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A 'Minuscule' Sacrafice to Help Fight Cancer



St. Baldrick’s Day has made an impact worldwide, raising more than $154 million and reaching 88 countries in the fight against pediatric cancers. At Rush St. Baldrick’s Day is more than a fundraiser. It provides the opportunity for doctors and nurses to show patients that they are present in their treatment and healing on the inside and out. 
Tanya Friese, DNP, RN, CNL, participated in the annual shaving of heads this past St. Baldrick’s Day. In her Rush InPerson blog post she explains how shaving her head is “minuscule and priceless” if the funds raised contribute to the eventual defeat of pediatric cancer.Friese is an instructor in the Rush University College of Nursing's Department of Community, Systems and Mental Health Nursing. She is also the educational coordinator for the Road Home Program: The Center for Veternas and Thier Families.

Chapter News

  • STTI Gamma Phi Board Positions OPEN

    If interested in running for one of the open positions please contact:

  • Why I am a Virginia Henderson Fellow -Benson Wright

    Please read this article written by our very own Benson Wright. He discusses what membership with STTI means to him and his journey with STTI serving locally, transforming regionally, and leading globally!

  • St . Baldrick's Foundation

    Our very own Dr. Tanya Friese is shaving her head to Cure Childhood Cancers!

    Every 3 minutes a child is diagnosed with cancer. Help her fund the research that will save their lives!

  • Start the new year our right and join Gamma Phi!

    As a great start to the new year consider joining the only international nursing honor society, and one of the largest nursing organization in the world, Sigma Theta Tau International's (STTI) Gamma Phi Chapter at Rush University.

    As president of the Gamma Phi chapter, I would like to invite the Rush Nursing community to consider being a member of this highly respected and internationally recognized nursing society.

    Joining as a gamma phi member you will have the opportunity to connect and engage with top nursing leaders in education, politics, policy, and practice! You will also have access to a community and material that will help you grow as a leader and expert in your clinical practice.

    Check out the website
    The criteria for inclusion as a nurse leader:
    1. Registered nurse legally recognized to practice in their country
    2. Baccalaureate degree or the equivalent in any field
    3. Demonstrated achievement in nursing

    You will need to complete a membership intent form, receive two endorsement forms (at least one must be from a current member of STTI which I could be), provide a current copy of your curriculum vitae, and provide a copy of your nursing degree. Email completed materials to Gamma Phi counselor’s Katherine Arroyo or Sally Evankoe via Rush email.

    If you already were inducted into STTI and have your membership active at another chapter or have let your membership lapse, please consider transferring your membership to our active gamma phi chapter. Go to, click on "My Membership" and you can renew membership and/or transfer your membership to Gamma Phi (#091). If you have issues call Member Services at 888.634.7575 or email


    Erik McIntosh, MSN, RN
    Gamma Phi President

    Erik McIntosh, MSN, RN, ACNP-BC

  • Jennifer Hayden Research Grant

    The intent of this grant in Jen's name is to provide funding opportunities for other researchers who like Jen, enjoy pursuing their passion.

  • Apply to Gamma Phi STTI Awards

    It is that time of year for YOU to apply for a Gamma Phi STTI award. Applications must be received by January, 1, 2015. Awards will be announced the week of January 19th.

  • Future of Nursing Campaign for Action

    National Coalition Launches Effort to Place 10,000 Nurses on Governing Boards by 2020


    Join other Gamma Phi members &
    volunteer at the
    Rush Nurses Alumni Homecoming
    Welcome Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s nursing alumni back to campus as
    they celebrate their reunion and show them all that is new at Rush.
    Saturday, Oct. 25
    Simulation Center Tour
    Kellogg Building
    10:30- 11:30 p.m.
    Traditional Tea
    Room 500
    2- 4 p.m.
    To sign up to volunteer or if you have questions, contact:
    Christine Tatom, MSN, RN
    Jen’Nea Sumo, PhD, RN
    Guide alumni on a tour of the
    Simulation Center.
    Help serve coffee and tea to alumni
    and join in conversation at the

  • 20 Things Every Nurse Should Experience

    Courtesy of

  • Gamma Phi needs you!

    Gamma Phi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau is looking for Candidates interested in Board Membership. See the vacancies below and consider running for one.

