The Purpose of Recognition Awards is to recognize outstanding nurses whose contributions to nursing fulfill the goals of Sigma Theta Tau.

General Criteria for Recognition Awards:

  1. A member of Sigma Theta Tau and Beta Rho Chapter (for most of the awards)
  2. GPA (when students are involved) 
  3. Peer/faculty recognition 
  4. Endorsement and support from nursing and/or community leaders (if appropriate)

Types of Awards and Criteria

Excellence in Research

  1. Conducts distinguished research in nursing. 
  2. Communicates nursing research findings. 
  3. Writes scholarly works related to nursing theory and/or nursing research. 
  4. Gives evidence of a history of nursing research activities. 
  5. Encourages research activities within Sigma Theta Tau, nursing, and/or the public.

Excellence in Education

  1. Demonstrates excellence in teaching.
  2. Advances the science of nursing through clarifying, refining and/or expanding the knowledge base of nursing.
  3. Promotes a theory/research base for nursing curricula and nursing practice.
  4. Influences scholarly development in nursing education, practice, and/or research through teaching.
  5. Influences the professional practice of nursing and the public’s image or nursing through excellence in teaching.

Excellence in Nursing Practice

  1. Demonstrates breadth of knowledge in area of clinical nursing practice.
  2. Develops creative approaches to nursing practice that contribute to quality client care.
  3. Possesses clinical expertise and attributes of a clinical scholar.
  4. Advances the scope and practice of nursing.
  5. Serves as mentor/preceptor that inspires peer’s practice of nursing.
  6. Enhances the image of nursing through nursing practice.
  7. Participates in community affairs, legislation, or organizations that affect nursing practice.


  1. Receives local, national and/or international recognition as a nursing leader in education, practice, administration and/or research
  2. Influences leadership in nursing through visionary and innovative approaches to leadership.
  3. Creates an environment that enhances the image of nursing/nurses.
  4. Participants in the development of nursing leaders and leadership.

Outstanding Student Performance - May include clinical, academic, creative, research, leadership, etc.


  1. Actively shapes and promotes the career of a nurse or the development of a chapter.
  2. Freely shares our own resources for the growth and development of the individual or the chapter.
  3. Maintains the mentoring relationship over time.

*Nominations are invited from any active member of the chapter.

Selection – (Judges, Awards Committee)

  1. The selection committee will consist of three appointed chapter members, one of whom is or has been in a chapter leadership position.
  2. The selection committee shall review nominations and rate candidates on criteria listed.
  3. Recommendations for nominees will be made to the chapter officers.

Presentation of Awards will be at the annual new member induction ceremony.