UNH Department of Nursing
UNH Inducts First International Members into Nursing Honor Society
27 Local Members Also Inducted
By Sharon Keeler
UNH News Bureau
DURHAM, N.H. -- The University of New Hampshire's Department of Nursing recently inducted the first international members into its Eta Iota Chapter of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.
The new inductees are Marina Boykova, Marina Gaeva, Marina Tsutsunava and Alexandra Volodin from Medical College #1 in St. Petersburg, Russia, and David Clarke, from the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom.
UNH's partnership with St. Petersburg was founded in 1994 with the goal of helping Russia develop pre- and post-diploma nursing education. The four Russian inductees are recent graduates of Medical College #1. Clarke was a visiting lecturer at UNH during the spring semester.
"Sigma Theta Tau is the only nursing honor society whose mission is to improve the health of people worldwide by promoting nursing scholarship and leadership," says Dorothy Rentschler, associate professor of nursing and president of the Eta Iota Chapter. "One of the society's goals is to increase international members."
Sigma Theta Tau has 400 chapters and a quarter-million members, which includes practicing nurses, educators, researchers, policy-makers, administrators and entrepreneurs.
The five international nurses were joined at this year's ceremony by 27 local inductees composed of UNH undergraduate and graduate students, as well as community members. They include:
Several awards were also presented at the spring celebration. Recipients include Donna Pare of Exeter Hospital, Excellence in Service to Eta Iota; Mary Ann Cioffi of Concord Hospital, Excellence in Leadership; Gene Harkless, UNH associate professor of nursing, Excellence in Research and Education; Carol Williams-Bernard, UNH associate professor of nursing, Excellence in Mentorship; Vanessa Quinn, Judith Currie and Laurie McCray, Outstanding Student Achievement; Susan Ruka, Student Research; and Jeanie Holt, UNH graduate, Community Research.
June 8, 2000