Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) or American Nurses Association (ANA)

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    Hello All,

    I've just received an invitation to join the Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) Honor Society of Nursing. It is an honor to have received the invitation, but I just don't know if it's the right organization to spend my hard earned funds on. For those of you in either STTI or ANA, what do you think? I can't afford both. I'd like to join one that offer membership benefits such as journals, networking, and CE opportunities, but I'm almost certain that both of these offer those. What will be my BEST benefit from either? Help me decide please. Thanks!
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    I do ANA because the organization offers all those plus goes to DC to fight the political arena for nurses and healthcare
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    I am a member in both, but STT only provides me with journals that I can use for writing policies and creating curricula. Otherwise, the ANA keeps me alerted to political issues regarding my career, and allows me to get continuing education. I am not a research nurse, so if I had to drop one I would drop STT
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    In terms of prestige (which you asked about in your poll question), for what it's worth, any licensed RN can join the ANA, but you have to meet actual criteria and be invited in order to join STT.
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    I would encourage you to read up on both organizations, attend a meeting of both, and seek the input of nurses whose practices you admire.

    These are 2 well known but vastly different organizations.

    In a nutshell, STT promotes research-based nursing practice. ANA's focus is more on political issues. Your membership choice should reflect your values and priorities.

    Congratulations on your invitation
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    Thanks guys for the advice. I believe I'll accept the invitation and join since I've earned it. It just might help to get me into graduate school down the road. I still have a desire to join ANA as well, but that'll happen once it's time to renew STTI Thanks again!
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    Quote from finallyRN7
    Thanks guys for the advice. I believe I'll accept the invitation and join since I've earned it. It just might help to get me into graduate school down the road. I still have a desire to join ANA as well, but that'll happen once it's time to renew STTI Thanks again!
    I put it on my resume for hospital jobs when I was a new grad nurse.
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    I've been a member of both. I still retain my membership in Sigma. To get the most out of either group, try to participate in local chapter activities.

    I've found that Sigma tends to appeal to SON faculty and other Staff Devel nurses. It's the research and practice-based components that are of interest to members.

    And for the record, I do list memberships on my resume. Some nurses decide not to -personal choice.


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