, and to nurse leaders exhibiting exceptional achievements in nursing. Membership encompasses nurses from all settings with 39% of active members hold advanced degrees, 51% in staff positions, 19% are administrators, 18% faculty/academics and 12 % in advanced practice.

Members have access to sigmanursing.org website for information on grants, scholarships, conferences, continuing education offerings, Sigma repository, career development, leadership, and peer reviewed publications.


Sigma Statement of Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity of membership is what makes any profession stronger, and nursing is no exception.

Since 1922, the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (Sigma) has embodied the attributes of our founders: love, courage, and honor. We pride ourselves on being a diverse, inclusive global organization that does not discriminate, and we firmly believe diversity in our membership makes us stronger. Although we are a politically neutral organization, we take seriously our responsibility of ensuring a welcoming and respectful environment for our members worldwide.

Sigma remains committed to the value and active engagement of a global community of nurses. We represent fairness, equality, inclusivity, and respect by the very nature of our core tenets and are against any form of discrimination. We will continue to welcome and celebrate our members’ rich diversity as we always have.

Sigma will remain a voice within the US and world in support of our core values, including diversity and inclusiveness. We will continue to work collaboratively with members from all our global regions to fulfill our mission of developing nurse leaders anywhere to improve healthcare everywhere.


Become a Member

Eligibility Requirements for membership in Iota Xi Chapter-at-Large

Criteria is as follows:

SAME for undergrad, RN, Grad, and Nurse Leaders



Students that qualify for membership, will be invited to apply. Nurse Leaders from the community must complete the following application "Sigma Community Nurse Leader application form" and submit to Dr. Rita Gengo at rgengoesilva2021@health.fau.edu  


Chapter Leadership

President: Dr. Barbara Lovell-Martin

Email: bblythel@broward.edu 

Past President: Dr. Armiel Suriaga

Email: asuriaga2016@health.fau.edu

President-Elect: Dr. Raquel Brown

Email: rbrown2014@health.fau.edu

Secretary: Dr. Luci Mendonca-Cali 

Email: lmendonc@health.fau.edu 

Treasurer: Herlie Bertrand

Email: hbertrand@health.fau.edu 



Iota XI/SIGMA Website