Happy Easter ... Enjoy, but keep social distancing

World Health Day honors nurses on the frontlines

Many prayers for everyone that you remain safe during this COVID-19 crisis.
Let us all recognize World Health Day 2020. 
Each year there is a specific theme for World Health Day. This year the theme for World Health Day is to support nurses and midwives. WHO chose the year 2020 as the "Year of the Nurse and Midwife" because of the contribution which nurses and midwives are making as they make the world a healthier place.
"Nurses are the unsung heroes of the Covid-19 response. The invaluable role they have played is testimony of their sacrifice, courage and commitment to a healthier and safer world," said Takeshi Kasai, WHO Regional Director for the Western Pacific.

Meet the heroes dealing with the Coronavirus.
(CNN) World Health Day highlights a nurse's story.
'Not everyone can do this job'
"After fifteen years working in the emergency room of a hospital, I've never seen anything like this before," Sara Wazlavek says.
The nature of her job can shift by the hour.
"Rules, policies and procedures are rapidly changing based on the new data that comes out daily," she tells CNN.
One thing doesn't change: her fear of bringing the virus home. Nursing is Wazlavek's calling, but her identity is mother and wife.
"No one wants to put their family's lives on the line. I come home with the knowledge that I might be bringing Covid into my home, that it could kill me, my husband or my kids. I didn't think becoming a nurse would mean possibly losing my family, or that I would be the cause.
But Wazlavek reports for her shifts because there's a pandemic to fight, and she's a nurse.
"Not everyone can do this job. It takes training. If everyone who was afraid quit, who would be left. What makes me so special that I can stay home when others are putting their lives at risk? I want to help my coworkers. I can't abandon them. I want to help the people in our community who need us. I can't abandon them either.
Wazlavek says that for now, her hospital has enough gloves, masks and gowns to keep her relatively safe.
"For how long though?" she wonders out loud. "What happens if they don't? Do I go to work, put my life, my family's lives, at risk even more than I already am? Or do I leave the hospital and patients to fend for themselves?"
Wazlavek does not consider herself a hero. But for people who want to honor her sacrifice and grit, she has one suggestion: stay home.

WHO is honoring the Nurses and other health workers who are putting their own health at risk to protect the broader community at the forefront of COVID-19 response. Sincere thanks to all of our amazing nurses!  Watch for webinars and opportunities on the Sigma website. Nurse leaders are needed now more than ever!  #NursesStrong  #SigmaStrong 

Doing What You do Best as Nurses!

Greetings Nu Upsilon Members!
I pray you are all remaining safe and healthy during this challenging time we're facing with COVID-19. Many of us may be inside practicing our social distancing and self-quarantining while many may be on the frontlines doing what you do best as nurses. Some of the new twists and struggles of working from home and Covid-19 has been a definite jolt to everyone's routine. Even though we cannot shake hands, high 5, or meet face to face, it is more important than ever to feel a connection to others.
That's why I am starting this discussion thread. What are you doing to cope with the social distancing? Have you experienced good Samaritan moments? Have you had the opportunity to help someone out? Plus, how are you managing the frontline responsibilities and your family life.

Nu Upsilon wants to hear from you! Share your special moments, tips, tricks, and any life balancing activities. This is an opportunity for us to connect and support each other. We are all in this together, human to human, one people, humanity, and together we are #SigmaStrong.  Let's continue "Leading with heart, integrity and love!"
Dr. Love

Apply for a Scholarship now...

The Nu Upsilon Chapter is proud to offer scholarships for Pre-licensure, RN-BSN, Master and Doctoral degree programs. This includes all ground and online students who are currently enrolled in a nursing program and are a member of the Sigma Honor Society of Nursing Nu Upsilon Chapter.

Please note that the submission of an application does not guarantee a scholarship award. Applicants may receive only one scholarship per fiscal year (July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020).  

Application Submission Deadline is April 17, 2020
We look forward to reviewing your information.

The Scholarship Committee 
Nu Upsilon Chapter of Sigma

Apply for a scholarship here

Welcome to our new Nu Upsilon members!

We are so excited that you have accepted your membership to the Nu Upsilon Chapter of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (Sigma), one of the largest and most prestigious nursing organizations in the world!
We celebrated this honor with a virtual online induction to WELCOME you to Nu Upsilon, and encourage you to share this video with your family.  Please note you do not need to attend an induction to become a member. 

Sigma Invitation Acceptance
All the information on becoming a member is in your invitation. The easiest and quickest way to accept is to call Sigma Member Services at (317) 634-8171.  They are wonderful to work with and will get you all set.  Or go to the Sigma website: https://www.sigmanursing.org/ then click the apply tab and follow the instructions

Unable to Participate in Induction?
You do not need to participate in an induction to become a member. If unable to participate in the induction, those who have accepted their membership and have paid the fees to Sigma Theta Tau are inducted into Nu Upsilon and considered full members by the induction date.

Graduation Apparel
If you would like to wear honor cords and/or stoles for your graduation, you may order either or both.  The links are provided below.  These are not included in your membership fees.

Order Honor Cords for graduation here
Membership fees do not include cords

Order Honor Stole for graduation here
Membership fees does not include a stole


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Welcome to your Nu Upsilon chapter website!

Greetings from your Nu Upsilon President!
Welcome to the chapter if you are a new member and welcome to all current members!  The Nu Upsilon Chapter of Sigma Honor Society of Nursing is located at Grand Canyon University and has almost 2,500 active members around the world.  Within the last year, our chapter has increased our active members by almost five times.

