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    •  •  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


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    Deadline: October 6th 2017

    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

    2017 Alpha Phi Chapter Fall Social Event
    Bring joy and happiness to children of the Edwin Gould Foster Care Agency for the holidays this year! 

    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 Alpha Phi Chapter Fall Social Event
    Enjoy a wonderful presentation about professional development in nursing in the Osborne Room before stopping by the Auditorium to meet members of the Alpha Phi Chapter. Donate a toy to the 2017 Toy Drive for Edwin Gould Foster Care Agency during the event to enter a raffle for a chance to win $50. Winners will be announced at the end of the event!


    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


    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.

    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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