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Welcome to the Alpha Chapter!
2019 Alpha Chapter Officers

This is the 2019-2020 Board at STTI Headquarters


A message from the Alpha Chapter President: 

Hello, Alpha Members!

I am pleased to serve as your President (2020-2022). Angela Opsahl is serving in the role of Vice President through 2021 and is in charge of planning our programs and induction. Judy Young from IUPUI is the Secretary, and Erin Geiselman from IUK is the current treasurer. We are fortunate to have 10 campus counselors as well as a counselor dedicated to recruiting and welcoming nurse leader to our chapter. The board met for a virtual retreat in June 2020 to discuss our strategic plan and formulate goals for the next two years. Our goals thread from Sigma President Richard Riccardi's exciting Call to Action. Member retention and engagement remains an important goal for our chapter. Please let us know how we can serve you!

Please join me in welcoming all members of your leadership team. Our counselors (with their email information) are:

Adams, Sara

sabadams@iun.edu

Northwest

Chang, Pei-Shiun

pc21@indiana.edu

Bloomington

East, Karen

kleast@iupuc.edu

Columbus

Evans, Cindy

cinevans@iue.edu

East

Hamash, Kawther

khamash@iu.edu

Ft. Wayne

Padgett, Tonya

tonpadge@iu.edu

Indianapolis

 Davis, Emily

ead4@iu.edu Indianapolis

Whitmore, Bridget

bwhitmor@iuk.edu

Kokomo

Mattingly, Julie

jmattinglydnprn@gmail.com

Southeast

Ludy, Kristy

kludy@iu.edu

South Bend

Jones, Sharon

jones240@iusb.edu

Nurse Leader Counselor

 

Have you ever thought about being a chapter leader? We have many committees from which you can choose to begin your journey as a chapter leader. Please contact any of us if you think chapter leadership could be in your future.
Here is our most current listing of committee chairs: 

Atem, Desmond

Awards Committee Chair

atemdesmond@gmail.com <atemdesmond@gmail.com>

Howell, Josselyn

L/S Chair

jhowell10@IUHealth.org

Grizzle, Teresa

L/S Committee Member

grizzle.teresa@gmail.com

Kiger, Christina

L/S Committee Member

christina.kiger77@gmail.com

Ellis, Rebecca

Research Committee Chair

rjbartle@iu.edu

 

We also want to know what you would like to know about membership, future plans, etc. The chapter leadership is here to serve our members, and we want all Alpha members to have a great experience. So please help us by sharing your thoughts. My email is lojcox@iu.edu.

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

Angela Opsahl will also need volunteer help with planning programs and also induction. These are a great way to get involved and meet the other members.

A special thank you to all members, we appreciate you. I look forward to serving you throughout my tenure as a chapter leader.

Lori J. Pajakowski, DNP, RN, ACNS-BC

Assistant Professor of Nursing
Vera Z. Dwyer College of Health Science

Indiana University South Bend

 

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 (see Video and About Us tab).

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

 


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Chapter News

  • 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!

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