Gamma Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International - University of Iowa

Sigma Theta Tau International, Gamma Chapter

Gamma Chapter Member Appreciation Night and New Member Orientation April 14, 2016 from 5-7 pm 30h

Please join us on Thursday, April 14th from 5-7pm at 30hop in Coralville for a Member Appreciation Night!
Don’t pass up this opportunity to network with other Gamma Members!

We ask that everyone wear Purple in the spirit of Sigma Theta Tau.
We have reserved tables on the first floor at 30hop in Coralville (900 E 2nd Ave, Coralville, IA 52241). Gamma will provide appetizers. Members will be responsible for purchasing beverages. All ages are welcome, but ID’s will be checked for the purchase of any happy hour beverages. There will also be door prizes!

Feel free to look at our Facebook Page to check out pictures from the last Member Appreciation Night!

We hope that you will join us for this fun Spring Social Event!

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Nursing Research Poster Session

Please join us on Monday, April 25, 2016 - Tuesday, April 26, 2016 for our second Nursing Research Poster Session. This event is sponsored by Sigma Theta Tau-Gamma chapter, the College of Nursing and the UIHC Department of Nursing. All nurses who are employees at UIHC, students or faculty at UI CON, or members of Gamma Chapter of STTI are invited to display a poster of their nursing quality, EBP or research project. This is intended to be an opportunity to display a poster created for another event rather than create a new poster.

Posters will be on display from 10AM - 3PM each day, at the UIHC Fountain Lobby on Monday, April 25 and at the College of Nursing Well Area (ground floor) on Tuesday, April 26. You may display your poster on either day or both. You do not need to be present for the entire session, but we ask that everyone please hang their poster by 9:45 AM and take it down by 3:30 PM each day.

Anyone who has a poster that was presented on or after July 1, 2015 is welcome to display their poster at this session. Posters used as DNP or CNL projects, case studies, posters presented at the UIHC EBP Conference, UIHC Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Symposium, GSA, CANS, ISONG, MNRS, etc. are all welcome!  We will display DNP poster handouts in lieu of a full-sized poster.

To sign up, please go to: (Click here for link)  Poster board space is limited, so please reply by the end of the day Monday, April 4, 2016.

If you have any questions, please contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) (319-335-7040).

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REMINDER-Gamma Global Sponsorship Award

Like to travel?  Want to expand your nursing experience globally?  Check out the Gamma Global Scholarship!  This is a great scholarship that will help you pay for your experience abroad.

Click here for the application and return to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)ASAP!

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Gamma Board Election Results

Elected position slate:
President-elect- April Prunty
Secretary-Katie Knox
Treasurer-Daniel Lose
Governance Committee/ Bylaws chair- Trudy Laffoon
Governance Committee Member/ Second Counselor- Kelly Potter

Leadership Succession Committee Chair- Jaime Brown

Leadership Succession Committee Member- Stephanie Edmonds

Mentorship Co-chair (2) – will be appointed at a later date

Awards Chair/Scholarship Committee chair- Ellen Cram

Awards Chair/Research Committee (1 from each CoN and DoN)-  Ann Marie McCarty (CoN), Sharon Tucker (DoN)

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REMINDER-Gamma Global Sponsorship Award

Who: Any STTI Gamma active dues paying member who seeks to enhance their professional nursing experience through healthcare or nursing work abroad, while supporting the mission of STTI
What: $1,000 to be used toward trip expenses, conference fees, or other program costs for a trip abroad.
When: This application will be due March 7th, 2016 and applicants will be notified by March 21st, and the award will be presented at the Spring Induction.

Please fill out application below and attach a current resume or CV.  Include a 1-2 paragraph essay explaining your interest in the award and what your intentions are for its use.  Please describe why you feel international experiences are beneficial for the professional nurse and how it relates to the mission of STTI Gamma chapter.  Please see the following link to the STTI website for more information regarding global initiatives:

Global Sponsorship Award link


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23rd Annual EBP Conference Scholarship

Gamma Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International supports the advancement of nursing knowledge through the provision of seed grant money.  This year we are providing funding for two registrations to attend the 23rd National Evidence-Based Practice Conference (EBP).  Please click here for information and application!

This is a great way to see what EBP is all about from nurses around the country.  It is truly and educational and enlightening experience that we are proud to host here in our state.

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Vote now for Open Board Member Positions

Click” title=“here”>here for the link to the survey for voting!  The survey closes March 11, 2016.

