The Franklin University Nursing Honor Society is comprised of current Franklin nursing students, as well as alumni, and community nurse leaders and invites members once a year. The society acknowledges nursing students who have excelled in their academic work and provides an opportunity for professional growth through networking and lifelong learning.
Through this professional network, members lead through knowledge, scholarship, service and learning to improve the health of the communities they serve. Along with a faculty sponsor, nursing students can complete a membership application. Alumni and nurse leaders can also become members by visiting the nursing program website and completing an application.
Cost of membership is $25, payable upon acceptance.
Criteria for Application
Qualifications for Regular Membership
The Franklin University Nursing Honor Society does not discriminate. Candidates are qualified for membership so long as eligibility requirements are met. Student candidates shall have demonstrated superior academic achievement, academic integrity, and professional leadership potential.
Students in Franklin University's Nursing Program
- Academic Achievement – Nursing students shall be eligible for membership if they have achieved excellence, a cumulative GPA of at least 3.2, with supporting documentation from faculty.
- Curriculum – Students shall have completed at least one-half (19 credits) of the required major area courses in the nursing curriculum.
- Exceptions – Exceptions may be made at the discretion of the chapter’s Board of Directors.
A nurse leader, who is a registered nurse, legally recognized to practice in his/her country with a minimum of a baccalaureate degree in Nursing and who has demonstrated achievements in the profession of nursing, shall be eligible for membership.
Franklin University Alumni member
A nurse leader, who is a registered nurse, legally recognized to practice in his/her country with a minimum of a baccalaureate degree or the equivalent in any field, and who has demonstrated achievements in the profession of nursing, shall be eligible for membership.
Serves as the chief representative of the honor society. This position administers society business and coordinates all Board of Directors meetings. The President can serve as an ex-officio member of committees, with the exception of the Leadership Succession Committee. It is also the responsibility of the president to ensure that required reports such as the Annual Report and the Society Fee Verification form are submitted by their designated due dates.
The Vice President
Performs various responsibilities on behalf of the society. This position performs the duties of the President in the President's absence. The Vice President also facilitates achievement of society goals and oversees at least two society program each year. The Vice President often oversees the membership engagement efforts and frequently chairs or serves on committees as needed.
Responsible for recording and distributing meeting minutes, along with preparing and distributing chapter correspondence. Secretaries can chair and/or serve on committees as needed.
Responsible for managing society funds. This includes preparing the annual budget and developing or maintaining fiscal policies and procedures. The Treasurer is required to present financial information to the Board of Directors at each meeting and works with the President to complete the financial section of the annual report.
To oversee bylaws compliance, make recommendations for bylaws changes, and oversee member and chapter eligibility issues. Expected Outcomes:
- Recommend appropriate bylaws amendments.
- Make recommendations regarding the need for oversight of chapter bylaw compliance and possible methods for providing any recommended oversight.
- Make recommendations regarding the "professional leadership potential" qualification for membership in the bylaws and its assessment for student candidates for membership.
- Oversee process of reviewing applications for chapter charter and charter amendment.
- Conduct an ongoing evaluation of the success of chapters chartered under more flexible chartering parameters or a charter amended under expedited pilot procedures.
- Review applications for honorary membership and make recommendations.
- Develop and implement a plan to evaluate both the success of a virtual honor society/chapter (if chartered) and its impact on chapters and the entire society.
- Propose strategies to facilitate the transition of the virtual honor society/chapter (if chartered) from a headquarter supported initiative to an independent entity.
- Recommend procedures for expansion of the virtual chapter concept and the potential development of additional virtual chapters.
- Develop resources to support traditional chapters in expanding their use of virtual applications.
This committee would be in charge of the Nursing Honor Society's induction ceremony for new members. Committee members may be asked to assist with selection of new members, arranging the ceremony, recruiting a guest speaker, and creating a frequently asked questions resource.
This committee would be in charge of multiple facets of scholarship including: assisting with writing, publishing, and creating poster presentations. Committee members may be asked to do a presentation or work one-on-one with other members on individual projects. Committee would also maintain records of member’s scholarship.