In this model, an institution of higher education may partner with a practice setting to form a new at-Large chapter.
In some areas or countries, one of more institution of higher education and practice setting may find it beneficial to join to form one Sigma chapter. There is no limit to the number of schools and practice settings that can collaborate to form one new at-large chapter.
Practice setting minimum requirements:
- A practice setting is an entity where professional registered nursing is practiced.
- Practice setting must be accredited by an appropriating body recognized by the Sigma Governance Committee.
- Practice setting administration and chief nursing officials must agree to support a Sigma chapter at the institution of higher education.
Institution of higher education requirements:
- Institution of higher education grants a minimum a baccalaureate degree or equivalent in nursing.
- School’s nursing programs are accredited by an appropriate accrediting body recognized by the Sigma Governance Committee.
- Obtained support from the institution of higher education and the educational unit with the nursing program for a Sigma chapter.
Benefits to choosing this model include:
- Offers students and members greater access to nursing leaders in the community.
- Helps foster greater collaboration between the groups.
- Increases the visibility of Sigma in the workplace.
- Promotes engagement, satisfaction, and retention of clinical nurses.
- Formalizes an already existing partnership between the two groups.
Challenges to choosing this model include:
- Higher level of communication and coordination to reach all members.
- Ability to offer diverse programming for all levels of nursing through a variety of processes.
- Decreases member participation if there is a significant distance between school and practice setting.
To start a new at-large chapter with an institution of higher education and practice setting, groups shall progress through each phase of development, systematically completing all tasks outlined within each phase of development. After completion of phases 1, 2, and 3, groups pursing a chapter charter must complete the New At-Large Chapter Charter online application as part of the phase 4 process.