Welcome to the Eta Pi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. I am thrilled to begin my second two-year term as president of the Eta Pi Chapter. As I reflect over the last several years, I begin to realize the impact that STTI has had on my career and the outstanding opportunities that lie ahead.
The Eta Pi Chapter is now in its 33rd year. Its distinguished membership includes almost 2,000 nurses, nurse practitioners, nurse researchers, and nurse faculty, all of whom are advancing health through nursing scholarship, service, practice, and research. In late March 2017, Eta Pi will induct an additional 70+ nursing students and nursing leaders into the chapter.
It is my hope to increase our membership numbers by not only continuing to focus on baccalaureate and master's nursing students, but to also expand the focus to include more doctoral nursing students. We continue to focus on increasing the number of nursing faculty and nursing leaders from our local community.
Lastly, I see opportunity in renewing the commitment of non-active members by increasing the opportunities made available to members post-graduation. Moving forward, we are working to meet the challenge of STTI President Catrambone’s call to action: “Influence to Advance Global Health & Nursing”.
The Eta Pi chapter is committed to its local community and displays this commitment through welcome back celebrations and healthy snacks for finals week for the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh nursing students, faculty, and staff. Additionally, we work with community groups such as food drives for local food pantries, and a supply drive for the Oshkosh Day By Day Warming Shelter in the winter months.
At the University of WI Oshkosh, Eta Pi organizes and supports our Fall and Spring scholarship day where students can share their scholarly accomplishments. We will also sponsor two blood drives on the UW Oshkosh campus in 2017.
Regionally, Eta Pi chapter participates in a local school supply drive every fall for United Way of Oshkosh. We were very excited to volunteer as a chapter for the re:TH!NK Addiction Run/Walk event in September 2016. This event is to fundraise for the Heroin Taskforce of the Winnebago County Health Department to support heroin/opiod abuse treatment programs and prevention. We hope to participate again in September 2017.
Globally, STTI has had an influence on many countries that are dealing with poverty and inequality. The Eta Pi chapter is focused on increasing the induction of international members. Currently, 154 of our members are international members (Australia, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Oman, Thailand, and United Kingdom).
I am excited to be a part of the many new and innovative ideas that my board has been discussing.
In closing, I would like to invite nurses from Oshkosh, the surrounding communities and beyond to join our Eta Pi Board of Directors, our new inductees, and seasoned members as we tap into our creative leadership ideas and initiatives to advance global health for all.
Feel free to e-mail me with any thoughts, ideas, or suggestions related to Eta Pi.
Bonnie Nickasch, DNP, APNP, FNP-BC
President, Eta Pi Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing University of Wisconsin Oshkosh,
College of Nursing Assistant Professor, Doctorate of Nursing Practice - Family Nurse Practitioner Program