Fall 2009 Chapter News

R-12 School Nurse Lee Ann Neill Awarded Chapter Clinical Excellence Award

In May the Southwest Missouri Nurses get together for an excellent evening and banquet to honor nurses in the area. For the last three years the Theta Lambda chapter has awarded an area nurse, based on recommendations and applications from friends and associates, with recognition for clinical excellence. This year’s recipient was Lee Ann Neill, school nurse at Delaware Elementary school. Lee Ann takes care of hundreds of children every day and has one of the highest populations of severely disabled children in the R-12 district. Our hats are off to you and your excellent hard work Lee Ann!

Theta Lambda Member Appointed to Missouri Board

Cindy Tull, of Springfield, was appointed this past spring to the Missouri Child Abuse and Neglect Review Board by Governor Jay Nixon.  http://governor.mo.gov/newsroom/2009/MOHELA_MHDC_and_other_board_appointments Cindy is a Nurse Practitioner serving at the Child Advocacy Center in Springfield. Congratulations Cindy and we thank you for your service to the health and well being of the people of the state of Missouri.

Chapter Forges New Paths in Leadership Project: NAMI Selected as Partner Organization

The Theta Lambda Chapter is working on forging new mentoring, philanthropic, and leadership pathways in a joint venture with three local student nursing organization chapters and an area non-profit organization. Student nursing associations at Cox College of Nursing, Missouri State University and St. John’s College of Nursing at Southwest Baptist University are joining with the board of the STTI Theta Lambda chapter to work on a year-long joint philanthropic project with an area non-profit health care related organization. The chosen organization is the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Southwest Missouri.  The partnership, which will focus on mentoring, writing, fund-raising, community awareness and development of leadership skills will run through the 2009-2010 school year. Be watching the Chapter news for more information and how you can get involved. You can find NAMI at http://www.nami.org/MSTemplate.cfm?MicrositeID=200

Annual Educational Event a HUGE Success!

The spring educational event on April 8th at OTC, centering on Evidence Based Practice, was a huge success. Well over 75 area nurses attended the one-day event. The guest speaker, Lou Ann Tandy, offered sound instruction on formulating EBP questions and finding answers. St. John’s Hospital Librarians, Cox Hospital Nursing Practice vice-president Vickie Good and area nurses conducting nursing based research offered additional information and direction for area nurses. Poster presentations by area nurses and nursing students offered attendees a glimpse of the impressive things nurses are doing in Southwest Missouri. A big thank you to the educational committee and volunteer members who worked the event: Dana Hunt, Sarah Muagge, Erin Duvall, Susan Sims-Giddes, and Caroline Lee.

Spring Induction at Kentwood Hall Adds Wonderful New Members to Local Chapter

Amy Logan at New Member Induction Amy Logan at New Member Induction

On April 18th, over 40 new inductees, members and guests of the Theta Lambda chapter met at beautiful Kentwood Hall at Missouri State University for Spring Chapter Induction.  Guest Speaker Dr. Carole Eldridge offered a review on her research on creating online orientation for new faculty and energized the attendees with a challenge to be change makers in nursing. A thanks to the induction committee for their hard work: Carolin Helton, Phebe Goldsmith, Sandy Jemison, Susan Sims-Giddens, Jan-Atwell, and Terri Schmitt.

Jan Attwell and new member
Jan Attwell and new member

Chapter Receives Two Awards for Regional Excellence

The Theta Lambda chapter was recently recognized by Region #5 of the Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor society for two of its activities. The Childhood Obesity conference, held in November of 2007, and the chapter news letter and website were both recognized as regionally excellent activities. Awards will be given at a Luncheon at the September Leadership Academy. Congratulations to the many members who help with these two important activities!

Fall Meeting a Success

The fall meeting for the Theta Lambda Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, held on September 30th, was quite successful. There were many chapter members in attendance and many door prizes given away. A few things that were accomplished at the chapter meeting included: introduction and networking by members, review of the chapter finances, nominations for the clinical excellence award, and identification of a chapter scholarship recipient. If you could not attend do not worry, the spring educational offering and spring induction are right around the corner. We would love to see you then.

Chapter Mentors

The theta lambda chapter is concerned with involving and growing its newest members into part of the larger international organization of professional nurses. In keeping with the STTI mission of learning, knowledge, and professional development each new member inducted in the spring will be assigned a chapter mentor to keep in contact with. The mentor’s duties are to encourage the new member in their professional nursing roles and to assist the new member in any chapter activities. If you are a new member and would like to contact your mentor, please contact the President at tschmitt2002@gmail.com. If you are a member who would like to serve as a mentor, you may also contact the President at the above address.


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