STTI improves on line networking opportunities Running for Office by MikeJenny


									                                 April 2011

   Lamp                                                          Quarterly newsletter for members of Pi Pi Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau

                                                         From the President

Running for Office                                       STTI improves on-line
    The individuals listed                               networking opportunities
at the right are running        Ballot                   By Connie Scott
for office. The election        Vice President
                                                             March 20 may have
is April 18, 2011, at           • Brandi Smith
                                                         been the official start of
4:00 pm, at the General         Treasurer                spring but the college
Business meeting in             • Denise Albsmeyer       and the Pi Pi chapter of
Blessing-Rieman College                                  STTI have had a busy
of Nursing in conjunction                                spring already. The
with the Senior Poster          • Barbara Taylor
                                                         board has met twice to
Presentations. There are        Leadership Succession    plan and review chapter
no mail-in ballots. You         (need 2)                 activities.
must be present at the          • Brenda Beshears            At the last meeting
meeting to vote.                • Marianne Schmitt       we had a webinar with
    You may write in                                     STTI to learn about
the name of another                                      “The Circle” which                  members your
candidate for any position if the person agrees to       is STTI’s new on-line               “contact” by finding them
serve.                                                   professional networking             via the member directory,
   See page 2 of this issue for more information on      community. Members                  network with those who
the candidates. Come show your support on April 18,      can participate in                  are most ‘like’ you, and
                                                         discussions, personalize            keep active with your
                                                         their profile, access               chapter through new
Pi Pi Chapter recognized                                 the new Pi Pi chapter               chapter websites. All
                                                         website and more.                   active STTI members
for excellence                                               “The Circle” was                have been added to “The
   Pi Pi Chapter has received recognition from           developed to connect                Circle”. Once logged in,
Sigma Theta Tau International as part of its Regional    members with each                   members will determine
Showcase of Excellence for two Chapter activities        other and the benefits              what information they
that supported Karen Morin's Biennial Call to Action.    and services of                     would like to share and
Morin is STTI President.                                 membership, their                   who they would like to
   Pi Pi’s February Clinical Program, Patient Centered   chapters, regions, and              share it with. You may
Care at the End of Life (see story on page 8) was        STTI headquarters.                  be asking, “How do I
recognized for enhancing knowledge resources                 Features of “The                join?” As a member
and networks and the Mentor Mentee activity was          Circle” include member              of STTI, all you need is
recognized for creating a welcoming environment (see     profiles which you can              the email address you
story on page 6).                                        personalize according to            normally use to login
   Ann O’Sullivan and Susan McReynolds submitted         your preferences. You
                                                                                                    (continued on page 3)
the applications on behalf of Pi Pi.                     can make other
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Meet the Candidates: Officers for Election April 2011
Candidate for Vice-President                             Leadership Succession Committee
   Brandi Smith BSN, RN, graduated from Blessing-           Brenda Beshears, PhD, RN, received the
Rieman College of Nursing and Culver-Stockton in         following degrees: University of Missouri- Columbia
2006 with a BSN.                                         - PhD in Nursing (2010); Southern Illinois University
   Brandi began her career working on a Medical          M.S. in Nursing - Edwardsville, Illinois (1991);
Surgical/Pediatric floor and became a Certified          Hannibal - LaGrange College in Hannibal, MO -
Pediatric Nurse in 2010. Brandi has recently taken a     A.D.N (1985); B.S.N. (1988).
full-time adjunct position at Blessing-Rieman College       Dr. Beshears is currently an Associate Professor
of Nursing working as a Clinical Preceptor and is        and the Academic Dean at Blessing-Rieman College
preparing to graduate in May 2011 with a MSN from        of Nursing and was a charter member of the Pi Pi
Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing.                      Chapter of STTI since its inception in April 2000.
   Brandi currently holds the chair position on             Brenda has worked as a staff nurse, community
Blessing Hospital’s Evidence-Based Practice/Research     health nurse, and a nurse educator.
Council and is an active member on the Clinical
Nursing Council. Brandi was one of the Magnet               Marianne Schmitt MS, RN, received her BSN
Champions who played a part in helping Blessing          from the University of Illinois, Chicago, in 1981 and
Hospital receive Magnet designation in 2010.             her MS as a clinical nurse specialist with subspecialty
   Brandi has been a Pi Pi member since 2005.            in cardiovascular nursing in 1984 from the University
                                                         of Illinois, Peoria.
Candidates for Treasurer                                    Her practice background is in critical care. Before
   Denise Albsmeyer, MSN, RN, graduated from             moving to Quincy, she taught at St. John’s School
Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing with a BSN in         of Nursing in Springfield, IL. She began teaching at
2000 and has been a member of the Pi Pi chapter of       Blessing in 1985 and was part of the original group of
STTI since then. Denise also graduated with a MSN        faculty during the transition from Blessing School of
