The DeSales University Mu Omicron Chapter of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing inducted 40 new members in a ceremony held on the Center Valley campus during the Spring 2009 semester.
The campus induction ceremony also included a welcome from Dr. Margaret Slusser, chairperson for the DeSales Department of Nursing and Health, the installation of officers and the presentation, “To Know and to Serve: The History of the School of Nursing for Men at Pennsylvania Hospital,” by Patrick Kenny, assistant professor of nursing at DeSales.
Membership in Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing is by invitation to baccalaureate and graduate nursing students who demonstrate excellence in scholarship, and to nurse leaders exhibiting exceptional achievements in nursing. Its mission is to support the learning, knowledge, and professional development of nurses committed to making a difference in health worldwide.
To be considered for induction into the honor society, undergraduate students must have completed at least half of their nursing courses, have an overall Grade Point Average of 3.0 or higher, and rank in the top 30th percentile of their class. Graduate students must have an overall Grade Point Average of 3.5 or higher and have completed at least 25 percent of their courses. All students must provide two letters of recommendation from current Sigma Theta Tau members attesting to their leadership and academic abilities.
Founded in 1922, at the Indiana University Training School for Nurses, now the Indiana University School of Nursing, the international honor society of nursing now has more than 405,000 members worldwide. There are 463 chapters on college campuses in countries such as Australia, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Hong Kong, Mexico, the Netherlands, South Africa, Sweden, Taiwan, Wales, United Kingdom, United States, among others.
The DeSales University Mu Omicron Chapter of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing was chartered at DeSales in 1990. Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society, with its chapters and grant partners (corporations, associations and foundations), contributes more than $500,000 annually to nursing research through grants, scholarships and monetary awards.
New members inducted into the Mu Omicron Chapter during the spring 2009 semester include:
Junior nursing students
Abigail Brunner, of Whitehall, Pa.; Jennifer Gonzalez, of Catasauqua, Pa.; Jamie Heck, of Voorhees, N.J.; Gina Locke, of Gardner, Mass.; Kelsey McGee, of New Holland, Pa.; and Meghan Weber, of Doylestown, Pa.
Senior nursing students
Mary Galantino, of Kutztown, Pa.; and Shannon Laser, of Sinking Spring, Pa.
Accelerated nursing students
Cassandra Althauser, of Bangor, Pa.; Megan Atherton, of Union Township, N.J.; Joshua Bosack, of Pottsville, Pa.; Bree Edris, of Bethlehem, Pa.; Tracy Ernst, of Bethlehem, Pa.; Noelle Heilman, of Allentown, Pa.; Sarah Horvat, of Zionsville, Pa.; Elizabeth Houtsma, of Allentown, Pa.; Michael Seldomridge, of Danville, Pa.; Jessica Shawler, of Baltimore, Md.; Amber Staskel, of Mohnton, Pa.; Joseph Stern, of Whitestone, N.Y.; and Lori Wunderler, of Center Valley, Pa.
Windy Alonso, of Breinigsville, Pa.; and Linda Reynolds, of Whitehall, Pa.
Jessica Barber, of Bethlehem, Pa.; Daryl Gordon, of Coplay, Pa.; Charlene Johnson, of Saylorsburg, Pa.; Joleen Pavelka, of Kutztown, Pa.; Tracey Shivok-Jefferson, of Bethlehem, Pa.; Eileen Wasson, of Bethlehem, Pa.; and Michelle Trzesniowski, of Bethlehem, Pa.
Katherine Evans, of Bethlehem, Pa.
2008 Inductees – current senior nursing students
Andrea Angstadt, of Allentown, Pa.; Erica Focht, of Allentown, Pa.; Kaci Hintze, of Bethlehem, Pa.; Rebecca Jones, of Ashland, Pa.; James Kish, of Coplay, Pa.; Amanda Langley, of Ellicott City, Md.; Maria Martino, of Jim Thorpe, Pa.; Jillian Pollock, of Broomall, Pa.; Krista Thomas, of Macungie, Pa.; and Elizabeth Vilasi, of Nazareth, Pa.
In addition to the induction ceremony, the Mu Omicron Chapter co-sponsored its first simulation symposium during the spring semester. The event, “Utilizing Simulation in Healthcare: Are Clinical Simulation Offering Similar Between Academia and the Hospital?,” was held in the DeSales University Center. Lehigh Valley Hospital also co-sponsored the event.
The symposium featured keynote speaker Dr. Petrelia Ann Coleman, director of the Education Center for Clinical Innovations and Advanced Technologies at Texas Woman’s University.
Also, there was a simulation and academia presentation by Dr. Margaret Slusser, department chairperson, and Deborah Whittaker, of DeSales University’s Department of Nursing and Health, and a simulation and hospital presentation by Deborah Arnold, simulation nurse specialist, of the Lehigh Valley Hospital & Health Network.
In addition, the symposium included a panel discussion and exhibitors from Medical Education Technologies Incorporation, Laerdal Medical Corporation, and Wolters Kluwer Health-Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
Simulation in nursing education provides students with the opportunity to participate in an array of patient care experiences that are rare or risky. Simulations are categorized as Low Fidelity, Moderate Fidelity, and High Fidelity, depending on the tools, i.e. mannequins utilized in the scenario and degree of involvement by the students. Mannequins range from standard (no extra features) in Low Fidelity and moderate (chest sounds heard) in Moderate Fidelity to highly sophisticated and computerized in High Fidelity.
In a multi-site and multi-method study exploring simulation as a teaching strategy implemented by National League for Nursing (NLN) in 2006, the NLN concluded that students actively involved in static or high fidelity simulation perceive more problem solving features than students who participated in paper and pencil case studies. Also, students who engage in high fidelity simulation have a higher satisfaction with learning and higher confidence in implementing patient care.
For more information, contact Dr. Carol Mest, director of the DeSales MSN Program and associate professor of nursing, at 610-282-1100, ext. 1394, or Carol.Mest@DeSales.edu.
Press Release: DeSales Mu Omicron Chapter of International Honor Society of Nursing Holds Induction Ceremony & Simulation Symposium | Posted on: 6/11/2009
For more info:
Tom McNamara, Executive Director of Communications
DeSales University | 2255 Station Avenue | Center Valley, PA 18034
610.282.1100 x1219 | Tom.McNamara@desales.edu