My name is Deola Hardy DNP, RN. I am the Basileus for Tau Chi Chi chapter of Chi Eta Phi Sorority Inc. I have been a member of Chi Eta Phi Sorority Incorporated since 2016 as a chartered member of Tau Chi Chi chapter. I am happy to welcome you to our sorority and to a wonderful group of nurses who care about people and believe in service for humanity. I am proud to be a part of such a great organization who has laid the foundation for African American Nurses to advance their knowledge and provided the ability for them to become educators, advanced practiced nurses by encouraging lifelong learning and setting examples for them.
Dr. Deola Hardy DNP, RN
Tau Chi Chi History
Tau Chi Chi Chapter Incorporated chartered on May 14, 2016 at Jefferson Place in Clinton, Louisiana with 13 local Registered Nurses. Our mission is to support the vision of the Sorority and put our “Ideas into Action.
The charter president, Janice Bonner-Davis, a member of Psi Phi Chapter in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, had a vision to expand Chi Eta Phi Sorority Incorporated in the state of Louisiana. After speaking with Nicole Scott (member), Stacia Hayes-Williams (member), Deola Hardy, Lillian Tate, Glenn Adams, Melissa Thorton-Tripplet, Stacy Turner, Jackie Loyd, Connie Price, Deborah Rodgers, Barbara Weaver and Dione Dunn they begin working on chartering a chapter in Zachary, Louisiana. The 13 ladies began meeting at the Chocolate Café in Zachary for coffee and organizing and immediately realized the passion they shared for educating the community of Baker, Zachary, Clinton and Jackson about healthdare and brnging programs to the area. The president realized they were a chapter that would put ideas into action when they (during organizing) participated in donations to Michigan with the water crisis.
Shortly after chartering the state of Louisiana experienced the flood of 2016. Three members of our chapter were affected and had to relocate and rebuild. The National office and sorority assisted them too. Although the effects of the flood was paralyzing, Tau Chi Chi along with Chief Dunn (Booster) assisted with feeding the displaced two times in Baker, La. and issuing with supplies at the Council on Aging in Baton Rouge.
One of their shared passions was nursing and they wanted to contribute to the field of nursing. They immediately decided to develop a scholarship for the nursing students in the area. They agreed that the name of the scholarship should reflect an individual that shared their passion. The current president, Dr. Elcedo L. Bradley, came to mind because of her passion for issues with nurses at Grambling State University B.S.N. program and nurses aides. Education was another passion of the group so they organized a Information Healthfair in Champion Square from ideas shared by the 20th President, Dr. Bradley.
The group collaborate with NAMI Louisiana to spread information locally about mental health. We partner with our Founders Sorority Gamma Eta Omega chapter of AKA, and we partner with the Bayou Classic to spread the word on Health at the game along with Rho Chi Chapter of New Orleans and Psi Phi Chapter in Baton Rouge.