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President: Susan Rymer 920-433-6673 susan.rymer@bellincollege.edu

President-Elect: Currently seeking a Kappa Pi Member for this role

Vice-President (UWGB): Brenda Tyczkowski 920-465-5037
tyczkowb@uwgb.edu

Vice-President (Bellin): Connie Buttrick 920-433-6687 connie.buttrick@bellincollege.edu

Secretary: Nikki Leow leownikki@yahoo.com

Treasurer: Jennifer Borley 920-328-7425
jenborley@gmail.com

Counselor (UWGB): Sharon Gajeski 920-465-2570
gajeskis@uwgb.edu

Counselor (Bellin): Cindy Parker 920-433-6686
cindy.parker@bellincollege.edu

Research Chair: Currently seeking a Kappa Pi Member for this role

Governance Chair:  Pamela Roberts 920-680-0330  paynrsged@new.rr.com


Leadership Succession: Kathie DeMuth 920-433-6671
kathie.demuth@bellincollege.edu

Newsletter Editor: Brenda Tyczkowski 920-465-5037 tyczkowb@uwgb.edu

Webmaster: Brenda Tyczkowski 920-465-5037 tyczkowb@uwgb.edu

2013-2015 Convention Delegate:  Mary Jo DeVillers

2013-2015 Convention Delegate: Nikki Leow leownikki@yahoo.com

2013-2015 Electronic Delegate: Nikki Leow  leownikki@yahoo.com

2013-2015 Electronic Delegate: Pamela Roberts 920-680-0330  paynrsged@new.rr.com


Welcome to Kappa Pi -at -Large Chapter. The mission of Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) is to support the learning, knowledge, and professional development of nurses committed to making a difference in health worldwide.  As a chapter in this prestigious nursing honor society, Kappa Pi works to advance this mission through our activities.  Sigma Theta Tau International and Kappa Pi recognize that the power of the organization is the people - each one of us - working together to make a difference.

If you are not a member and would like to know more about our Chapter, Kappa Pi events are open to members and non-members alike. We invite you to attend. Chapter event information can be found on the chapter homepage at http://kappapi.nursingsociety.org/kappapichapter/home/. If you are a member of STTI and are affiliated with another chapter, we would welcome your involvement. Members can easily transfer their membership to Kappa Pi or hold dual-memberships. Click on the "Membership" tab on the STTI website for more information.  If you are a practicing nurse, you are eligible to join if you are legally recognized to practice, have a minimum of a baccalaureate degree in any field, and have demonstrated achievement in nursing. Additional information and application guidelines are available under the "Membership" tab on the STTI website. Students are encouraged to talk with the counselors identified in the list of chapter officers.

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  • Nurse Leader Membership

    Good Afternoon,
    Although it is still August, it certainly does feel a bit like fall is right on our heels this morning. With students returning to classes, it is time to try to shift from “summer mode” back to “business as usual.” That includes resuming the work of our Sigma Theta Tau Chapter-at-large. We did some great things this past year including working on not only retention of active members, but also the recruitment of new nurse leader community members. However, we still have a great deal of work ahead of us in order to continue to strengthen and sustain our local chapter, as well as become a more active participant on the national level.
    As outgoing board president for the Kappa Pi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International I feel that this is an optimal time to send out a letter on behalf of the Kappa Pi Chapter-at-large. Whether you are a nurse who has practice for years, or are new to the community, I would like to make you aware of our organization. Kappa Pi is the local chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International. Sigma Theta Tau is the only internationally recognized national honor society for professional nurses. Kappa Pi was established as a joint collaboration between Bellin College and UW-Green Bay. The mission of Sigma Theta Tau is to advance world health and celebrate nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service. As a local chapter one of our strategic goals is to support this mission at the local level.
    We know that throughout Northeastern Wisconsin, whether in a leadership/management role, educational setting, or in clinical practice, there are many great activities being done to enhance nursing education and learning, improve the quality and safety of patient care, and facilitate the growth of the professional practice of nursing. Active engagement and support of Kappa Pi at the local level is an optimal format to disseminate the research and change practices that nurses in our area are engaged in. Membership in a local professional organization also provides great networking opportunities and demonstrates the professional nurses’ commitment to research and life-long learning
    Many nurses in our area are either not aware of Kappa Pi, or may have some misconceptions with regard to membership. Traditionally in the spring of each academic year senior students who meet the specific eligibility requirements are invited to join the organization. However, nursing professionals not previously inducted as a nursing student or not currently enrolled in a nursing program can join STTI as a Nurse Leader.
    Nurse Leader Candidates must:
    • Be legally recognized to practice nursing in his/her country
    • Have a minimum of a baccalaureate degree or the equivalent in any field
    • Demonstrate achievement in nursing.
    • Candidates will be asked to explain how they have met the Achievement in Nursing Categories, below.
    When looking at the ANA Scope and Standards of Practice it is important to review standards 7-15 which relate to standards and expectations for professional performance. As members of the profession, in your role as registered nurse, it is important to actively demonstrate the outlined professional performance expectations through leadership, collaboration, and active engagement in life-long learning. As professional nurses in the community you are actively engaged in the provision of quality patient care and the ongoing pursuit of clinical excellence. Therefore, I would encourage you all, if not a current member or if your membership is inactive, to consider joining our chapter of Kappa Pi. It is a great service opportunity and also serves as a way to mentor and role model professional practice behaviors for your peers who are currently in practice. I have attached a link to get further information with regard to membership.

