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2022-2023 Alpha Chapter Board, Spring Induction Ceremony

A message from the Alpha Chapter President 

Dear Alpha Chapter Members,

I am honored to serve as your Alpha Chapter President (2022-2024). The Alpha Chapter Board is comprised of a talented group of accomplished professionals from academic and clinical practice settings. Dr. Kim Hodges from the IUPUI campus will continue as our Vice President and oversees the planning of our programs and induction. Dr. Tonja Padgett from the IUPUI campus is the Secretary, and Dr. Erin Geiselman from the IU Kokomo campus is our current Treasurer. We are fortunate to have nine campus counselors and a nurse leader counselor who are dedicated to recruiting and welcoming new members to our chapter. The Alpha Chapter Board met in person for the first time in two years for the annual retreat in June 2022 to discuss our strategic plan and formulate goals for the next two years. Our goals are connected to Sigma President Ken Dion's exciting Call to Action, Be Bold. Member retention and engagement, educational offerings, and grant support remain important goals for our chapter. Please let us know how we can best serve you!

Alpha Chapter Counselors (with email information & campus) are:


Obichi, Chidiebele

ccobichi@iu.edu

Northwest

Raber, Hanna

hraber@indiana.edu

Bloomington

East, Karen

kleast@iupuc.edu

Columbus

Pugh, Tina

tinpugh@iue.edu

East

Hamash, Kawther

khamash@iu.edu

Fort Wayne

Washington, Michelle

michwash@iu.edu

Indianapolis

 deRose, Barb

bderose@iu.edu

Indianapolis

Plough, Susan

seplough@iuk.edu

Kokomo

Williams, Rosalind

willrosa@ius.edu

Southeast

Ludy, Kristy

kludy@iu.edu

South Bend

Jones, Sharon

jones240@iusb.edu

Nurse Leader Counselor

Have you considered being a chapter leader? We have several committees from which you can choose to begin your journey as a chapter leader. Please contact us if you think chapter leadership is in your future and you would like to serve as a member of a committee listed below.

Alpha Chapter Committee Chairs: 

Atem, Desmond

Awards Committee Chair

atemdesmond@gmail.com

Pajakowski, Lori

Governance Committee Chair

lojcox@iusb.edu

Howell, Josselyn

Leadership Succession Committee Chair

jhowell10@IUHealth.org

Wierenga, Kelly

Research Committee Chair

kwiereng@iu.edu

We also want to know your thoughts about membership, future plans, educational needs, etc. The chapter leadership is here to serve our members, and we want all Alpha Chapter members to have a great experience. Please help us by sharing your thoughts. My email is agopsahl@iu.edu.

Meetings are on the fourth Monday of the month from 4:00-6:00 pm EST. If you are interested in attending a meeting, please contact me, and I will forward you the phone number and conference Zoom link.

A special thank you to all members, we appreciate you! I look forward to serving you throughout my tenure as your Alpha Chapter President.

Angela G. Opsahl, DNP, RN, CPHQ 
Sigma, Alpha Chapter President
Assistant Dean & Associate Professor
Indiana University School of Nursing, Bloomington
agopsahl@iu.edu

 

Alpha Chapter is affiliated with Indiana University School of Nursing and has a proud history as the founding chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.

Alpha Chapter and Indiana University School of Nursing, 600 Barnhill Drive, Indianapolis, IN, 46202

 


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Chapter News

  • October Food Drive

    Dear Alpha Chapter Members,

    In honor of Founder's Day, Alpha Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society (Sigma) and Indiana University School of Nursing co-sponsored the food drive during the month of October to combat the food insecurity of our students on each of the nine IU campuses. As Alpha Chapter President, I am happy to report that over 2,170 items were collected throughout the state with IU Kokomo winning the campus challenge. This service project helps support the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal #2: End hunger, achieve food security, improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture. We are grateful to all the faculty, staff, and students that donated to this special cause!
    Sincerely, Dr. Angela Opsahl

  • Nursing Research & EBP Grants

    Dear Alpha Chapter Members,
    Please read the information below related to Nursing Research & EBP Grant opportunities. Please reach out to Dr. Wierenga at kwiereng@iu.edu with any questions.
    Best wishes, Dr. Angela Opsahl

    EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICE PROJECT GRANT


    Each year, Alpha Chapter awards monies recognizing a completed evidence-based practice project.

