If you’re connected with STTI via social media, there is a strong likelihood you are familiar with the name Jerico Gamiao Alicante. Especially active on Twitter (@ilove_echo1987), Alicante networks extensively with the STTI community, promoting the honor society’s programs and building relationships with dynamic nurses worldwide.
Alicante lives in the Philippines, where he works as a nurse and is board certified in nephrology. In 2008, he passed the NCLEX-RN through the California Board of Registered Nursing and now enjoys licensure in both Texas and Tennessee as well. In 2013, he served on the Board of Renal Nurses Association of the Philippines as the youngest director in the organization’s history. Not yet 30 years old, Alicante’s impact on the nursing profession is already impressive and seemingly knows no bounds.
Elated to be recognized as an emerging nurse leader from the Philippines, Alicante was inducted into STTI's Alpha Eta Chapter of the University of California, San Francisco, in May 2014. He now serves both his local chapter in the Philippines and as part of his original Alpha Eta Chapter board of directors, and he was elected to the Leadership Succession Committee for the July 2015-June 2017 term.
“I know that service on the board is a great way to make connections with other nurse leaders and will be a great platform to showcase my skills,” says Alicante. “I believe that it’s the best way to learn and demonstrate leadership within a supportive group. And I am so excited!”
Although he just celebrated his one-year anniversary of STTI membership, Alicante has taken great advantage of resources and opportunities that will undoubtedly shape his career for the long term. Having a strong interest in research, he has found great value in STTI’s research grants, the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository, and access to the Journal of Nursing Scholarship and Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing. Moreover, he traveled abroad to learn about studies other nurse researchers have conducted. In 2014, Alicante attended STTI’s 25th International Nursing Research Congress in Hong Kong, China. In November of 2015 he attended the honor society’s 43rd Biennial Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada, and was named an official New Member Pillar Award recipient. A US $750 Edith Anderson Leadership Education Grant will help him defray his travel expenses — another benefit of STTI membership.
“When I was invited to become a member of STTI, I felt that my academic success and dedication to nursing have proven that nursing is indeed the right profession for me,” says Alicante. “As a member, I have personally considered my induction into the honor society as one of the most important chapters of my nursing career — and it is a complete privilege that I now belong to one of the largest and most prestigious nursing organizations in the world, whose members share the same passion as mine to make a difference in the health of the world’s people. It’s really such an honor to join and a benefit to belong!”