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Phi Pi Chapter 2015 - New Elected Officers

Columbus Campus Induction

Phoenix Campus Induction

Dear Phi Pi Chapter Members,

 Below is a link to our Phoenix campus induction.  Enjoy!

Dear Phi Pi Chapter Members,

On behalf of the Leadership Succession Committee and Phi Pi Chapter Board, it is my pleasure to share with you the new elected officers from the Fall 2015 Leadership Election:

  • Vice-President/Pres-elect: Dr. Rhoberta Haley [Campus President, St. Louis]
  • Leadership Succession Committee Members:
    • Tracey Soper [Faculty, Online pre-licensure BSN program]
    • Celestina Aniekwe [Faculty, Atlanta Campus]
    • Joe Anne Rooney [Phi Pi Chapter Member]
  • Governance/Campus Counselors:
    • Atlanta: Sharon Jones & Haleh Eskandari
    • Columbus: Kelly Sutch
    • Cleveland: Mary Canonico and David Zaworksi
    • Miramar:  Lois Lazzopina  and Rose McGhie-Anderson
    • Jacksonville:  Chaka Brittain and Dolores Jones
    • Tinley Park: Laila Torres
    • Phoenix Campus: Peter Cooper-Lara
    • RN-BSN Online Program:
      • Melissa Myers
      • Amy Sherer
      • Joyce Whitlatch
    • Graduate/DNP Online Program:
      • Dr. Jill Walsh
      • Dr.  Michelle Krawcyk
      • Dr. Deitra Gates

Please join me in congratulating our new Chapter leaders!

We still have the following position(s) left vacant:

  • Governance/Campus Counselor: Chicago Campus – 1 position

If you are interested, please e-mail Beverly Procope or Penelope Pattalitan no later than November 15, 2014.

It has been a great privilege serving our Chapter as LSC Chair. The new LSC Chair will be appointed by our new Chapter President, Dr. Linda Hunt.

She will make that announcement in a future communication.

Thank you!


With Warm Regards,


Rachel Choudhury, MSN, MS, RN, CNE

Chair, Leadership Succession Committee, Phi Pi Chapter




Congratulations Dr. Robyn Rice, pictured below left, Dr. Marty Spies, below center, and Joyce 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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Chapter News

  • Research Colloquium

    Hello Phi Pi members!

    Chamberlain College of Nursing is pleased to present our next Research Colloquium on Tuesday, November 10th at 8 pm ET/7 pm CT/6 pm MT/5 pm PT. This 1-hour event will give you an opportunity to learn about the research and evidence-based practice projects being conducted by Chamberlain faculty and staff.


    Transitions of Care Protocol in Assisted Living

    Dr. M. Catherine Wollman

    Using Simulation to Foster QSEN Competencies in Associate Degree Nursing Students

    Dr. Nancy Trokan-Mathison

    Please note: This event is limited to the first 500 participants. So, if you plan to attend, please arrive at least 5 minutes before the start of the colloquium.

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    This is an exciting opportunity! So, I hope to “see you” there!

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  • Post-licensure (RNBSN, RN-MSN, MSN, FNP, DNP) induction ceremony

    Hello fellow esteemed Phi Pi members!
    We will be holding our 1st ever induction ceremony for post-licensure students prior to graduation events in February 2016.
    All commencement events (including the induction ceremony) will take place at the:
    Hyatt Regency O’Hare
    9300 Bryn Mawr Ave
    Rosemont, IL 60018

    The Phi Pi induction ceremony will take place on:
    Friday, February 5th, 2016
    5:30 p.m.
    Hyatt Regency O’Hare
    Grand Ballroom

    The induction will conclude by 7 p.m. so that members can attend the graduation reception.

    You must purchase your STTI cords ahead of time. We will not have any available to purchase.
    You can find them here:
    STTI also offers stoles, too. You may choose one or both. Here is the link to the stole:

    You will wear the cords/stoles at the induction as well as graduation.

    If you are eligible to attend the February commencement, you will be receiving an invitation via email in the upcoming week. In that email you will be asked if you are a Phi Pi member and if you are attending graduation. After all RSVP’s have been collected for graduation (December 17), and if you checked yes to both questions, you will receive an email invitation to the STTI Phi Pi induction ceremony. We are asking you limit guests to 4, but exceptions can be made.
    If you are Phi Pi member who would like to be inducted or attend the ceremony, but are not graduating please send an email to:

    For more information about graduation:

    Frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the February graduation can be found here:

    General information about post-licensure graduations can be found here:

    We look forward to having an exciting event!

    Your Post-licensure Phi Pi Counselors,

    Melissa Myers, MSN, RN, CNE, CPN
    Phi Pi Counselor (RNBSN)
    Howell, Michigan
    United States

    Amy Sherer, MSN, RN
    Phi Pi Counselor (RNBSN)
    Oregon, Ohio
    United States

    Joy Whitlatch, EdD, MSN, RN
    Phi Pi Counselor (RNBSN)
    Glendale, Arizona
    United States

    Cathleen Crowley-Koschnitzki, DNP, FNP-C, CNM, WHNP-BC
    Phi Pi Counselor (FNP)
    Simpsonville, South Carolina
    United States

    Michelle Krawczyk, MSN, RN
    Phi Pi Counselor (MSN)
    Apex, North Carolina
    United States

  • 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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