Welcome to the Delta Xi Chapter
Kent State University College of Nursing
Get your "A" game on, Influence Through Advocacy!
Annual Chapter Meeting, Dinner & Program
Enjoy an evening of social networking and fine dining, as you listen to experts of our time tell about their journey through advocacy! Join us on July 15th for our Annual Chapter Meeting, Dinner and Program at the Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center at 4:30pm. This year's program will focus 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".
This activity has been submitted to the Ohio Nurses Association for approval to award contact hours. The Ohio Nurses Association is accredited as an approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation (OBN-001-91). Criteria for successful completion includes attendance at the entire event and submission of a completed evaluation form. There is no financial conflict of interest with regard to the presenters or planners, authors or content reviewers in connection with this continuing education activity. Please contact STTI, Delta Xi President Elect Lory Lewis at firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions regarding CE.
To sign up, please click here. Hurry, as our first early bird special ends JUNE 10th!
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.
Chapter President's Message
As I complete my first year in office, I am both astonished and grateful for what our board, committee members, volunteers, and chapter members have accomplished. Some of these accomplishments were highlighted at our annual business meeting on May 16; if you missed the meeting and would like to review the information presented, the slides are in the library on the Delta Xi website.
We held our annual board/strategic planning retreat on July 18 in the College of Nursing. Board liaison Katherine Rogers from the STTI main office in Indianapolis joined us in a productive day. We have a wonderful, robust crew of energetic and visionary leaders working to achieve our strategic goals of:
Informing, inspiring and supporting our members
Providing benefits and activities of interest to existing and potential members; and
Contributing to our communities’ health through service and advocacy.
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. We hope to be updating this often as more of you volunteer to contribute to these initiatives in the years to come. 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.
I would like to thank our outgoing board and committee members for their contributions to Delta Xi this past year:
Carol Sedlak, Vice President
Tamie Fox, Counselor
Emily McClung, Governance Committee Member
Andrea Warner, Governance Committee Member
And, another heartfelt thank you on behalf of the board and committees goes to the following members who made voluntary contributions to Delta Xi this past year to support the work of the chapter: Michelle Green Carroscia, Cassandra Dando, Robin JoMae Mermer, Beatrice Molano, and Jane Mahowald.
The Delta Xi Board meets on the third Monday of every month (unless otherwise scheduled; check the website for announcements) in the College of Nursing from 5:30 – 7:30. All chapter members are welcome to attend. The agenda is distributed via the Circle in advance of the meeting.