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Kent State University College of Nursing
 


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Chapter President's Message

As I begin my first year as your president for the Delta Xi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI), I would like to give a “Thank You” to our outgoing board and committee members who have contributed to Delta Xi these past two years, 2016 – 2017:

  • Ann Jacobson, President
  • Peggy Dohney, Publicity Chair
  • Cynthia Majercik, Governance Chair
  • Ruth Ludwick, Research Chair
  • Denice Sheehan, Leadership Succession
  • Jennifer Metheney, Treasurer

A complete list of our board and committee members can be located in the “About Us” tab at the top of the page, in the “Chapter Leader" tab.

Additionally, a heartfelt “Thank You” on behalf of the board and committees goes to all of you who have volunteered over the past year at events such as Maize Fall Fest, SNA Pumpkin painting and Career day at the CON: Lyndsey Bailey, Jeanne Bryner, Allyson Chicoski, Harriet Coeling, Alice Colwell, Sarah Croes, Lisa Echeverry, Ann James, Katheryn Lane, Shannon Lenke, Pam Stephenson, Sureeporn Suwannaosod, Amy Veney, Tyiesha Williams. If you are interested in volunteering for an hour, a day, or as a long term board or committee member, please contact any of us for more information and we will help you match your interests with our needs.

Our energetic and innovative leaders came together on July 15th for the 2017 board/strategic planning retreat. Following a very productive afternoon, the Strategic Goals for Delta Xi Chapter were revised and programs were planned (to be listed under Upcoming Events) to match the Membership survey results, Key Award criteria, and the Mission and Vision of STTI:

  1. Develop leadership skills to promote professional development of members and serve the needs of the chapter.
  2. Address active, inactive, and potential members’ interests and needs, within the framework of STTI’s initiatives, in developing and deploying user-friendly, innovative, and responsive programming and services.
  3. Recognize excellence through awards and scholarships.
  4. Promote awareness of nursing and health in communities of interest.

This past year Delta Xi board, committee members, volunteers, and chapter members have accomplished numerous achievements and received several received high honors and awards from STTI. Some of these accomplishments were highlighted at our annual business meeting on July 15th; if you missed the meeting and would like to view the information presented, the video is listed in the “Library” tab at the top of the page, in the “Resources” tab and under the “Meetings” file and “Annual Meeting”. 

Following the annual business meeting, Kimberly Cleveland ESQ, MSN, RN, C-MBC with exemplars from Christine Brugler MSN, RN and Tracy Gidden MSN, APRN, PPCNP-BC, CNE presented “Get you’re “A” Game on, Influence through Advocacy!”. The program focus was in support of our STTI President Cathy Catrambone's Call to Action. As leaders in nursing, we are called to influence through advocacy, policy, lifelong learning and philanthropy. In the words of Mahatma Ghandi, "live as if you were to die tomorrow, learn as if you were to live forever". Watch the Delta Xi website for announcement when a narrated version is available in the Virginia Henderson repository/library.

The Delta Xi Board voted to continue to meet on the third Monday of every month (unless otherwise scheduled; check the website for announcements and webinar access information) in the College of Nursing from 5:30 – 7:30. All chapter members are welcome to attend in person or via webinar. The agenda and webinar information is distributed via the Circle in advance of the meeting.  

~ Lory A. Lewis Ph.D., APRN, NNP-BC


 

Get your "A" game on, Influence Through Advocacy! 

Annual Chapter Meeting, Dinner & Program

An evening of social networking, journey through advocacy and fine dining was enjoyed by all at the Annual Chapter Meeting held on July 15 at the Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center. This year's program focused on President Cathy Catrambone's Call to Action in the area of Advocacy. As leaders in nursing, we are called to influence through advocacy, policy, lifelong learning and philanthropy. In the words of Mahatma Ghandi, "live as if you were to die tomorrow, learn as if you were to live forever".


Member in the Spotlight!

