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    Chapter President's Message

    Thank you for electing me as President of your chapter for a second, two-year term (2018-2020).  We have a strong foundation and now we need to turn towards more membership engagement.  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. We have a number of committees including Community Outreach and Publicity; all of our committees have chairs so you would be able to contribute as a committee member. 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 a number of special recognition activities for our active (dues paying) members; specifically the Creative and Scholarly Project award to a member graduating from one of the academic programs; two $1,000 evidence-base practice awards; and a research grant with $2,000 of funding for an IRB approved study.  We jointly sponsor the research day at Graduate Center where you can present your work and learn more about the PhD program.   Since the majority of our members have been working as registered professional nurses for less than 5 years, we offer a panel twice yearly for new graduates to address workplace issues and continuing education.  These panels are scheduled before the Fall social and the Spring business meeting.  Our web site has posted details.

    Our work is supported by your dues of which we receive $35.00 and the chapter is financially sound. Sigma has decided that they will no longer accept donations to the chapter when you renew your membership but we appreciate your past support.  The laws regulating fund raising in New York State have resulted in the Board deciding that we will rely on dues as our only source of income.  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.  Our Fall social – which includes the kickoff for the toy drive for Edwin Gould is November 28th, induction is April 10th, and the Spring Business meeting is June 19th.  Since weather-related events can happen, please connect with me closer to the date of the event – I welcome hearing from you. 

    Warmest Regards,

    Kathleen M. Nokes, PhD, RN, FAAN

    2019 Alpha Phi Chapter Social Event
    Our chapter hosted a social event on June 19th for members to explore opportunities for career development and advancement in the Emerging Leaders RN Panel with 4 nurse leaders and a research presentation by Dr. Jin Young Seo. 

    On June 19th, the Alpha Phi Chapter held an Emerging Nurse Leaders event with panelists Samantha Illiano, MSN, PMHNP-BC; Anita Clarke, DHA, ANP-BC; Maria Jasanya, MSN, CNM, RNC, CLC; and Richard Dorritie, PhD, RN, CEN, CNOR. Professional transitions and career development insights such as identifying mentors, developing your own voice, and thinking outside the box are among the many pearls of wisdom that were generously shared by our panelists with event participants. Panelists provided insightful perspectives on professional nursing transition and career development for emerging nurse leader attendees
    Dr. Seo presenting findings from her study Jin Young Seo, PhD, WHNP-BC, RN, our 2016-2017 Research Grant recipient, presented her research titled "Health seeking and healthcare utilization among Asian immigrant women working in nail salons." Despite the considerable public attention following reports by the New York Times on the health and safety concerns among nail salon workers in the U.S., little is known about their health-related issues. Dr. Seo's study enhanced our understanding of factors influencing past year healthcare utilization among Asian immigrant women of child-bearing age working in nail salons who are at a higher risk for reproductive harm.

    2018-2019 Research Grant Recipient
    We would like to congratulate Fernand A. De Los Reyes, MSN, MA, RN-PMHNBC for being the recipient of the 2018 Research Grant!
    Title: Biomarker and Socio-Demographic Factors Associated with Opioid Abuse Treatment Retention: A Longitudinal Study 



    $240,000 NY State Research Grant awarded to Hunter Professor Jin Young Seo

    On September 19, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced a $3 million grant supporting research and education projects focused on breast cancer prevention and treatment. Dr. Jin Young Seo's project on breast cancer education programs tailored to Korean immigrant women population was among the nine projects that was announced that day. This breakthrough research will establish "The Korean Breast Cancer Risk Reduction Program," a cultural-based education program promoting healthy lifestyle and regular health screening, addressing health disparities among the Korean immigrant community. Congratulations to Jin Young on your accomplishments.

    Sigma Region 14 Biennial Meeting
    The Region 14 Biennial meeting was held June 3rd 2018 in Neptune, NJ.  The Alpha Phi Board had voted to support the meeting with a $400 donation which entitled us to 6 free registrations.  Since the distance from NYC was considerable and the conference started at 8 AM, the Board also voted to provide active members with up to a $240 travel grant.  News of the grant was circulated on the web site and 5 active members indicated their interest in attending and were supported: Amil Tan, Manuel Co Jr, Po Chan, Dorothy Hickey, and Kathy Nokes (who only took free registration – no grant).   The chapter was well represented: Manuel Co Jr gave a podium presentation entitled Relationship between perceived healthy food access among urban Hispanics; Kathy Nokes (co-authors: Marge Reilly and Kathy Falk) presented Creative Connections: Facilitating access for Sigma membership and immediate Past President, Nancy Bohnzrczyk presented a poster entitled: Developing, implementing and evaluating a long term care residency model.

    Congratulations to the 2019 Alpha Phi Chapter Inductees
    2019 Inductees

    We celebrate the accomplishments and success of our 2019 inductees.

    2019 Inductees

    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.  

    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. 

    Our 2019 awardees are:

    • Alicia Rondon from the Undergraduate BSN program at Hunter College. The project, titled Community Assessment on Crotona Park East of the Bronx, helped us to better understand the strengths and needs of the community, and guided the direction of future interventions.
    • Mary Ann Rosa from the DNP program at Hunter College. The project, titled Effect of a Lifestyle Modification Program on Metabolic Variables in Community College Students Identified with Prediabetes, helped identify effective intervention to promote health in a vulnerable population.
    • Paola Guevera from the RN to BSN program in the School of Professional Studies. The purpose of her project titled Performance Improvement among Pre-Licensure Nursing Students focuses on enhancing the skills of prioritization and time management for pre-licensure nursing students. 
    Our 2018 awardees are:

    • XiaoXia Huang from the Undergraduate BSN program at Hunter College. The project, titled Mental Health Service Utilization Among Older Chinese-Americans, analyzed qualitative interviews and data by Chinese-Americans (age 60 and older) on their experience seeking mental health services using the NVivo software. Results from this study shed light on common barriers that hinder the populations’ accessibility to mental health services in hope of improving treatment and service availability to older Chinese-Americans.

    Our 2017 awardees are:

    • Blimp Marcus from the DNP program at Hunter College. The project was titled 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.

    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
    Drs. 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!  

    Title: Factors Associated with Household Contacts' Tuberculosis Testing and Evaluation


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