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 the Global Nursing Research Fund, has been created by the Sigma Theta Tau International Foundation for Nursing in honor of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) CEO Pat Thompson’s commitment to advancing nursing knowledge around the world and the global advancement STTI has undertaken during her decade as CEO. Annual donations to the giving circle make possible a 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 a giving circle donor 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.

What will your donation impact?

The Global Nursing Research Grant is awarded to early career or experienced nurse researchers who:
• Address global health disparities
• Implement nurse-led interprofessional research teams
• Serve thousands of individuals
• Leverage additional research funds
• Disseminate outcomes through poster or podium presentations, publications, and the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository
• Sustain the future of global nursing research


Current giving circle donors

2016 Grant Recipient

Congratulations to Linda Aiken, PhD, MN, BSN, (USA) for receiving the 2016 Global Nursing Research Grant!

Linda is The Claire M. Fagin Leadership Professor of Nursing with the University of Pennsylvania (USA)
and a member of Xi Chapter. 

AikenProject Title: Healthcare Workforce and Quality Outcomes in Chile

Purpose: This study will examine variation in nursing resources across hospitals in Chile and their relationship to patient outcomes to develop specific recommendations to the Ministry of Health for improving patient outcomes in Chile. We will also benchmark Chilean data on studies of other countries to offer further insights into strategies that could improve quality of hospital care and patient outcomes in Chile.  

Grant Impact: 

While building research infrastructure in Latin America, this project studies comparatively low-cost organizational leverage of nursing inputs to improve patient outcomes, achieves higher value for investments in nursing, and motivates decision-makers to implement research findings that hold promise making healthcare more effective, affordable, and satisfactory to the public.

It is very difficult to raise in-country research funding in Chile and thus research funding from international organizations is essential to change stereotypes and leverage in-country funding. While the funding available from STTI is modest, it will be very influential in leveraging other funding sources. The University of Pennsylvania has already committed US $35,000 to the study from its Global Fund and the Population Studies Center. That plus the STTI funds will be sufficient to conduct the data collection proposed in Chile. Penn will also subsidize if necessary the full analysis without additional funding but we are confident that funds can be raised both internally in Chile and from other sources once we demonstrate the feasibility of the study. Additionally, we have successfully implemented this study before with small grants in other countries so we know that it can be done in Chile as well. We make these points to assure reviewers that 1) the relatively small STTI research award is exceedingly important to the success of this large study; 2) the study can be successfully completed without substantially more funding than the Penn funds in hand plus the requested STTI grant; and 3) having any funding begets more funding.

Past recipients

2015 Grant Recipient

Susan Caplan was the 2015 recipient for her project CBT - Interactive Voice Response to Improve Depression Treatment Outcomes among Dominican Primary Care Patients.

Susan Caplan and Patricia E. Thompson

2014 Grant Recipient

Emilia Iwu

The 2014 recipient was Emilia N. Iwu for her project 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.

 2013 Grant Recipient


The first grant was awarded in 2013 to Ana M. Kelly (USA) for her study focused on tuberculosis treatment. Patricia E. Thompson is photographed below presenting Ana with this award. 

Patricia E. Thompson and Ana M. Kelly