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Pi Gamma Spring 2008 Volume 1, Issue 1 Honor Society a Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Georgia Baptist College of Nursing of Mercer University Message from the President Individual Highlights: Biennial Convention in Page Dear Members, global nursing initiatives, Baltimore, Md. I want to collaborate with nurses personally thank every Inductees 2 As we move into another worldwide and connect one that has contributed to Member News 3 the success of Pi Gamma biennium, we are with members on an Board Members 4 encouraged by our new international level. I chapter. Most importantly, President Carol Huston encourage each one of you I would like to thank Dr. Convention Info 5 Susan Gunby, Dean, for RN, MSN, DPA, FAAN to visit the Sigma Theta Nominations 5, 6, 7 to help build on the Vision Tau International website her support of the chapter. 2020 goal of Sigma Theta Many thanks are also Ballot 8 to learn more about Tau International to extended to the faculty Vision 2020 and the and staff of Georgia become “intentionally additional key themes Baptist College of global”. In its mission that will drive our Nursing of Mercer to improve nursing care organization. I want us all University. worldwide, Sigma Theta to celebrate the Tau continues to establish accomplishments of Pi Sincerely, alliances with Gamma. We earned our international health care FOURTH Chapter Key Curlissa Mapp MSN, RN organizations, support award at the 39th Convention Report – Mary Hudgins Vice President Pi Gamma was well Gamma attended the member Diane E. White, represented in November conference. Ph.D., RN, CCRN, Chair of when more than 2,000 the Department of Nursing, nurses from around the Innovations in Clinical Georgia Perimeter College, world met in Baltimore, Excellence Evidence-Based received this award for her Maryland to participate in Practice Awards research, Decreasing Sepsis the honor society’s 39th Honor society CEO Nancy Mortality through We’re on the biennial convention, Dickenson-Hazard, President International Evidence- Web at which was themed Vision to Carol Picard, RN, PhD, and Based Practice http://nursing.mercer.ed Action: Global Health Judith Mitiguy, Nursing Collaboration u/pigamma/ Through Spectrum Editor in Chief, Collaboration. During the presented the Innovations in Bylaws changes Contact us at convention, nurses from 33 Clinical Excellence Dare Domico, RN, DSN and countries gave 850 original Evidence-Based Practice Mary Hudgins, RN, MSN 678-413-9117 served as delegates to the presentations describing Contest Awards, co- research and projects convention. There were sponsored by the honor designed to improve several important changes to society and Nursing worldwide health care by the bylaws of Sigma Theta Spectrum. The award advancing nursing science, recognizes projects that Tau International and they practice, education, integrate current best will be presented at our administration and policy Spring Meeting in February. evidence with clinical development. Ten members expertise to guide clinical and two students from Pi nursing practice. Pi Gamma Pi Gamma Newsletter Page 2 of 8 Inductees December 2007 The 2007 Induction Ceremony for the Pi Gamma Chapter was held on December 7, 2007. The ceremony was attended by faculty members, community members, and friends and family of the 46 inductees. Our speaker for the ceremony was Dr. Betty L. Siegel, President Emeritus of Kennesaw State University. Her presentation was both inspiring and motivating to all those in attendance. We look forward to active participation in the chapter by all of our new members! Emily Battaglia Laura Hudgens Megan Wolfe Amy Carmichael Ashley Jackson Kimberly Roe Annie Cawthon Julie Jones Nicoya Rolle Kelly Chalmers Dawn Keller Robin Rozes Brittany Clark Meredith Lanier Shaleena Sajwani Christie Crawford Holly Leblanc Brianne Shanks Lauren Dean Susanna Lee Lindsey Smith James Diangelo Bridget Lepley Jennifer Swartley Charissa Faith Pamela Loundy Andrea Toth Cassaundra Faultry James Manor Amanda Wall Sara Fowler Kathleen Masters Ashley Welborn Yendi Gomes Leena Mitchell Natalie Whitworth Audrey Grizzle Mary Glenn Moorhead Claire Reeves Whitney Hardwick Erin Powers Rebecca Young Angela Hawthorne Whitney Pozgar Deena Holloway Tiffany Prowell From the desk of Dr. Pattie Troyan Chair of Scholarship & Research Committee ATTENTION: ATTENTION Senior Undergraduate Students faculty and Leadership students: Pi Community Health & Chapter members Gamma Chapter of Sigma Leadership & Graduate interested in further Theta Tau International has students offers an award information for any of limited funding to support for students who the above the expenses related to demonstrate outstanding opportunities should your senior project. writing ability. contact Dr. Pattie Troyan by email at ATTENTION: Graduate ATTENTION: All members email@example.com. students: Pi Gamma of Pi Gamma Chapter of Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau Sigma Theta Tau: The Check the easel by the International has limited Chapter has limited student mailboxes for funding to support the funding to support specific deadlines for expense related to your research efforts for individual awards. thesis. qualified proposals. Page 3 of 8 Pi Gamma Newsletter Member News Amanda Goodwin RN is now a FNP working in Houston, Texas in a clinic for the homeless. Michelle Clark, RN, Assistant