Phi Pi Election 

Phi Pi needs you! 

It’s time to recruit new board members to the Phi Pi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau.  Please take a moment to review the available positions and responsibilities. All positions carry a two-year term commitment, 2018-2020, except for the Secretary that is a one-year term commitment, 2018-2019. Terms of office shall commence on August 15, 2018, following the election.  
If you are interested or know someone that may be interested in filling a position, please click on the Election tab at the top of this page for to learn more about each position and apply.

Consent Forms must be in by June 30th, 2018.
Voting will take place 7/9/18 through 8/10/18.

Upcoming openings:
Vice President
Governance (2 positions)
Leadership Succession (2 positions)


Congratulations to our very own DAISY AWARD RECIPIENTS!                               

Chapter News

  • Thank you Dr. Bernadette Melnyk

    The Phi Pi Chapter presented a special message from ... Dr. Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk 
    "Optimizing the Health & Well-being of Nurses: Evidence-based Strategies for Success"
    Stay tuned for the recording of her presentation...
  • Phi Pi Research Grant Deadline May 31, 2018

    Members of the Phi Pi Chapter may apply to the chapter for research grant monies to support research their research projects.  If you have a colleague that is not a member, encourage them to join and take advantage of this special opportunity!  Simply email admin@phipi.org to inquire about membership.

    Three grants in the amount of $2,000 each will be awarded to qualified applicants!
    Application document is below.

Chris Hedrick, BSN RN
Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital

Chris was nominated by a very grateful family member of a patient.

"My love was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma within 3 weeks of a lump appearing in his neck. He was admitted to the hospital 2 days later with high fever and cellulitis in his lower leg. With his mind still trying to come to terms with his diagnosis and being apprehensive about starting chemotherapy, Chris was very plain spoken and told him stories to help him rest easy and let him know what he was doing every step of the way.
When Eddie had a bad reaction to one of his medications, Chris was calm and took charge to assemble all needed personnel, while not panicking himself. His calmness was amazing and his take-charge knowledge helped so much. I cannot even express how his jovial manner and stories made Eddie calmer and more comfortable during this trying time. Knowing Eddie was in good hands allowed me to leave for a couple of nights to take care of my daughter and get some rest. The staff here is amazing but Chris really stood out by making a crisis into just a speed bump on the way to recovery."

"Professor Castellani is an incredible educator who shows passion for both teaching and nursing.  After my very first class with her, I already knew that she was the type of nurse I wanted to emulate.  The way she spoke about the nursing profession and the stories she would tell us sparked my passion even more.  I admire her dedication to her career, patients, and students; she truly wants to see us succeed as future nurses and that is all I can ask for in an educator/role model.  Without a doubt, Professor Castellani represents an extraordinary nurse, but she is more than that…she is an extraordinary educator who goes above and beyond to teach her students what they need to know to succeed in the nursing profession and become an extraordinary nurse.”

Allen Perez, MSN, Ed RN

Chamberlain Nursing Instructor at the Las Vegas campus

Professor Perez was nominated as "One of the best professors that Chamberlain has had.  He is very knowledgeable and possesses the experience to train and instill necessary knowledge and skills to nurse trainees. He goes beyond expectations to make students understand the subject matter, is very professional and respectful, flexible and listens to concerns with regards to the learning process. Professor Perez is ready to teach, helpful and loves his job.  His students are very happy to have him as their professor and believe he truly deserves this award!"

Donna Castelliani, BSN, MSN/Ed, RN
Chamberlain Nursing Instructor/ New Brunswick campus


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Chapter Events

Welcome New Phi Pi Members

The Phi Pi chapter is very committed to providing value to our members well beyond graduation.  We strive to help you help others, whether through professional development, career resources, or community involvement at the local level or beyond. We have regular opportunities for personal and professional growth thru CEUs, volunteer projects, charity support, events, receptions, and so much more!


How To Sign Into "My Membership"
The "My Membership" link below will take you to the Sigma Theta Tau International website. Within "My Membership," you can print your membership card, earn continuing education credits (some are FREE), update your contact information, demographics and volunteer profile, access STTI's products for purchase through Nursing Knowledge International, or donate to the foundation.

Member Resources
Career Assistance  
Professional growth opportunities and resources to advance your career.  Whether you are a novice nurse looking for your first position, an experienced nurse looking to change your career focus, or an expert nurse looking to pass your experience and knowledge to the new generation of nurses, Sigma has the resources and knowledge to help expand your career through online and in-person advising, mentoring, and coaching. 

Get Connected and Stay Involved
Discover how you can experience membership!  Sigma is designed to meet your specific needs at every stage of your career. As a leader in the healthcare industry, Sigma provides you with opportunities to engage with other nurses to develop your professional and leadership skills. As a member, you are part of a global network of more than 135,000 active members in 500 chapters in over 90 countries. Follow us on social media, connect with one another on The Circle (a private social networking site for Sigma members), and join us in-person at one of our events!

Continuing Nursing Education   
Develop your professional skill set while earning continuing nursing education credits.  Learn and grow with online courses to improve your nursing skills.  As a member, this Sigma continuing education course is FREE to you - Surviving Your First Years as a Nurse Program (online course).  The Phi Pi chapter also offers regular CEU the is FREE to our Phi Pi members.

Member Publications   
Read Sigma books, journals and online magazine articles to stay up to date with the latest research and nursing trends. Be inspired, enhance your skills, and review the latest research!  

Products, Services, and Discounts  
Take advantage of services, products, and partnerships developed to support you throughout your career.  Sigma Marketplace is your one-stop shop for all Sigma products and nursing resources. (Member discounts may apply.) Become a registered user and select clinical specialty newsletters relevant to your career! 


Become a Sigma changemaker
Complete your volunteer profiles on The Circle

SAFE - Stuffed Animals For Emergencies
Stuffed Animals For Emergencies (SAFE) takes in donations of new stuffed animals and then finds organizations in their area who can use the donations for children in traumatic or emotional situations. Children's hospitals, fire stations, churches, homeless shelters...
Click this link to see how you can be a SAFE volunteer: SAFE Volunteer Opportunities

Eyes Ears Nose and Paws
We partner people with dogs to improve lives. Recognizing that dogs have a huge untapped potential: an astounding ability to read and understand human behavior, incredible noses for detecting scentan enormous capacity to love unconditionally, a desire to learn and work with us --- to touch on a few possibilities. We believe in harnessing these capabilities and partnering with dogs to improve people’s lives.
These lovely dogs go into the community and help increase independence for those with disabling medical conditions. To learn more about this organization go to EENP Volunteer Opportunities

Haiti Nursing School Foundation
This year, the chapter donated the equivalent of one year of nursing school through the Haiti Nursing Foundation. Meet Maxadalina Ceme.  She is a nursing student we are sponsoring in Haiti.  From physicals on children to helping with a school for the poor, Ceme is such a blessing.  And because of your generosity, she is going to touch so many more lives in need of medical care.  You can learn more and donate directly at www.HaitiNursing.org
Bless you!  Tim Bristol  PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF, FSIL Board of Directors

TEAL TREK Annual Walk to Stomp Out Ovarian Cancer
Join us as we Trek to Stomp out Ovarian Cancer and raise funds to support the efforts of Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Arizona and our commitment to informing Arizona’s women about the symptoms of ovarian cancer in order to diagnose the disease earlier, when the cancer is most treatable.   To learn more about this Teal Trek go to Teal Trek Walk Volunteer and find out how to donate or volunteer