Psi Tau Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society of Nursing

Welcome Psi Tau Members!

2020 – just the number had inspired thoughts of clearer, if not perfect, vision for an exciting new year.  What instead we have had to face has been the frightening lack of a clear path forward as we all navigated the uncertainties and challenges of a new enemy, COVID-19, that continues to change our global community in unprecedented ways without an identified end in sight.

The nursing profession has been at the forefront of care, meeting the needs of diverse patient populations.  In 2020, however, its members received new public recognition and gratitude for battling the evolving pandemic which has impacted our society in all arenas of life including education, business, social, economic, and healthcare itself.  Amidst the pandemic, further issues have emerged in importance related to equity in care and services, concern for the negative impact of implicit bias, and increasing mental health challenges with associated stress and burdens of coping with altered lives.

Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (STTI) and other organizations have issued position statements to provide a basis to guide further consideration of issues in these unsettled times, as nurses continue to provide care and prepare the next generation of providers, researchers, and scholars.  The “Call To Action” put out by Dr. Richard Ricciardi, President of STTI, brings forth a beacon of hope to shine on the future, calling upon us to “Infuse Joy” – a most inspiring concept to embrace at this time.  This call went out before the pandemic challenged such efforts, but the value of looking for creating such opportunities has rarely been more important than now.  Mr. Ricciardi is a graduate of SUNY Downstate College of Nursing – which adds to the “joy” the Psi Tau Chapter and its members should feel in taking this initiative forward to implement in our personal and professional lives, and positively impact the lives of those we serve with our interprofessional colleagues.

I congratulate you all on your achievements and encourage you to sharpen your vision looking forward in 2021 with a more joyous lens, to create a brighter future we can uniquely build together through commitment and collaboration -- starting within Psi Tau Chapter, to fulfill the Sigma mission of improving nursing care worldwide.


Kathleen Bratby, EdD, RN
President, Psi Tau Chapter
Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing
SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University College of Nursing