in 2009 from BRCN, where she is now an instructor.       Nursing to Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing.
Denise previously worked as a clinical preceptor.           In-between her tenure at BRCN, she has served
   Other work experience includes medical-surgical,      as Director of the Critical Care Area at Blessing
ICU, and office positions. She holds a certified         Hospital and as a consultant/teacher for the Family
ambulatory perianesthesia nurse certification and        Involvement & Teen Mothers Program for the Quincy
continues to work per diem in pre and post-op at the     Public Schools.
Surgery Center of Quincy.                                    She is currently an assistant professor at Blessing-
   Denise has previously presented research at Pi Pi’s   Rieman College of Nursing. She serves on the
Research Day.                                            advisory board for CareLink, Inc. She is a member of
                                                         the Pi Pi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau and has served
Candidate for Counselor                                  as counselor for the past four years.
   Barbara Taylor BSN, RN, received her BSN
from Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing in 2001.
Barbara has been the Academic Advisor and Tutor for                             Every Day
Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing for three years.
   Prior to coming to Blessing-Rieman she was                                     Heroes
assistant professor at John Wood Community College
teaching in the LPN program.                                                    Nurse Week
   Barbara serves on the Program Committee and was
treasurer for the Chapter from 2001-2004.                                      May 2–6, 2011
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Pi Pi nurse wins international award                                                     Chapter
                  Jeanette   a lifetime achievement       what is her philosophy, or     Intern
                White,       award, the pinnacle of       value, on which she bases
                MSN, RN,     many years of practice.”     her patient care, Jeanette     2011 – 2012
                Blessing       A Liberty resident,        responded, “I treat others
                Home         White has been a nurse       as I would treat my own        selected
                Care, has    at Blessing Hospital for     family.’”                                      Ben Nash
                received     more than 35 years. Her        A 1971 graduate of                           has been
                the Helen    practice has included        Barnes Hospital School                         selected as
Henry Excellence of Care     pediatrics, critical care,   of Nursing, White earned                       the 2011-
Award from the Sigma         medical/surgical, nursing    her Bachelor of Science                        2012 Pi Pi
Theta Tau International      management and for the       in Nursing degree from                         Chapter
Nursing Honor Society        past decade, home care.      Blessing-Rieman College                        Intern.
(STTI). White was one          In their nomination,       of Nursing/Culver-             Ben will graduate from
of four nurses from the      White’s coworkers            Stockton College, and          Blessing-Rieman College
United States to win the     stated, “Years of nursing    graduated Magna Cum            of Nursing in May 2011.
2011 award, established      practice have enriched       Laude with a Masters of        He will work as a staff
by an STTI member in         Jeanette’s knowledge of      Science in Nursing degree      nurse in the Intensive
honor of her mother, to      nursing and yielded a        from Southern Illinois         Care Unit at Blessing
recognize nurse healers      legion of peers, patients    University-Edwardsville.       Hospital.
working at the bedside.      and their families who         Inducted into the               Ben was inducted
   “It was an honor to       have been touched by her     Epsilon Chapter of Sigma       into the honor society in
even be nominated for        knowledge, compassion,       Theta Tau, White later         October 2010.
an international award,”     common sense and             became a charter member           The board welcomes
White said. “I see this as   empathy. When asked          of the Pi Pi Chapter at        Ben as our new chapter
                                                          Blessing-Rieman College        intern.
                                                          of Nursing.
President's Message (continued)
to the STTI website          to showcase on the STTI      Relay for Life team on         We also send emails. Be
and your seven-digit         website and received a       June 3rd?                      sure that the chapter has
member identification        certificate of recognition      One of the major            your current email by
number. Here is the web      from STTI.                   responsibilities of            contacting me at connie.
address to sign in to “The       Be sure to note all      membership is voting           scott@blessinghospital.
Circle”: http://thecircle.   the opportunities for        for Pi Pi elected officers.    com.           networking and scholarly     Please come to the April           I am looking
    Our spring program       activities promoted in       18th General Meeting and       forward to seeing you
“Patient Centered Care at    the newsletter. You have     be a part of the election of   at the Senior poster
the End of Life” was held    a lot of opportunities.      officers and network with      presentations and the
on February 15, 2011, and    Please pick out at least     other chapter members.         General Meeting April
was a success.               one activity and enjoy          Pi Pi tries to keep         18, 2011. Contact any
    A Mentor/Mentee          the benefits of Pi Pi        members informed               Board or Committee
Mixer was held on            membership. How about        of updates, news, and          member to let us know
January 25, 2011, after      a 30-40 minutes browsing     coming events via the          how you would like to
the board meeting. Both      at the senior poster         the newsletter “Lamp”          help, or what the chapter
of these activities were     day on April 18th? Or        and the new webpage on         can do to enhance your
submitted as examples        participating in the Pi Pi   the STTI “The Circle”.         membership.
                                                                                              April 2011
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Research Corner

