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Kent State University College of Nursing
Kent State Delta Xi Welcomes New Inductees
The Delta Xi Chapter at Kent State University is honored to welcome 77 new members to the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. On March 4th, Delta Xi had the privilege of hosting our annual Spring induction ceremony at the Kent State Ballroom. Over 300 guests including inductees, friends, family, and nursing faculty attended this event. The chapter was grateful to have Dr. Barbara Broome, the Dean of the Kent State University College of Nursing in attendance at the ceremony to greet and welcome new inductees into the only honor society of Nursing. In addition, the 2017-2018 student interns greeted new inductees with inspiring speeches about the benefits and possibilities of being Delta Xi members. The Delta Xi Chapter and Board of Directors welcome all new undergraduate, graduate and nurse leaders to our organization. We hope that all new members will explore the benefits of membership and attend our upcoming events. Click to view induction photos
~ Kim DePaul, MSN, RNC-OB, Delta Xi Faculty Counselor
Registration now open for the 2018 Annual Research Conference: Research, Evidence-Based Practice, Quality Improvement: Using Data to Inform Practice. When: Tuesday, May 15, 2018 Time: 4:30pm to 8:00pm Where: Kent State-Stark Conference Center located at 6000 Frank Ave NW, North Canton, Ohio. Early bird special ends April 9th, hurry & register today!
Member in the Spotlight
Roberta Brofman, BSN, RN, MBA-HCM
Roberta Brofman is currently the President and Founder of Five Star Clinical Solutions, LLC, a clinical consulting firm whose mission is to provide expert clinical consulting to post-acute care leaders so that they may achieve five-star status as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible. Five Star Clinical Solutions provides program development, operational assessment, survey prep, risk management, leadership development, LEAN process management, and staff development/training. Roberta’s journey to this role began after graduating from Kent State University School of Nursing in 1978 where she was a founding member of the Delta Xi chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI). She, along with faculty member Pat Estok and one other student attended the national convention of STTI in Washington D.C. to set the foundation of the Delta Xi chapter.
Her career began at University Hospitals of Cleveland working in the MICU. She says this was the single most important key to building her strong clinical assessment and problem-solving skills. After three years Roberta became the Head Nurse of a Medical-Surgical unit at Booth Memorial Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio where she soon took on the roles of Assistant Director of Nursing and later Director of Staff Development. After taking a few years off to raise her children, Roberta was ready to get back into nursing and began working as a Case Manager/Visit Nurse with Menorah Park Home Care in Beachwood, Ohio. Roberta says she loved this role as it was, “What we all went into nursing to do. Seeing patients in their own environment and having a one-to-one rapport with them”.
She continued to work in the home care field at Montefiore in Beachwood, Ohio where she would spend over 15 years as manager of the home care department, Director of Nursing of the Skilled Units and then Vice President of Clinical Services. It was during her time as DON that Roberta completed her MBA in Health Care Management at Indiana Wesleyan University and was awarded the Clark Law Leadership Scholarship in 2009. During her tenure as DON the organization achieved three consecutive years of deficiency-free ODH surveys and was designated as a 5-star facility. As DON Roberta successfully directed a heart failure protocol resulting in a near zero return to acute care. Under her leadership patient satisfaction was over 98% and staff turnover was cut by 50%.
Roberta continued her career at UH Rehab Hospital where she facilitated the successful opening and accreditation of the facility as the Director of Quality Assurance. She later became the Chief Nursing Officer of the facility. Roberta was then recruited to become the Chief Strategy and Clinical Program Development Officer at Visiting Nurse Association of Cleveland, Ohio where she was responsible for successful program development in heart failure, COPD, pneumonia and joint replacement. After a few years, Roberta was asked to rejoin the Montefiore team as Vice President of Clinical Services and served there until she started her own consulting firm to help post-acute care organizations achieve the best possible quality outcomes while achieving the coveted 5-star Center for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) award.
Roberta states that she has always been a proud member of the Delta Xi chapter of Sigma Theta Tau. Nursing is one of the most respected ethical profession and Sigma Theta Tau has ensured that it is also a profession grounded in scholarship, leadership and research. She states, “I have never regretted the decision to become a nurse. I have seen first-hand the dedication of my fellow nursing professionals who sacrifice their own comforts to make certain that those trusted to their care receive the attention they deserve. I have been fortunate enough to see the appreciation in the eyes of a patient in need. I’ve celebrated with joy at the birth of a newborn, held the hand of the dying patient, and comforted loved ones after tragic loss. It is in these moments that I recognize how privileged I am to be part of the most intimate and vulnerable moments of another human being’s life”.
If I were to offer advice to new nurses it would be to realize that your formal education is only the beginning of your journey. Be patient and realize that while there is much that you have learned, there will always be more to understand. Seeking more experienced mentors will help you become a safe, efficient and effective professional. When looking for your first job, find organizations where learning is valued and mentorship is provided. We are advocates for our patients and we must also be advocates for our own profession. We teach people how to treat us by what we allow. Nurses have earned the right to be proud of their legacy, we should also be rewarded for our dedication with appropriate compensation, safe staffing and the respect we have earned.
And the Award Goes to...
As a national program, the DAISY Faculty Award was developed to provide collegiate institutions with a prestigious incentive to recognize faculty for their unwavering commitment to the professional development of tomorrow's nurse. Faculty members nominated for this distinguished honor not only inspire future nurses, but also consistently demonstrate leadership, clinical excellence and academic mastery. Please join us in congratulating Kent State University's 2017 Daisy Faculty Award recipient, one of our very own, Ann James, MSN, RN!