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Kent State University College of Nursing

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018 for the 2018 Annual Research Conference: Research, Evidence-Based Practice, Quality Improvement: Using Data to Inform Practice Where: Kent State-Stark Conference Center located at 6000 Frank Ave NW, North Canton, Ohio. Call for Poster Abstracts: We cordially invite nurses and nursing students to submit abstracts for poster presentations on any topic of relevance to nursing. Reports of completed or in progress research, evidence-based practice, or quality improvement projects are welcome. Deadline for submission is midnight, February 19, 2018.

Member in the Spotlight
Veronica Jachym, senior BSN student

My name is Veronica Jachym and I am currently a senior at Kent State University, and I will be graduating this May with my BSN. For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to pursue a career in the medical field. I knew nursing was the perfect field for me because we have the ability to be front-line caregivers and spend the most time with patients. I believe that nursing is not only a profession, but also a calling. Nurses are called to serve and treat each patient with dignity and respect, regardless of their race, spiritual beliefs, financial status, or culture.  Nursing is certainly a challenging profession, but it is also a worthwhile one. When school gets challenging, I often reflect on my passion and reason for pursuing this career, which is leaving a positive impact on patient’s lives. My mission as a future nurse is to provide holistic, patient-centered care, while keeping my patient’s values and beliefs as an essential component of care.

I have been a member of this prestigious organization since March 2017, and I plan to grow in my membership and prosper from the opportunities this organization has to offer including professional development, community involvement, and also leadership opportunities in the future. I am genuinely honored to be the recipient of the Delta Xi Scholarship this Fall. By being awarded this scholarship, it has lightened the financial burden of paying for my education. This ultimately allows me to focus more on the important aspects of school, which is learning new knowledge and skills, to be an exceptional nurse one day.

After graduation, my goal is to work in Critical Care as I believe this detailed orientated and critical thinking environment is my true niche in nursing. After practicing as a RN for a few years, I plan to further my education and become a Nurse Practitioner.  I am very eager to graduate and begin my career in the rewarding profession of nursing.

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!

Sigma Theta Tau International’s 44th Biennial Convention

(L-R): Ashley Yurkovich; Santhi Avula, BSN, RN; Tracy Schwab, MSN, APRN, AGACNP-BC, Jessica Paul

October 27 through November 1- Representatives from Delta Xi attended the 44
th Biennial Convention in Indianapolis IN. There were so many insightful and thought provoking presentations, along with various award ceremonies over the five days. We heard from many great nursing leaders from around the globe, regarding topics such as student engagement, trauma-informed care, global health mentorship, STTI and the UN, culturally diverse healthcare, and the undergraduate transition to practice,  just to name a few. Each one provided unique knowledge, further enhancing our professional development and knowledge share.

The week continued with many updates on the state of the society and projections for future growth. Noted milestones this past biennium included; establishment of the first at-large chapter to include a clinical practice site, introduction of global regional councils from the Global Advisory Panel on the Future of Nursing and Midwifery (GAPFON), and the introduction of the new CEO Dr. Elizabeth Madigan. One of the pivotal moments was the unveiling of the new Sigma brand. The Board of Directors explained that intensive market research was completed regarding STTI’s appearance as a society and a global organization. They expressed that often times STTI is confused for a fraternity and/or just an academic organization. It was felt that to be all inclusive and global in approach a change needed to be made. This led to the new logo ‘Sigma, Global Nursing Excellence’ for mainstream use. Sigma Theta Tau International is still the official name of the organization and the crest will continue to be used for events and materials of prestige, such as induction and awards. However, the Greek letters will be used less often.  

As for awards, Delta Xi did not come back empty handed! Member awards included: Shirley Moore received the Elizabeth McWilliams Miller Award for Excellence in Research, Yvonne Smith received the STTI National League for Nursing Grant, and Tracy Schwab received the New Member Pillar Award. Additionally, the Chapter received its first Key Award for Chapter Excellence in the 2015-2017 biennium. Of the 531 chapters, 88 received Chapter Key Awards. The Chapter Key Award banner can be found displayed in the College of Nursing in the coming weeks.

The week ended with the installment of our new President, Dr. Beth Baldwin Tigges, and other officers, as well as the presentation of the 2017-2019 Presidential Call to Action: Connect, Collaborate, Catalyze. President Tigges explained that in order to continue to grow and evolve as a global organization, our trajectory needs to align with advancements in technology. She recognized the importance that social media has on connectivity and the need of the society to interact on a global level.  Further illuminated in the Presidential Call to Action was Collaboration.  Collaboration in this sense is viewed through teamwork and involvement not only with other chapters, but also other disciplines. President Tigges challenged us to broaden our horizons through multi-chapter and multidisciplinary events, projects, and involvement over the next biennium. Lastly, President Tigges called for the society to be a catalyst for change with the goal of transformation in global nursing. She challenged us to act upon the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the chapter level and within our own societies.
The Biennial Convention was a unique opportunity to connect with fellow nurses from around the globe and has put a lasting impression on all of us. Please look for pictures on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to see more about the amazing events and activities the representatives participated in.

~ Ashley Yurkovich

Chapter President's Message:

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.

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



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