Welcome to the Eta Chapter of

Thank you for visiting the Eta Chapter (University of Pittsburgh) website of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. We are the sixth chartered Sigma Chapter, and we are honored to hold the Chapter Key Award and the Showcase of Regional Excellence Award.  Our membership spans the nursing spectrum from undergraduate and graduate students to working clinical, academic, and research professionals. We are excited that you have taken the time to learn more about our Chapter, and all the exciting opportunities we work to provide throughout each year. Please feel welcome to explore our Chapter website, and contact any of our esteemed Chapter Leaders with questions. For more about Sigma, please visit the “About Us” tab at the top of this page.

Eta 75th Chartering Anniversary

The Eta Chapter Board was honored to remotely host Janice Jones, the Region 11 Coordinator, and President Ric Ricciardi of Sigma Theta Tau International during our 75th Eta Chartering Anniversary celebration. We look forward to supporting and working alongside our members, colleagues, and communities through many more years of service and scholarship. A recording of the Anniversary celebration may be accessed and viewed online via this link.

2021 Sigma Theta Tau International Biennial Convention

Eta Chapter was represented at the 46th Sigma Theta Tau International Biennial Convention by Drs. Welk and Sowko. As a component of this exciting event, Eta was awarded numerous acknowledgements including the Showcase of Regional Excellence Recognition, 75th Anniversary Chartering, and the 4th Chapter Key Award. An image of Drs. Welk (left) and Sowko (right) at the Convention has been provided below.

Join Eta Chapter as a Nurse Leader

If you have not yet applied to our Chapter, please consider submitting an application to join us with Nurse Leader recognition via this link. We have recently placed a Chapter advertisement in the 2021 conference brochure of the Southwestern Pennsylvania Organization of Nurse Leaders (SWPONL). Information about the SWPONL may be accessed through the home webpage of the organization via this link.

Your Eta Chapter Board

Listed below you will find your Eta Chapter Board members and Leadership. Each individual listed below brings a unique perspective to our governance, helping to continue the professional growth and development which define Eta Chapter. Each term is two years in length. Board members and Leaders who started their terms in 2021 have been identified with an asterisk. You can learn more about each Eta Chapter Board member and Leader by following the "About Us" and "Chapter Leaders" tabs at the top of this page.

President: Dr. Judith Zedreck, DNP, MPM, NEA-BC
President Elect: Dr. Brayden Kameg, DNP, PMHNP-BC, CARN, CNE*
Vice President: Salina Torgerson, BSN, RN, CCRN
Treasurer: Dr. Lucille Sowko, PhD, RN, MSED*
Secretary: Dr. Barbara Rauscher, PhD, MSN, RN
Counselors: Dr. Marie Fioravanti, DNP, RN*, & Dr. Joshua Palmer, DNP, PMHNP-BC, RN*
Governance Chair: Dr. Dorette Welk, PhD, RN
Governance Committee Members: Meredith Cummings, BSN, OCN, RN,* & Dr. Dorette Welk, PhD, RN
Leadership Succession Chair: Karina Kraevsky-Phillips, BSN, RN
Leadership Succession Committee Members: Dr. Melissa Harlan, DNP, RN, ACNS-BC,* & Karina Kraevsky-Phillips, BSN, RN
Media Coordinator: Dr. Victor Bench, DNP, CRNP, RN, CNL
Johnstown Liaison: Dr. Mallory Ferguson, DNP, RN
Greensburg Liaison: Dr. Marie Fioravanti, DNP, RN

Eta Chapter Community Efforts During the Pandemic

In response of the hardships faced by so many during these difficult times, the Eta Chapter Board and Leadership took swift action by collecting and donating $650.00 to the Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank, as well as $460 to purchase toy donations for children undergoing COVID-19 testing at local testing clinics. Our Chapter also packaged over 180 gift packages for families staying in several Pittsburgh-area Family Houses. We are proud to be part of the Pittsburgh community, and also to contribute to such important causes. As always, we remain engaged and available to assist our membership and colleagues in progressing excellence in nursing and healthcare.


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Chapter News

  • Congratulations!

    Congratulations to Dr. Susan Wesmiller who was recently inducted as President of the Board of Directors of the International Society for Nurses in Genetics (https://www.isong.org/page-1325181).
    Congratulations to Dr. Debra Thompson who was recently awarded the University of Pittsburgh Bill Baierl Distinguished Alumni Service Award (https://www.pitt.edu/pittwire/accolades-honors/see-years-winners-annual-pitt-alumni-awards).
  • Congratulations to Jessica Davis!

    Congratulations to predoctoral student Jessica Davis for her recognition as a "Rising Star Presenter" at the Sigma Theta Tau International Virtual Conference. Her project is entitled "Antenatal Milk Expression for Gestational Parents of Surgical Infants: A Feasibility Study".
  • Congratulations to Karina Kraevsky-Phillips

    Congratulations to our Eta Chapter Leadership Succession Chair Karina Kraevsky-Phillips, who has recently been selected to receive a 201 American Thoracic Society (ATS) Abstract Scholarship!
  • Congratulations to Salina Torgerson

    Congratulations to our Eta Chapter Vice President Salina Torgerson, who was recently named a 2021 Nightingale Awards of Pennsylvania Scholarship Recipient (Advanced Degree - Doctoral Scholarship)!
  • Congratulations to Dr. Thompson

    We are happy to congratulate Eta Chapter Treasurer Dr. Debra Thompson as she has recently received the Distinguished Alumni Award for Service from the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing. A link to additional information has been provided below.
  • Featured Professional Posters

    We would like to thank and congratulate our most recently featured nursing professionals. Dr. Tamara Lynn Wardell, PhD, MSN, RN created a poster to represent her work entitled "How to Incorporate Therapeutic Touch (TT) into Prelicensure Curricula". Rachel Bergeron created a poster to represent her work entitled "Income and Education are Associated with Aspects of Self-Advocacy Behaviors and Needs in Women with Late Stage Cancers". Pictures of both of these dedicated professionals, as well as their respective posters, may be found under the Library tab at the top of this homepage (Library, Events, Scholars Night Abstracts, 2020).
  • Make a difference -- TODAY

    Nurse make a difference every day in the lives of the the people everywhere.  As a member of STTI, you have an opportunity to help other nurses make a difference in health worldwide.  ETA Chapter members have benefited from these funds in their work.  Your contribution will help!  Just a small donation makes a difference to support the STTI Foundation's Research, Leadership, and Future Efforts.  You can designate where  you would like your funds to go! Click on the link below!

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