News & Events

Little Visits with the Charlotte Cooperative Nursing Association

Highlights from the report of 1927 - see the PDF file below.

Lakeside Park in Granite Falls Clean Up Project

The RN to BSN Care of Communities class did a unit on environmental health and then did a "clean up" project at Lakeside Park in Granite Falls.

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Four senior nursing students learn about delegation

Four senior nursing students are learning about delegation, under the direction of Dr. Dana Brackney in the Simulation Lab in Edwin Duncan Hall. Pictured here are Erin Jones, Allison Roberts, Molly Miller and Kai Benza.

nursing nursing

Appalachian State University Nursing Honor Society

About Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI)

The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) was founded in 1922 by six nurses at the Indiana University Training School for Nurses, now the Indiana University School of Nursing, in Indianapolis, Ind., USA. The founders chose the name from the Greek words Storgé, Tharsos and Timé meaning "love," "courage" and "honor." STTI became incorporated in 1985 as Sigma Theta Tau International Inc., a nonprofit organization with a 501(c)(3) tax status in the United States.

The mission of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International is to support the learning, knowledge and professional development of nurses committed to making a difference in health worldwide.

The vision of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International is to create a global community of nurses who lead in using knowledge, scholarship, service and learning to improve the health of the world’s people.

Membership is by invitation to baccalaureate and graduate nursing students who demonstrate excellence in scholarship and to nurse leaders exhibiting exceptional achievements in nursing.

Establishing a chapter for STTI on the Appalachian State University campus

When the first pre-licensure nursing class was admitted in May of 2010 the faculty in the Department of Nursing at ASU decided they would like to establish a chapter of STTI on campus. The process for doing so involved to first establish a local university honor society and recruiting at least 50 members.

The Appalachian State University Honor Society was therefore founded in August of 2010, and at our induction ceremony in May of 2011 we passed the 50 member mark. We have now been granted as the Phi Psi Chapter of STTI.

The 2014-2015 ASU Nursing Honor Society Board Members

  • President: Linda Johanson
  • Vice President:
  • Counselor: Teresa Carnevale
  • Treasurer: Wendy Miller
  • Recording Secretary: Dana Brackney
  • Corresponding Secretary: Kim Priode
  • Archivist: Phoebe Pollitt

The 2014-2015 Schedule for the ASU Nursing Honor Society

  • December 3rd Fall Program: Wautaga Medical Center
  • December 13th Induction for Fall Candidates: Grandfather Ballroom
New Nursing Event Information


  • BSN Informational Session: Tuesday, November 1st, from 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm, in Edwin Duncan, Room 317.
Junior Nursing students learned clinical skills this summer

Ms Attaway's Junior Nursing students learned clinical skills 2013 summer at Wautaga Center
in Boone.

Attaway's Clinical

Freedom Park Clean Up

After studying about the relationship between environment and health, the Burke County community health nursing students participated in a clean-up activity at Freedom Park in Morganton on June 20, 2011.

Department of Nursing graduates over 100 students from its RN to BSN program

On Sunday May 8th, 2011, the ASU Department of Nursing reached the milestone of graduating over 100 students from its RN to BSN program. The program serves the needs of Registered Nurses (RN) in northwest North Carolina who are seeking a Baccalaureate of Science degree in Nursing (BSN). The first students were admitted in the fall semester of 2006. Students take courses through the ASU Extension and Distance Education Program at one of three off campus sites. At least ten of the ASU RN to BSN graduates are currently enrolled in or have already graduated from Masters of Science in Nursing Programs. Others have taken leadership positions in their health care agencies.

Applications are being accepted for students wishing to join the program in the fall Semester of 2011 in the Caldwell County and Burke County cohorts.

Junior Class serves as Junior Marshalls

The Junior Class served as Junior Marshalls for the first ASU College of Health Sciences graduation exercises on May 8, 2011.

Nursing class travels to the Yucatan region of Mexico over spring break

Ten students from the junior nursing class traveled to the Yucatan region of Mexico over spring break with Associate Professor, Dr. Linda Johanson for a study abroad experience. The purpose of the trip was to enhance cultural awareness, compare and contrast the healthcare system of Mexico with that of the USA, and to perform service work. Students toured various health care facilities and the University of Yucatan School of Nursing, participated in cultural events such as Carnival and markets, took a walking tour of the capital of the Yucatan state, Merida, and visited various cultural sites such as Chichen-Itza and Tulum. They were able to spent two days in the Mayan villages where they provided care in the rural clinic and went on home visits. They engaged in preparatory activities for several months ahead of the trip collecting clothing, school supplies, and hygiene items to distribute in the orphanage, nursing home, village school, and hospitals they visited.


(The photos are the students at the Red Cross public hospital, the orphanage in Merida, Hogares Juveniles, and the 2014 students who visited the Yucatan.)


Department of Nursing
Edwin Duncan, Suite 318
ASU Box 32151
Boone, NC 28608

Administrative Assistant:
Angela Heavner
heavneram [at] appstate [dot] edu 

Chairperson, Department of Nursing,
Dr. Kathleen Rayman
raymankm [at] appstate [dot] edu

RN to BSN and MSN Cohort Program Manager:
JuanEs Ramirez, Ed.S
ramirezje [at] appstate [dot] edu

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