A delegation of Beta Zeta at Large Chapter, Honor Society of Nurses, Sigma Theta Tau International members participated in the 42nd Biennial convention held in Indianapolis, IN on November 16-20, 2013. They joined 2,100 nurse professionals from around the globe to see and hear the latest in peer-reviewed nursing research, attend keynote presentations, network with fellow colleagues from around the world, conduct the official business of the honor society, induct new international members, and elect international officers for the biennium. Delegates from the Beta Zeta at Large Chapter were Sheila Rucki (Longmeadow, MA) and Katie Conover (Sunderland, MA). Other members that attended were Karen Rousseau (Chicopee, MA), Gail Bean (Westfield, A), Jan Pastuszak (Springfield, MA), and Jean Walachy (Holyoke, MA).
Beta Zeta Chapter At Large
Beta Zeta at Large chapter, STTI members attend Biennial Convention
This year’s convention theme “Give Back to Move Forward” was reflected through the oral, symposia and poster presentations designed to further professional development of members.
Attendees could shop at the Marketplace for original STTI merchandise and books,, have nursing books signed by the authors:conversations with candidates for STTI office;purchase a raffle ticket for jewelry donated by past presidents for the support of the Foundation of Nursing that provides grants for Nursing research;opportunities for discussions and dialogue in the Regional meetings and candidate forums;visit the booths in the exhibit hall that showcase new products, schools of nursing, and book publishers; attend concurrent sessions in clinical, evidence-based practice, leadership, and scientific nursing research; listen to international known nursing leaders at the plenary sessions; attend the functions that highlight the award recipients to chapters and individuals for their nursing excellence; and visit the STTI International headquarters on the Indiana University in Indianapolis, IN.
|| Left to right- Presdient
of STTI, Suzanne S. Provost, Karen Rousseau( past president of Beta Zeta at
Large Chapter) and Patricia E. Thompson, Chief Executive Officer, STTI
Members of Beta Zeta
at Large chapter presented at the Biennial Convention were Olga
Ehrlich, (Williamsburg, MA) with a poster on Hospice Pain Research and
Anna Pakausky(Newton, MA) spoke about “ A Critique and Concept Synthesis
Anna Pakausky, Beta Zeta at
Large Chapter member, presentation at STTI convention
The Beta Zeta at Large Chapter received its tenth Chapter Key Award since it was established in 1991 to honor chapters that excel in chapter-related activities, such as membership recruitment and retention, publicity and programming, and professional leadership and development. Chapter key award recipients receive a banner and key medallion on the first time the chapter is recognized and is presented with a key to add to the banner each biennium in which the chapter receives an award. Past president of Beta Zeta at Large, Karen Rousseau was the chapter’s representative for the Chapter Key Award from Sigma Theta Tau International President, Suzanne S. Provost. Beta Zeta at Large chapter is comprised of nursing programs at University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA; Our Lady of the Elms College, Chicoppee, MA; and American International College, Springfield, MA.
Karen Rousseau, Sheila Rucki, Gail Bean,
Jan Pastuszak,,back row-Katie Conover, Jean Walachy
On the final day of convention, Sigma Theta Tau International installed a South African nurse and professor as the society’s first-ever none-North American president. Hester Klopper, PhD, MBA, RN, RM, RANSA is the new president of STTI. Dr. Klopper is the chief executive officer of the Forum of University Nursing Deans of South Africa.
Klopper , new President of STTI(,Left) past president of STTI Suzanne S.
Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International is a non-profit organization, headquartered in Indianapolis, IN. whose mission is advancing world health and celebrating nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership and service. Founded in 1922 at the Indiana University School of Nursing, STTI has more than 135,000 members in more than 90 countries.
For more information, STTI website is www.nursingsociety.org
Presentation by Brother Michael Duffy, D.N.P., A. PR.N.- B.C. on November 7, 2013
At the Beta Zeta at Large chapter, Sigma Theta Tau
chapter meeting, Br. Duffy presented his work with the vulnerable population in Chicopee, MA for his doctoral work at the Regis College, Weston, MA.
Br. Duffy has been a Franciscan Friar since 1982, worked as a missionary in Jamaica from 2005-2011 helping people to obtain medical care, currently an assistant professor in the nursing program at Our Lady of the Elms College,Chicopee, MA,and a Beta Zeta at Large Chapter member.
He applied for grants to purchase a used mobile home, negotiated with a local company to paint the outside
and designed the inside of the mobile clinic for work space and placement of medical equipment. Since January, 2013,the Elms Care Van has provided 406 visits of free care for the homeless population in Chicopee, MA. Nursing care includes: monitoring blood pressure, performing glucose checks, doing foot care and handing out socks, giving minor first aid, making referrals to primary doctors when necessary, and teaching health education.
The Elms Care Van is parked outside Lorraine's Soup Kitchen from 4:30 pm-6:15 pm Tuesday's nights and Sunday on Exchange Street from 10:30 am-12:15 pm.
Chapter members viewed the Elms Care Van prior to the chapter meeting and questions were answered by Elms College's nursing students who are doing a clinical rotation for the nursing program with Br. Duffy.
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Scholarship Day 2013
I would like to invite to join us in our annual Scholarship Day. Our
keynote speaker this year is Dr. Karin Reuter-Rice, an assistant professor
in the Duke University School of Nursing and School of Medicine,
Department of Pediatrics. She holds faculty appointments in the Duke
Institute of Brain Science as a Volunteer Scientist appointment and is a
2012 Fellow of the NIH-National Institute of Nursing Research Summer
Genetics Institute. She is experienced in developing and conducting
innovative clinical translational research studies that aim to understand
the human response to traumatic brain injury (TBI) and change the way we
study this devastating pediatric injury.
As always, our event is to be held at the Log Cabin in Holyoke MA, and
there will be a number of other presenters as well as poster presentation
viewing sessions of local nursing research and scholarly work.
The details and the registration is available under events and we hope to see you there!
Karen Rousseau MS
President, Beta Zeta at Large
American International College
Connecting the Dots: NIH Summer Genetics Institute
Please join us for a presentation by Donna Zucker PhD, RN, FAAN regarding her experience at the NIH last summer titled
"CONNECTING THE DOTS: NIH SUMMER GENETICS INSTITUTE"
The talk should be very interesting and there will time for networking and catching up with colleagues as well as a light supper!
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Hope to see you there!
Dec 12, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM (Eastern Time (US & Canada))
Longmeadow, MA, United States
Dec 11, 1:00 AM - 11:59 PM (Eastern Time (US & Canada))
Dec 13, 1:00 AM - 11:59 PM (Eastern Time (US & Canada))
Feb 10 - 12
Feb 19, 12:01 AM - 11:59 PM (Eastern Time (US & Canada))