The following are a list of candidates who are up for nomination for the Gamma leadership board positions.  Their resumes are linked to their names.

April Prunty- President Elect
Katie Knox-Secretary
Dan Lose-Treasurer
Trudy Laffoon-Governance Committee/Bylaws chair
Kelly Potter-Governance Committee/ Second Counselor
Jaime Brown- Leadership Succession Chair
Stephanie Edmonds- Leadership Succession Member

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Undergraduate Scholarship

The mission of Sigma Theta Tau International and Gamma Chapter is to honor and support nurses who excel in leadership, scholarship and service. This $1000 scholarship is designed to reward and facilitate educational program completion of students who are in the University of Iowa College of Nursing pre-licensure BSN or RN to BSN programs.

To be eligible for this scholarship, the student must be a current member of the Gamma Chapter or an April, 2016 inductee. Realizing official invitations have not yet been distributed yet for the April induction, if you think you will be invited, please go ahead and apply.  Criteria for selection will be demonstrated academic/scholarship ability, leadership and service contributions.

The award will be given to the selected student(s) at the spring induction meeting on Saturday, April 2, 2016. 

The application is due back to me by Friday, March 11th. Click herefor the application
Contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for questions and return the application by March 11.

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Betty Means Award

Gamma Chapter Sigma Theta Tau is now accepting nominations for the annual Betty Means Award.
The purpose of the Betty Means Community Health Nursing Award is to recognize and reward innovative and high quality community health practice.
Application Link
Deadline for Applications:
March 1 of each year, with a decision by April 1 for recognition at Gamma Chapter Spring Induction Ceremony.

Nomination and Application:
A current Gamma member nominates individuals or individual/community partners for the award. This partnership may include an individual and the partner (individual or agency) for joint recognition. The application is due March 1 of each year. The application must include:
1. A letter of nomination
2. The nominee’s CV/resume
3. A 2-page (maximum) summary that demonstrates how the nominee meets the selection criteria below. If a community partner is involved, a one page (maximum) description of how this partnership facilitates the nominee meeting the selection criteria.
4. Names and contact information for two references that will speak to the nominee’s contributions to community health nursing.

Selection Criteria
Nominees for the Betty Means Community Health Award must meet the following criteria:
1. Be a BSN registered nurse, an enrolled BSN nursing student, or a community nurse leader.
2. Be an active, dues-paying member of Gamma Chapter or be nominated by an a dues-paying member of Gamma Chapter.
3. Demonstrate evidence or potential for innovative and high quality community health practice.
4. Agree to give a presentation about the project at a Gamma Chapter meeting or event as requested by the Gamma Chapter president.
5. Agree to acknowledge Gamma Chapter in publicity or information dissemination related to the project.
6. Attend Gamma Chapter induction ceremony to receive the AWARD.

Selection Committee:
The Betty Means Community Health Award Selection Committee consists of three voting members appointed by the Gamma Chapter president. The Gamma Board of Directors will determine the amount of the award each year prior to the call for nominations.

Committee Procedures:
1. Nominations will be solicited in February for the March 1 deadline.
2. Applications will be submitted to the Gamma Chapter Secretary.
3. All three members of the selection committee will review the nominations.
4. The committee’s selection of the award recipient will be forwarded to the Gamma Chapter President.
5. The award will be given at the Spring Induction ceremony.


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Gamma Research and EBP Grant Seed Money Award

Gamma Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International supports the advancement of nursing knowledge through the provision of seed grant money. This year we are including funding for both research and evidence based practice (EBP) projects.
See Application Link for more information about the award.

If you have questions, please contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) 319-335-7087encode=“” title=“Sharon Tucker”} 319-356-0518

NOTE: Please send your completed application to:
.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  Phone: 335-7296

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Upcoming Events

  • Officer Nominations Due

    When: Fri Feb 5, 2016

    Event Status: confirmed
  • Research Award Application Due

    When: Fri Feb 5, 2016

    Event Status: confirmed
  • UIHC Professional Organization and Certification Fair

    When: Tue Feb 23, 2016

    Where: University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, 200 Hawkins Drive, Iowa City, IA 52242, United States
    Event Status: confirmed
  • Undergraduate Scholarship, Undergraduate Intern Application, Gamma Global Sponsorship Award, National EBP Conference Application, and Betty Means Award Deadlines

    When: Mon Mar 7, 2016

    Event Status: confirmed