Possible financial support to attend Region 14 conference

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Alpha Phi Chapter is providing the ticket and $240/person travel expenses to 6 active members to join the Region 14 Biennial Conference: Advancing Sigma's Vision & Mission through Creative Strategies to Connect, Collaborate & Catalyze for the Betterment of World Health and Global Nursing Excellence.

Date: Sun, June 3, 2018, 8:15 AM – 3:00 PM 
Location: Jumping Brook Country Club 210 Jumping Brook Road, Venetian Room, Neptune City, NJ 07753.

How to sign up: Please send your name to kathynokes@aol.com by May 11th

For selected members, ticket will be sent via email before the event. Proof of attendance would be needed to receive the check after the event, no receipts necessary.

For details check out the President's message here.


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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
         - Nursing Curriculum Completion Requirement:
               > Undergraduates only: Completed 1/2 of the nursing curriculum
               > Graduates only: Completed 1/4 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 2018
      •  Nurse Leader
         - Legally recognized to practice in the United States
         - Minimum of Baccalaureate Degree or equivalent
         - Demonstrate achievement in nursing


    Please complete this online application.
    Deadline: February 9, 2018

    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 currently offer two types of special recognition for our active members; specifically the Creative and Scholarly Project award to a member graduating from the generic, RN Pathway, accelerated, Graduate and DNP programs and a research grant with $2,000 of funding for an IRB approved study.   In collaboration with the School of Nursing, we will print a poster of evidence-based practice work so that the work can be presented at the annual EBP day.

    Our work is supported by your dues of which we receive $35.00 and the chapter is financially sound. We appreciate the following members who provided additional donations to our chapter when they renewed their dues in 2016/17: Laura Albert-Henrikson, Lorraine Byrnes, Fernand Aro De Los Reyes,  Dhanwanti S Doma,  Alice Feely, Maureen J Hogan, Gabriela Kaplan, Mimi Lim, Margaret K.Moffitt, Patricia M O'Kane, Maureen A O'Neill, Rosie S Parris, Margaret J Reilly, Joseph P Saladino, Myra P Sheffield,  and Kora D Vaughs.  In light of those donations, the Board decided to again donate to Sigma’s Chapter Giving Club to support the work of chapters in resource constrained areas of the world.

    We will celebrate our 50th anniversary in 2020 – some of the original members have already said that they would assist in the planning.  Hopefully this will be an inspiration for some of our newer members to renew their commitment to Sigma and nursing excellence.

    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

    Congratulations to the 2018 Alpha Phi Chapter Inductees
    Due to the inclement weather at the end of March, CUNY Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing was closed on the day of the 2018 Sigma Alpha Phi Chapter Induction Ceremony. We express deep regrets as it is important to us that we welcome our newest members and celebrate their accomplishments and success. We would like to thank Hunter's undergraduate class for taking these beautiful group pictures. Congratulations and Welcome to the Alpha Phi Chapter of Sigma!
    Honoring Dr. Nickitas with the Past President's Pin
    Dr. Nickitas served the chapter for countless years on committees, as President, and most recently, as Faculty Counselor. In recognition of her service to the chapter, we presented Dr. Nickitas the Past President's pin for her dedication and contribution to the ongoing sustainability of the chapter. 

    2018 Region 14 Biennial Conference
    Please join us in the Region 14 Biennial Conference this year on June 3rd from 8:15AM-3PM! Network with other Sigma members in Region 14 and join in on a discussion about ways to improve health in the community. Have an idea on how to advance global health through nursing? Submit an abstract today and share your expertise with Region 14!
    2018 Annual Research Day at the CUNY Graduate Center 

    Have a research project that you'd like to share? Please follow the instructions on this form and submit it by February 28, 2018. Awards will be presented to first and second place winners!

    Interested in research and evidence-based practice in general? Join us at The CUNY Graduate Center on April 27 to learn more about recommended practices relating to current nursing and health care issues today!
    and Scholarly Project Award

    For many years, the chapter has given a Creative and Scholarly Project Award to students graduating in January and May who are Alpha Phi members.  Students can be graduating from any of the five levels of nursing educational programs: Generic Undergraduate; RN to BSN; Accelerated Second Degree; Graduate and Doctor of Nursing Practice.  The criteria are that the award is presented to the student or group of students who has developed an outstanding creative or scholarly project significant to nursing or health care in its impact on the target population and its potential usefulness in a clinical setting.  There is a possible total of 8 awards annually.  Winners receive a certificate along with a check for $100 from the chapter (if there is a group, the total amount is divided among the chapter group members).  Faculty nominate candidates but self-nomination is also fine. 

    Fall 2017 awardees are:

    • Blimp Marcus from the DNP program at Hunter College. The project was entitled, Increasing BRCA Screening for Eligible Orthodox Jewish Ashkenazi Women. Women of Ashkenazi Jewish descent have a tenfold increase in carrying the BRCA mutations, which are associated with a significantly increased likelihood of developing breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and other cancers. This study used the Health Belief Model (HBM) as a framework to understand women’s fears and health beliefs in a sample of 29 women in an Orthodox Jewish community. Findings from this study may result in appropriate interventions and culturally-sensitive methods to increase uptake of cancer screenings, and improve overall health outcomes in this community.
    • Jana Kozol’s from the RN to BSN program in the School of Professional Studies. The purpose of that project was to enhance nurses’ compliance with hospital patient safety policies. The expected outcomes were improved patient safety practices in comparison with data collected during the pre-intervention period. The room audits should be at 80% and above, thus earning a smiley face (😊) as a final score.