    You are invited to submit an EBP project proposal packet to Alpha Chapter for consideration. Each application should include the following materials:

    1. Application Form
    2. Curriculum vitae 
    3. Abstract (≤ 200 words)
    4. Project Proposal

    Application Deadlines are March 1st and October 1st

    The application packet instructions and required forms are found here: Sigma Alpha EBP Grant Application v2022-Sigma_Alpha_EBP_Grant_Application_v2022.doc
    Please submit completed materials to Kelly Wierenga PhD, RN at kwiereng@iu.edu
    .
     You may also contact Dr. Wierenga with any questions you may have. 

    NURSING RESEARCH GRANT

    The Alpha Chapter awards research grants for nursing research.  You are invited to submit a research proposal and application packet for consideration.  

    Each application packet should include the following:

    1. Application Form
    2. Curriculum Vitae
    3. Abstract (< 200 words)
    4. Project Proposal 
    5. Budget Request

    Application Deadlines are March 1st and October 1st

    The application packet instructions and required forms can be found here: Sigma Alpha Research Grant Application Packet v2022-Sigma_Alpha_Research_Grant_Application_Packet_v2022.doc
    Please submit completed materials to Kelly Wierenga PhD, RN at kwiereng@iu.edu You may also contact Dr. Wierenga with any questions you may have. 

  • Accepting Award Nominations and Scholarship Applications!

    ALPHA CHAPTER MEMBER AWARDS

    Sigma Theta Tau, Alpha Chapter, wishes to recognize members who are outstanding in the areas of:
    1. Education
    2. Leadership
    3. Nursing Practice
    4. Research
    5. Mentoring

    We invite you to recommend an Alpha Chapter member to be considered in one of these five areas of excellence.

    Each nomination should include:

    1. A minimum of two letters of support
    2. Nomination Form
    3. Curriculum Vitae

    A self-nomination is acceptable but will additionally require a letter of self-nomination and two letters of endorsement. The nomination form and criteria for the curriculum vitae can be found under chapter documents or visit Award Nomination

    The Deadline is March 15, 2021

    If you have any questions, please contact the Chair of the Awards Committee, Desmond Atem, BSN, RN at atemdesmond@gmail.com 

    STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP


    All students being inducted are eligible for a $300.00 award. The award will be presented during the induction ceremony. If you receive a scholarship, you will be expected to participate in Sigma Theta Tau through a volunteer activity or leadership-mentor role.

    In order to be considered for this scholarship, the scholarship committee would appreciate learning more about your accomplishments. More information about the application can be found here:  Student Scholarship Application

    The Application Deadline is March 15, 2021

    Please electronically submit scholarship applications to Chair of the Awards Committee, Desmond Atem, BSN, RN  atemdesmond@gmail.com 

    CLINICAL SCHOLARSHIP

    The Alpha Chapter is very excited to announce that we have a $1,000 award available to our nurses who give hands-on patient care. This award recognizes that improved nursing interventions and clinical therapeutics are direct effects of nursing knowledge. We appreciate that you are the core of the nursing profession! 

    If you want to expand your professional development or enhance your nursing career, apply for this award. This scholarship can give you the boost you need to continue your nursing contributions. The award can be used towards a conference, seminar, or other educational materials. 

    An advanced degree is not required for this scholarship. More information can be found here: Clinical Scholarship Application


    The Application Deadline is March 15, 2021

    If you have any questions, please contact Chair of the Awards Committee, Desmond Atem, BSN, RN  atemdesmond@gmail.com

  • Alpha Chapter receives the Showcase of Regional Excellence Award!

    Alpha Chapter is excited to announce that we have received the Showcase of Regional Excellence Award, demonstrating a commitment by Alpha Chapter to Sigma President Riccardi's Infusing Joy Call to Action. Please see the attached award letter for more information.

