I am so very proud to have FINALLY been inducted into this elite group of academics! ¬†It didn’t happen in undergrad, but I only had to wait another 31 years! ¬†Dreams DO come true!!

My husband is a pretty good photographer and caught me at the perfect moment, just as I was getting my Purple and White Honor Cord.
I posed with other members of my family–my husband, my sister, who is also an RN and my mother-in-law who is the unofficial president of my fan club!!

This is the HUGE cake (it was at least two full sheet cakes wide)–there were over 300 inductees!!

Here I am grinning as hard as I can, showing off my new award!!


About Me

Sylvia B. Ratliff-Trappio, MS, RN is the Owner/Founder of GIATI CONSULTING and ( She has been an RN for over thirty years. Her experience has run the gamut from staff nurse and charge nurse in Critical Care and in Psychiatry and Substance Abuse to Behavioral Case Management and Telephonic Psychiatric/SA Referrals to Head Nurse in Psychiatry to Nurse Manager in a Psychiatric Outpatient setting. Since 2009, she has been a Surveyor of public and privately run mental health clinics, authorized by the DC Department of Mental Health. She was in management for nine years and likes it enough (even with its inherent headaches) to pursue it academically.

Sylvia is an alumna of Howard University College of Nursing (now known as the College of Pharmacy, Nursing and Allied Health Sciences at Howard University). She has a Master’s degree in Nursing Administration with a Teaching in the Health Professions Certificate, a 2010 alumna of the University of Maryland, Baltimore, School of Nursing (UMB/SON). She returned to school at age forty-eight, after a twenty-seven year absence! She was inducted into the Pi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International, the Nursing Honor Society in May 2010. This is a dream-deferred for 31 years!!

Sylvia is also a motivational speaker, prioritization and health education consultant. She has entrepreneurial aspirations, as well.  “I enjoy passing on my knowledge and wisdom to others and I get a charge out of seeing peoples’ faces light up when they ‘get’ it!”

Her current philosophies are: Use your MANNERS, Live the GOLDEN RULE, Pursue your DREAMS, De-clutter your LIFE and Don’t Fight It…USE It!

Sylvia is married and lives with her husband and son.         
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