    Next cycle will be around the end of March. Please consider applying if you will be graduating. 

    Sigma Theta Tau International 44th Biennial Convention
    More than 2500 persons attended the scientific sessions and 1022 delegates participated in the two-day business session. The chapter supported the participation of the President (Kathy Nokes), Vice President (Marge Reilly), Treasurer (Po Chan), and Governance Chairperson (Athena Mitosis).

    The Flag Processional during the opening plenary showcased the member countries of the international honorary society. The new branding was also revealed. The first three individual leaves on the laurel represent love, courage and honor, the core values of Sigma. The logo has the descriptor of “Global Nursing Excellence."

    Alpha Phi Former President and Faculty Counselor, Professor Donna Nickitas presented her research on mentorship in a Nursing PhD program and linked the mentor’s qualities and mentees’ successful progression in the program. Mentees with mentors matching their ideal mentor attributes were more likely to graduate sooner.

    Therese Richmond, recipient of the Episteme laureate, shared her research on psychological recovery from trauma and trauma-informed care. Over a few days, we met with different candidates for office who spoke of their visions for bringing chapters from different countries closer in the future.

    Results from the work of the Global Advisory Panel on the Future of Nursing & Midwifery (GAPFON) were presented. The report synthesized data on global healthcare challenges gathered at meetings in each of seven global regions. Overall top five priorities were non-communicable diseases including chronic diseases, mental health, communicable diseases, disaster preparedness and responses, and maternal-child health. We closed the day by participating in the Region 14 forum meeting.

    Dr. Patricia E. Thompson, retiring Executive Director, shared the values that transcend change during the plenary session. We need to focus on values instead of fear. During one of the scientific sessions, Dr. Kathy Nokes, Chapter President, presented her research with Dr. Judith Aponte, former Treasurer, on Hispanic online health literacy.

    A Farewell Reception was held for Dr. Pat Thompson on the occasion of her retirement as CEO of Sigma. Heartfelt tributes were offered by past presidents Dr Hester Klopper and Dr Carol Huston on her long service and key contributions to the organization. Dr. Elizabeth Madigan has been appointed new CEO for Sigma.

    There were many opportunities to attend presentations focused on research, clinical, and educational innovations as well as occasions for networking with national and international colleagues.

    Tuesday and Wednesday

    Dr. Kathy Nokes and Marge Reilly, delegates, participated in the House of Delegates

    The new President, Beth Baldwin Tigges, called us to action by challenging us to:

    • Connect
    • Collaborate
    • Catalyze

    through the lens of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)

    In summary, Kathy, Marge, Po, and Athena would like to thank you for your support to attend this convention. The convention has given the participants opportunity to experience first-hand the core values of Sigma – global nursing excellence in scholarly research and leadership. Po and Athena wanted you to know that, as newly graduate nurses, they thought that it was an amazing experience to see the world’s greatest leaders in nursing all under one roof, expressing their passion and disseminating the latest research from around the world. Please mark your calendar for the 45th Biennial Convention in Washington DC from November 16 through 20th, 2019.

    2017-2018 Research Grant Recipient
    We would like to congratulate Elvy G. Barroso, MD, MSc, MPH, MS,RN for being the recipient of the 2017 Research Grant!  
    Factors Associated with Household Contacts' Tuberculosis Testing and Evaluation

    Career Panel for New Nurses and Business Meeting

    Thank you everyone for coming to our Chapter's Career Panel for New Nurses and Business Meeting in June. I hope everyone had a good time! Big thanks to our panelist Mr. Jason Leung, Miss Athena Mitsios, Mr. Kenny Lin, Miss Nancy Ngok, and Miss Jill Auckenthaler. Congratulations to Dr. Judith Aponte on receiving the Chapter's Research Grant!


     Recognition through Showcase of Regional Excellence

    Congratulations to our 2017 Alpha Phi Chapter Inductees 

    March 22nd marked our in-person induction for the 2016 and 2017 newly inducted members into the Alpha Phi chapter of Sigma Theta Tau and a total of 99 persons were inducted!  We inducted 39 in the Fall and 60 persons in the Spring including Hunter and School of Professional Studies nursing undergraduates, Hunter graduate nursing students and Nurse Leaders.  As you can see from the pictures, it was a happy occasion.  Our Publicity Chairperson, Joanna Law, created the script based on the Sigma recommendations for the international induction and a beautiful program.  Our Program Chairperson, Leonela Contreras, organized five undergraduate student volunteers to help with the festivities.  Dean Gail McCain brought greetings and also supported the first year dues of three undergraduates, who were qualified to join but could not pay the $104.50 annual dues.  Our Keynote speaker, Maureen “Shawn” Kennedy, MA, RN, FAAN, recalled her years as an undergraduate nursing student at Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing and, in light of current challenges in health care funding, recalled that nursing had always stepped forward to advocate for the underserved.  Ms. Kennedy waived her honorarium by donating the funds back to the chapter.  The Board and Faculty warmly greeted the new inductees and their social supports and a light dinner was provided.  Our Research/Business meeting is June 14th – looking forward to seeing you there – more details to follow.

    Kathy Nokes, Alpha Phi President



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