    Showcase of Regional Excellence Award
  • 2020-2021 Member Presentations

    Mentoring to Support Ethnic Minority and Socioeconomically Disadvantaged Nursing Students’ Well-being and Future Clinical Practice. Opsahl, A. & Townsend, C. Sigma Theta Tau: Creating Healthy Work 2021 Environments Conference, Austin, Texas February 19-20, 2021 (Virtual Presentation)

    Programs of Support for New Nursing Graduates’ Well-being in the Transition to Practice. Davis, E., Roush, K., Reiss, P., Opsahl, A., & Reimer, N. Sigma Theta Tau: Creating Healthy Work 2021 Environments Conference, Austin, Texas February 19-20, 2021 (Virtual Presentation)

    Howell, J. (2020, May). A Systematic Review of Evidence Based Strategies to Address Nursing Burnout Through the Lens of the Roy Adaptation Model. Poster presentation presented virtually at the Sigma Theta Tau International 5th Biennial European Conference in Coimbra, Portugal.

    Young, J. (2020). Designing a Hybrid Course to Prepare Nurse Leaders for the Dynamic American Healthcare Setting. Virtual SIGMA 31st Nursing Research Congress. Originally situated in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. July.

    Howell, J. (2021, June). A Systematic Review of Evidence Based Strategies to Address Nursing Burnout Through the Lens of the Roy Adaptation Model. Virtual poster presentation at the Roy Adaptation Association Annual Conference in Los Angeles, California.

    Erin Geiselman. Is Resilience a Bad Word? Indiana Association for Healthcare Quality Annual Conference (Virtual) IN, United States April 2021.

    Tamara Ledbetter, Mary Bourke, Carolyn Townsend, Erin Geiselman, Kathleen Klute, Leigh Swartzendruber, Lenora Maze. Understanding Incivility in Nursing Education Pre & Post Covid-192020 Indiana Nursing Summit (Virtual) IN, United States November 9, 2020.

    Moorman, M., *Young, J. (2020). Steps in Hybrid Course Design: From Theory to Integration. NLN Education Summit, Orlando, Florida. September.

    Chang, P., Lu, Y., Ofner, S., Nguyen, C.M. (2020, Nov) Qigong exercise on frailty, psychological health, and spiritual well-being of middle-aged and older blacks (Poster). The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) 11/4-7, 2020 (Virtual)

    Mattingly, J. (2020). Serving the Underserved: Teaching Nursing Students Through Community Health Promotion. Lecture presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research, San Antonio, TX.

    Howell, J. (2021, March). A Systematic Review of Evidence Based Strategies to Address Nursing Burnout Through the Lens of the Roy Adaptation Model. Poster presentation presented virtually at the Indiana University Bicentennial “Beyond Boundaries” Academic Symposium.

    Undergraduate Nursing Honors Research to Support Virtual Community Professional Development. McCrea, K., Leathers, B., Heitman, L., Hawkins, E., Abbott, T., & Opsahl, A. Indiana University Bicentennial sponsored conference, Beyond Boundaries: Indiana Academies Symposium, Indianapolis, IN. April 9-10, 2021

    Introduction to Healthcare Quality. Opsahl, A. Townsend, C., & Geisleman, E. Indiana Association for Healthcare Quality (INAHQ). Virtual Statewide Education Event, April 10-11, 2021.

    Title: The application of Qigong exercise in frailty improvement: Meta analysis (Oral presentation) IU bicentennial Conference 4/9-10, 2021 (virtual) Author: Pei-Shiun Chang, Tish Knobf, Byeong Oh, Christina Tocchi, and Marge Funk

    Sanko, J., Gattamorta, K., Young, J., Durham, C., Sherwood, G., & Dolansky, M. (2020). A Multi-institution Collaboration to Study the Impacts of Friday Night at the ER, a Table-Top Simulation on Systems Thinking and Learning. Simulation in Healthcare; International Meeting for Simulation and Healthcare, San Diego, CA, January 19, 2020.