Family management styles of family caregivers of
children with neurological conditions during the
neurorehabilitative phases By Margie Williams PhD, RN, CNE
Background: It is           conditions whose child       between 2-20 years with       differently from other
challenging to provide      was in the inpatient phase   the mean age of 9.8           children of similar age
family-centered nursing     at a children’s hospital.    years, 32.1% were less        because of the child’s
care for a child with a     Sample: Thirty family        than 6 years of age and       condition. At discharge,
neurological condition.     caregivers                   39.3% in the school age       more differences
The illness and recovery                                 group (6-14 years). The       emerged based on the
trajectory is diverse and   Research Questions:          children had a diversity of   age of the child with the
can be uncertain. The       1.What is the family         neurological conditions.      neurological condition.
way the family manages      caregiver’s management       Neurosurgical conditions      Overwhelmingly, these
the child’s condition       style during the initial     represented 22.2% of          family caregivers of
can influence the child’s   admission to the             the sample, 18.5% with        younger children felt
long term outcomes. The     neuroscience unit and at     a seizure disorder and        the child with the
Family Management           discharge?                   33.3% with some type of       neurological condition
Measure is a new tool       2. What are the              neurological injury.          came first in the family
that may help clinicians    relationships between                                      and controlled family life.
                            different family and child   Type of neurological
examine the family                                       condition: At admission,      Full team therapy
management style in         variables and the family
                            management styles of the     the family caregivers         services: At discharge,
order to plan effective                                  of children with seizure      the benefits from a full
family interventions.       family caregiver?
                                                         disorders tended to view      array of team services
Purpose: The purpose of     Research Measures:           that the child’s condition    resulted with family
this study is to examine    Family Management            had a negative effect         caregivers reporting that
the family management       Measure (FaMM) tool          on family life and were       they were more able to
styles in the family        was completed within the     less positive regarding       develop a routine and
who has a child with a      first week of admission to   the ability of their child    more realistic of the
neurological condition.     the unit and repeated 48     to live a normal life.        challenges ahead in future
                            hours prior to discharge.    At discharge, these           schooling. The severe
Theoretical Framework:
Family Management           Results/Conclusions:         same family caregivers        nature of the child’s
Style (Knafl, 2007).        Thirty family caregivers     (children with seizure        condition was likely
                            completed the consent        disorder) felt that dealing   seen by their responses
Design: Non-probability     for the study with           with this condition made      that they experienced
prospective convenience     27 completing the            family life more difficult    challenges in getting
pilot study.                beginning surveys            and that this neurological    others to help with their
Setting: The setting for    and 22 completing the        condition made it harder      child’s condition and they
the study was a pediatric   surveys at discharge.        to live a normal life.        and their partner disagree
neuroscience unit in the    The majority of the          Age group differences:        with how they share
Midwest.                    children in the sample       On admission, the family      the management of the
Population: Family          were male (64.3%) and        caregivers of younger         child’s condition.
caregivers of children      Caucasian (82%). The         children (< 4 years of
with a neurological         children’s ages ranged       age) viewed their child        (continued on next page)
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                                                         From the Dean
Blessing-Rieman earns
national accreditation                                   College earns second state
    Blessing-Rieman         voluntary, self-regulatory   grant
College of Nursing has      process, CCNE ensures        Brenda K. Beshears, PhD, RN, Academic Dean
earned accreditation of     the quality and integrity        As I write this
its two nursing degree      of baccalaureate,            message, we are drawing
programs after an on-site   graduate, and residency      near to the end of the
survey by representatives   programs in nursing.         2010-11 academic
of The Commission               Blessing-Rieman’s        year. The college
on Collegiate Nursing       enrollment increased         has been blessed this
Education (CCNE).           eight percent for the        academic year with
    Blessing-Rieman         2010-2011 academic           excellent students,
earned continuing           year, with more than 330     amazing outcomes, and
accreditation of its        students enrolled. Since     outstanding research
Bachelor of Science in      2004, enrollment has                                   renewal in the amount of
                                                         efforts. In the tumulus
Nursing (BSN) degree        jumped 30 percent. The                                 $393,829. This grant will
                                                         environment healthcare
program for 10 years.       College’s first time pass                              be utilized to complete
                                                         and higher education
That is the maximum         rate for 2010 graduates                                the expansion plans,
                                                         finds ourselves in, we
award for continuing        on the National Council                                including moving the
                                                         are fortunate to have
accreditation. The          Licensure Examination                                  skills lab to space on the
                                                         faculty and staff within
College also earned         (NCLEX), the test                                      14th street campus. This
                                                         the college who embrace
initial accreditation of    required to become a                                   move will occur over the
                                                         change and are not
its Master of Science in    licensed professional                                  summer.
                                                         frightened to move
Nursing (MSN) program       nurse (RN), was 94                                         Our graduate students
                                                         forward in the midst of
for five years. That is     percent.                                               are working on their
the maximum award for           In addition to holding                             projects or thesis to
                                                             After receiving our
initial accreditation.      CCNE accreditation,                                    prepare for graduation in
                                                         first grant check in the
    Officially recognized   Blessing-Rieman is                                     May. I encourage you
                                                         amount of $263,000, we
by the U.S. Secretary       approved by the State                                  to take the opportunity
                                                         purchased simulation
of Education as a           Boards of Nursing in                                   to be a part of mentoring
                                                         equipment necessary to
national accreditation      Illinois and Missouri,                                 these students and others.
                                                         set up a new simulation
agency, the CCNE is an      and is a past recipient                                Their enthusiasm is
                                                         lab. In addition, we
autonomous accrediting      of the National League                                 contagious and I assure
                                                         were notified in February
agency, contributing to     for Nursing’s Center of                                you that you will walk
                                                         that we have qualified
the improvement of the      Excellence in Nursing                                  away the winner from the
                                                         for an expansion grant
public’s health. As a       Education designation.                                 experience!

