What types of Sigma membership are available to me?
There are three classifications of membership. The classifications are:
- Undergraduate Student - Junior or senior students enrolled in baccalaureate programs at accredited institutions of higher education who have completed at least 1/2 of the nursing curriculum, rank in the upper 35 percent of their graduating class and have achieved academic excellence (at schools where a 4.0 grade point average system is used, this equates to at least a 3.0)
- Graduate Student - Master's and doctoral students enrolled in graduate programs at accredited institutions of higher education who have completed at least 1/4 of the nursing curriculum, have achieved academic excellence (at schools where a 4.0 grade point average system is used, this equates to at least a 3.5)
- Nurse Leader - The candidates are legally recognized to practice in their countries, have at least a baccalaureate degree in nursing or other field and demonstrate achievement in nursing.
How do you determine my membership dues?
Membership dues are determined using international and chapter components. Learn more.
How do I renew my membership next year?
A membership renewal form will be mailed to you approximately two months prior to your membership expiration date. You may also renew your membership online via the Membership Renewal form, using Visa, Discover or MasterCard.
If I move, can I join another chapter closer to where I now live?
Yes, you can either transfer your membership to another chapter or you can join the additional chapter and hold multiple memberships. Multiple members maintain membership in their initiating chapter by continuing to pay chapter dues and they pay the chapter dues of a second or even additional chapters. There is a US $5 administrative fee to process any request for transferring membership to another chapter or adding additional chapters.
How do I know where the nearest chapter is to my new location?
Check the Sigma Chapter Directory or call 888.634.7575 (US/Canada toll-free) or +1.317.634.8171 (International) to find the nearest chapter.
How do I become a member of more than one chapter?
Members may belong to as many chapters as they wish. There is a US $5 administrative fee to process a multiple membership request.
If I move or change my name, who do I notify?
Sign in to "My Membership" to update your contact information, or send changes to firstname.lastname@example.org.
How long will I be considered a member of Sigma?
You must pay annual membership fees to receive member benefits and publications. However, individuals can only be inducted into Sigma once, therefore if you let your membership lapse at any time you will need to reactivate your membership in order to once again receive member benefits. You would not need to be inducted again. Memberships can be reactivated at any time online or calling 888.634.7575 (US/Canada toll-free) or +1.317.634.8171 (International).
I cannot afford to renew my membership right now. What will happen to my membership?
You will become an inactive member of Sigma and will no longer receive the member benefits and publications. Memberships can be reactivated at any time online or by calling 888.634.7575 (US/Canada toll-free) or +1.317.634.8171 (International). Members can also apply for financial assistance with membership dues through the Edith Anderson Membership Subsidy.
I have become disabled. Does Sigma have a special membership category for this?
Members who become disabled, either temporarily or permanently, may request the "retired" membership status and pay one half of the renewal fees as they renew their membership for each year that they remain disabled. Members may also apply for financial assistance with membership dues through the Edith Anderson Membership Subsidy.
Does Sigma offer scholarships?
Currently, Sigma does not have any provisions for scholarships. Many chapters do offer scholarships, so you might consider asking your local chapter.
I've lost my membership number. How can I find out what my membership number is?
Your membership number is located on your membership card and mailing labels of society printed materials. If you are unable to locate either, simply email email@example.com or call 888.634.7575 (US/Canada toll-free) or +1.317.634.8171 (International).
I'm retired. Do I still owe the full membership dues amount listed on my renewal form?
Members who have retired from nursing employment are eligible to pay 1/2 of the total chapter and international membership fees at the time of renewal. Be sure to mark the circle on the membership renewal form indicating that you are retired. Retired rates do not apply at the time of induction. If assistance is needed at induction, please refer to the the Edith Anderson Membership Subsidy.
Do you have a special membership fee for full-time students?
Yes, at the time of renewal, full-time students are also entitled to pay 1/2 of the chapter and international membership fees. Be sure to mark your membership renewal form indicating that you are a full-time student. Student rates do not apply at the time of induction.
Are membership dues tax deductible?
Yes - if paying the dues help you carry out the duties of your job. If so, they are deductible as unreimbursed employee expenses. The actual amount the taxpayer will be able to deduct is subject to specific limitations based upon the individual's tax status. The dues are not deductible as contributions. If an individual does make a separate contribution in addition to paying their dues then the additional amount only is deductible as a contribution.