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Eta Pi Chapter, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh College of Nursing, since 1984

The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh College of Nursing inducted its first members into the Nursing Honor Society in 1981, and in 1982 applied to join Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. The Eta Pi Chapter charter was granted in 1984, and the Charter Members were inducted on April 27, 1984.  The chapter celebrated its 30th Anniversary in 2014.

The Eta Pi Chapter membership has grown from 40 Charter Members in 1984 to over 2,000 inducted members today. We have members who live across the United States, and in India, Oman, Indonesia, Thailand, Australia, Mexico, and the United Kingdom.

The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International is a nonprofit organization whose mission is advancing world health and celebrating nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service. Founded in 1922, Sigma has more than 130,000 active members in more than 85 countries. Members include practicing nurses, instructors, researchers, entrepreneurs and policymakers.  The Eta Pi Chapter is proud to be a part of the Sigma legacy.

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photo.jpgMessage from the Eta Pi Chapter President

Greetings!  I think that Spring has finally arrived as evidenced by our flower bulbs poking out of the leaves, chickens running outside and our horses shedding their winter coats.

I am so fortunate to have had a long career in nursing. I spent many years as an ICU RN and also 23 years as a faculty member and administrator at our beloved, UW Oshkosh College of Nursing (CON).

I have been a Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) member since 1984. I was inducted into the Eta Lamda Chapter during my Undergraduate nursing program at the University of Evansville in Indiana. I joined the Eta Pi Chapter of STTI in 1994 and served as the President twice, and the Faculty Counselor for both membership and research. During this time, I led the Eta Pi Chapter in co-hosting an international research conference with Sri Ramachandra Deemed University and Research Institute in Chennai India and began bi-annual induction ceremonies for nursing leaders in India. 

There have been many wonderful changes in STTI and our Eta Pi Chapter in these years but it has remained focused on leadership, scholarship, and service. We have always supported our fellow nurses and nursing students in developing their career paths and becoming active in our Eta Pi Chapter and STTI. For the past four years Dr. Nickasch has lead the Eta Pi Chapter focusing on community engagement and recruiting chapter members. I will continue in her footsteps and add an additional focus on retention of members and encouraging previous members to reengage. Reengagement may mean simply reactivating membership by paying annual dues but it may also mean returning to meetings and activities during the year. I am looking forward to working closely with our energized and committed Board of Directors and members in our chapter.

I firmly believe that you will only gain as much from an organization as you put forth. This is a wonderful organization and I am proud and happy to continue serving.   I look forward to meeting each of you at one of our Eta Pi events.

Suzanne Marnocha PhD, RN, MSN, CCRN ret.
President of the Eta Pi Chapter STTI, 2019-2021
Curler Endowed Emeritus Professor of Health Science 2017-2019
Retired Assistant Dean and Pre-Licensure Program Director
UW Oshkosh College of Nursing

Dr. Mary E. Wurzbach Nursing Essay Award

In 2020 the Eta Pi Chapter of Sigma will be awarding the Dr. Mary E. Wurzbach Nursing Essay Award for excellence in essay writing in nursing. Dr. Wurzbach’s donation to the chapter made it possible to reward Eta Pi members for their creative writing in an essay format (fewer than 2,000 words). The nursing essay builds on personal knowledge, aesthetic and/or ethical knowledge and is viewed by Dr. Wurzbach as a seldom-published form of nursing scholarship which deserves development and recognition. This is the first year of the award but is planned to be an annual event. More information will be coming soon with an anticipated deadline of January 2020, so start brainstorming!