Research Corner (continued)                              International EXP course
Implications for Practice: Uncertainty of recovery
from neurological conditions challenges medical
                                                         and adventure
                                                            Pi Pi members, Margie Williams RN, PhD, faculty,
and nursing staff to evaluate family’s methods of        BRCN;and Sheila Capp, RN, PhD, faculty, BRCN,
managing the condition and to support the family’s       are offering a new elective as part of the Experiential
methods of managing the condition and to prepare the     (EXP) Curriculum. The course is entitled “Culture and
family for transition to home.
                                                                                          (continued on page 6)
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Membership spotlight
Jennifer Bohrer, RN, BSN, one of our newest Pi          Margie Williams, PhD, RN, professor, Blessing
Pi members, has taken a staff nurse position in the     Rieman College of Nursing, presented at the 2011
Blessing Hospital Cardiovascular Unit.                  MNRS Annual Research Conference in Columbus,
                                                        Ohio in March on “Family Management Styles of
Linda Burke, MSN, RN, Assistant Professor               Family Caregivers of Children with Neurological
Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing, received            Conditions during the Neurorehabilitative Phases”.
Certified Nurse Educator status for Advanced
Practice and expertise in Nursing Education from the    International EXP Course (cont.)
National League of Nursing.
Holly Jones, RN, BSN, has recently accepted the         in Ireland”.
position of Administrative Director of Nursing at       Fourteen
Illini Community Hospital in Pittsfield, IL.            students
                                                        will embark
Jennifer Ketchum , RN, BSN, staff nurse Blessing        on the EXP
Hospital Rehabilitation Unit, recently recertified as   course to
a Certified Registered Rehabilitation nurse from the    Ireland
Rehabilitation Nursing Certification Board.             April 28
                                                        – May
Patty Loeffler, RN, BSN, presented at the CPM           6. Three of the                Dublin City University.
Resource Center 19th International Conference           fourteen students are          Through Dr. William’s
in San Francisco, CA, in January. The title of her      Pi Pi members: Ashley          international interpretative
presentation was “Partnership Councils: Initiating,     Sherwood, Laurel Bodine,       phenomenology circles
Developing, Sustaining and Evolving/Outcomes            and Sara Reynolds.             they will connect with
of an Organizational Wide Central Partnership               They will be exploring     both sociology and
Council”.                                               Northern Ireland and           nursing professors and
                                                        staying in Belfast with        students. At Dublin City
Brandi Smith RN, BSN, CPN, Blessing Rieman              a specific emphasis            University, they hope to
College of Nursing, and Danielle Doellman, RN,          on exploring religious         be able to view the more
Blessing Hospital Cardiac Cath Lab, are doing           differences and the affect     than $3million stimulation
a poster presentation at University of Missouri,        of the “troubles” on the       floor associated with
Columbia Evidence Based Practice Conference             Irish. In the Republic of      the nursing department.
April 14, 2011. Their poster is “Heart First: An        Ireland they will travel       Our own Pi Pi member,
Evidence-Based Initiative”.                             to both the west and east      Dr. Aoife Moran will be
                                                        coasts. In western Ireland     hosting them.
Marianne Schmitt MS, RN, assistant professor            they will be staying in           The experiential nature
Blessing Rieman College of Nursing presented            Galway, which is known         of the course will allow
“The Joy of Humor” program as a CE for Blessing         for its music and the Cliffs   the students to learn while
Hospital in December.                                   of Mohr and is more rural      touring the diverse health
                                                        in nature. In Dublin, they     care systems, peoples and
Jeanette White, MSN, RN, Blessing Home Care,            will visit the infamous        health practices. They
has received the Helen Henry Excellence of Care         Trinity College and            plan to host presentations
Award from the Sigma Theta Tau International                                           to Pi Pi on their return.
