Welcome to the Delta Xi Chapter
Kent State University College of Nursing
Member in the Spotlight!
Jason Fischer, BSN, RN-BC
I am a current MSN student at Kent in the FNP program, getting ready to start my second year. Additionally, I am preparing to start a graduate assistantship while working PRN in home healthcare for a couple of Dayton, Ohio agencies and occasional consulting for the US Department of Health and Human Services and the State of Ohio. My nursing background is primarily in critical care, having worked at Cleveland Clinic Main Campus in the coronary ICU and as a critical care float travel nurse at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Florida for 5 years up until last year. I am ANCC board-certified in cardiac-vascular nursing and have the Alumnus CCRN designation. I began my nursing career after a switch from finance, starting as a nurse aide before advancing to LPN, RN, and earning my BSN magna cum laude from Ohio University. My first baccalaureate degree is a BA, Economics & Political Science from The Ohio State University. I am thankful for all of the incredible mentors I have had across my diverse career, and hope to blend it all together working as a APRN while advocating for better health policy.
My life has largely been focused on academics, research, and work. One of the reasons that I am in Dayton, Ohio is that most of my immediate and extended family lives here and it has been nice to be closer to them. It has been a challenge making time for hobbies, but I enjoy cooking, yoga, running, long-distance biking, and weight-training to stay healthy and sane. I also enjoy helping a friend on a family farm, spending time outdoors, traveling to visit with friends in Northeast Ohio, and occasional long weekends exploring other US cities. Lately those trips have been paired with conferences.
I was initiated into STTI after graduating from Ohio University after having applied out of curiosity. The chapter was not very active, so I transferred into Delta Xi last year, again out of curiosity. My first time engaging with Delta Xi was at the annual meeting in July 2017, and it was inspiring to meet and listen to members who are very engaged in the profession and supportive of each other. I look forward to contributing as I am able.
Rewards vs Challenges:
The most rewarding aspect of my career has been seeing the positive impact that I have made on the lives of others and their families. An example that comes to mind is that of a patient in the ICU who was dismissed by a novice nurse as “high anxiety” and “needy” at the start of my shift. I immediately went into this room and introduced myself, asked to sit next to her bedside, and discussed her questions and concerns for an initial 15 minutes. After working with her to prioritize these concerns and address them over the course of the shift, we were able to return a feeling of control of her situation and environment while reducing her pain and her fear of the unknown. She was able to sleep for the first time in days despite severe orthopnea. Ultimately, she successfully made it through surgery and months later her family sent me a family photo on Christmas Day thanking me for being part of getting her to another holiday season together.
I think that the most challenging for me has been an unfulfilled desire to work on a systems level to improve care. When I worked in finance, the work that I did was at a high level to improve economic development programs that impacted the State of Ohio and local communities. The results of my work were more abstract, and this was part of what led to my transition into healthcare. I have loved seeing the direct results of my work on an individual level as the example I shared illustrates, but I am eager to get back to spending more time working on a larger scale again while staying grounded in clinical practice. My limited work on the business side of healthcare combined with my entry into research and health policy has helped me cope with the frustration that I experience from this challenge.
Words of wisdom: Stay positive, stay persistent, and seek first to understand before making yourself understood.
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".
Congratulations 2017 Inductees!
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:
- Develop leadership skills to promote professional development of members and serve the needs of the chapter.
- 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.
- Recognize excellence through awards and scholarships.
- 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