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School of Nursing inducts new members into honor society

Undergraduate students, graduate students, community members, and employees of Loma Linda University Medical Center who were inducted as members of Sigma Theta Tau International pose for a picture.
Undergraduate students, graduate students, community members, and employees of Loma Linda University Medical Center who were inducted as members of Sigma Theta Tau International pose for a picture.
Celebrating 31 years of inductions, the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing Gamma Alpha Chapter held its induction ceremony June 6 in Alumni Hall for Basic Sciences.

Forty-nine undergraduate students, graduate students, community leaders, and employees of Loma Linda University and Loma Linda University Medical Center were inducted into the chapter.

Elizabeth Dickinson, MPH, RN, senior vice president of patient care services, LLUMC, gave the address, “Embracing Excellence.”

In addition to the induction ceremony, several awards were presented to outstanding faculty and students.

Jan Nick, PhD, RN, associate professor of nursing, School of Nursing, received the Excellence in Teaching Award, while Deanna Stover, a graduate student, was the recipient of the Excellence in Research Award. Ms. Stover received the award for her work on “Developing an Evidence-based Assessment Guideline for Evaluating a Fire Fighter’s Ability to Return to Work After a Lower-extremity Injury.”

Research Poster Awards were also presented to Patrick Turpin, RN, for his work on “African American Males and Diabetes: Understanding the Relationship;” and to Jagjit Dharni, RN, for “Screening Depression in Diabetic Adult Populations.”

The following individuals were inducted into Sigma Theta Tau’s Gamma Alpha Chapter:

Undergraduate students
Alice Ahn
Lauren Allen
Marisa Bartholomew
Svetlana Bouz
Jewel Bravo
Katie Carroll
Kristina Chester
Jolene Crouse
Valerie Curtis
Desiree De Jesus
Melissa Duden
Mary Flaczinski
Victoria Fredericks
Jocelynn Garcia
Melissa Gonzalez
Crystal Gowing
Tracy Haddad
Jennifer Hartley
Erika Hernandez
Alisha Houser
Shu Tze Dawn Huong
Keigo Ito
Naomi Ito
Victoria Jezik
Cecille Lamorena
Joanna Lim
Tammy Mackie
Fumi Matsumoto
Heather Mehl
Casandra Olsen
Amy Oster
Ciara Owen
Erdal Pascu
Brigid Riordan
Risa Sato
Sarah Scheiffele
Tiffany Segura
Natalie Shepperd
Denise Sherk
Irini Turlea
Susan Walker
Laura Wilkinson
Jean Winston
Andrew Zalsman

Graduate students
Janice Nyirady
Rita Patel

Community leaders
Nalo Hamilton
Reiko Konno
Nancy Parmenter

Sigma Theta Tau International granted a charter to the nursing honor society at Loma Linda University School of Nursing in 1976. The chapter, which promotes nursing scholarship, leadership, and research, has grown from 101 charter members to more than 1,200 members.

Sigma Theta Tau was founded in 1922 by six students at the Indiana University Training School of Nurses. The name Sigma Theta Tau represents the initials of the Greek words storga, tharos, and tima. They mean love, courage, and honor and were chosen when the society was chartered.

In universities where chapters have been established, Sigma Theta Tau is an educational force standing for the best in nursing and making contributions to the school and the profession through its help in the preparation of leaders.

There are five purposes of Sigma Theta Tau: to recognize superior achievement, to recognize the development of leadership qualities, to foster high professional standards, to strengthen commitment to the ideals and purposes of the profession, and to foster professional excellence and scholarly cooperation within the context of Christian commitment.

By Dustin Jones, MA

TODAY news for Thursday, July 2, 2007