Nursing Honor Society (STTI). See story on page 3.
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Research grants available                                Recognition awards
   Pi Pi Chapter has a Research Grant Fund to
encourage research by qualified nurses and/or nursing        The Awards &              eligible for nomination:
students who are learning to conduct research to         Scholarship Committee,        Ashley Amerman-
advance knowledge in the area of nursing science.        a sub-committee               Long, Laurel Bodine,
Research committee members are willing to explore        of the Membership             Jennifer Bohrer, Louisa
opportunities with Pi Pi members and will act as         Committee is seeking          Dapaah, Betsabe Del Rio,
mentors.                                                 nominations for the Pi Pi     Lindsay DeMoss, Kaylee
   The amount of funds requested, the number of          graduating senior student     Freeman, Amber Freiny,
                                                         Recognition Awards.           Courtney Grist, Lindsay
requests, and the available monies in the chapter
                                                         The purpose of these          Kellogg, Rick Knochel,
research fund will determine the grant amount. The
                                                         awards is to acknowledge      Susannah Mohaupt,
maximum amount to be awarded each applicant is
                                                         outstanding Pi Pi Chapter     Benjamin Nash, Shawn
                                                         student members who           Neyens, Laci Norvell,
   Pi Pi really does want to be your first funding
                                                         contribute to the goals       Sara Reynolds, Jami
source and get you on the road to future                 of Sigma Theta Tau.           Saxon, Ashley Seagren,
opportunities.                                           The student awards            Ashley Sherwood,
   Applications may be obtained by emailing              will be presented at the      Courtney Shuman, or calling 217-223-8400 ext.          Blessing-Rieman College       Annie Sokolich, Mila
6987, or writing Margie Williams, Broadway at 11th       of Nursing Professional       Tripp, Molly Welton, and
Street, PO Box 7005, Quincy, IL 62305-7005.              Pinning Ceremony on           Whitney Wiemelt.
                                                         May 20, 2011. The                Award information
                                                         deadline for Pi Pi Chapter    packets are available at
Mentor/Mentee Get-Together                               members to submit the         Blessing-Rieman College
                           Pi Pi held its Mentor/        required application and      of Nursing. Award
                       Mentee get-together January       letter for the student        Committee members are:
                       25, 2011, following the Board     award nominees is April       Mike Vansteel and Kathy
                       meeting.                          22, 2011. (See page 9-10)     Mixer. Please forward
                           Susan McReynolds,                 The two student           questions to Mike
                       Membership Involvement            awards are:                   Vansteel at mvansteel@
                       Committee, introduced             • Award for          or
                       the new members to the                 Outstanding Student      217-223-8400 extension
                       membership benefits of                 Performance in
                       STTI and Pi Pi Chapter. An             Clinical Practice
                                                                                          Please send completed
                       overview of the next year’s       • Award for
                                                                                       applications and letters of
calendar of chapter events was presented. In addition,        Outstanding Student
                                                                                       recommendation to:
Susan explained the work of the committees and                Performance in
opportunities for new members to be involved.                 Leadership
                                                         Criteria for the awards are    College of Nursing
   A scavenger hunt was held along with STTI trivia.
                                                         listed with the application    PO Box 7005
Prizes were awarded to winning teams. Networking
of Mentor/Mentee duos followed. Everyone built               The following              Attention: Mike
