Fall 2010 Chapter News

Sigma Theta Tau International Theta Lambda Chapter
Fall News Letter 2010
Volume 4 (1)
Hello Theta Lambda Members! The following is the Fall News Letter and it is full of information, links, and notices to keep you up to date on what is going on in your sigma theta tau chapter. We look forward to hearing from you and seeing you this Fall. Be sure to contact us with any questions or concerns.

The Board of the Theta Lambda Chapter

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. There are two offices up for election this time president elect and treasurer. 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.

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

The Theta Lambda board would like to invite you to an evening of dinner and discussion at the Midtown Springfield Library Branch from 5:30 to 7:00pm on November 1st. Please RSVP to our e-mail at STTIthetalambda@gmail.com so that we can order enough food for everyone. We will begin our business meeting at 6pm. Come and network, catch up with old friends, meet the new board members, and possibly even win a door prize! We look forward to seeing you there.

Spring induction and election of new officers:
Spring induction occurred at Kentwood Hall on April 17th. Eleven new members, including two community members, were inducted into the Theta Lambda Chapter. New officer elections were completed and the new board took over operations of the chapter. Dr. Charolette Seckman provided an excellent presentation on “Evaluating an evidence-Based Practice System” and members and their families enjoyed poster presentations from MSU students and brunch. We hope you can join us for the next chapter event.
Welcome these new members! Undergraduate Inductees:  Joy Callaway, Whitney Cochran, Beth Davis, Casey Morrow, Michael Plumel, and Jaclyn Walker;  Graduate Inductees:  Sylvia Imanda:  Community Members:  Cozetta Bagley, and Janet Beyer; and Transfer Members:  Carolyn Graves and Donna Steele.

Speaking of induction – Mark your calendars now and plan to join us for spring induction in 2011! We will celebrate induction on April 16th in the Kentwood Ballroom from 9 am to Noon. Be watching for information regarding this special event, coming spring of 2011.

Theta Lambda Chapter to sponsor Missouri State University Graduate Student Think Tank
The theta lambda chapter is sponsoring the graduate nursing students’ Think Tank for this fall. The Think Tank will be held on Tuesday November 9th at 7p.m. in Lincoln Hall, Room 211 on the OTC campus. The forum is open to the public. The topic of this year’s forum is – End of Life Care. The flier for the event is attached below.

Election of New Officers (Spring 2010):
Prior to spring induction the chapter enacted their first on-line voting, which was an excellent way to capture the votes of members who could not attend induction. A new chapter president elect, Dr. Susan Berg, was installed for a two-year term and Dr. Susan Sims-Giddons has stepped up to serve as our chapter president. Sandy Jemison was re-elected to the office of secretary and Caroline Helton, chapter counselor, and Jan Atwell, chapter secretary, continue serving until spring of 2011. If you would be interested in serving the chapter next year, please contact us via e-mail at STTIthetalambda@gmail.com . Thank you to all of these nursing leaders who are committing their time and resources to advancing nursing in Southwest Missouri!

NAMI Project completed for last year, but Southwest Missouri Student Nurses are working together again this year through Sigma Theta Tau International
The Theta Lambda Chapter enacted their first ‘Student Nurse Leadership Project for the 2009-2010 school year, where student nursing organizations from Cox College, Missouri State University, and Southwest Baptist University worked together with the local NAMI  organization throughout the year. The student nurse leaders have coordinated a work day, supply drive, coordinated walkers for the May ‘Miles for Minds walk’, completed fundraising to donate to the non-profit, and even completed and competed in a public service announcement campaign. Their gifts and time have allowed the local office to better meet the needs of their clients.
This year the student nurses have already begun working with the Theta lambda board on this years project and are looking forward to working with the Downsyndrome Group of the Ozarks. 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. Be looking for upcoming calendar events and announcements.

2010 International Year of the Nurse
2010 is the International Year of the Nurse: The chapter would like to have an event with possibly education and some recognition during the 2010 year for this important event. Your ideas, volunteer abilities, and leadership would be appreciated to help us create something special for nurses in Southwest Missouri. Please e-mail us at STTIthetalmabda@gmail.com. For more on this millennium event visit – http://www.2010iyn.net/.

Chapter Movers and Shakers:
Member Dr. Susan Sims-Giddens and Dr. Mary Beth Mann received notification of their grant renewal from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for the Missouri Preschool Project. The project involves a collaborative effort between the MSU child development center, the MSU Department of Nursing, and the Springfield R-12 School system to provide preschool for 35 preschool aged children from low income SWMissouri families.

Dr. Susan Berg received a grant from the Missouri State University Citizenship and Service Learning this year for a collaborative project between PA, audiology and NP students. The grant was to look at innovative ways to learn otoscopy.

Member Dr. Martha Baker has been named Dean of the St. John’s College of nursing and Health Sciences at Southwest Baptist University. Member Dana Hunt has been named director of the Bachelor’s of Science in nursing program at SBU.

Dr. Donna Gloe and Chapter secretary Jan Atwell received a Missouri State University internal grant funded by the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning for Technology Curriculum Innovation. They will be designing and implementing an End-Of-Life simulation for junior nursing students. They will also be evaluating attitudes and concerns about death when caring for clients.

Congratulations to these and all of our other members on their great accomplishments.
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.

New Chapter Website and E-mail: The website has moved to http://www.sigmathetatautl.wordpress.com and our new e-mail is STTIthetalambda@gmail.com. You can contact us through either venue.

STTI Resources/ Continuing Education On-Line
Sigma Theta Tau International believes that educating nurses is an important part of their mission. If you are an active member you have access to FREE continuing education in an online format at http://www.nursingsociety.org/Education/ContinuingEducation/Pages/ProfessionalNurseDevelopmentforMembers.aspx. Current topics include H1N1, ethics in practice and so much more!!!! Take advantage of this important member benefit.

Gifts to the Chapter
We have recently had some questions about donations to the chapter and want to inform all of you how precious such gifts are to the chapter, no matter the size. Providing ongoing scholarships, educational offerings, and information to chapter members is costly. If you would like to assist the chapter financially in our effort to provide activities for Southwest Missouri nurses chapter donations can be made to the Theta Lambda Chapter through contact of any of the board members. All donations are tax deductible and a receipt will be provided.

Do you know nurses whom you think would be interested in our newsletter or who would make great members of the theta lambda group? Please feel free to forward this newsletter or to bring them to a meeting or event. In the spring, induction will include nurses in the community who would make excellent contributing members to the chapter. The requirements for chapter induction are simply completion of a bachelor’s degree in nursing and recommendation to join by a member. Relationships are one of the most important ways that we foster professional nurses and strengthen changes in the profession. We value your membership in our chapter and hope that membership in ours and the national chapter offers you professional nursing involvement and benefits. Invite a friend and come to one of these great fall events or be considering someone for membership at induction.

Sigma Theta Tau International
Theta Lambda Chapter #201
Missouri State University


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