Sigma Theta Tau

Sigma Theta Tau

Nursing Knowledge International: A one-stop resource to help nurses help others

Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International Launches New Subsidiary

Nurses worldwide now have a one-stop resource for the knowledge they need to learn or practice evidence-based nursing, develop their careers, increase leadership skills and earn continuing education credits. Nursing Knowledge International is a new, nonprofit organization for nurses all over the world. Powered by the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International, one of the most respected names in nursing, Nursing Knowledge International will help make a difference in the lives of nurses-and every life nurses touch. Through its Web site,, the organization will deliver nursing knowledge designed to improve patient outcomes by enhancing the knowledge base of its nurse customers.

“The impact of Nursing Knowledge International will stretch far beyond the nurses who use it as a resource,” said Andre van Niekerk, president of the Nursing Knowledge International board of directors. “While it will serve the global community of nursing by providing knowledge and professional development services that increase nurse satisfaction, its real value lies in the fact that it will enhance nurse effectiveness and, in turn, improve patient care by helping nurses help others.”

Helping Nurses Help Others(TM)

Nursing Knowledge International offers knowledgebased solutions developed for nurses by nurses. It recognizes the passion that nurses have to learn and share ideas. It’s designed for nurses to share their knowledge to help patients, students, fellow nurses and other health care professionals. Nursing Knowledge International aims to help nurses improve the health and education of their patients and the communities in which they practice, lead, teach and conduct research.

The Need for Nursing Knowledge International

Individual nurses, health care systems and educational institutions around the world will benefit from Nursing Knowledge International’s offerings.

There are approximately 11 million working nurses – worldwide, including more than 2.5 million in the United States. These nurses need to continue their education to maintain licenses (32 states in the United States require continuing education for nurses), maintain certifications and uphold employment terms. And, they often need help finding courses and getting them done quickly.

Health care systems are often in search of the best products and services. They need these to help recruit, develop and retain quality nursing staff; maintain patient care standards; and remain competitive.

However, searching the Web for a pertinent article or a specific continuing education course can be frustrating and confusing. Online searches for “nursing continuing education” yield massive results, and it’s difficult to wade through the different options. Nursing Knowledge International will list-categorically-classes, related articles and other solution offerings.

“We made a strategic decision to build an intuitive and fulfilling experience on the most advanced delivery platform available,” said van Niekerk. “Nurses visiting the site will be presented not with a laundry list of products and services that are available, but with comprehensive knowledge solutions based on their search criteria. This is truly different than any other offering in the market.”

For more information on Nursing Knowledge International, go to, call 1.888.NKI.4YOU or email customerservice@

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