 

Jeanne Bryner, RN, BA, CEN (rtd)

A non-traditional student, I graduated from Trumbull Memorial Hospital Nursing School in 1979 and was immediately hired for full-time midnight turn in the Med-Surg pool.  After a few months, I went to PEDS for full-time midnights and was oriented (however briefly) to nursing needs of children.  Many nurses can function well on night turn, but I’m not one of them, so I returned to the Med-Surg pool and found myself working a lot in Recovery Room.  There were times we couldn’t get patients off the vents and they’d land in ICU for a day or two, so I’d be in the unit working.  Often, I found myself being scheduled for ICU, so one day my supervisor said they wanted me for afternoon staff.  I was flattered and terrified at the thought of caring for critically ill patients, but my preceptors and colleagues were absolutely wonderful.  In 1986, I went back to college.  I was thirty-eight and having my mid-life thing I suppose, but I was writing a great deal and wanted to learn how to write better.  I was working twelve-hour shifts in the ER and it took me ten years to cobble together an English degree with a certificate in writing from Kent State University’s Honors College.  I received awards for my writing and they changed my life, but I never wanted to leave nursing.  I found ways to marry both worlds.  I conducted writing workshops in schools, cancer support groups, assisted living facilities, community centers and universities.  Writing is a healing practice.  We have evidence based research to support this.  

In 1995 my first chapbook, Breathless, was chosen for publication by the Wick Poetry Program at KSU.  It’s a small collection of poems about my nursing experiences, and after one of the nursing faculty read it at Henderson Hall, I was asked to join STTI.  I was thrilled.  So, I’ve been a member since then, but not a very active one.  Family ills.  LIFE.  It’s just a balancing act and not easy to do.  Over the years, I’ve received awards for nursing, writing and community service.  I’ve had writing fellowships from Bucknell University, the Ohio Arts Council (’97,’07,) and Vermont Studio Center.  In our hospital’s nurses’ recognition program I received top award for leadership/scholarship in 1995 and 2005.  My books in print are Breathless, Blind Horse: Poems, Eclipse: Stories, Tenderly Lift Me: Nurses Honored, Celebrated and Remembered, Smoke: Poems (which received a 2012 Book of the Year Award from AJN), No Matter How Many Windows (Tillie Olsen Award from the Working Class Studies Association, 2011), Early Farming Woman, The Wedding of Miss Meredith Mouse,  and Both Shoes Off: Poems.  My poetry has been adapted for the stage and performed nationally and at the 2005 Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland.  My new play, Foxglove Canyon, was first performed at Summa Healthcare for a humanities conference in 2010.

For three years Cortney Davis and I have been co-editing an anthology about student nurse experiences.  It’s an international collection of about fifty contributors.  Our eldest nurses are in their nineties and our recent grads are in their twenties.  The title is This Blessed Field: How Nursing School Shaped Our Lives and Careers.  It’s been a life changing journey for me.  The stories, essays and poems really show us the many shoulders we stand on.  We await the nod from a Literature & Medicine publisher.

The most rewarding aspect of my career is knowing that I’ve made a difference in my patients lives and have a very strong community of colleagues as life-long friends. The most challenging part of my career is watching nursing being broken into pieces and parceled out to technicians.  For example, renal dialysis and cardiovascular lab and others wait in the wings.  I appreciate advancements in technology, but please don’t bring me a monitor to mind a patient, because I wouldn’t take a hundred of them for one good bedside nurse.  My advice to new nurses and established nurses is the same: follow the threads that bring you joy and peace.  Find ways to incorporate them in your daily life and nursing practice, because those actions are the oldest and best of medicines to heal whatever troubles come to your door. 

To learn more about Jeanne Bryner, click here


Congratulations 2017 Inductees!

 

Delta Xi inducted 115 new members on April 13, 2017.  It was a very elegant evening of celebration!  To top off the night, Dr. Barbara Broome and Dr. Linda Everett gave riveting speeches that inspired all.  Congratulation to our new members and Welcome!  We look forward to networking with you.  You can now view the induction ceremony on YouTube and pictures have been posted on our Facebook page.

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