Eta Pi Member Scholarly Activities

Dr. Laura Smolinksi, Eta Pi Member, UW-Oshkosh Clinical Assistant Professor, and the Assistant Director of Traditional Undergraduate Program presented her doctoral dissertation, Emergency and SANE Nurse' Acceptance of Drug-Facilitated Sexual Assult Myths at a University event entitled Gender Brown Bag Series on April 10th, 2019.  Her work is also stored in the Virginia Henderson e-Repository!  You can check it out at this link

Dr. Jacki Karlin,
Current Eta Pi Vice President presented her doctoral scholarship at the Wisconsin Public Health Nursing Conference in Stevens Point, WI on August 1, 2018.  Her Project was titled  Family Nurse Practitioner Students' Knowledge, Skills, and Self-Efficacy in the care of the LGBT Patient in a Primary Care Setting and included implementation of online education and a standardized patient simulation with 6 unique LGBT patient scenarios for UW Oshkosh family nurse practitioner students to participate.  Her presentation poster can be accessed in the document below:

Dr. Suzanne Marnocha, long-time Eta Pi Member and soon-to-be UWO Professor Emeritus of Nursing, along with her husband, Dr. Mark Marnocha, presented their work, Swansea Storytelling: Nursing & Primary Care at the International Storytelling for Health Conference in Swansea, South Wales in the United Kingdom, June 15-17, 2017.  


This interdisciplinary conference featured storytellers, performers, artists, as well as health care professionals and even former government officials involved in healthcare.   Drs. Suzanne and Mark Marnocha (currently a clinical psychologist in a Family Medicine clinic in Appleton, Wisconsin, USA) shared their parallel work involving nursing students and medical students, one group learning at a University and the other training in a Family Medicine clinic.  Both Drs. Marnocha utilized storytelling and imagery to help students learn in non-traditional ways about the powers of stories and images that contribute to patient and healthcare provider healing.  


Their presentation slides are in the document below.











Drs. Suzanne and Mark Marnocha 



Let us know what you are working on!  To have your scholarly activities included on our website, please contact the Eta Pi Chapter.

Featuring Eta Pi Chapter Members




 Mike Mason, BSN, RN, CCRN

 Go here for Mike's story



Clarissa Rueckert, BSN, RN 

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Abygail Grasee, BSN, RN

 Go here for Aby's story





Ashleigh Pape, BSN, RN  

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Stevie Steiro, BSN, RN

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Sara Surdyk, BSN, RN 

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Chapter News

  • Evening Meeting and Presentation

    YES, we listen to our members and we will begin to host a few small dinner meetings during the year to meet, listen and discuss presentations by our members. Our first dinner meeting of the new year will be on October 28, 2019 from 5:00-7:00pm at the Ground Round in Oshkosh, 1 North Main Street.Dr. Mary Ellen Wurzbach will discuss essay writing in nursing and the new essay award that she is funding.  Please RSVP here Also, please let us know if you would like to present at future meetings.

    *Dinner will not be provided by the chapter at the evening meeting, ordering may occur from the menu

  • Eta Pi Online Store

    Visit our online store for our fundraising merchandise.  We're offering UW Oshkosh coffee mugs and stethoscope charms.  Check it out!

    Proceeds from the sales of these items go to fund scholarship/research grants.
  • Sponsor A New Member

    Finances are tight for everyone, but especially for students! Please consider sponsoring a membership scholarship for a worthy applicant.
  • Join the Eta Pi Chapter as a Nurse Leader

    Are you a nurse in the community, and want to get involved in a great nursing organization? Join the Eta Pi Chapter as a Nurse Leader. Qualifications to apply as Nurse Leader: -Be legally recognized to practice nursing in your country -Have a minimum of a baccalaureate degree or the equivalent in any field -Demonstrate achievement in nursing. Have enthusiasm and a love of the nursing profession.
  • Send us your news

    We want to showcase our Eta Pi members' career, volunteer, education and scholarly achievements. Send news to:
  • Eta Pi Chapter Member Orientation link

    Click below for resources for making the most of your Eta Pi membership.
  • Remember to renew your STTI/Eta Pi Chapter Membership, or add Eta Pi as an additional STTI Chapter

    Don't forget to renew your membership with STTI and the Eta Pi Chapter! If you were inducted into another Sigma Theta Tau International Chapter, you can still join the Eta Pi Chapter by requesting joint membership, either at your renewal time online or by calling STTI at: 1-888-634-7575. You can maintain your original membership, and join the Eta Pi chapter too by paying both yearly chapter membership fees (Eta Pi chapter fee = $29.50/year). You do not need to re-apply for membership if you are already an STTI member through another chapter. Click on the link below to renew, and go to 'Renew' in top right toolbar

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