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Patricia E. Thompson Giving Circle in Support of Global Nursing Research

What is the Patricia E. Thompson Giving Circle?

The Patricia E. Thompson Giving Circle in Support of Global Nursing Research was created in honor of STTI CEO Pat Thompson’s commitment to advancing nursing knowledge around the world. Annual donations to the giving circle make possible a minimum US $10,000 global nursing research grant.


How do I join?

Make a minimum annual donation of US $220* to the Patricia E. Thompson Giving Circle, and you and other circle donors will:
  • Collaborate with the Foundation and STTI to promote the availability of the global nursing research grant
  • Collaborate with the Foundation and STTI to designate appropriate peer-reviewers for the grant requests received
  • Receive updates on the grant recipient(s)
  • Be recognized as giving circle donors on Foundation donor lists

*Donations of less than US $220 may be made in Pat’s honor but donors will not participate or receive recognition in the giving circle.

Current giving circle donors


2014 Grant Recipient

Congratulations to Emilia N. Iwu (USA) for receiving the 2014 Global Nursing Research Grant!

Project Title: Shifting HIV Management Tasks from Physicians to Nurses in Africa: A Correlational Study examining Relationships among Task Shifting Training, Mentoring and Demographic Factors on Nurses’ Self Efficacy and Job Satisfaction

Abstract: With the introduction of task shifting by the WHO to redistribute healthcare tasks as a result of physician shortages and rapid scale up of HIV treatment, many nurses in sub-Sahara African countries acquired HIV management tasks formerly performed by physicians. Although current evidence shows that nurse-managed HIV is safe, acceptable and sometimes has better patient outcomes, little is known about how nurses' training and mentoring relate with their self-efficacy to treat HIV or their job satisfaction. This study will focus on African nurses performing task shifted HIV roles. An estimated convenience sample of 300 nurses will be surveyed from tertiary, secondary and primary health facilities identified by the health ministry in Nigeria.

Grant Impact: Findings from this research will be valuable for policy makers, nursing educators, healthcare administrators and nurses to identify strategies that promote interventions and address gaps which influence nurses' transition to expanded roles. Given the anticipated baby-boomer health worker retirement, continued emigration of nurses from developing countries, nurse faculty shortages and numerous challenges limiting supply of new nurses, African countries need such evidence to substantiate initiation of proactive but creative strategies to prepare nurses to respond population health needs. Studies like this enable African nurses to play active roles in influencing policies to improve their knowledge and skills for current job demands. With quantitative evidence like this, nurses can advocate for support mechanisms and adequate professional development during expansion of scopes of practice. Inadequate support in the presence of increasing workload and negative work environment could jeopardize job satisfaction, patient outcomes and nurse retention.

Emilia N. Iwu, MSN is a Clinical Instructor & Senior Technical Advisor at Rutgers University College of Nursing (USA) and a member of Eta Mu Chapter.

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The first grant was awarded in 2013 to Ana M. Kelly (USA) for her study focused on tuberculosis treatment.

Patricia E. Thompson is photographed presenting Ana with this award to the right.


Contact Lynn Lambuth if you have any questions about becoming part of this unique giving opportunity.

Lynn Lambuth

Chief Administrative Officer
Sigma Theta Tau International Foundation for Nursing
550 W. North St.
Indianapolis, IN 46202 USA
888.634.7575, ext. 228 

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