Manager of Nursing, Emergency Department, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta recently was cited as a source in a published article in ED NURSING (January 2008). It was called “Knowing the Early Signs of Shock”. She can be contacted at phone: (404) 785-6788 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. "Dr. JoEllen Dattilo, Dr. Linda Streit, and Dr. M. Kathleen Brewer, now at KUMC, presented their research on faculty role perspectives and lessons learned. The presentation was entitled "Voices of Experience: Reflections of Nurse Educators." After the convention, the faculty were contacted by the Journal of Continuing Nursing Education about submission of an article. The article is now under review for publication." Susan S. Gunby has been invited to serve on the International Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau, Chapter Leadership and Mentoring Task Force (CLMTF) for the 2007-2009 biennium. Dr. Fay Bower will chair this task force. The below bolded text is from the email from Dr. Carol Huston, STTI President: “ . . . the primary goals for this task force are to identify best practices in chapter mentoring programs and develop a template for both individual member and new officer mentoring programs at the chapter level. In addition, the task force will be asked to develop a position statement on the need for leadership development and mentoring at the chapter level, and to serve as consultants in contributing to and reviewing content developed for the International Leadership Institute. This task force reports directly to the Board of Directors of STTI. Membership on this task force will be limited to 10-15 members internationally so this is a select invitation”. Susan S. Gunby has been appointed to an American Nurses Association task force to revise the Scope and Standards of Practice for Nursing Professional Development document. Susan S. Gunby has been asked to serve as a judge for the NSNA’s Leader of Leaders Award for 2008. This will be the second year she has served as a judge. John G. Summerville RN MN, was featured in an article in the Pulse (November 2007). The article was an interview with the Nursing Instructor, where he explained his passion for teaching nursing and his calling as a teacher. This article was reprinted a second time in the Mercer University Newsletter. Seeking Former Members If you know of any former member who was part of Pi Gamma, please let us know how to contact them. We want to keep our chapter alive and connected. Help us reconnect to our former members. Please call 678-413-9117 or email email@example.com if you have any contact information. Pi Gamma Newsletter Page 4 of 8 2007-2008 Pi Gamma Board Office Name Telephone Email Address President Curlissa Mapp 678-413-9117 firstname.lastname@example.org President-Elect unfilled Vice President Mary Hudgins 678-547-6726 email@example.com Treasurer Karen Rooks 404-255-3503 firstname.lastname@example.org Secretary Elaine Smith 678-312-6444 email@example.com Faculty Counselors Elaine Grier 678-547-6743 firstname.lastname@example.org Dr. Dare Domico 678-547-6741 email@example.com Governance Committee Dr. Dare Domico (chair) As above As above Leadership Succession & Mary Beerman 678-547-6736 firstname.lastname@example.org Committee Chair (Nominating Committee Chair) Publicity & Newsletter (Chair) John Summerville 678-547-6745 email@example.com Membership Involvement Dr. Linda Streit 678-547-6774 firstname.lastname@example.org Fund Raising Jo Scott Petty (Chair) 770-929-1827 email@example.com Scholarship and Research Pattie Troyan (Chair) 678-547-6742 firstname.lastname@example.org Heritage Jill Ray 678-547-6768 email@example.com Announcement Georgia Baptist College of Nursing of Mercer University will be hosting a visit by an evaluation team from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) from October 6th - October 8th, 2008. The visit is part of the reaccredidation process for the College of Nursing. Members of the public are invited to submit written, signed comments concerning the program’s qualifications for accreditation status. CCNE shares third-party comments with members of the evaluation team prior to the visit, but at no time during the review process are these comments shared with the College of Nursing. Please direct any written and signed comments to the CCNE at the following address: Sarah Jameson, Accreditation Assistant, Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036-1120 The written comments will be received by CCNE until 30 days before the scheduled visit. If you have any questions, you may call Dr. Freida Fuller at 678-547-6742. Page 5 of 8 Pi Gamma Newsletter Report From Convention Submitted by Linda A. Streit, RN, DSN, CCRN Georgia Baptist College of Nursing of Mercer University and the Pi Gamma Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International hosted the Grand Exhibit Hall and dessert reception for the 39th Biennial Convention of Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) held in Baltimore, MD November 2-9! More than 2000 nurses were in attendance at the conference. The Chapter financially sponsored two GBCN students to attend the convention (Dawn Keller – MSN student and James DiAngelo BSN student and now RN!). A total of eleven additional Pi Gamma members attended the conference. Three of these members presented papers and one member presented a poster. The International