Virginia K. Saba, Nursing Informatics pioneer and Sigma award benefactor, has died

INDIANAPOLIS —The Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (Sigma) today joined with other nursing and informatics organizations mourning the passing of nursing informatics pioneer Virginia K. Saba, EdD, Honorary PhD, DS, RN, FAAN, FACMI, LL. Dr. Saba passed away Saturday, 20 November 2021, following a brief illness.

Details of arrangements to celebrate Dr. Saba’s extraordinary life will follow.

Dr. Saba was a longtime Sigma member and supporter. She established a fund for Sigma’s Virginia K. Saba Nursing Informatics Leadership Award, which honors an individual for his or her innovative and cutting-edge work in the field of nursing informatics and whose work has resulted in a significant development and sustained contributions to advance the discipline of nursing informatics. Read Sigma’s benefactor profile on Dr. Saba.

“Dr. Virginia K. Saba was a giant in the nursing community who saw early on that technology, computers, and the internet would become tools critical to nursing,” Sigma President Kenneth Dion, PhD, MBA, MSN, RN, FAAN, said. “Like others, I mourn her passing, but I also celebrate the tremendous impact of her and her life’s work. Through her endowment of the Virginia K. Saba Nursing Informatics Leadership Award, she ensured the nurse informaticists who follow in her footsteps will continue to get the recognition they deserve.”

Read more about the Virginia K. Saba Nursing Informatics Leadership Award and Sigma’s International Awards of Nursing Excellence.

About Sigma:

The Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (Sigma) is a nonprofit organization with the mission of developing nurse leaders anywhere to improve healthcare everywhere. Founded in 1922, Sigma has more than 135,000 active members and 550 chapters at institutions of higher education and healthcare partners from Armenia, Australia, and Botswana to Thailand, the United States, and Wales. Sigma members include clinical nurses and administrators, academic nurse educators and researchers, policymakers, entrepreneurs, and others working to fulfill the organization’s vision of connected, empowered nurse leaders transforming global healthcare. Learn more at