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Phi Pi Chapter 2015 Election of Officers

Dear Phi Pi Members and Colleagues,

I am pleased to announce that the election of new Phi Pi leaders is underway!

You will have the opportunity to vote for the candidates who are running for the following positions:

  • Chapter Vice President/President-elect
  • Chapter Leadership Succession Committee (3 positions)
  • Chapter Governance Committee/Campus Counselors 

Please click on this link to access the 2015 election ballot.

The election will be open between October 06, 2014 through midnight  of October 18, 2014.

On behalf of the Phi Pi Board and Leadership Succession Committee, I want to thank you in advance for your participation!



Rachel Choudhury

Chair, Leadership Succession Committee

Phi Pi Chapter, STTI


Congratulations Dr. Robyn Rice, pictured below left, Dr. Marty Spies, below center, and Kathy Hunter, below right, for being awarded the first ever Phi Pi Research grant!  For a description of her research, see below.


Research Team:  Dr. Robyn Rice PhD RN (PI) Associate Professor: Chamberlain College of Nursing Post licensure Online; Joyce Hunter MSN RN: Visiting Professor Chamberlain College of Nursing-St. Louis; Dr. Marty Spies-Professor: Chamberlain College of Nursing-St. Louis

Title of the Study: The Ontology of Crayons and Paper:  Does Art Therapy Promote Therapeutic Communication Between Undergraduate Nursing Students and Mental Health Patients?

Brief Overview of the Study: The purpose of this study is to explore how undergraduate student nurses develop a therapeutic relationship with mental health patients using art therapy to facilitate communication. This is a qualitative exploratory study using principles of grounded theory.  The method is a semi-structure interview administered to undergraduate nursing students as focus groups.  Art Therapy is a recognized method of promoting mental health.  To date, no research has been done to investigate how student nurses develop a therapeutic relationship with mental health patients using art therapy to facilitate communication.  Additionally, although student nurses are exposed to art therapy in the clinical setting it is not a part of intentional nursing curriculum training as a communication technique-skill.  Hence, this gap clearly indicates a justification for this research as a basis for future curriculum recommendations in holistic nursing scholarship and education.

Brief Bio of Dr. Robyn Rice:  Dr. Rice has taught and practiced nursing for over 25 years.  She has authored numerous articles and six textbooks several of which are in foreign translations.  Aside from nursing education, her areas of expertise are public policy and home care.  She has presented at national and international conferences and key noted for state home care conferences. Dr. Rice currently serves on the peer review board for the Journal of Nursing Education.  She currently teaches healthcare policy for Chamberlain College of Nursing MSN Online.

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Chamberlain College of Nursing
Sigma Theta Tau International​


New Chapter Officers.pdf​​


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Chapter News

  • Showcase of Regional Excellence Award

    The Phi Pi Chapter has won the Showcase of Regional Excellence award for Transformation by supporting nursing students education in Haiti!

  • Successful Event with Dr. Cynthia Clark in Columbus Presenting on Civility.

    Pictures from the Phi Pi Civility event in Columbus. Click link below.

  • Phi Pi Columbus Teams Up with Homefull

    Dear Esteemed Phi Pi Members,

    Phi Pi President Taryn Hill, teamed up with the Chamberlain College of Nursing Student Nurses Association for collection of items to support clients of Homefull. Homefull is a non-profit organization that helps homeless people find homes and jobs. The kits that were collected and provided to Homefull include important household items such as cleaning supplies, mops and brooms, hygiene supplies, and bedding. The picture you see here is of boxes turned into collection devices that were made to look like homes. Please join me in thanking the CCN-NSNA for their hard work in completing this much needed project.

    Taryn Hill, PhD, RN
    Phi Pi Chapter President
    Sigma Theta Tau International
    Taryn Hill, PhD, RN

  • Nurses’ Day at the Statehouse, Columbus, Ohio Campus

    Twenty five Collaborative Health students along with Phi Pi Chapter President, Dr. Taryn Hill, faculty members and Lab Specialists attended an interactive learning and dialogue session with Ohio legislators to discuss issues that are important to nursing in Ohio. Campus President, Dr. Judy Kimchi-Woods delivered a speech about the seamless educational progression that Chamberlain offers and announced Shine On: Nurses in Art exhibition initiative with the Columbus Museum of Art slated for 2015. Presentation topics included, mandatory nurse to patient rations, higher education in nursing, allowing Advance Practice Nurses to practice to the level of education and training, increasing penalty for violence against health care workers, and Medicaid and Medicare reimbursement for advanced practice nurses. This day allowed students and faculty the opportunity to learn about important advancements in legislation that impacts nursing practice. I encourage all of you to be aware of legislation in your state that affects the profession of nursing.

    Taryn Hill, PhD, RN
    Phi Pi Chapter President
    Sigma Theta Tau International

  • Phi Pi Addison Campus Presentation "Simpler than BP"

    Alex Johnson, CNS from Cadence Health, spoke to several Sigma Theta Tau student and faculty members at the Addison campus on January 15, 2014. The topic was ‘Simpler that BP’, a discussion and case study reviewing fluid balance in critically ill patients. Click on link below.

  • Columbus Campus Homefull

    The Phi Pi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International has teamed up with the Columbus Campus CCN-SNA to collect items for Homefull, a non-profit organization that helps serve the Dayton, OH area Homeless population. See details in link below.

  • Phi Pi Chamberlain Student Sarah Turner Helps Kenyan Man

    The generosity and ingenuity of one Phi Pi’s Chamberlain students changed the life of a man half a world away.

    Sarah Turner, a student at the Phoenix campus, was participating in the International Nursing Service Project to Kenya in May. She met a man who had been hit by a truck. Unable to pay for medical treatment, he had been living with a broken femur for a full year. The procedure to correct the fracture cost $500 – far more than his family could afford.

    Turner decided to launch a crowd sourcing initiative to raise the money from her Facebook friends. Within a few short days, the kindness of strangers had translated into enough money to repair the man’s broken femur and get him on a path to recovery.

    For more about Sarah’s mission, click the link below and view “Giving Back Beyond Our Borders.”

  • December 2013 Phi Pi Business Meeting

    Click below to view the PowerPoint for the December 2013 Phi Pi Business Meeting

  • Deborah Eti: 2013 Top 20 Texas Nurses

    Congratulations to Phi Pi's Deborah Eti, MSN, RN, assistant professor at the Houston campus, who was named one of the 2013 Top 20 Nurses by the Texas Nurses Association District 9. She was honored at the annual Nursing Celebration dinner on November 7th.

  • Jacksonville Fall 2013 Induction Photos

  • Houston Fall 2013 Induction Photos

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