Spring Updates and Induction

Hello Southwest Missouri Nurses and Nursing Students! We hope your spring is going well.  Below are just a few things going on with the chapter and updates on upcoming events.  We hope you can join us for them and look forward to seeing you.

Current Chapter Activities
This has been a very active year for the theta lambda chapter.


The chapter is proud to sponsor an educational event on April 2nd at the O’Reilly Cancer Center on the St. John’s Regional Health System campus entitled, Implications of Health Care Reform for Missouri. Keynote speakers included Rebecca McClanahan, RN and former Missouri legislator, and Judy Baker from the Department of Health and Human services.  Cost is $35 dollars for Theta Lambda members and $10 for students. Advanced registration is required by 3/28/11.  Please mail registration forms and payments to the address directed on the attached brochure.


Mark your calendars and join us for Spring Induction on April 9th to be held in the Missouri State University Plaster Student Union ROOM 314. Free parking is available in lots 7, 14, 29, and the visitor parking lot by Taylor Health and Wellness. Guest speaker will be Dr. Susan Berg presenting on, “Cultural competence and health disparity education in Nurse Practitioner programs”.  Finalization of new officers as well as induction of community leaders will take place.  Cost is $18 per person.  Send your reservation and money, payable to Theta Lambda, to Caroline Helton, Missouri State University, 901 S. National Ave. Springfield, MO 65897, no later than April 6th.  You can also RSVP by phone or e-mail and pay at the door.

CarolineHelton@MissouriState.edu or 417-829-0891, or 417-836-6569

Join us for brunch, networking, an informative presentation, and chapter business.  See the attached flier for more information.

If you would like to become a member or would like to nominate a new member of the chapter and have not ever been inducted into Sigma Theta Tau you may do so by sending the following to the chapter counselor Caroline Helton via her e-mail: A letter of reference to the chapter by a current active member, a one page essay about why you would like to join the chapter, and your curriculum vitae.

Have You Ever Wanted to Be More Involved?
Now is the time to get involved in your local sigma theta tau organization. The time commitment to serve is minimal, but the impact on nursing science in Southwest Missouri is great. If you are interested in serving on any of the following committees please send an e-mail to the address below: governance, leadership succession, education, or communication. Likewise, maybe you would like to serve on the board. The office of secretary is open this spring and a counselor will be needed from the Missouri State University faculty. We would love to have you! If you are interested please send an e-mail to the new chapter e-mail account:STTIthetalambda@gmail.com.  Be looking for notification of open electronic voting for active members this spring.

Theta Lambda Working to Strengthen Nursing in Southwest Missouri

The Theta Lambda chapter has been working in many other venues within the community to encourage nursing, professional involvement, leadership, and scholarship.  The following are just a few of the many activities the chapter is supporting.

Southwest Missouri Student Nurses are working together: Leadership, professional involvement, community activism

The Theta Lambda Chapter is well into their second year of the  ‘Student Nurse Leadership Project’, where student nursing organizations from Cox College, Missouri State University, and Southwest Baptist University are working together with the local Down Syndrome Group of the Ozarks. Activities done to support this group included a door hanging fundraiser spearheaded by the Missouri State University SNO group that raised $500 for the Down Syndrome group, a ‘spring fling’ scheduled for March at  the Southwest Baptist University St. John’s College of Nursing campus, and brochure development by the Cox College of nursing. If you would like to be informed of activities or participate in this project, feel free to contact the board via e-mail at STTIthetalambda@gmail.com.

Research Day at the MSU Department of Nursing

Dr. Susan Berg is once again heading up Research Day on Monday April 18th at the Missouri State University campus to encourage scholarship and oral presentation of research and clinical projects by the graduate nursing students at the university.  The Theta Lambda chapter is proud to help sponsor this event and encourages members, nurses, and local students to attend.  The event begins at 5:00 pm in the Professional Building room 424.

Movers and Shakers:

Members of the Theta Lambda chapter continue to be active in nursing and scholarship.  Dr. Susan Berg is having a chapter entitled HEENT in the text Patient Education a Practical Approach by Jones and Bartlett. The copyright year will be 2012.  Dr. Patricia Webb will have an article on Autism screening during well child visits published sometime this year in the Journal for Nurse Practitioners and presented at the International Association of Forensic Nurses Scientific Assembly about using evidenced based guidelines in the evaluation of the sexually abused pediatric patient.  Theta Lambda member Jan Atwell, along with Dr. Rose Utley and Rachel Anderson have an upcoming article in Geriatric Nursing.  Terri Schmitt has been a panelist with the podcasted show Insights in Nursing with producer and nurse Jamie Davis and has been privileged to work with the Blog of the Interdisciplinary Nursing Research Quarterly Initiative on a student blog carnival of writings and thoughts concerning the recent I.O.M. nursing initiative. Terri will also be presenting with international Sigma members Rob Fraser and Dr. Carole Eldridge on social media and electronic communication in education and leadership at the 41st Biannual Convention of Sigma Theta Tau in the Fall of 2011.

Dr. Susan Sims-Giddens presented ”Integrating Applied Learning in the Merit, Tenure, and Promotion Process” February 25, 2011 at the 6th Annual Conference on Applied learning in Higher Education in St. Joseph, MO. Caroline Helton presented a poster entitled “Critical Reflection Documentation of Student Service-learning Experiences” February 25, 2011 at the 6th Annual Conference on Applied learning in Higher Education in St. Joseph, MO. Dr. Susan Sims-Giddens, Caroline Helton, and Carol Daniel presented “Health promotion and Disease Prevention of Homeless and Vulnerable Populations” March 16, 1011 at the National Nursing Center Consortium in San Antonio, Texas. Dr. Susan Sims-Giddens will present “Transitioning from a Digital Immigrant to a Digital Native” May 24, 2011 at the Midwest Healthcare Educators’ Academy in Grand Forks, North Dakota. Jan Atwell will present “Simulation: Relief for Dreading to Care for the Dying Patient” May 24, 2011 at the Midwest Healthcare Educators’ Academy in Grand Forks, North Dakota.  Carolyn Hart presented a poster on “Persistence in learning in online nursing students” at the Nurse Educator Institute in Branson, MO.

If you are doing great things or know other members who are, drop us a line, we would love to send them a kudos STTIthetalambda@gmail.com.


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