election results were as follows: President Elect – Karen Morin Vice President – Gwen Sherwood Secretary – Beverly S. Reigle Treasurer – Richard Ricciardi Directors – Hester Klopper, Marion E. Broome, Beth Baldwin Tigges Leadership Succession Committee – Robin Barlett, Gerene S. Bauldoff, Mansour Jumaa, Carol Picard, Larry Plant, Mary A. Scoblic, Fu-Jin Shih Governance Committee – Pamela S. Autrey,. Suzanne k. Beltz, Linda Cooper, Geralyn M. Frandsen, Amy J. McClure, Carole Anne Pepa, Bonnie Lynn Wright Regional Chapters Coordinating Committee Chair – Tara Hulsey Regional Coordinator for Region 7 – Amelia M. Joseph Nominations: Candidates Biographical Information Pi Gamma is in the process of selecting new officers. The following is information about the candidates. President: Dr. Linda Streit, RN, DSN has been teaching in nursing since 1984. She began teaching at GBCN in 1990 with the establishment of the BSN program. As an experienced educator and consultant, she has maintained her affiliation in critical care groups and professional organizations. She currently oversees the Master of Science in Nursing program, in addition to her responsibilities associated with teaching, advisement of students, and assisting with strategic plans for the College. Dr. Streit is a consultant to nursing faculty, nursing student groups, agencies, and in the review of health care. She has presented locally and internationally on topics including nursing practice, ethics, nutritional needs of patients, and a variety of nursing research topics. She serves as a reviewer for publishers and has made contributions to nursing textbooks. Dr. Streit's most current research initiative focuses on the topic of osteoporosis, evidence-based practice, innovative teaching/learning trends, technology, and ethical decision making. President-Elect: James DiAngelo, RN, BSN is a December 2007 graduate of Georgia Baptist College of Nursing of Mercer University. He is currently employed as a Staff Nurse in the Critical Care Residency program at Piedmont Hospital. He has served as President of the Georgia Baptist Association of Nursing Students and Treasurer of the Georgia Association of Nursing Students. He also was selected as a Leadership Intern for Pi Gamma chapter of STTI, and attended the STTI Biennial Convention in November, 2007. He is an active member of Sigma Theta Tau, Phi Kappa Phi, American Nurses Association, Georgia Nurses Association, and Pi Gamma Newsletter Page 6 of 8 Candidates Biographical Information American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. He is currently working towards publication of his senior project on Nursing Assessment and Management of Gastrostomy Tubes. Treasurer: Fran Kamp RN, MS is an instructor at Georgia Baptist College of Nursing of Mercer University and manages the Learning Resource Center. She has been teaching nursing for 18 years. She has taught in fundamentals, medical-surgical nursing, pediatrics, and nutrition. She became a part-time faculty member of the College in 2000. Prior to academic teaching, she specialized in neonatal intensive care nursing, where she worked for 13 years. Fran is a certified CPR instructor, serves as a reviewer for nursing textbooks, and holds certification in Home Health Care. She has worked in the community serving as an instructor for "hospital land," helping at the Special Olympics, speaking at health fairs, and assisting with a variety of other volunteer activities. She has been fundraising chair for North Springs High School Performing Arts Department. She has done research on the use of Dimensional Analysis for medication calculation and is currently involved in research on the integration of simulation into the curriculum Jo Scott Petty, RN, BSN has been a nurse for 37 years. She has taught practical nursing for 30 years, and has practiced in critical care, medical-surgical nursing, and research. She has served as Treasurer for the Health Educator Association for the Georgia Technical Association for eight (8) years. She is an active member of Pi Gamma Chapter of STTI, and is completing a two year term as Fund Raising Chair. Counselor: Freida Fuller, RN, DSN, CFNP is a professor at Georgia Baptist College of Nursing of Mercer University. She began teaching at GBCN in 1995. She is one of the course team members for both of the adult health courses in the undergraduate program. She also teaches in the graduate program. She is nationally certified and is recognized by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners as a Family Nurse Practitioner. Dr. Fuller has been a leader in the Georgia League for Nursing since 1994 and recently completed her term as President of the organization. She serves as a program evaluator for the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Dr. Fuller has been a consultant for several schools in Georgia and across the nation to prepare the program for the accreditation process. She has been involved for the past five years in the University Quality Enhancement Plan which has evolved into a yearly series of activities involving professional ethical decision-making. She is currently serving as chairperson of the planning committee. Dr. Fuller has presented a variety of topics at programs on a local and national level including teaching strategies and topics involving health care. