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Kent State University College of Nursing

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Delta Xi Annual Meeting

* State of the Chapter Report *
* 2020 Strategic Plan *    
* Awards & Recognition *     
* Dinner *

* Networking *  

Theme: Nurse Wellness 
Featuring information provided by Eileen T. O’Grady RN, NP, PhD

“For nearly every indicator, the health of America’s nurses is worse than that of the average American. Nurses are more likely to be overweight, have higher levels of stress and get less than the recommended hours of sleep....According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, registered nurses have the fourth highest rate of injuries and illnesses that result in days away from work when compared to all other occupations.”

Thursday, July 25th
5pm - 8pm
Registration 5pm - 5:30pm

Kent State University 
Student Center - Room 306A

Thank you to those that attended!!

Collaborative 2019 Annual Research Conference
May 15, 2019

Delta Omega, Delta Xi, Pi Chi & Alpha Mu Chapters 

Attendees enjoying Session 1 of 2 Nursing Research Poster Sessions

Keynote: The Journey of Research from Conception to Evaluation
Brilliant Keynote by Mary Dolansky, PhD, RN, FAAN
“What is Needed to Translate Research into Practice? Curiosity, Courage, and Compassion?” 

This keynote presentation focused on the journey of research from conception to evaluation, providing the steps of identifying a practice problem, leading research inquiry and translating it into practice. Improvement and implementation science theories and methods offer contemporary research approaches that inform this journey. In order to reach our “north star” of improving nursing practice, curiosity, courage, and compassion are proposed.

Collaborating Sigma Chapters MembersA message from the planning committee
Thank you to all who attended!
Hope to see you next year!

Congratulations to our 2019 Inductees!


The Delta Xi Chapter at Kent State University is honored to welcome 77 new members! On Sunday March 3, 2019 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 Kent State University College of Nursing in attendance at the ceremony to greet and welcome new inductees. In addition, the 2019-2020 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. 

Many thanks to Andrea Hallgren Photography for capturing such beautiful images from the ceremony. Photos are now available for your viewing! Take some time to relive the special memories by going to http://www.enjoyphotos.com, and fill in the following information- Username: sigma  Password: 25702sigma  Your favorite photos can be easily ordered with your credit card in a highly secure purchasing environment. 
~ Tamara Fox MSN, M.Ed., RN Delta Xi Faculty Counselor   

Empowering Nurses to Influence Legislation 

Sigma and non-Sigma nurses gathered on January 22nd at Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center to enjoy a night of networking, dinner and continuing education (CE). The Empowering Nurses event included two sessions of CE presented by Ohio Nurses Association (ONA), “Empowering Nurses to Influence Legislation” and “The Impact of Safe Staffing in Ohio”, and a powerful testimonial from Yvonne Smith based on her personal experience with legislators and how she first became involved. Tiffany Bukoffsky, MHA, BSN, RN, Director of Health Policy and Nursing Practice at ONA presented the two sessions and explained the process of legislation, the roles our senators and representative play in the process, and most importantly why nurses need to be involved throughout each step. The numbers of healthcare professionals in the House of Representatives and Senate are exceptionally low and do not include a nurse amongst the group. ONA advocates for nursing through monitoring and influencing these bills as necessary based on current evidence and consensus. Individual nurses bring an experience and knowledge that could make a great impact on the legislative process and the end game, laws or rules; These laws and rules often affect our nursing practice. Without nurses becoming involved, bills could be drafted, introduced and passed by persons without the knowledge or experience to speak to healthcare issues. Any nurse can participate in this process in a way in which makes them feel comfortable. For example, educating oneself on current legislation, using social media outlets to educate others, discussing these bills directly with legislators, indirectly through letters of support or contention, going to the state house and participating in a grassroots effort, or engaging in efforts through the ONA advocacy network. Safe staffing is a topic that most nurses are familiar with and understand the importance of, but many may not realize the finer details. For instance, Ohio is the only state in the country that does not require hospitals to be licensed to operate. In fact, Ohio hospitals are not mandated by a licensing agency, instead hospitals are required to create a staffing plan and are required to make it available to the public. This staffing plan is not enforced because there is no governing agency that could hold them accountable. Safe staffing improves working environment, job satisfaction and patient outcomes. ONA has been working on changing the way staffing is mandated for years but it is a slow process that ONA will continue to work with legislators to improve. These are two examples of issues in nursing that can be directly affected by nurses simply engaging in the process. I challenge you to find your passion in nursing, engage in an activity that may affect positive change to any aspect of nursing, and then send a summary of your experience to jburche1@kent.edu. Your experience may be featured on Delta Xi’s Website. I look forward to hearing about your journey. For more information about the Advocacy Network, membership not required, visit http://ohnurses.org/advocacy?

~Jamie Burchett, BSN, RN



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