Welcome to the Delta Xi Chapter
Kent State University College of Nursing
- Macie Solomon, SN, Intern
(Leadership Interns: Macie Solomon & Milan Janca)
On September 17-18th, Delta Xi made a trip to Indianapolis to attend Sigma’s Leadership Connection. We came with an excitement for all of the information and speakers that were prepared and we were not let down! We enjoyed a good laugh from the nationally recognized speaker Christine Cashen before we set off to the difficult task of choosing which of the many sessions we wanted to attend. We heard about an abundance of topics ranging from research focused on improving the safety of children going home on a ventilator to insight into the field of medical tourism. We were even privileged to hear from Delta Xi’s very own Kimberly Cleveland and Yvonne Smith about the necessity of policy, financial, and legal literacy when preparing future nurse executives and again about the importance of creating change with interdisciplinary policy teams. A very action packed 2 days with a stroll through Sigma’s swag shop & a tour of Sigma’s headquarters as the cherry on top. Until we all meet again at next year’s Biennial convention!
~Milan Janca, SN, Intern
On Wednesday, August 22, Delta Xi participated in Blast Off to welcome new and returning students to Kent State for the fall semester. We were able to speak with over 100 different rising nursing students about Sigma and the benefits of membership. The students we spoke with were given a pamphlet of information and a Sigma ballpoint pen to keep us in mind in their coming years at Kent State. We are excited to continue to grow the chapter through connecting, collaborating and catalyzing!
Annual State of the Chapter, Dinner & Program
On June 26, Delta Xi held their Annual Chapter Meeting, Dinner & Program. The evening started off with each board member and committee chair delivering their state of the chapter report, followed by the reveal of the 2019 Strategic Plan. The night was topped off by dinner and an impressive presentation from Dr. Michael Zacharias. Dr. Zacharias is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at University Hospitals, Cleveland Medical Center in the division of Cardiology and Section of Heart Failure and Heart Transplant. His presentation discussed the future of medicine for cardiac transplants and congestive heart failure prevention, and gave a detailed refresher on heart failure in its different forms. He allowed us to take a step into his world where he is trying to improve quality of life and patient outcomes of those suffering from advanced stages of heart failure. It was a noteworthy presentation that you really did not want to miss!
~Macie Solomon, SN, Intern
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