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  1. by   adrienurse
    Okay, this is why I am asking. How do I get in? I need to start networking to help me get into grad school. Is it worth it? Is it just some eletist old boy(girl) club? What merit does it have?
  2. by   whipping girl in 07
    Kevin, why did you resign?
  3. by   WashYaHands
    Adriene,

    Go to the web site, click on membership. The criteria for nomination and induction should be listed.

    STTI is an honor society, not a sorority. I guess for me personally it was a significant honor to be nominated. The merit that it has is that membership indicates academic excellence, leadership, scholorship, and integrity. The benefits that I like include their research journal, other publications, networking, and I receive a weekly update on all research published in my areas of nursing interest. There are many other benefits, but those are the one's that I use most often.

    Linda
  4. by   kmchugh
    Originally posted by konni
    Kevin, why did you resign?
    I was honored to be nominated and inducted. However, I followed the organization for a couple of years, and made some observations. First, there didn't seem to be any real role in the organization for male nurses. I was never informed of chapter meetings, nor any other STT activities while I was a member. I thought at first our chapter just was not very active. Later, I learned from a friend they had reasonably regular meetings and such. I just wasn't in the "in" crowd, therefore not deserving of invitation. However, they were quick to remind me when my annual dues were to be paid. Next, when I went to the web site, I found that they profiled a number of nurses, who listed various clinical activities as their specialties. However, when you look at the profiles closer, almost all the nurses profiled were nursing school professors. I think I found one or two out of over a hundred profiles that were actually clinical nurses. Finally, STT, in all their listings of professional pursuits of nurses, did not list anesthesia as a nursing path. I wrote the president an email about my concerns. I received an email in response that in essence told me that the problems I perceived were my problems.

    Bottom line was that since I was a male, pursuing (at the time) my degree in anesthesia, and had no intention of ever being a nursing professor, the organization was not a good match for me. I resigned.

    Kevin McHugh
  5. by   whipping girl in 07
    Thanks for your reply Kevin.

    I was just curious because I was passed over for induction my senior year of nursing school. The local chapter would induct the top 35% of the class (who coughed up the $$$) who had above a 3.0. I had the GPA but my highly competitive nursing class had 50% of the class with 3.0 or greater. I was just below the line.

    Initially I was upset (I am a sucker for honors) but then I got out in the real world and realized unless you were into "community nursing" or nursing education, STT was pretty useless. I don't know if it will hurt my future CRNA application if I am not a member, but I figure being a CCRN will mean more.

    Don't flame me, STT members, as I think it's useless for me at this point in my life.

    Oh, and I think you're a REAL nurse.
  6. by   ptnurse
    I was inducted in about 1987. Had an instructor in my senior year that was a sponsor or something in the local chapter. She knew that I was eligible for membership (I had no intention of spending the money) and she asked me about when I was going to join (not if). She had a rather harsh reputation as an instructor and being an older student I knew enough to know that her inquiry was my que to join. So I gave in and joined and I had very little trouble out of the old battle ax in clinical that year while all those "not worthy" of the honor of membership suffered. Never paid any dues after getting out of school and now I don't even hear from them anymore.
  7. by   fairyprincess2003
    I will be initiated December 5th
  8. by   JWRN
    You do not have to be in STT to get in to graduate school. I was not and got accepted to MSN program. I was inducted afterwards, as all graduate students are invited to join who have 3.0 or better. Kind of stupid as my program would not allow you to have anyting less than a 3.0 in any semester. And as I recall all gradutes were invited to join regardless of GPA, just had to find a sponsor. My advisor was the faculty chair for STT so she sponsored me. So if you want to join get into graduate school, then join, it is easier than trying as an undergraduate where you have to be invited based on GPA, etc....I have find my local chapter active, and they have tried to recruit me to be a board member as has the alumni assoc., but I just do not have the time. I am in a Doctoral program which is just to busy and working 50 hours a week is just too much to add any additional responsibility to my plate. Yes I think CCRN would be more beneficial for you to have for CRNA school than being a member of STT...Just my opinion.....
  9. by   Q.
    Originally posted by adrienurse
    Okay, this is why I am asking. How do I get in? I need to start networking to help me get into grad school. Is it worth it? Is it just some eletist old boy(girl) club? What merit does it have?
    Adrie, I'm not a member and I got into grad school just fine. I'm sure though the benefits of membership are great though, especially to put on your resume.
  10. by   Q.
    Originally posted by JWRN
    You do not have to be in STT to get in to graduate school. I was not and got accepted to MSN program. I was inducted afterwards, as all graduate students are invited to join who have 3.0 or better.
    Really? I didn't realize that. After how long? I've been in school now for (it will be) one year in January and I have a >3.0. Hmmm....

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