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Sigma Theta Tau International members active in research, education, community

The past few months have seen a flurry of activity from Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) Gamma Alpha Chapter members. Members of STTI have been active in the areas of research, education, assisting members of the community, and supporting nursing education around the globe.

Elizabeth Bossert, PhD, RN, gave a presentation on “Pragmatics of Multi-site Research at the Society of Pediatric Nurses,” during pre-conference research day on April 21, 2004, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Ellen D’Errico, MS, RN, has completed all coursework for her doctoral degree at UCLA and is now working on her research. Ms. D’Errico’s topic is “RN Continuity and End-Result Outcomes in Home Health Care.”

Jennifer Perry Espey, RN, a school nurse for the Corona Norco Unified School District, writes “I am the school nurse for five schools; three elementary and two middle schools. I am completing my school nurse credential at California State University, San Bernardino in June, and will be continuing to work on my master’s in nursing, also at California State University, San Bernardino. I live in Corona with my 13-year-old, very active, daughter.”

Cathy Horinouchi, MS, RN, is well into a PhD in education program at Claremont Graduate University. Her first course during spring semester, 2004, was adult development. She was able to maintain her research interest of gerontological nursing–community health by focusing on adult development of the elderly and how that affects their learning. The final term paper was a literature review of adult developmental theories, adult learning theories, cognitive aging research, and older adult learners. Ms. Horinouchi discovered a lack of adult developmental theory in the theoretical framework of educational programs designed for the elderly. She has also discovered a similar gap in some of the nursing research studies on health education programs designed for older adults. This is an area Ms. Horinouchi would like to pursue further as she completes her studies at Claremont Graduate University.

Lana Kanacki, MS, RN, is well past the halfway point toward completing coursework for her doctoral degree at the University of San Diego. Ms. Kanacki’s research interest is in bereavement in the elderly.

Helen King, PhD, RN, and Marilyn Herrmann, PhD, RN, spent some time in fall of 2003 in Japan at Saniku Gakuin College setting up a School of Nursing off-campus AS to BS program. They went back to Saniku Gakuin College in April, 2005, to launch the first class.

Nancy Kofoed, DNSc, RN, presented her doctoral research titled “Family Wellness: Concept Development with Low-income Mothers” at the Global Partnerships in Nursing: A Wholistic Perspective conference. The conference was held in Coventry, England, from July 12 to 16, 2004.

Jan Nick, PhD, RN, spent a month in India working with faculty and students at the College of Nursing, Christian Medical College and Hospital, Vellore, India. During the time she was there in November and December of 2003, she gave presentations on writing for publication, developing a distance learning resource center, and using technology in teaching.

“It was a life-broadening experience and helped me grow professionally,” stated Dr. Nick upon her return. “I would encourage others to volunteer at schools of nursing around the world.”

Dr. Nick also presented a poster on her research “Using Reflexology to Stimulate Uterine Contractions” at the WIN Conference in Portland, Oregon, on April 23, 2004. On October 21, 2004, she gave a podium presentation at the Southern California STTI Research Conference on “How to Give a Winning Talk.”

To top off a busy year, Dr. Nick went to Japan in December to do a site visit at Saniku Gakuin College to evaluate technology and educational resources in preparation for the LLUSN AS to BS program. During March, 2005, she traveled to Kansas to work with the National League for Nursing in developing test questions for the new nurse educator certification that will be offered in the future. Approximately 10 nurses from around the nation came together to help develop the certification exam.

Judy Peters, EdD, RN, presented a poster at the WIN Conference in Oregon on April 23, 2004. The presentation title was “A Qualitative Study of Registered Nurses Returning to School for a Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing.” The Gamma Alpha chapter helped fund this research. Dr. Peters completed her doctoral degree in 2003.

Patricia Pothier, PhD, RN, enjoyed attending the 15th International Nursing Research Congress in Dublin, Ireland, held July 22 through 24, 2004. Making the experience even more fun was that Vaneta Condon, PhD, RN, was one of the speakers at the conference.

Sophia Puerto, PhD, RN, attended the national convention of Critical Care Nurses in Orlando, Florida, May 16 through 21, 2004, where she received the AACN mentoring award. She was re-elected to be the president for the Inland Empire Chapter of AACN. The chapter is active in international outreach, and last year sponsored three scholars from Latin America to attend the National Convention: Carolina Valencia from Colombia, Mayela Bejarano from Bolivia, and Maximina Contreras from Peru. Dr. Puerto has been invited this year to China, Peru, and Chile to assist local faculty in critical care workshops.

Elizabeth Johnston Taylor, PhD, RN, continues to be active in her writing and publications. Recent publications are as follows:

Taylor, E.J., and Mamier, I. (2005). “Spiritual care nursing: what cancer patients and family caregivers want.” Journal of Advanced Nursing, 49(3), 260-267.

Taylor, E.J. (2005). “Spiritual care nursing research: The state of the science.” Journal of Christian Nursing, 22(1), 22-28.

Lois Van Cleve, PhD, RN, and Dr. Bossert continue to work on funded research in pediatric pain. A recent article published on their findings is: Van Cleve, L., Bossert, E., Beecroft, P., Adlard, K., Alvarez, O., Savedra, M.C. (2004). “The pain experience of children with leukemia during the first year after diagnosis.”  Nursing Research, 53(1), 1-10.

Sigma Theta Tau Inter-national 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 almost 1,100 members.

More than a quarter million nurse scholars have been inducted into Sigma Theta Tau International since its inception in 1922. With 120,000 active members, it is the second-largest nursing organization in the world.  Members are active in more than 94 countries and territories, and the 406 chapters are located on 503 college and university campuses in the United States, Canada, People’s Republic of China, Pakistan, South Korea, Australia, and Taiwan.

TODAY news for Thursday, May 5, 2005