Chi Eta Phi

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Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Inc ( ΧΗΦ ) is an international non-profit organization for registered nurses and nursing students representing a wide variety of cultures and races. The Sorority has more than 8,000 members in the United States of America , the District of Columbia , Saint Thomas, US Virgin Islands and Monrovia , Liberia .


Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Inc. was founded on October 16, 1932 at Freedman's Hospital , now the Howard University Hospital in Washington, DC . The foundation was based on the situation of African American nurses at the time , whose job opportunities were limited to segregated facilities and hospitals due to their skin color , as well as to subordinate positions in which there was hardly any opportunity to develop professionally.

The founding group Alpha was founded and organized by Ailene Carrington Ewell with the help of the so-called "12 jewels". These sisters were all black: Clara E. Beverly, Lillian Mosely Boswell, Gladys Louise Catchings, Bessie Foster Cephas, Henrietta Smith Chisholm, Susan Elizabeth Freeman , Ruth Turner Garrett, Olivia Larkins Howard, Mildred Wood Lucas, Clara Belle Royster, and Katherine Chandler Gymnast.


The organization has a variety of programs for health promotion, disease prevention, leadership development, mentoring programs, recruitment, and scholarships. These programs include national, regional and local conferences and workshops; Health protection programs in various communities, events for further training as well as the recruitment and strengthening of young academics, and outstanding nurses are honored.

Chi Eta Phi has relationships with a number of other public, professional, and educational groups, including the American Nurses Association , the National Council of Negro Women , the United Negro College Fund , the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People , the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America , the American Cancer Society , the National Cancer Institute, and the National Institute on Drug Abuse . The Sorority is aimed at women and men.

Publications (excerpt)

Chi Eta Phi publishes a number of publications:

  • Chi Line , National Newsletter (every six months)
  • Glowing Lamp , Journal of Chi Eta Phi Sorority (annual, peer-reviewed, science-based research journal )
  • Mary Eliza Mahoney, America's First Black Professional Nurse
  • The Nurse in the Kitchen


The already registered ( Alpha ) and still studying ( Beta ) groups are divided into five regions according to their geographical location. There are over 100 alpha groups and 41 beta groups in 33 states. Membership is by invitation and is active and voluntary.


  • Harriet R. Feldman, G. Rumay Alexander, Martha J. Greenberg: Nursing Leadership: A Concise Encyclopedia Springer, 2012 ISBN 978-0-8261-2176-9 (English) p. 77

Individual evidence

  1. ChiEtaPhi: About Chi Eta Phi (English) accessed on June 30, 2020
  2. Harriet R. Feldman, G. Rumay Alexander, Martha J. Greenberg: Nursing Leadership: A Concise Encyclopedia Springer, 2012 ISBN 978-0-8261-2176-9 (English) p. 77
  3. ChiEtaPhi: Founders (English) accessed on June 30, 2020
  4. ChiEtaPhi: Partners (English) accessed on June 30, 2020

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