April 2011 The 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 Counselor 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 April 2011 Page 2 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 April 2011 Page 3 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. nursingsociety.org 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 Page 4 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) April 2011 Page 5 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 uncertainty. 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) April 2011 Page 6 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. Healthcare 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. April 2011 Page 7 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 $200. 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, firstname.lastname@example.org 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 blessinghospital.org or the new members to the Outstanding Student 217-223-8400 extension membership benefits of Performance in 8315. 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 Blessing-Rieman 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 April 2011 Page 8 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 work! April 2011 Page 9 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 Page 10 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 Name__________________________________________________________ Address________________________________________________________________________________ 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. Name__________________________________________ Address________________________________________ City/State/Zip_____________________________________________ 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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