By Denise Jordan
Special to Frost Illustrated
FORT WAYNE—Chi Eta Phi Sorority Inc. wrapped up its National Nurse’s Week celebration on Saturday, May 11 with a tea honoring nurses in the large meeting room at the Pontiac Library.
“We wanted to take this opportunity to recognize nurses in the areas of quality, innovation, and caring,” said Johnathan Liechty to the student nurses, novice and experienced nurses assembled for the tea. “We have many roles—from staff nurse to educator to nurse practitioner and nurse researcher—and serve all of them with passion for the profession and a strong commitment to patient safety.”
The three areas chosen were aligned with the American Nurses’ Association’s 2013 theme Delivering Quality and Innovation in Patient Care. Shalon Johnson-Taylor was recognized for Quality. Johnson-Taylor has worked in the areas of Quality for 14 years and is currently employed at Parkview Health. Sylvia Page was recognized in the area of Innovation. Page is in the process of completing a certification in health care informatics. She is currently employed at Med Tech College. Stella Goodman was recognized for Caring. Goodman, a charter member of the Zeta Eta Chapter of Chi Eta Phi Sorority retired from Phelps Dodge in 2003 but remains active by participating in Chi Eta Phi Sorority’s community nursing activities.
Liechty closed out the National Nurses Week celebratory tea by saying, “We give our thanks and appreciation to the women and men who impact and serve our community as nurses.”
Liechty is manager of student services for Parkview Health.
The Nurses’ Week Tea was the final piece in Chi Eta Phi Sorority’s Nurses’ Week celebration. They kicked off National Nurses’ Week with a scholarship fashion lunch on May 4 at Kingston Care Center located at 1010 W. Washington Center Road. The theme for the luncheon was Sorority Girls Go Red for Women’s Heart Health. Women from other sororities were invited to participate in the show as well as attend the luncheon. Denise Jordan, Sylvia Page, Dorothy Jackson, Phyllis Bragg and Stella Goodman represented Chi Eta Phi Sorority Inc. during the fashion portion of the luncheon. Alicia Shank and Peggy Williams represented Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, and Robin Graves of Indianapolis and Delores Johnson of Fort Wayne represented the Fort Wayne Alumni Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta.
Denise Jordan is the historian for Zeta Eta Chapter of Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Inc. She also participated in National Nurses’ Week Activities.
This article originally appeared in the May 22 print edition.