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Students are invited to join STTI through one of the more than 490 chapters located at colleges and universities around the world. Learn how an STTI membership can benefit your nursing career!

•  Undergraduate or Graduate Students
   - Completed 1/2 of the nursing curriculum
   - Ranked in upper 35% of graduating class
   - Greater than 3.0 GPA
​   - Meet the expectations of academic integrity
   - Graduating in January, May, or August 2017
•  Nurse Leader
   - Legally recognized to practice in the United States
   - Minimum of Baccalaureate Degree or equivalent
   - Demonstrate achievement in nursing

•  Membership Intent Form
Nurse Leader
•  Two (2)
Endorsement for Membership Forms
   One must be completed by a Hunter faculty member who is a member of STTI while the other can be a professional colleague. Neither endorser needs to be a member of the Alpha Phi Chapter, but at least one of the two endorsers should be an active member of Sigma Theta Tau International. 
•  Current Unofficial Transcript

•  Deadline is
February 8th, 2017
•  Generic & RN Pathway Students submit to Carol Davis (Room 501)
•  Graduate Students submit to Alicia Brown (Room 508)
Please staple all forms together and submit in a labeled envelope!

You may also scan all documents into one file and send it to Dr. Kathleen Nokes via email at kathynokes@aol.com. 


2016-2017 Research Grant Recipient

We would like to congratulate Jin Young Seo, PhD, WHNP-BC, RN, for being the recipient of the 2016 Research Grant!

Title: Health Seeking and Health Services Utilization Among Asian Immigrant Women Working in Nail Salons  


Majority of nail salon workers in the Greater New York City (NYC) are Asian immigrant women, mainly from Korea and China. Nail salon workers are exposed to potentially toxic chemicals and hazardous ingredients in their workplace. In addition, exposure to chemicals during pregnancy is dangerous to the fetus considering that nail salon workers are mostly child bearing age. Considering their low socioeconomic status and lack of access to care, long-term occupational exposure makes Asian nail salon workers more vulnerable to have possible health problems. However, despite the occupational safety concerns surrounding nail salon workers, very little is known about them. The purpose of this study is to identify health and safety concern among Korean and Chinese immigrant women working in nail salons in the Greater NYC and to explore factors influencing their health seeking and healthcare utilization. Andersen’s behavioral model of health services utilization will provide a theoretical framework to understand Asian nail salon works’ health seeking behaviors and healthcare utilization. A cross-sectional study will be conducted to survey 120 Korean and Chinese immigrant women currently working in nail salons in Greater NYC. The proposed study is regionally and nationally significant because limited studies were conducted concerning health-seeking behaviors among Asian immigrant women who are working in nail salons, especially regarding their healthcare utilization to deal with their health concerns and problems. The study result will help to understanding Asian nail salon workers’ health seeking and health care utilization which is important to guide planning, development, and delivery of culturally sensitive care for this population.

2016 Toy Drive for Edwin Gould Foster Care Agency

2016 Alpha Phi Chapter Fall Social Event

Our Fall Social, held on November 9th at the Hunter Brookdale Campus, was a success. We offered the opportunity for our 37 new members to pick up their cords and be recognized, kicked off the toy drive for Edwin Gould Foster Care Agency, heard from our secretary, Bonnie Rosengarten who we sponsored to attend the Sigma Leadership Conference, and enjoyed meeting one another over light refreshments. There were a total of 25 in attendance, including 6 potential new members. We hope to see you at our next event, March 22nd, where we will induct our new members and hear from Shawn Kennedy, Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Nursing. Have a happy holiday season!

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 kathynokes@aol.com.

Warmest Regards,
Kathleen M. Nokes, PhD, RN, FAAN
Alpha Phi Chapter President

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 


Alpha Phi Chapter Community Service

Saving Mothers
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.


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    STTI will present the program Economic Empowerment: Developing Leadership Skills for Decision-Making, Governance, and Policy parallel to the United Nations’ Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61) on Friday, 17 March 2017 at 12:30 p.m. (1230) at the Salvation Army International Social Justice Commission, 221 East 52nd Street, New York, NY, USA. Learn more or register.

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