Welcome to the Eta Chapter of
Thank you for visiting the Eta Chapter (University of Pittsburgh) website of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing! We are pleased to share that we are holders of the ‘Chapter Key’ Award and the ‘Showcase of Regional Excellence’ Award. We also take pride in being ranked the 6th Chapter chartered in the society that stays up-to-date with all current activities. This website has been designed to keep our current members and prospective members informed of upcoming events, volunteer opportunities, chapter news, and recent Eta Chapter recognitions. For more about STTI, please visit the “About Us” table at the top left of this webpage.
Successful "Books for Babies" Book Drive!
Pitt NSA, Chi Eta Phi, and Sigma Eta Chapter hosted a book drive called "Books for Babies". This service project aimed to collect new children's books to donate to the Magee Women's Hospital of UPMC NICU. The NICU has a book cart for families to read to babies to promote bonding and reduce stress levels of both the parents and infants. Families are sent home with their favorite book as a memento of the challenges they have overcome in the NICU! 102 total books were collected for the "Books for Babies" service project. A huge thank you to everyone who donated to the book drive!
Congratulations to Our New Eta Chapter Members!
On April 27, 2018 we welcomed new members to Sigma Eta Chapter during our Spring Induction Ceremony! Join us in welcoming our new members! To view pictures from this event, go to Library-->Events-->Sigma Theta Tau Eta Chapter Induction-->2018 April Induction. Enjoy and congratulations new Eta Chapter Members!
Congratulations to Eta Member Lan Pham!
As part of the Undergraduate Research Mentorship Program at the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Nursing, Lan has been working under Anne-Marie Shields on a research study called PARTNER II. It stands for PAiring Re-engineered ICU Teams with Nurse-driven Emotional support and Relationship-building. It is the second phase following the PARTNER I pilot study, which tested feasibility. The primary goal of the PARTNER II intervention is to decrease depression and anxiety in surrogate decision makers and assess burnout was a secondary outcome. The purpose of Lan's project is to describe the prevalence of stress and determine if exposure to a quality improvement intervention (PARTNER II) is associated with reduced levels of stress among intensive care unit (ICU) nurses. Future directions include designing an intervention with a primary outcome of alleviating burnout and deploying the PARTNER II intervention with independent PARTNER II Champions, instead of using existing nursing staff. Lan's abstract was accepted to NCUR 2018 for a podium presentation and she will be presenting her project this spring! Congratulations Lan, keep up the great work!
Congratulations to Eta Member Kira Griffith!
Kira's purpose of her project was to examine the personal, professional, and demographic factors that affect healthcare professionals' (HCPs) motivation to work with patients with alcohol and other drug (AOD) use. One of the key findings was that continuing education accompanied by role support in the clinical setting had the most positive impact on HCPs motivation to work with this population. Her abstract was submitted to the National Council for Undergraduate Research (NCUR) for review for a poster presentation at their conference this April 2018. Her abstract was accepted to NCUR 2018 and she will be presenting her project this spring! A huge congratulations to Kira! Keep up the excellent work!
2018 Scholars Night
Sigma Theta Tau International Eta Chapter (University of Pittsburgh) in collaboration with Upsilon Phi Chapter (Robert Morris University) held Scholars Night on March 21, 2018 at the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing. 1.5 CE contact hours were awarded to participants completing an evaluation form. Thank you to all that participated! To view pictures from the event, click on Library--> Photos--> 2018 --> 2018 Scholars Night.
A Huge Thank You to Healthy U Fair Student Volunteers!
A huge thank you to the seven STT student volunteers, (Carla Nicola, Marie Caliguire, Julia Cavanaugh, Allison O'Handley, Caitlyn Verzino, Megan Chubb, and Megan Daugherty) and faculty supervisor, Susan Miller, who administered 1,500 influenza vaccines to university staff and students at the Healthy U Fair!
Congratulations to Eta Members Ran Sun and Linden Wu!
The O’Neil Center of the GetWellNetwork and the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing co-sponsor a nurse scholar fellowship program. The O’Neil Center has a mission to advance the science of patient and family engagement in health across the care continuum. The pre-doctoral students and Eta Chapter members, Ran (Sunny) Sun and Linden Wu, were selected to participate in this fellowship for 2017–2018.
This fellowship provides an opportunity for Sunny and Linden to participate in several Center initiatives, explore research questions utilizing the Center’s vast data repository, and make scientific contributions that align with their training goals and advance the science of patient and family engagement in health across the care continuum. Sunny and Linden will work on several scholarly projects through the shared mentorship of the Center (Dr. Karen Drenkard, Ph.D., RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, Dr. Ellen Swartwout, Ph.D., RN, NEA-BC) and the Pitt School of Nursing (Dr. Annette DeVito Dabbs Ph.D., RN, FAAN).
For more information regarding the GetWellNetwork and the O'Neil Center check out their website at https://www.getwellnetwork.com/oneil-center
Congratulations Sunny and Linden! Keep up the excellent work!
A Warm Welcome to Our 2017-2018 Board!
At our July 11th transition meeting we welcomed and installed our newly elected and appointed board members.
Serving on the board this year are:
President— Jennifer B. Seaman PhD, RN
President-Elect —Susan E. Miller DNP, RN, CCNS, PCCN
Vice President —Debra Thompson PhD, RN, NEA-BC
Treasurer —Judith F. Zedreck Gonzales DNP, MPM, NEA-BC
Secretary — Jill Demirci PhD, RN, IBCLC
Counselor:— Susan W. Wesmiller, PhD, RN
Leadership Succession Chair — Mary Rodgers Schubert DNP, MPM, RN
Leadership Succession Committee Members
Hiba Abujaradeh MSN, RN,
Letitia Graves MSN, RN
Governance Chair —Elizabeth Katrancha DNP, RN, CCNS, CSN, CNE
Governance Committee Members
Salina Smialek BSN, RN
Patricia Tuite PhD, RN, MSN
Social Media Coordinator—Madeline Liedberg BSN, RN
You can learn more about our new board members by clicking on the Chapter Leaders purple icon at the top right hand of the Eta Chapter Website!