Some chapter goals and initiatives include:

  • Infuse Joy!
  • Become the largest member-focused Sigma chapter to allow significant opportunities for individual professional growth for our members.
  • Share accomplishments
  • Increase volunteers for chapter committees
  • Network with other members via the chapter discussion board and social media
  • Develop and utilize methods and innovative technology to ensure benefits for members outside the greater Phoenix area.
  • Increase Nu Upsilon service projects to benefit your communities including those across the nation.

Upcoming events include the election of new board members, and a Spring Induction (all info available on the website). Also, watch for a member survey coming soon so we can “get to know you better”. Kudos to our members who do exciting scholarly work; we would love to highlight your accomplishments on our chapter website. Please send info and pictures to welcome@nuupsilon.com

Please contact me at president@nuupsilon.com if you would like to volunteer on a committee. You do not have to be local. Watch for opportunities for volunteering, scholarships, service projects, and much, much more.  Connect with us via FaceBook, Twitter, and Instagram.  Plus be sure to check out the awesome photo albums and newsletters under the “Resources” tab.  

Thanks to everyone for your participation and service to Nu Upsilon, Sigma, & our great nursing profession!  We look forward to exciting times ahead.

“Get wisdom----how much better it is than gold! And get understanding----- it is preferable to silver.” Proverbs 16:16


Blessings, breathe, & believe!

Dr. Love
Pamela Love, PhD,MSN,RN,CNE

We are honored to be the Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society for Grand Canyon University.


Take a look at all Nu Upsilon has a lot to offer and a welcome from our Dean of Nursing and our President...

Please know that cords and stoles are optional and are not provided by GCU or Nu Upsilon.  You may purchase directly from Sigma here:   Order Honor Cords    Order Stole 

Chapter News

  • Recruit Nurse Leaders and share the joy!!!

    Nurse Leaders can join Sigma at any time!

    Nurse Leader candidates are excited about Sigma and eager to join your chapter. They can be inducted right away and invited to be recognized at your chapter's formal ceremony later.  Also, don't forget that graduate students who meet the nurse leader criteria can be inducted at any time during their program.

    Click on the "Membership" tab at the top of the chapter website for info.

  • Check out our Career Center

    ​Are you looking for a mentor? Or maybe you would like to share your knowledge with a new graduate or Sigma member? Check out the "Career Center" tab on the top of the chapter website for lots of resources and information.

Upcoming Events

International Events

Nursing Resources

Professional Development Scholarships NHTTAC

The National Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance Center (NHTTAC) offers professional development scholarships to individuals and multidisciplinary teams (MDT) that work with human trafficking survivors and/or populations at risk of human trafficking.

Family Nurse Practitioner Fellowship: Health Care Center for the Homeless
The Health Care for the Homeless/Orange Blossom Family Health in Orlando is starting a Fellowship for Family Nurse Practitioners interested in working with under-served populations. This is the first program of its kind in Florida. A flyer is attached for your review.  OBFH_Fellowship_Flyer.pdf

Nu Upsilon Year in a Nutshell ...

Thank you to everyone for your participation and service to Nu Upsilon, Sigma and our great nursing profession.  We would like to thank all our members who helped to make our GCU honor society such a success.

Our chapter has been re-energized and continues to look for new opportunities to put nursing’s touch on the world! With almost 3,000 members, our chapter has increased our active membership by almost five times, and greatly increased our exposure with FaceBook, Twitter, and Instagram.  

Nu Upsilon has been working very hard to develop programs of interest to the membership, make offerings worth your dues and fulfill the Sigma mission to advance world health and celebrate nursing excellence.  Recent endeavors have led us to offering free CNE programs, networking opportunities, mentoring, family fun events, opportunities to serve and much more!  We also established academic scholarships, research grants and research dissemination grants that are open to all members. 

As members of one of the largest and most prestigious nursing organizations in the world, we are embarking on a New Mission - Developing nurse leaders anywhere to improve healthcare everywhere; and a New Vision - Connected empowered nurse leaders transforming global healthcare. 

Nu Upsilon is on Social Media
We are excited to introduce our new FaceBook, Twitter and Instagram pages!

Thank you to everyone who LIKED and FOLLOWED us.  With your help, our FaceBook page reached over 1,000 and Twitter and Instagram is growing fast. Our social media goal is to share the personality of Nu Upsilon with inspiring and fun posts and to create a platform for members to form a relationship with our chapter and each other.  

Nu Upsilon Website is awarded "Website of the Month" from Sigma 
The response has been great for Nu Upsilon's "new look."  We hope all members will enjoy the updates and functionality and are honored to have received website of the month from Sigma for the month of September.

To receive website of the month, a chapter must have:
       ·  Content that is not just text, but music, sound, animation, or video – anything that communicates a site’s body of knowledge.
     ·  Visual design that is high quality, appropriate, and relevant for the audience, with a message that supports and communicates an engaging visual experience.
       ·  Navigation that gets you where you want to go quickly and offers easy access to the breadth and depth of the site’s content.

Exciting Times Ahead

Having recently celebrated our 25th Anniversary, the future of Nu Upsilon is bright and promising.  We have partnered with GCU with the goal of becoming the largest and most member-oriented chapter in Sigma.

We would love to have you stay with us and take advantage of Nu Upsilon's volunteer opportunities, scholarships, service projects, and much, much more.  We look forward to exciting times ahead.

We would like to thank all the friends, family and faculty who have supported us throughout the years.  We are honored by your membership, success and dedication.  You made it possible to become the honor society we are now!