  • Certified Nurses Day

    Happy Certified Nurses Day!

  • Gamma Phi Members Received Four International Awards

    Out of a global community of nurse leaders throughout 486 chapters in more than 85 countries, Gamma Phi members were selected to receive four of the 2013 International Awards for Nursing Excellence from Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI). The International Awards for Nursing Excellence recognize achievements in the fields of technology, media, chapter excellence, research and leadership.

    Lynne T. Braun, PhD, CNP, FAHA, FAAN, Professor at Rush University College of Nursing, was selected for the Marie Hippensteel Lingeman Award for Excellence in Nursing Practice. This award is categorized as a Founders Award – giving tribute to the six founding nurses of STTI and the director of nursing at Indiana University for their insights in 1922 that advanced scholarship, leadership, research and practice. The Founders Award recognizes extraordinary excellence, and is the highest honor bestowed by STTI.

    Paula Meier, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor at Rush University College of Nursing was selected for the Audrey Hepburn Award for Contributions to the Health and Welfare of Children for her extraordinary research and practice with women, babies and their families to ensure breastfeeding among the most vulnerable children. This award was established in 1993 to honor Ms. Hepburn’s extraordinary work on behalf of children in need and is presented each biennium to a nurse who has made significant contributions to the health and well-being of children.

    The Rush Professional Nursing Staff, under the leadership of past-presidents and gamma phi members Benson Wright, MSN, RN, and Erik McIntosh, MSN, APRN, received the Clinical Partnership Award - Academic Medical Center. This award honors a clinical facility or nursing unit that has demonstrated commitment in promoting quality in health care, promoting professional nursing as demonstrated by the development of nurse leaders, and has shown excellence in health care outcomes. For the Rush Professional Nursing Staff, this award recognizes the impact that 30 years of strong shared governance can have on nursing excellence, patient outcomes, and professional development for nurses.

    A Rush team consisting of gammi phi member Patty Nedved, MSN, CENP, Associate Vice President, Professional Nursing Practice at Rush, Lisa Swiontek, MBA, RN, Assistant Vice President, IS, Robert Narowski, BSN, RN, Director IS, Julio Silva, MD, CMIO, and Deborah Gardiner, MS, RN, Service Line Administrator, received the Clinical Technology Award. This award recognizes developers who have successfully developed and implemented a clinical nursing application that assists nurses in the delivery of quality nursing care. The Rush team built a nursing driven protocol in the Electronic Health Record that that prompts nurses to perform an assessment consistently and with limited variability to ensure comprehensive screening on 100% of inpatients related to influenza and pneumococcal vaccination. This process increased global vaccination core measure performance in the medical center, where nurses have true ownership of the process and have been able to demonstrate success by leveraging existing technology to develop meaningful tools and reports.

    Award recipients were honored at The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International’s 42nd Biennial Convention on November 18, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

    Congratulations to all!

  • Gamma Phi's Cathy Catrambone has been elected as the 31st president of STTI!

    At the 42nd Biennial Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana on November 19, 2013, the delegate assembly elected Cathy Catrambone as president-elect of Sigma Theta Tau International, Honor Society of Nursing.

    Dr. Catrambone begins serving as president-elect immediately. After this two year term, Dr. Catrambone will serve as the 31st president of this global organization with over 134,000-members in 489 chapters across 91 countries.

    Congratulations Cathy Catrambone!


    As a result of your caring spirit and generosity, the patrons of Franciscan House received:
    252 winter coats, 52 hats, 62 pairs of gloves, and 27 scarves!



    Give Someone a Warm Hug this Winter

    Donate your clean, gently used winter coats, hats, and gloves
    to benefit the patrons of the
    Franciscan House
    2715 West Harrison Street, Chicago, IL

    What: Rush University Medical Center
    Coat Drive

    When: September 1 – 30, 2013

    Who: Donations will benefit the
    patrons of Franciscan House, a 257-bed homeless shelter serving men and women in Chicago

    How: Bring your clean, gently-used
    winter coats, hats, and gloves to your departmental collection bin

    Questions: ? ? ? ? ?
    Contact Molly McCarthy or Allison Vasilj via RUSH email

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