Welcome to Phi Epsilon Chapter at the George Washington University School of Nursing!

About Us

Members in ActionPhi Epsilon Chapter is based in George Washington University chartered on March 24th, 2011.  It is a virtual chapter serving members from various states all over the US and Canada.
The chapter board officers believe:  
                     Membership experience is enriched by participation.  
                               We communicate to connect, connect to advance.

To learn more about the benefits of STTI, please click the links below:
What's in it for me? A recorded webcast (9:06)

An Honor To Join video (6:03)
A Benefit to Belong  video (8:24)

We welcome you to be active members in our virtual chapter. Let's get connected! Where in the world are other Phi Epsilon members? Join our interactive map.  Stay in touch by posting in our chapter website, Like us in Facebook or follow us in Twitter.




Phi Epsilon Chapter Annual Spring Meeting

Thursday, March 1st, from NOON - 1:00 PM

A light lunch will be provided.

GW Nursing Large Conference Room
1919 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Suite 500
Washington, D.C.

A WebEx link for remote participation will be provided closer to the event date.

Honored Guest and Speaker
Richard Ricciardi, PhD, NP
President-Elect, Sigma Theta Tau, Inc.

Topic: STTI Goals, Chapter and Member Engagement, and the Value of Membership

RSVP to Arlene Pericak, President of the Phi Epsilon Chapter at kaitlin19@gwu.edu
Please respond by 2.22.18 if you plan to attend in person.

Brown Bag Presentation

Center for Health Policy and Media Engagement presents
Policy & Media Brown Bag Talk
March 6, 2018, noon to 1:00 PM
How to Pitch a News Story to Journalists
Curious as to how you can successfully pitch something newsworthy to a journalist?  Learn from senior science writer Sonya Collins.
Sonya Collins is an independent journalist covering health care, medicine, and biomedical research. She is a regular contributor to WebMD Magazine, WebMD.com, CUREGenomePharmacy TodayStaying Sharp, and Yale Medicine. Her stories have also appeared in Scientific American, Proto, Psoriatic Arthritis Today, Georgia Health NewsFamily Circle, and publications served by the Georgia Public Health News Bureau. A complete bio can found here

Attend in person at the Foggy Bottom Campus of GWU or virtually through WebEx. Location and link to Webex to be posted closer to event.

Call for STTI Phi Epsilon Chapter Small Grant Applications

We are accepting abstracts for prospective or current research, quality improvement projects, or program development and evaluation for consideration for small grants of $500 or $250 to active Phi Epsilon members.

Submission Format:  Abstracts should not exceed 500 words. Abstract content should be organized using the  headings listed below:

  • Title, name of author (s), credentials, position, and affiliation (not included in word count)
  • Background/problem and significance
  • Purpose
  • Methods (Design, Sample, Setting, Measures, Data collection, Analysis)
  • Results
  • Conclusions & Implications


Submission Deadline: Abstracts should be emailed in a Word document to Dr. Majeda El-Banna at melbanna@gwu.edu  by  April 2, 2018

Selection and Notification:  Applicants will be notified of the review panel decision by  April 13, 2018

Induction Update:

As we begin 2018 we are looking forward to our next Sigma Phi Epsilon Induction event.  This will be our second annual event during which those students who are on the list to graduate either in May or August 2018, and who meet the induction requirements, will be sent an email explaining the process.  Shortly after this they will receive a formal invitation to join including information on the required dues payment and all information related to the in-person ceremony and guest allowance. Attendance at the actual induction ceremony is not required but highly encouraged.  The event occurs during the university's graduation week.   If you were ever inducted into Sigma, even if you haven't kept your dues current, you are still a member and you simply need to reactive your membership by pay your current dues amount and confirming or changes your chapter affiliation (hopefully to our chapter).  More to come...


Award Winners

Best Practice in Technology Award - Christine Pintz, PhD, FNP and Laurie Posey, EdD (Associates Professors at GWSON)

Interprofessional Care for People With Multiple Chronic Conditions
Interprofessional Education Collaborative
The George Washington University
District of Columbia, USA

Founders Award/Edith Moore Copeland Award for Excellence in Creativity - Pamela R. Jeffries, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN

Dean of Nursing
The George Washington University School of Nursing
District of Columbia, USA

The Capstone International Nursing Book Award - Janice Hoffman PhD (Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs), RN, ANEF and Nancy Sullivan, DNP, RN

Medical-Surgical Nursing: Making Connections to Practice
The George Washington University School of Nursing
F. A. Davis Company
Pennsylvania, USA

Honorary Sigma Theta Tau member induction

Sigma Theta Tau International Board of Directors has overwhelmingly voted to induct Dr. Karen Wyche, Research Professor at George Washington University School of Nursing, as an Honorary Member. Honorary stature is conferred by the board of directors on those who demonstrate superior achievement in a chosen field and a commitment to the ideals and concerns of nursing. She exemplifies these qualifications through her work and dedication. It is our honor to celebrate Karen for working to increase the number and diversity of nursing professionals serving urban, suburban, and rural communities and helping students graduate with a BSN degree.


Spring Education Center

The Washington Regional Nursing Research Consortium (WRNRC) will be holding its Spring education session


“Journeys into Nursing Research: Inflammation, Infection and Human Microbiome"

 at the National Institutes of Health on February 20, 2018 from 2-4pm.

This session will be Webcast and Free Contact Hours offered.


Location: National Institutes of Health, Clinical Center Nursing Department, Lipsett Theatre

Date & Time: February 20, 2018 from 2-4pm

Webcast: 2-4 at http://videocast.nih.gov 


Please plan to join us.







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Chapter News

  • Welcome and Congratulations to our 2017-2018 Phi Epsilon Board

    Recently the Phi Epsilon Chapter elected its 2017-2018 Board of Directors. Please join me in welcoming and congratulating them.
    President: Arlene Pericak, MS, DA, FNP-C, FAANP
    Vice-President: Cameron Hogg, DNP
    Secretary: Kimberly Demirhan, BSN
    Treasurer: Dr. Jonathon A. Brown, DNP
    Research and Leadership Succession Chair: Dr. Majeda El-Banna, PhD
    Membership Involvement Chair: Dr. Adrian Cole-Williams, DNP
    Governance Chair - Michelle Bichko, DNP
    Graduate Counselor - Esther Emard, MSN
    Undergraduate Counselor - Cathi Wilson Cox, PhD
    Research Committee members: Cheryl Bearringer, NP & Jonathon Brown, DNP
    Governance Committee Members:
    Stephanie Wolterman, MSN, Cathi Wilson Cox, PhD, Cheryl Berringer

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