    An innovation in clinical education to support cultural competence, patient-centered care, and quality outcomes. Opsahl, A., Hughes-Gay, M., Poe, C., Gindling, S. & Hagedorn Wonder, A. International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning

    Denver, CO. June 16 – 19, 2021

    Pajakowski, L. & Liechty, T. Replacement of Traditional Clinical Experiences with Virtual Clinical Experiences. Poster Presentation. NurseTim NextGen Nursing. February 18-20, 2021

    Pajakowski, L. & Liechty, T. Prebriefing and Debriefing to Enhance Active Learning. Conference Presentation – Quick Hits. Midwest SoTL 2021 Conference. April 9, 2021.

    Pajakowski, L. & Liechty, T. Replacement of Traditional Clinical Experiences with Virtual Clinical Experiences. Poster Presentation. IU Bicentennial Conference, April 9, 2021



  • 2019-2020 Member Presentations

    Mattingly, J. (2019). Joy of Teaching: Service Learning. Workshop facilitator for IUS ILTE Joy of Teaching Series, New Albany, IN.

    Mattingly, J. (2019). Teaching Strategies that Increase Purpose, Belonging, and Skills. Workshop panelist, ILTE Mini-Conference, New Albany, IN.

    The Impact of Evidence-Based Practice & Nursing Research for Organizational Outcomes. Opsahl, A. Indiana Association for Healthcare Quality (INAHQ). Annual Conference. Carmel, IN. April, 2019.

    Opsahl, A. & Hagedorn Wonder, A. Mock Hospital Ethics Committee: Teaching the Application of Ethics and Evidence-based Practice with an Interprofessional Simulation. NLN Education Summit. September 26-28, 2019. Poster presentation. Washington, DC.

    Opsahl, A. Understanding Barriers with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome: Engaging New Mothers and Staff Nurses. 8th International Colloquium on Advances in Nursing Science. Rome, Italy. October 10-12, 2019. Podium presentation. Mary Bourke, Erin Geiselman, Carolyn Townsend. The IU Kokomo Master of Science in Nursing Program’s Articulation of Effectiveness through Curriculum & Instruction: 20/20 on Teaching, Learning and Research Pecha Kucha Style Kokomo December 6, 2019.

    Young, J. Development of a Hybrid Course for Second-degree (Accelerated) Nursing Students to Facilitate Clinical Leadership Competency with Client Care Delivery. Scholars Teaching for Student Success. What Works? What’s Next? October 4, 2019. Indiana University. Indianapolis, IN.

    Young, J., Daulton, B., & Griffin, C. (2019). Using an Unfolding Case Study and Interprofessional Team Approach to Achieve a Culturally Competent, Person-Centered Care Learning Activity. NLN Education Summit, Washington, DC. September.

    Mattingly, J. (2019). Population Health: The Lakota of the Pine Ridge Reservation. Presentation at the IUS Faculty Research & Creativity Day, New Albany, IN

    Pedigo, E., Eble, M., Bell, N., Hunsinger, A., Martlage, B., Opsahl, A., & Hensel, D. Perceptions and Understanding of Antibiotic Use with Caregivers of School-Age Children. Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Research Conference. Calgary, Canada. July 25, 2019. Podium presentation.
  • Spring 2021 Virtual Induction and Keynote Address

    Alpha Chapter is excited to welcome our newest inductees! Follow this link to the virtual induction ceremony which was held on April 16, 2021. In addition to the induction ceremony, we awarded scholarships to 12 new inductees, an excellence in research award to a chapter member, and heard an inspiring keynote address from Past President Dr. Susan Hendricks.
  • OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Scholarship Application & Award Nomination

    Alpha Chapter,

    The time is just around the corner to recognize members with Alpha Chapter Awards and Scholarships!!!

    The following Scholarships & Awards are available:

    $1000 Clinical Scholarship Award for nurses providing hands-on patient care during this pandemic.

    $300 Student Scholarships for all eligible student inductees.

    Nominate outstanding members who have demonstrated exceptional qualities in Education, Leadership, Nursing Practice, Research, and Mentoring for other awards.

    DEADLINE: MARCH 1ST 2021

    For more information, please visit Awards/Scholarships
  • Alpha Chapter Virtual Induction

    Hi Alpha Chapter, 

    Alpha Chapter hosted a virtual induction on Friday, April 17, 2020. Please view the virtual induction video to celebrate all of our new inductees and award recipients. Congratulations to all!