The Beta Sigma Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau carries out the mission of Sigma Theta Tau International through the support of learning, knowledge and professional development of our members.  The chapter was chartered in August 1974 and continues our 40th Anniversary during 2014. 

 

Board Minutes

Beta Sigma Chapter of STTI
Board Meeting
Tuesday,   March 15, 2016
6:30 to 7:30 pm
Those in attendance Cathy Dillen, Brenda Holtzer, Marianne Adams, Gwen Holderman,
Call to Order Cathy Dillen Brenda moved Sharon seconded
Approval of Minutes: January Minutes-Peggy Shipley- No minutes
Treasurer’s Report: No Report:                            
Attachments:  October minutes
                         Board Contact List/2015-2016 meeting dates
Governance Committee – Policy Work Update- Report on progress
                                            Chair Marianne Adams
Policy Work Update- Is in process Kim Raines is working on process and time line for Beta
Cathy Dillen will work on organizational chart board confirmed that immediate past president
will hold the same position as vice president on organizational chart
Leadership Committee-Time line for call for nominations and ballot
Administrative Assistant -Budget – Revenue source and outlays
Sharon – Previous and newsletters- Old newsletters will be up on website by April meeting
Newletter for spring by 3/31/16
Gwen – Time line for research-Gwen will prepare a time line for development of research day
Treasurer – Time line for filing and other dates Cathy will work with Amy to develop time line for
Please submit by April meeting to Governance Chair-Marianne Adams asks for a paragraph of
information or highlight changes to document
Research Day- Date, Progress Gwen Holderman-6 presenters with 20 minutes a piece
Working with Tim Linden so all abstracts and posters will be on Angel for Beta Sigma Virtual
Research Day April 4-8, 2016 from 08:00am  to 4:00pm. Evaluations at the end of the
presentations. Will see if an evaluation form can be made available for Beta Sigma Members
Broadcast to all faculty-Question if they can make it an assignment for class and broadcast to
Leadership Succession Committee – Report from leadership succession committee
                                                              Slate of officers
                                                              Discuss method for ballot distribution   
                                                              Chair Kim Raines

Thank you to those that Donated to Beta Sigma!

  • Karen Morin

  •  Cathy Dillen
  •  Gene Mundie
  •  Sharon LaCue

The Beta Sigma Chapter News!

There’s a new place to kick back and enjoy nature on campus at Penn State Altoona, and while you’re there you may run in to some of the kids who had a hand in creating it.            

The sensory garden, located between the Hawthorn Building and the Eve Memorial Chapel, was constructed as a part of a Beta Sigma Nursing Honor Society service project under the direction of Cathy Dillen, instructor in nursing.  Dillen and second degree nursing students have worked with the Sense-ational Endeavors program from its inception in 2011, and the garden is an extension of that collaboration. The camp, part of the college’s summer Kids’ College, is a two-week sensory-based educational enhancement program tailored to the needs and interests of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

For full story of the sensory garden click on the link below :)

http://news.psu.edu/story/365067/2015/08/11/sense-ational-endeavors-camp-creates-sensory-garden-campus

 

ALTOONA, Pa. — Penn State’s College of Nursing Honor Society, Beta Sigma, selected the Jared Box Project as its spring 2016 service project. The goal of the program is to lift the spirits of children in hospitals by giving them a small plastic storage box filled with games, toys and other activities.

The Jared Box Project was started in 2001 by children at Our Lady of Victory School in State College to honor Jared McMullin, who lost his battle with brain cancer at age 6.

For the full story click the link below :)

Jared Box story

 

 

 



Chapter News

  • Beta Sigma Spring 2016 News Letter

    SIGMA THETA TAU INTERNATIONAL
    BETA SIGMA CHAPTER NEWSLETTER
    SPRING 2016
    SAVE THE DATE - Induction Date Scheduled for Fall 2016

    The Beta Sigma Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International will hold its annual Nursing Honor Society
    Induction of new members on Saturday, November 12, 2016 at the Penn Stater Hotel and Conference
    Center from 9:30 am to 12:00 pm. Look for more information about our featured speaker in future
    newsletters.

    Membership – Community Nurse Leaders

    Beta Sigma continues to look for community leaders who have contributed to the nursing profession to join our chapter. Community leader applications can be completed online at www.nursingsociety.org/ under the membership tab. Nurse Leader’ must be a registered nurse, legally recognized to practice in their countries, who hold at least a baccalaureate degree in nursing or other field and have demonstrated achievement in nursing.

    Virtual Research Day

    Beta Sigma held its annual Research Day on a new platform. Spearheaded by Gwen Holderman, Virtual Research Day successfully allowed attendees to view the six podium presentations and seven poster presentations virtually from the comfort of their own homes, offices, and classrooms through a special portal. The platform offered participants feedback options and CE’s were available to those who submitted evaluations. Virtual Research Week was held April 4-10, 2016.

    Check us out at the Beta Sigma Website

    Please check our Chapter site located within the Sigma Theta Tau International website at:
    http://betasigma.nursingsociety.org/betasigmachapter/home/. This website is located on the Circle. The Circle is STTI’s professional networking site, developed to connect members with each other, their chapters, regions and headquarters. The site also connects members with the benefits and services of membership. Since The Circle is a benefit exclusive to active STTI members and authenticated users, participating in an STTI community or leadership capacity, access is granted by signing in at:
    1. http://thecircle.nursingsociety.org
    2. click on the “sign-in” button in the upper right corner of the screen and enter your email address
    3. your password is your 7-digit member identification number

    The Circle includes member profiles, which you can personalize according to your preferences. Once logged in, as a member you will be able to determine what information you would like to share and who you would like to share it with. You can add other members as your “contacts” by finding them via the member directory and keep active with Beta Sigma.

