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Phi Theta Kappa worth joining?

Pre-Nursing   (19,658 Views | 13 Replies)

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I go to a community college and was mailed a letter from my school, saying that I should join Phi Theta Kappa for my GPA. I was wondering if anyone here has joined and if it was worth it. I don't know if the $80 fee to join is worth it. In the pamphlet that came with the letter, they talk about how you can use them for reference letters and that sort of thing. Any input is appreciated!

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Why not, might as well would look good in future I'm going to join once my gpa is a 3.5 I'm at a 3.3

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SopranoKris has 5 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Critical Care.

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If you're planning on transferring to finish your bachelors, then PTK is a great resource for transfer Scholarships & letters of recommendation. Plus, you can usually get good volunteer/community service hours through them for scholarships.

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pmabraham has 3 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Hospice, Palliative Care.

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Good day, mae0218:

The fee is one time for life (which isn't bad). It should look good on the resume et al. The only downside I've experienced from joining is SPAM SPAM SPAM SPAM SPAM emails from colleges that have absolutely nothing to do with nursing.

Thank you.

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rob4546 has 6 years experience as a ADN, BSN and specializes in ICU.

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Joined this as well. Went to the meetings from time to time. Looked good on a resume, recognition at graduation, and nice knowing that I succeeded at school.

80 dollars was nothing in the whole scheme of things.

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Kuriin has 4 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Emergency.

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Yeah, I was inducted to PTK as well then got inducted into Golden Key Society. Still waiting for my damned Sigma Theta Tau invite. ;)

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I am also trying to decide if it's worth joining...

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verene is a MSN and specializes in mental health / psychiatic nursing.

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Also got an invitation recently. Debating on joining just for the resume building. There was also some information that by being a member if you are hired by the federal government you start at a higher pay grade - anyone know if this is true? I'm open to working U.S. Public Health Service, Indian Affairs, VA, or Corrections down the line, so the higher pay thing could be useful.

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With the possible exception of Sigma Theta Tau, I don't think Greek letters mean a whole lot in the nursing world. I'm also not sure what weight a "reference letter" from PTK would carry. If you're applying to graduate programs, for instance, they are going to ask you for reference letters from current/former supervisors, professors, etc. who know you and are familiar with your experience, abilities and other attributes, not from some honor society who only knows that once got good grades and sent them a check. Future employers aren't going to care if you're a member of PTK either.

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Also keep in mind that you can still put it on your resume as "Selected for Phi Theta Kappa" if you choose not to join. That's what I'm planning to do.

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pmabraham has 3 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Hospice, Palliative Care.

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Good day:

Prior to changing to nursing, I was in I.T. for approximately 30 years; the latter 18 I was involved in hiring/firing decisions. When hiring a person just out of college or technical school without any prior (related) work experience, I did consider any accolades achieved (i.e. Dean's list to stuff like PTK). I'm not sure if that works in the nursing field, but my feeling is that when I graduate, pass the boards et al, I will not have any "related" work experience unless I'm blessed along the way to find a PCT or related position (even then, it may not be considered proper experience). So PTK might help just a little... better than nothing.

Thank you.

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I joined PTK back then to put on my resume and stuff. When I transfered to the University I attended I got a Scholarship without realizing it, financial aid dept hooked it up. Was worth it imo even of it was only that first year.

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