Pioneer Valley nurses attend Scholarship Day 2014

Joan Roche, Phd, RN  President of Beta Zeta at Large Chapter welcomed the attendees.  Research presentations and poster presentations by nursing students, nursing educators, and clinical staff shared their research findings.

 left Joan Roche, Phd, RN President of Beta Zeta at Large Chapter
right -Dr Martha Curley, keynote speaker


Cynthia Gaudet PhD(c), RN, Westfield University presented "Electronic Bedside Documentation and Nurse-Patient Communication"; Colleen Thibault,  nursing  student at American International College spoke about "Horizontal Violence: A Student Nurse Perspective"; Olga Ehrlich, BSN, PhD student at University of Massachusetts at Amherst  reviewed " A Hybrid Concept analysis of Pain Control" and Ruth Bushey, MSN, RN, Elms College presented " Be Safe on Coumadin-Improving Older Adult Patient Outcomes in the  Hospital Coumadin Service Setting Through a Patient Education Offering".  Time was alloted for review of thirty poster presentations for nursing research on  health related topic

left Dr. Joyce Thielan, Vice President of Beta Zeta at Large Chapter, Cynthia Gaudet PhD(c), RN Westfield State University--grant receipient by Beta Zeta at Large Chapter for her nursing research

Cynthia Gaudet and Olga Ehrlich were financially supported by a  grant from  the Beta Zeta at Large Chapter for their  nursing research.
Olga Ehrlich BSN, PhD student, University of Massachusetts at Amherst--grant receipient by Beta Zeta at Large for her nursing research


To support local food banks, the Beta Zeta at Large chapter has been collecting non-perishable food items at each educational event.  Since hunger is a public health problem across the Commonwealth and the current economic situation, food donations will assist families to fight hunger in Holyoke. Cash donations and  200 pounds of food items were collected at Scholarship  Day 2014 for the Providence Ministries, Inc., Holyoke, MA..


Beta Zeta at Large Chapter is comprised of nursing programs at University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Our Lady of the Elms College, Chicopee,MA; and American International College, Springfield, MA. The mission of Sigma Theta Tau International is to improve the health of people world wide through leadership and scholarship in practice, education and research.

For list of  2014 Scholarship Day Presenters, See Research Tab

Beta Zeta at Large chapter, STTI members
attend Biennial Convention

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 Katherine-Marie 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).

Opening Plenary Session, STTI Convention 2013

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.

Betty Ferrell, plentary speaker at STTI Convention (left)

Katherine-Marie Conover delegate from Beta Zeta Chapter (below)

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.

Past presidents of STTI (left to right) -  Carol Huston, Karin Morin, Melanie Dreher, Daniel Pesut, Mary Wykle, Patrica Thompson

eft to right- President  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 of Healing.” 

Anna Pakausky, Beta Zeta at Large Chapter member, presentation at STTI convention (at left).

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-Katherine-Marie 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.

Hestor Klopper , new President of STTI (left)
past president of STTI, Suzanne S. Provost

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.

Delegate Report(s)

Janice Pastuszak MS, ACNS-BC, FNP-BC  writes"

I was fortunate enough to attend the STTI biennial convention.  It was totally exciting and refreshing to see so many nurses interacting, networking, and surrounding themselves with the work of nurse researchers, leaders, and clinical experts. Sessions were well attended and one needed to get a seat in a session as soon as possible as some of the room sizes were small and seating was in short supply. Of incidental note, the greater Indianapolis area was visited by tornadoes and extreme weather. I looked out one door to see rain coming sideways and trees bending at a 90-degree angle. We were lucky not to be in the tornado. It is not something one wants to experience."  Read more...

Report of attendance at the STTI Biennial Convention.pdf

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2014 Induction New Members

On Saturday, May 3rd,at 10 am , the 2014 Induction of new members into Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society for Nursing, Beta Zeta at Large Chapter will be held at American International College in the Karen Sprague Cultural Arts Center

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. Dr. Cesarina Thompson,PhD, RN, ANEF
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On Wednesday May 7, 2014 we will have our annual meeting, where we will continue with our strategic planning process and set our chapter goals for the upcoming year. This meeting will be held at the BRL conference room at Whitney Conference Center at 5:30 PM. (this is a change from our previous meeting schedule -- one of the schools is having their honors celebration on May 6, which was our previously scheduled date, and please adjust your calendars).

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