Welcome to the Alpha Phi Chapter Website!
Congratulations to our 2016 Alpha Phi Chapter Inductees
Chapter President's Message
On behalf of all your Alpha Phi Board Members and Committee Chairs, I am pleased that you have chosen this chapter. STTI is an excellent way to enhance your professional development and explore new opportunities for scholarship and service. Consider involvement not only in chapter activities but also in the International society. Make sure that you are accessing all of the benefits of membership in Sigma Theta Tau including the subscription to the Journal of Nursing Scholarship which is part of your membership dues. I have been struck with how there is a growing consensus about nursing science and, as Sigma Theta Tau members, we are shaping that paradigm internationally.
The Alpha Phi Chapter is an engaged and energetic chapter with many opportunities for members to be actively involved. We offer three types of recognition for our active members; 1) Creative and Scholarly Project award to a member graduating from the generic, RN Pathway, accelerated, Graduate and DNP programs; 2) Research grant with $2,000 of funding for a IRB approved study; and 3) a new Rising Leader award for an active member who has been inducted within the past five years and maintained membership for at least 3 of those 5 years ($2,000). The last award was created to encourage new graduates to stay involved in the chapter. In addition, we provided scholarships for 9 active members to attend the Region 14 annual meeting.
Our work is supported by your dues of which we receive $35.00. We appreciate the following members who provided additional donations to our chapter: Judith Bennett-Murrary, Lorraine Byrnes, Daniel Cimini, Fernand De Los Reyes, Stefanie Doetzkies, Alice Feely, Thomas Hagerty, Iris Mills, Margaret Moffitt, Florence Morgan, Charlesetta O’Neal, Maureen O’Neill, Rosie Parris, Joseph Saladino, Myra Sheffield, Yogeeta Shivprasad, and Kora Vaughs. In light of those donations, the Board decided to donate to Sigma’s Chapter Giving Club to support the work of chapters in resource constrained areas.
Please feel free to contact me, or any member of the Alpha Phi Board, with any questions, concerns, or ideas you might have. Best way to reach me is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kathleen M. Nokes, PhD, RN, FAAN
Alpha Phi Chapter President
2016 Alpha Phi Chapter Research Grant
Alpha Phi Chapter Annual Business Meeting
We had a successful Program and Business meeting on June 8, 2016 and members stayed to network after the meeting.
Dr. Darcel Reyes, RN, NP-BC, PhD, nursing faculty at Rutgers University and Alpha Phi Chapter research award recipient, 2014 presented her doctoral work: Effect of an Internet-Based Education Program on Self-Care Agency in People Living with Human Immunodeficiency Virus.
During our Business meeting, we voted on our 2016-2017 budget along with resource allocation and announced the results of our annual election:
President: Kathy Nokes
Vice President: Margaret Reilly
Secretary: Bonnie Rosengarten
Treasurer: Judith Aponte
Governance Chair: Deborah Wilson
Leadership Succession Chair: Po Chan
Publicity Chair: Joanna Law
Research Chair: Kunsook Bernstein
We would like to recognize the contributions of Anne Simmons as our Secretary for the past 4 years and Jason Leung as Publicity Chair for 2 years and who volunteered to be Vice President until we could hold our election at the Business meeting.
Alpha Phi Chapter at the Region 14 Biennial Conference
2015-2016 Research Grant Recipient
We were pleased to award $2,000 to Natasha Nurse, RN, CNS, City University of New York Graduate Center, Nursing PhD Candidate
Title: A Grounded Theory Study of How Labor and Delivery Nurses Care for Women Experiencing Stillbirth
Alpha Phi Chapter Fall Social Event
Thank you to those who attended the 2015 Fall Social Event - it was a great success! We hope everyone had a great time and was able to connect with current and future Alpha Phi members. Please continue to check back on our website for more events!
Report on STTI 43rd Biennial Convention
More than 2,500 persons attended the scientific sessions. Almost 1,000 delegates participated in the business session. Chapter members attended who presented included:
- Joanna Hoffman: “Hybrid FNP Education in Haiti: A Global Collaboration”
- Judith James-Borga: “Understanding the Lived Experience of Nursing Practice in Haiti”
- Kunsook Bernstein (Counselor): “Construct Validity and Factor Structure of the Post-traumatic Growth Inventory (PTGI) Among Korean Americans”
- Nancy Bohnarczyk (President): “Implementation of a Nurse Residency Program for New Nurses in NJ Long Term Care Facilities”
- Kathy Nokes (Vice President) & Judith Aponte (Treasurer): “Do Older Hispanic Diabetics Use the Internet for Health-Related Information?”
