Welcome to the Delta Xi Chapter
Kent State University College of Nursing
Nurses Day at the Statehouse 2018
Nurses are the most trusted profession in the United States and we can influence change through participation in events such as Nurses Day at the Statehouse (NDASH). This annual event draws nurses from all over the state to focus on state and national issues that influence nursing practice and healthcare. This year, Delta Xi had the privilege of co-sponsoring the event. We managed a table sponsored by Delta Xi to share information about Sigma and Delta Xi with NDASH attendees and encourage nurse leaders to participate on a global level. We also had a seat on the Nursing Issues Panel. The day consisted of a question and answer session with Senators and House Representatives, the Nursing Issues Panel and a reception with legislators. Panelist discussed issues such as the effects of mandatory overtime on nurses, patients and healthcare outcomes and passing laws that would allow nurses to practice to the full extent of their education and training.
The only way we can advocate for our patients and ourselves is if we speak up. When we unite and educate others, we have the power to mold healthcare and advocate for our patients and colleagues. It is our responsibility to pass on our knowledge to these legislators, so they can make informed decisions. So, get involved in professional nursing organizations; be a part of the change that will benefit our profession, patient outcomes and healthcare policy. Take the time to share your experiences with other nurses and inspire them to get involved. Knowledge is an investment in the future of nursing and understanding the policies that govern our practice is essential to ensuring that nurses remain a trusted source in healthcare. We must realize that global impact often starts with local action.
~ Jamie Burchett BSN, RN, Delta Xi Vice President
New Member Orientation
Our first new member orientation is in the books! We had excellent attendance and fun sharing all that Sigma and Delta Xi has to offer. Did you miss out on the orientation because you were hitting the books? Or stuck on a 16 hour shift and couldn't make it? No worries! Following the Presidential Call to Action to Connect, our fearless Membership Engagement Chair, Laurie Robinson prepared a digital copy of the orientation.
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 Click to view induction video
~ Kim DePaul, MSN, RNC-OB, Delta Xi Faculty Counselor
Chapter President's Message:
Each biennium, Sigma installs a new president at the international level. At the 44th Biennial Convention, Beth Tigges, PhD, RN, PNP, BC was proudly introduced and installed, as the 32nd president of Sigma. Each president presents a call to action to help guide members and chapters in fulfillment of the Sigma mission. President Tigges’ call asks us to “connect, collaborate, and catalyze” to advance world health.
The initiatives of Delta Xi embrace President Tigges’ call to action and build on current practices to provide new and innovative ways to fulfill the mission of Sigma Theta Tau International.
Connect: To be the global organization of choice for nursing we must connect with fellow nurses across all disciplines to share what Sigma has to offer. And to do so, we must maximize the use of the industrial sciences. Delta Xi has taken the digital era by storm in developing social media platforms for outreach, adding digital video conferencing for improved communications and has improved Chapter web design to be interactive. As we are at the precipice of the digital evolution, Delta Xi continues to be transformative.
Collaborate: President Tigges challenges us to be collaborative not only within the nursing realm, but also with other key players and primary stakeholders. This is an area that Delta Xi continues to work on and has made many improvements. In January, Sigma members from 10 different chapters, including Delta Xi, embarked on a medical mission trip to Haiti to provide humanitarian aid. Over 3 days Sigma nurses, in collaboration with Haitian interpreters, physicians, ministers and Foundation
For Peace staff, saw and treated over 1000 patients. By continuing to expand our collaboration, we can further fulfill the Sigma mission.
Catalyze: In order to advance world health, Delta Xi members must be the catalyst for change. Delta Xi alone is filled with visionaries and nurse leaders from all walks of life. So far this year, the chapter has engaged in policy by co-sponsoring Nurses Day at the Statehouse. As co-sponsors we were privileged to speak on the Nursing Issues Panel. In front of 400 nurses and policy makers, Delta Xi spoke on behalf of Sigma’s work with the United Nations and the importance of acting on the Sustainable Development Goals both locally and globally. Riveting testimony was presented on changes that need to happen within nursing and how some issues are being addressed, such as H.B. 456, 111 & 191. This event truly highlighted how imperative it is to have nurses on boards.
Without a doubt, Delta Xi will continue to be a shining exemplar of the Sigma mission. I am excited and honored to lead this wonderful group of nurses across uncharted waters and to effect change. Thank you to all who have helped during this transitional period! I look forward to sharing all of our success with you in the near future!
~Tracy M. Schwab, MSN, APRN, AGACNP-BC, CCRN