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President's Message March 2018
By Deborah Hassler, ACNP-BC, MSN

Connect. Collaborate. Catalyze. This is focus of the 2017 - 2019 Presidential Call to Action as set forth by Dr. Beth Baldwin Tigges at the Biennium Convention h eld this past October. How do we envision ourselves fulfilling these goals? Let’s look at them briefly as individual items.

Connect - we will pursue a more comprehensive use of technology as we seek to keep our members engaged in chapter activities. One consideration is using Facebook Live to stream our meetings as a means to reach members unable to attend them in person. We hope to begin this by the end of this fiscal year. There is the Beta Xi chapter page on the Circle which lists upcoming events, ne wsletters and agendas for upcoming meetings. If you are uncertain as to how to reach this site, please do not hesitate to contact one of the board members and we will be happy to show you the way.

Collaborate - we want to be intentional in our efforts to c ollaborate with one new partner annually as a means to promote the mission of Sigma in advancing world health and celebrating nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership and service. One of our members has been working with a local college providing guid ance as they seek to begin their own chapter of Sigma. As the Chapter Key Award criteria becomes available, we will seek other opportunities for collaboration that will meet the established criteria. The board appreciates your input regarding any potential opportunities for collaboration that are innovative and creative.

Catalyze - what are some ways in which we can use our skills to transform global nursing? This may seem like a lofty aspiration, but there are local opportunities which ca n have a global impact. Making contributions to fund scholarships, donating as a group to the Chapter Giving Club,

consider nominating a colleague for one of the many awards offered by Sigma are just some of the ways in which we can stimulate action th at c an have a far - reaching impact.

Consider how you can make a meaningful contribution as we pursue the fulfillment of the Call to Action for this biennium. I look forward to working with you in the months ahead!

Debbie Hassler

Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research Nightingala
By  Dr. Hilary Barnes and Dr. Xiaopeng Ji

On October 4, 2017, the Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research (FNINR) held the annual Nightingala in Washington D.C. This event opened with a networking reception, which provided an opportunity for nursing researchers and leaders to meet and connect with one another. The theme of this year’s event was “The Power and Impact of Nursing Research.” In the opening remarks, Dr. Patricia Grady (President, National Institute of Nursing Research) discussed the impact of nursing research on the lives of patients and families, such as improved chronic disease prevention and self-management; the development of new technologies that allow for greater Nightingala_2018.pngindependence in living; and enhanced palliative care for seriously ill patients.

UD’s School of Nursing and Beta Xi were well-represented at the event. Faculty members Drs.Hilary Barnes and Xiaopeng Ji attended along with Sr. Associate Dean Emily Hauenstein and several students and community partners. During the event, Dr. Patricia Flatley Brennan (Director, National Library of Medicine) received the President’s Award. This prestigious award acknowledges and honors a nurse scientist advancing innovations in technology to improvehealth. Dr. Brennan is a pioneer in the development of information systems. Examples of her contributions include ComputerLink, an electronic networks designed to reduce isolation and improve self-care among home care patients, and HeartCare, a web-based information and communication services that helps home-dwelling cardiac patients recover faster. Also in attendance was Alumnus Dr. Andrea Brassard (Senior Strategic Policy Advisor, Campaign for Action), who was inducted as a Fellow into the American Academy of Nursing at the Academy’s meeting that followed.

2018 Winter Retreat
By Jacqueline Fabricatore BSN, RN
This year
s Beta Xi Annual Planning Retreat was held at Dr. Grabers house on January 15th. The retreat began with a brief welcome and networking session over breakfast. After, the board members created the chapters strategic plan for 2017- 2019. The Strategic Plan was patterned after the Sigma Theta Tau International Strategic Directions document. It is also influenced by the revised Key Award Criteria, Vision 2020, and our new international president, Beth Baldwin Tigges’, PHD, RN, PNP, BC, Presidential Call to Action. Dr. Tigges’ Presidential Call to Action emphasizes the importance of the global and outward focus of

Sigma Theta Tau International, as well as the concepts of connecting, collaborating, and catalyzing. After a lunch of Capriotti’s sandwiches, the meeting continued on, going through each chapter committee and setting goals for the year as a chapter. Discussion topics included our next key award changes to induction and renewal fees, social media strategies, ballot nominees, the newsletter, and a review of the chapter’s calendar of events. If you would like to know more about what was discussed at this event, the meeting minutes can be found in the discussion section of our website as well as in the chapter’s resource library!

Fall 2017 Induction
Dr. Kathy Shell, Faculty Counselor

Beta Xi chapter held its fall induction on November 13, 2017 at the UD Courtyard Marriott Hotel. Prior to the formal ceremony, President Deborah Hassler provided an overview of Sigma’s history and mission and highlighted Beta Xi activities. Dr. Emily Hauen stein, Senior Associate Dean for Nursing and Healthcare Innovation, acknowledged the accomplishments of the inductees and their role in healthcare transformation. Sharing insights about his career journey from new graduate to nurse anesthetist, keynote speaker Ryan Fedewitz, MSN, CRNA, Anesthesia Services, P.A. focused on themes of hard work, believing in oneself, and risk - taking. Ryan’s sense of humor added levity to this 2010 BSN alumnus’ story of a sometimes - challenging career path. The closing reception offered time for congratulations and conversation with families, faculty, and the Beta Xi board. Congratulations to our November inductees! 

Nurse Leader: Graduate Students: RN to BSN Students: Accelerated BSN Students:
Kathleen Boyer, MSN, CGRN

Esther Ayettey, Alison Kingcade, Meghan Elliot, Mary Newman, Kathleen Davis, Fawn Palmer, Stefanie Ferraro, Sidonie Salmon, Kelly Graff, Julia Turner

Jeffrey McQuerrey, Kathryn Melville

Allison Boult, Beverley - Ann Perera - Anderson, Colin Dabagian, Amanda Reese, Dene’ DiMartino,  Kristen Ryan, Laurel Jones, Jecolia Sallstrom, Anna Loffreda, Holly Vandenbraak, Paige Mathis, Eric Wikso, Connor McCaffery


Meet Our 2017 Leadership Interns 

Beta Xi has picked four students to be apart of this year's leadership intern program. These four ladies are currently students of University of Delaware's Class of 2018 and were all recently inducted into Sigma Theta Tau International at our 2017 Spring Induction. Starting from the right in the picture below is Angela Nolan. She will be assisting our Vice President, Anne Marie Baker, in the planning of chapter events. Next is, Katherine Butler. Katherine will work with Dr. Graber not he chapter's service and philanthropy. Third, is Christiana Taylor who will work on the governance committee with Dr. Shell. Lastly, is Rachel Bloom who will be working with the leadership succession committee and Christine Renzulli. Congratulations ladies! We look forward to working with you this year! 

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