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Kent State University College of Nursing

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Member in the Spotlight

Roberta Brofman, BSN, RN, MBA-HCM
(Charter Member)

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.

Save the date and join us
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, March 2, 2018.

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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