    ATTENTION MEMBERS: Keep up-to-date on the latest news and events by keeping your email contact information updated. Send any changes to Amy Forsythe at alp18@psu.edu
    Jared Box Service Project collaboration with Beta Sigma and CON nursing students

    Penn State College of Nursing’s Beta Sigma Nursing Honor Society selected the Jared Box Project as their service project for spring 2016. The friends and family of Jared McMullin, a boy from State
    College who, at age six, lost his battle with brain cancer, started the Jared Box Project in State College. Jared Boxes are shoebox sized plastic containers full of toys, games and other age appropriate items. The boxes are designed to help distract and entertain a child who is receiving treatment or medical care while in the hospital.

    Nursing students at the Altoona and Schuylkill campuses built boxes that were then distributed to their local hospitals. The boxes symbolize the importance of play and were filled with well wishes, hope, and love. Students placed a special note inside each of their boxes to the child who will receive the box. The Jared Boxes will bring smiles and laughter and lift the spirits of chronically ill children.

    Pictured above are students from the RN to BS program at the Abington campus showing the notes and toys for the children and students from the second degree BS program in nursing at Penn State Altoona preparing to deliver the boxes that they built during their Gerontology course. Sharon Lacue, Beta Sigma Board member and faculty at Penn State Altoona says that this is an opportunity for students to serve the common good. Lacue states that, “the Jared Box Project is such a wonderful cause that our students can support. It brings out the best in our students through preparation, collaboration, and direct involvement with our local hospitals.”

    BETA SIGMA CHAPTER BOARD
    Member Office Term
    Cathleen Dillen President 2016-17
    Peggy Shipley President-Elect 2016-17
    Gwen Holderman Vice President 2015-17
    Mike Evans Recording Secretary 2016-18
    Daniel Eaton Treasurer 2016-18
    Janet Fogg Faculty Counselor 2016-17
    Pam Lawson Membership Involvement Chair 2016-17
    Marianne Adam Governance Committee Chair 2016-17
    Brenda Holtzer Governance Committee 2015-17
    Kimberly Streiff Governance Committee 2016-18
    Kim Raines Leadership Succession Chair 2016-17
    Alison Walsh Leadership Succession Committee 2015-17
    Dolly Callahan-Roberts Leadership Succession Committee 2016-18
    Sharon Lacue Web Master 2016-17

    Collaboration Brings New Ideas

    Newly inducted Beta Sigma nursing students Vanessa Witmer,
    Alexandra Chimahusky and Emily Werner teamed with IST students Tyler Straffon and Terry Miles to design an app called Invisulin Kids.

    The team won first place in the 2015 Penn State University mHealth Challenge during Global Entrepreneurship Week in November 2015.

    “Invisulin” is a portmanteau that combines the words “invincible” and “insulin” to show that diabetic kids can conquer fear and frustration in learning to manage their disease. The students had the idea to lessen the fear and confusion of a diagnosis for Type I diabetes by using stories and games to teach even the youngest kids how to manage the disease.

    Witmer, a senior nursing major and Beta Sigma member, knew from her clinical experience with a school nurse that children in preschool and early elementary grades could perform simple tasks, including administering their own insulin injections, to manage their diabetes. She also knew that providing ageappropriate patient education is often a challenge.

    The mobile app called Invinsulin Kids is designed for children ages five to either and uses a fun, interactive approach to teach kids basic self-care. Each participant creates a customized avatar that becomes a character in stories based on real-life scenarios, which teach kids how to monitor blood sugar and use insulin pens and pumps. The characters also appear in games called Treasure Hunt and sugar Rush, which keep kids engaged while teaching then important concepts and techniques.

    Over a two-night period, the teams of students pitched their proposals to a panel of judges chosen for expertise in health care and business. Teresa Dolan, a 1990 Penn State alumna and vice-president of clinical operations and medical director for Accolade, served as a judge for the final pitch night. She agreed that Invinsulin Kids is “something children truly would embrace.” “This shows tremendous potential for dealing with a significant public health problem,” Dolan said.

    Congratulations to our newest Beta Sigma members and rising entrepreneurs!

  • Invinsulin Kids

    A group of newly inducted Beta Sigma students worked along with IST students and developed an app called Invinsulin Kids - winning first place in the Penn State University 2015 mHealth Challenge during Global Entrepreneurship Week at Penn State. "Invinsulin" is a portmanteau that combines the words "invincible and "insulin" to show that diabetic kids can conquer fear and frustration in learning how to manage their disease.

  • Jared Box Project

    Beta Sigma Spring 2016 Service Project: Jared Boxes

    Penn States College of Nursing Honor Society for Nursing, Beta Sigma, selected the Jared Box Project as their service project for spring 2016. The friends and family of Jared McMullin, a boy from State College who, at age six, lost his battle with brain cancer, started the Jared Box Project in State College. Jared Boxes are shoebox sized plastic containers full of toys, games and other items to help distract and entertain a child who is receiving treatment or medical care while in the hospital.

    Students at the Altoona and Schuylkill campuses of Penn State's College of Nursing built boxes that were then distributed to their local hospitals. The boxes symbolize the importance of play and were filled with well wishes, hope, and love. Students placed a special note inside each of their boxes to the child who will receive the box. The Jared Boxes will bring smiles and laughter and lift the spirits of chronically ill children.

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