Sigma Theta Tau: worth the money? - page 2

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I'm an RN going back to school to get my BSN, and I was nominated to be inducted into the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau. I was flattered until I went to sign up, and realized that they want me to pay them $220 ($330... Read More


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    Depends on how active you want to be, or if your chapter is an active one.
    Student fees were far less when I joined a few years ago, I think your chapter is ripping you off; student fee should be around $100 as I recall.
    That said, I have been overseas, and seen plaques where a chapter has adopted an classroom or otherwise assisted less fortunated SONs in struggling areas. Members of the chapter visited and supported that SON. Our chapter has offered some pretty interesting sounding lectures, but the dinners usually conflict with my schedule.
    The research/scholarship magazines are intense, useful if that is what you are interested in.
    I joined, but then my MSN is in education, and almost all of the instructors in my school are members and proudly display the sticker on their doors, as well as the professors where I did my degree; so I had positive feelings about STT to begin with.

    Is the chapter in your city? Might try calling and asking about activities, and what the benefits are locally. Can't hurt.
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    I joined for a couple of reasons. I'm a second degree nurse and in my first degree my academics were....subpar, to put it nicely. I was proud of my performance in nursing school, and wanted to have that recognition of being part of STTI. I also joined because you can let your active membership lapse and pick it up again at a later date- you're always an inactive member once you initially join.

    I've been a little disappointed with my chapter's inactivity, (no meetings, no projects, no contact) but I anticipate there will be things I can gain from being a member as my career progresses. I'm not sure if it was a factor in my initial job search as a new grad- I think my ENA membership was much more helpful and useful, and THAT I keep active.

    I think it depends on what you envision your nursing future to hold. Even if it's not useful NOW, will it be useful in the future for you?
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    I never paid the first year (our school took care of it I guess) but I did pay a few years thereafter. I finally quit because it seems geared more to the academic nurse (instructors or research) than to the patient care nurse. The journals just had no affect on my practice.
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    I will add that the REASON the journals had no effect is because I am not in charge of making the decisions that change our nursing philosophy or models. I will add that our CNO is not a STT member
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    Your membership fee is excessive, and far more than the cost suggested by STTI. Is it a very active chapter that can justify the price?

    If it's an inactive chapter, then it's nothing more than something to put on your resume. If it's active, and you are willing to participate, the networking and volunteer opportunities can be rewarding.
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    I'm willing to bet you can put something else on your resume or cover letter of interest, without the exorbitant fee. Do I think it's worth it? Nope. I qualified for something or other, never bothered, never suffered a bit. Others paid, and didn't further them at all.

    Save the cash, and pay for some interesting CEU's
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    I have also been invited to join and the fee is only $100, plus $5 for each person I invite to attend the ceremony with me. So for me $115 max. I'm considering it because I need contacts to help find a job in an area oversaturated with nursing grads.
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    You might check out the costs you were quoted? does that include the pin? I did without one for many years. I do believe that membership confers a certain prestige, especially in the academic setting. I enjoy receiving the journal and newsletters. I'd recommend joining if you can swing the expense.


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