Chatham University

Chatham University Nursing Honor Society

A message from the President

Kathleen Spadaro

Welcome to the Chatham University Nursing Honor Society (NHS)

Approved May 2011 by Chatham University, the NHS has moved into its second year of existence as a virtual honor society.  As President of the NHS, I am excited to offer Chatham’s exceptional nursing students the opportunity to become a member of this privileged group. 

Synopsis: During Year Two

The Governing Board of the NHS has moved forward in submitting an application to STTI to become a formal chapter.  The application submission process is to be completed by February 15, 2013. 

The Scholarship, Education, & Technology Committee, responsible for overseeing programming initiatives, held the first annual virtual poster session, in January 2013.  This event allowed for discussion between members viewing poster content online and the poster presenters.  Once the session closed, posters were available for review under the News and Events tab on the website.   Future programing considerations includes a virtual journal club and a Leadership informational Corner.

The Technology component added a Toolkit link to the website that will post How-To’s to support members and their scholarship needs.  The first How-To posted focuses on PowerPoint Presentations, a key factor for oral presentations.  Stayed tuned as there are more toolkits to come!

The Leadership Succession Committee is currently working on the development of the Leadership Corner targeting NHS members who have demonstrated strong leadership skills in their workplace.  Continuing education credits are being considered once the Corner is up and running.  But first, the Succession Committee must complete their next project that will solicit members to run for office in the fall of 2013.

Another committee, the Governance Committee, currently reviews qualified applicants bi-annually for induction into the NHS following a set of approved criteria.  Potential members are contacted by the committee to complete an application, a statement of scholarship achievement, and letter of recommendation from another professional nurse.  Currently inductions are held virtually twice a year, in May and December.  You may view past induction ceremonies on our website under Induction Ceremonies tab.

 An Advisory Council was established to support and guide the mission of this organization.  This diverse group of nurses consists of: 

  • Judy Adams, West Penn Hospital System, Director of Positive Health Clinic, STTI Eta Epsilon Chapter,
  • Zauyah Waite, Vice Pres. for Student Affairs & Dean of Students, Chatham University Administration and Student Affairs representative,
  • Pat Messmer, Consultant. Nursing Education & Research, School of Nursing, Miami Dade College, STTI Beta Tau chapter,
  • Renee Thompson, president and CEO of RTConnections, LLC and author of "Do No Harm" Applies to Nurses Too!
  • Susan Hoolahan, Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President, Patient Care Services, UPMC Passavant Hospital. 

During the first bi-annual conference call held on January 2013 with the advisory council, the history and current activities of the NHS and received positive feedback and ideas to enhance the current NHS planning.

Mark your calendars for the May 2013 Virtual Induction Ceremony

Synopsis:  During Year One

The NHS board members started working on the conception of this virtual Honor Society in February 2011 to provide an acknowledgement to Chatham University nursing students who excelled in their academic work.  The NHS was approved by the Dean of Students and Vice President for Student Affairs on May 11, 2011 as a university student organization.  The first virtual induction ceremony was held on December 13, 2011, with ?? members being inducted.

This NHS was developed purposefully as a virtual society to allow the Chatham University distance students to participate from the various regions of the United States and, in military deployment cases, from other countries.  As a virtual society, the members can connect with the organization and its members anywhere they happen to be at the time.   This virtual presence also supports the “sustainability” mission of Chatham University, both on a practical level and on a human connection level.

Please consider joining one of the above committees to strength the NHS mission and obtain our goals!  We strongly encourage participation and input from our members.



Kathleen C Spadaro PhD, PMHCNS, RN
President, Chatham University Nursing Honor Society
January 2013