their own yogurt sundae as a healthy dessert.            students were inducted         Vansteel, Chairperson
   A good time was had by all. A big thanks goes to      into Pi Pi during the          Awards & Scholarships
Susan McReynolds for organizing the event.               fall 2010 ceremony             Committee
                                                         and will be graduating         Quincy IL 62305-7005
                                                         this spring and are
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Calendar of events
              Board Meeting                              41st Biennial Convention
     April 5, 2011 l 5:00 – 6:00 P.M.                  October 29 – November 2, 2011
                 Tiramisu                                        Grapevine
                                                               Dallas, Texas
   Dinner & Dialogue with Rho Omega
     April 5, 2011 l 6:00 - 8:00 P.M.       Clinical Workshop: Patient Centered
          Tiramisu l Quincy, IL             Care at the End of Life
   BRCN Showcase…Our Shining Stars              Pi Pi sponsored this    relationship strategies.
     April 18, 2011 l 2:00 – 4:00 P.M.      workshop along with         The collaborative
    Blessing Rieman College of Nursing      Blessing Rieman College     relationship of the
                                            of Nursing and Blessing     health care provider
        General Business Meeting            Hospital on February 15,    with the patient/family
    April 18, 2011 l 4:00 – 5:00 P.M.       2011.                       was the framework for
    Blessing Rieman College of Nursing          Educational grants      the discussion. The film
       All members needed to attend         were provided by John       “Wit” was used as a
    Election of Officers will take place.   Wood Community              case study to provide
                                            College, BRCN Student       an opportunity for the
   Blessing Rieman College of Nursing       Nurses Organization,        attendees to explore
   Pinning/Commencement Ceremony            Blessing Alumni             various aspects of end
         May 20, 2011, 2:00 P.M.            Association, Illinois       of life care, including
      Madison Park Christian Church         Nurses Association          characteristics of a good
                                            District 8 and Western      death experience, ethical
     John Wood Community College            Illinois University         issues surrounding
      Nursing Recognition Ceremony          Nursing Honor Society.      diagnosis and treatment,
     Thursday, May 12, 2011, 6:00 P.M.          The workshop was        symptom management,
       JWCC Student Activity Center         presented by Pi Pi          and the role of presence
               Graduation                   member Sheila Capp, RN      in the care of the patient
      Friday, May 13, 2011, 6:30 P.M.       PhD, faculty, BRCN; Jeri    and family.
       JWCC Student Activity Center         Conboy, PhD, LCSW,              The workshop was a
                                            Director, Hospice &         huge success with 305
    Hannibal LaGrange University            Palliative Care, Blessing   in attendance. Students
      Nursing Pinning Ceremony              Hospital; and Sharon        attended from Blessing-
              May 6, 2011                   Olson, RN, Patient Care     Rieman College of
              Graduation                    Supervisor, Hospice &       Nursing, John Wood
          May 7, 2011, 10 A.M.              Palliative Care, Blessing   Community College,
   Mabee Sports Complex, HLG Campus         Hospital.                   and Western Illinois
                                                The program             University.
       Adams County Relay for Life          addressed critical end          Thanks to the Program
             June 3-4, 2011                 of life issues including    Committee and everyone
   Flinn Memorial Stadium l Quincy, IL      ethical/legal concerns,     involved with planning,
                                            symptom management,         registration, setting up
   22nd International Research Congress     and communication/          tables and chairs, and
    Cancun, Mexico l July 11-14, 2011                                   clean-up for their hard
                                                                                                    April 2011
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              Sigma Theta Tau International Pi Pi Chapter
Award For Outstanding Student Performance In Clinical Nursing Practice
Purpose of the Award
   The purpose of the Award is to recognize outstanding members of Pi Pi Chapter who are currently students
at Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing (BRCN).