- Natasha Nurse: “Adolescent Food Choices: A Two City Comparison Cape Town and the Bronx”
Other members who also attended included:
- Donna Nickitas (Former President) who also received STTI/ATI Educational Assessment Nursing Research Grant
- Barbara Cohen (Former Treasurer)
Business meeting was held on Tuesday, November 10th and Wednesday, November 11th. Nancy Bohnarczyk and Kathy Nokes represented Alpha Phi as convention delegates. By-laws were extensively discussed on Tuesday and voted on Wednesday. All proposed by-law changes were passed, resulting in:
- Terminology update about institutions of higher education
- Board of Directors approving new chapters
- Board of Directors revoking a chapter
- Chapter model to include practice setting with an institution of higher education
Congratulations to Gloria Chan for her election as STTI Global Regional Coordinator for Region 14!
New STTI President Cathy Catrambone called us to action to influence through the lens of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) in:
- Lifelong Learning
Mark your calendar for the STTI 44th Biennial Convention in Indianapolis, October 28th to November 1st, 2017!
Successful Fundraiser for Woza Moya
As part of the annual Research Day sponsored by the Doctoral Student Alumnae Association of Graduate Center, the chapter sold products made by the NGO, Woza Moya. According to their web site, they are located in the Ufafa Valley of rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa and serve about 8000 people in the surrounding communities. Using a holistic approach, their programs provides services in the areas of Home-based Care, Food Security, Child and Youth Care, Paralegal Services, Youth and Social Media, and Early Childhood Development. Please see the web site for more details: www.wozamoya.org.za. Alpha Phi Chapter member Dorothy Hickey, MA, MPH, RN, has been volunteering at Woza Moya during her frequent visits to South Africa and brought us the products to sell. She does this work in collaboration with our Vice President, Kathy Nokes.
Alpha Phi Chapter Community Service
Each year, over three hundred thousand women die due to childbirth related complications. Most of these deaths could be prevented with basic supplies that would ensure hygienic births and access to rudimentary care. Tragically, these supplies and health care are inaccessible to many women. Saving Mothers brings low- tech, high impact medical services and attention to such places where pregnancy can be a death sentence. Our goal is for these communities is to eventually have a self sustaining medical system. Over 80% of the births around the world occur in the home. Saving Mothers' birth kits have the materials necessary for a clean delivery in these home settings. These kits are distributed to traditional birth attendants who are then trained by Saving Mothers volunteer on their use and when to refer the mother to a clinic. The birth kits contain items such as hand sanitizer, soap, lap sponges, clean gloves, cord ties, a razor blade, baby hat and blanket, yet cost only $5; a small price for such an extensive impact. Saving Mothers is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of women around the world: www.savingmothers.org.
S4GIFT (Students for Growing Interest Fort Transplantation)
S4GIFT, or Students for Growing Interest For Transplantation, is a college based organization involved in bone marrow and organ transplant education. Targeted at to-be healthcare professionals, S4GIFT offers student's the opportunity to expand ones knowledge base, provide community service and develop professionalism through networking and resume development. In collaboration with Delete Blood Cancer and the NY Organ Donor Network, S4GIFT provides for up to date information on bone marrow and organ donation that is both interesting as well as evidence based. Together with the students and its collaborators, S4GIFT hopes to tackle the problems of transplantation to make an impact on the international community: www.s4gift.org.
Promoting Health in Haiti
Promoting Health In Haiti was founded to provide support for Haitian schools of nursing. The organization’s goal is to create collaborations between North American and Haitian schools of nursing, in order to develop Bachelor’s level and Master’s level nursing education; so that nurses will have the training they need to provide the complex care they are called on to deliver, in hospitals and in outpatient settings. All donations benefit Promoting Health in Haiti, a not-for-profit with 501(c)(3) tax exempt status, formed by nursing faculty at Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing to help improve the conditions of nursing school in Haiti. Donations are tax deductible. The aim is to develop a Family Nurse Practitioner program, so that we can train nurses to provide primary care. This will enable local, rural communities in Haiti to have a qualified primary care provider. These nurses will reduce rates of infant, child and maternal mortality, and provide care to the elderly and those with acute and chronic diseases. Help us sponsor trips to Haiti for American and Haitian American nurses, to work with the Ministry of Health and the Chancellor of the University of Haiti, to create a baccalaureate and a masters nursing program in Haiti: www.promotinghealthinhaiti.org.