Fall Induction Gala 2006
November 3, 2006 at 6:00 p.m. | At The Syndicate of Newport, KY
2006-2007 Phases of Nursing Research
Watch for workshop details and
dates in the coming weeks.
February 16, 2007 | Sharonville Convention Center
Keynote Speaker Jane
Barnsteiner, PhD, RN, FAAN author and researcher and recipient of the 2005
Sigma Theta Tau International Dorothy Garrigus Adams Award for Fostering Professional
Standard. Dr. Jane Barnsteiner is internationally known in Translational
Research and patient safety. She is currently a Professor of Pediatric Nursing
at the University of Pennsylvania and Director of Nursing Translational
Research at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. More
details later, but mark your calendar now to attend!
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Dear Rho Theta Members,
a busy year this has been for Rho Theta! We started the year off
by inducting a record breaking 78 nursing students and nursing leaders
into our chapter. Our Induction Gala was such an enormous success
that it promises to be an ongoing annual nursing celebration! NKU President
James Votruba and Provost Gail Wells attended our Gala and presented
the Nursing Civic Engagement Award to Marian Cummins for her years
of nursing service to underserved women in our community. Former Rho Theta
President, Joy Churchill presented the Juanita Thiele Leadership Award
to Teresa Huber, President, District 3 KNA. Former STTI Region 9
Coordinator, Bev Reigle gave a beautiful keynote address to our inductees.
Hospitals and healthcare facilities from across the area sponsored our 2005 Gala,
with St. Elizabeth Medical Center serving as the Platinum Sponsor for this
event. St. Elizabeth will also be the Platinum Level Sponsorship for the
Fall 2006 Induction Gala! This event will occur November 3, 2006 at 6:00
p.m. with our new Region 9 Coordinator, Betsy Frank delivering the keynote
address. General membership is encouraged to attend. Complete details
will be provided at a later date and will be available on our new website in the
chapter was beautifully represented at the annual STTI Convention last Fall.
Six of our members attended the convention and four of those members presented! We
also took time to meet and socialize with other chapters in our district, and
to say thank you to Dr. Beverly Reigle for her many years of excellent
service as our Region 9 Coordinator. Rho Theta has partnered with St. Elizabeth
Medical Center, St. Luke Hospitals, Riverhills Healthcare, the
local chapter of the KNA, and other local healthcare partners to form the
"Northern Kentucky Research Collaborative". The goal of this partnership
is to provide an atmosphere that collectively stimulates, fosters, and recognizes
excellence in nursing research throughout the Northern Kentucky area! Rho
Theta has worked diligently to network with our local healthcare partners
to provide members, students, and community nurses with nursing research educational
opportunities. "The Phases of Nursing Research" were presented throughout
the Spring 2006 semester. Details of the workshops and activities are detailed
in the "Rho Theta Accomplishments" section of this newsletter.
the Celebration of Nursing Research, Rho Theta coordinated poster
printing and design services here at NKU for 18 nurses and nursing students.
Even though this was our first attempt at a community wide nursing research poster
event, an impressive 23 posters from students, faculty and community nurses were
displayed and presented in the University Center! The Northern Kentucky
Research Collaborative presented the following awards: "Kentucky
Nurse Researcher of the Year Award" to Karen Mutsch and Melissa
Herbert from SEMC ($500 award sponsored by SEMC). Second place
for "Kentucky Nurse Researcher of the Year" went to BSN student, Deborah
Roney ($250 award sponsored by Rho Theta ). The "Vision Award"
was presented to BSN student, Sondra Blythe (a $250 award sponsored by
Rho Theta). Congratulations to each of these future and present nursing leaders.
we look ahead to yet another great year, the Rho Theta Board is very pleased to
welcome two new officers. Kim Dinsey-Read has accepted the position
of Faculty Counselor, and Sondra Blythe will continue to serve as our Historian/Archivist.
We are indeed fortunate to have them.
of your Board members submitted an NKU Partnership Grant proposal through
the Scripts Howard Center for Public Engagement. The "Northern Kentucky
Nursing Research Collaborative" grant was approved, and we will be funded
in the amount of approximately $46,000 over the next two years!!! These funds
are essential as we look to continue the work of the Research Collaborative.
This funding will not only allow us to continue research educational offerings,
it will also incorporate videostreaming technology. This on-line video access
will be available to our Rho Theta membership, as well as to nurses throughout
the community! The grant will also provide some desperately needed administrative
support. Jennifer Paulin who was inducted at last year's ceremony, is beginning
her final year of nursing school and will provide 10 hours/week as Grant Project
Coordinator. This position will be paid through the grant, and includes the
provision of an academic scholarship for 6 hours/semester! A big welcome
now more than ever, your Rho Theta Chapter needs your support to continue
the important work we have started. Please consider getting involved.
There are numerous committee positions and even chairperson positions in which
you could serve. Review the list at the end of the newsletter, and let us
know what talents or skills you can offer to your professional organization.
There are so many ways for you to get involved in your nursing honor society!
Judi Frerick, MSN, RN
Rho Theta President
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