llg, PhD, RN 13,469 Posts Specializes in Nursing Professional Development. Has 46 years experience. Mar 31, 2010 Some employers will care more than others.Also, membership shows not only a high level of performance ... it also shows a committment to the profession. The dues you pay to Sigma Theta Tau (and other professional groups) go towards fulfilling the mission of that organization. The dues are a sort of "donation" to that particular branch of the profession -- the scholarly branch. The organizations sponsors their journal, books, conferences, scholarships, research grants, etc. So paying your dues demonstrates a committment to "give" something to further the develop the scholarly activities of nursing. Again, some employers and some graduate schools care more about that than others.The "direct" benefits may not be great and/or may not mean a lot to you ... but in this economy, I would be hesistant to turn down any honor that might give me a competitive edge. The same can be said for membership in other professional organizations, certifications, etc. They may not seem to offer much direct benefit ... but having them on your resume makes you look good in the eyes of people who care about the profession of nursing and who are involved in efforts to improve it.