Criteria for the Award
1. Demonstrates breadth of knowledge in an area of clinical nursing practice.
2. Develops creative approaches to nursing practice that contribute to quality patient care.
3. Possesses clinical expertise and attributes of a nurse scholar.
4. Advances the scope and practice of nursing.
5. Inspires peers in their practice of nursing.
6. Influences the practice of nursing through communication.
7. Enhances the image of nursing through nursing practice.
8. Participates in community affairs, legislation, or organizations that affect nursing practice.
9. Consistently demonstrates use of nursing process in the delivery of patient care.

Award For Outstanding Student Performance In Leadership
Purpose of the Award
The purpose of the Award is to recognize and honor outstanding BRCN student members of Pi Pi Chapter
whose leadership has furthered the art and science of nursing.

Criteria for the Award

1.    Demonstrates nursing leadership qualities resulting in school, university, or community recognition for
      unique contributions to the profession.
2.    Serves in leadership roles in community service organizations.
3.    Receives recognition by peers and others as an expert and leader in an area of nursing.
4.    Advances the scope and image of nursing within the community.
5.    Influences nursing in a positive manner through communication.

                                Nomination form on next page
                                                                                       April 2011
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                          Sigma Theta Tau International Pi Pi Chapter
                                  Awards Application Form
                                   Deadline: April 22, 2011

Check one
Category:        Award for Outstanding Student Performance in Clinical Nursing Practice
                 Award for Outstanding Student Performance in Leadership

Nominator Data


        Street                        City                 State             Zip

Phone: (work)_________________________ (home)__________________________ Date_________________

Sigma Theta Tau Membership Number_____________________________________

Please attach a letter of recommendation to this application or add comments to support your nomination:




Name of Pi Pi member for additional letter of recommendation: _______________________________________

Nominee Data

I                           agree to have this nomination submitted.




Phone: (home)___________________________________

Send to: Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing, PO Box 7005, Attention: Mike Vansteel, Chairperson
Awards & Scholarships Committee, Quincy IL 62305-7005.

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