Chi Eta Phi Strengthens the Legacy of Minority Nurses

New members from left to right include Blondell Ashe-Bazil, Cierra Lettsome, LeCreshia Joshway, Vashawna Thomas, Georgia Strong, Tiffini Mickens, Kandi Kinder-Collins, and Alinka Freeman.

Chi Eta Phi, Sorority, Incorporated, Sigma Chapter welcomed eight new members to the chapter in March. Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Incorporated is a national sorority of registered professional nurses and students. The recent inductee’s journey included community service projects providing hygiene products for the homeless and a successful popcorn fundraiser! New members also volunteer in the community, participate in chapter events, while comprehending the sorority’s legacy of service focusing on health promotion/disease prevention, leadership development, mentoring, recruitment, retention and scholarships.

While Black Americans represent 13% of the population, only 7.8% of nurses are Black, according to the Federal Health Resources and Services administration. this gap is narrower than it used to be, but there continues to be a strong need for more Black nurses. Low retention rates might stem, from cultural biases of white faculty and feelings of isolation among Black faculty and Black auxiliary canonizations are known to help.

As the second oldest chapter in Florida, Sigma chapter joins other chapters in their commitment to work and live toward fulfilling the Sorority’s motto,” Service for Humanity.”

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