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, Pi Gamma Chapter, and served as counselor from 2005-2007. During 2007, she accompanied a group of nursing and pharmacy students on a mission trip to Russia. Her current research is related to the reflection of students on their experiences learning ethical decision-making in an interdisciplinary environment. Ann Keeley, RN, CS, MN has been practicing nursing since 1971. She maintains membership in the American Nurses Association and has served as a delegate to the Georgia Nurses Association. She has been a certified clinical nursing specialist in adult psychiatric nursing since 1987 and is currently licensed in the state of Georgia in her specialty as an advanced practice nurse. She maintains an active license for marriage and family therapy in the state of Georgia and is a member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. She has published nursing research, contributed to a nursing text and presented at local, state, regional, national, and international Page 7 of 8 Pi Gamma Newsletter Candidates Biographical Information nursing conferences. Her clinical, teaching and research focus is the integration of spirituality in the care of clients across the spectrum of life and nursing. Membership Involvement Chair: Dare Domico, RN, DSN is a professor at Georgia Baptist College of Nursing of Mercer University and teaches in both the undergraduate and graduate programs. Dr. Domico's areas of clinical specialization are neuroscience and orthopedics. She is involved in gerontology and health promotion in the older adult. Her research is in the areas of osteoporosis and the quality of life of Alzheimer's caregivers. She serves as a member of the Georgia Osteoporosis Initiative and is a member of the Executive Committee of the Peachtree Chapter of the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International, American Nurses Association and the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses. She is currently completing her term as counselor from 2005-2007. Susan Garcia, RN, BSN is an active member of Pi Gamma who has served on the fundraising committee over the past two years since being inducted as a senior at GBCN. She served as vice president of the student nursing association and was very active in promoting membership involvement in the National Student Nursing Association. She currently works in the Emergency department at Northside Forsyth Hospital. She is an active member of the Education committee for the Emergency Department for nursing competencies. Fund Raising Chair: Joan Marie, RN, M is an Instructor at Georgia Baptist College of Nursing of Mercer University. She has previously worked as an ICU nurse and management for health-related companies. She has served in multiple fund raising capacities as follows:Fund -Raiser for Relay for Life 1999-2002, Fund- Raiser for Habitat for Humanity 1997, Fund-Raiser for No Kill Shelters in DeKalb County 2000, Block Chair for American Cancer Society 1995. Her current research and scholarly work is related to the Use of Simulation in the BSN Curriculum, Improving Teaching Strategies in the large classroom setting, and Effective Clinical Evaluation in the BSN Curriculum, co-author with Dr. Tanya Sudia-Robinson (in process). Publisher/Newsletter Chair: Laura Hudgens, RN, BSN, is a cum laude December 2007 graduate of Georgia Baptist College of Nursing of Mercer University. She also earned a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Georgia in August 1991. Her previous career was in advertising, marketing, editing, business management: newsletter experience, print, web and event production management. During her enrollment at GBCN, she served as Editor of Imprint, the magazine for the National Student Nurses Association (NSNA) with a circulation of 45,000. She also served as a Member of the Executive Board for NSNA, 2006-2007. She is currently employed as an RN in the Emergency Department at Piedmont Hospital. Online Voting Now Available Please vote online at http://www.advancedsurvey.com/ . Simply click the link to the left or go to this site. On the right of the page toward the bottom it says “Take a Survey”. Type in this number 59295 and click the Go button. You will see each office listed separately with the names to select and a spot to write in a candidate who must agree to run prior to adding their name. That’s it. Voting Ends March 7, 2008 at 6pm. Pi Gamma Newsletter Page 8 of 8 Pi Gamma Chapter Officers Ballot 2008-2009 Please Vote online using the instructions on the prior newsletter page. If you can not vote online, do the following. Indicate your vote by marking an (X) by the candidate’s name. Write-in candidates are permitted after receiving consent to serve. Vote for ONE person for each of the offices listed. (see mailing info below) PRESIDENT ( ) Linda Streit ( ) ______________ PRESIDENT-ELECT ( ) James DiAngelo ( ) ______________ TREASURER ( ) Jo Scott Petty ( ) Fran Kamp ( ) _______________ FUND RAISING CHAIR ( ) Joan Marie ( ) ____________________ COUNSELOR ( ) Ann Keeley ( ) Freida Fuller ( ) _______________ MEMBERSHIP INVOLVEMENT ( ) Dare Domico CHAIR ( ) Susan Garcia ( ) _______________ PUBLICITY/NEWSLETTER CHAIR ( ) Laura Hudgens ( ) _______________ Please have your vote post marked by March 7, 2008. Please mail Written only ballots to: Mary Beerman, RN, MN, CCRN, Georgia Baptist College of Nursing of Mercer University, 3001 Mercer University Dr, Atlanta, GA 30341
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