    http://www.nursingsociety.org/Membership/ApplyNow/Pages/applynow.aspx
    As we begin the new academic year there are a few leadership positions available on the Kappa Pi Chapter-at-large board. In addition to providing an opportunity for service, active participation from faculty members will help to ensure the sustainability of this highly regarded professional organization at the chapter level. These positions require minimal time commitments, but are essential to chapter activity and growth. During the past academic year Dr. T. Heather Herdman was acting President-Elect and was set to take over the leadership responsibilities as board president this coming year. Due to unforeseen circumstances, Dr. Herdman has regretfully resigned from this position. So, in addition to the current board openings, we are now in need of an active board president. Although as board members we were looking forward to working with Heather, we certainly understand her current position and wish her the best of luck.
    In addition to the Board President Role (2 year commitment) we still have a need to recruit the positions of:
    Governance Chair (2 year term)
    Convention Delegates (2 positions open)
    Electronic Delegate (1 position)
    Publicity/Newsletter Chair
    Research Chair

    As a group of diverse professionals with commitments that may at times may stretch our resources to the limit, it is important to remember the college’s commitment to Kappa Pi Chapter-at-large, the only honor society for professional nurses that recognizes excellence in nursing practice. I cannot stress enough that in order to sustain our chapter and continue to promote and support the scholarship and professionalism within our own community, we need to not only have membership, but active, engaged members.
    I would like to thank you all for your time and consideration with regard to membership into Sigma Theta Tau International: Kappa Pi Chapter. If you do have any further question I would be happy to take the time to talk with you.

    Sincerely,

    Susan Rymer




    Governance Committee Chair
    • Oversee chapter membership eligibility issues.
    • Lead the bylaws amendment process by considering, reviewing, editing and/or correlating amendments as suggested or appropriate.
    • Update the chapter’s bylaws to comply with changes made to the international bylaws by utilizing the chapter bylaws template created and updated by STTI headquarters (updated template is typically available in January of even-numbered years.)

    Publicity/Newsletter Chair
    • Oversee the development and implementation strategies to maintain chapter visibility within the community.
    • Manage the development process and publishing of the chapter newsletter (twice a year)
    • Oversee the publication of all program, conference and chapter activity announcements
    • Manage the development of content for chapter displays at special events

    Research Chair
    • Oversee the process of developing, reviewing and revising criteria for research awards ant the funding of research grants.
    • Manage the process for reviewing and evaluating abstracts for research awards and proposals for research grants.

  • Kappa Pi Nursing Research Evening

    I wanted to let you all know about an exciting, FREE, learning opportunity. This coming Thursday, April 30th from 5-7pm in the atrium at Bellin College, Kappa Pi-at-Large Chapter will be sponsoring a Nursing Research Evening. At this time we do have 14 posters that will be displayed representing Bellin Health, HSHS health care system, Bellin College, and UWGB. This is an excellent opportunity for networking with other professional nurses who are actively engaged in projects and/or research to help improve nursing practice and ensure quality patient outcomes. What a great way to demonstrate life long learning, leadership, and clinical excellence. I am so excited with the response of participants who will be available to discuss their projects and it is my hope that there are also many individuals who are equally eager to learn about these diverse projects and will attend this evening.
    You DO NOT need to be a Kappa Pi member to attend and there is not registration required. So…just stop in a take a walk through the atrium. Refreshments will be served (always a plus)! We look forward to seeing you all! If you do have any further questions please feel free to contact me.

  • Fall Newsletter

    Happy Fall!
    It seems as if we just welcomed summer here to Northeastern Wisconsin and we are now saying goodbye. Although fall is beautiful we all know what’s coming next…

    As board members for the Kappa Pi Chapter-at-large we are excited about the upcoming year and are hoping to facilitate several events that will be of interest to many of our members. The objective we hope to achieve through these offerings is to provide an opportunity for nurses and students a format to disseminate the work they have done, as it relates to the professional practice of nursing. These projects or research activities run the gamut of clinical practice, leadership initiatives and research, teaching either in the health care or academic setting, or evidenced-based nursing practice. It is our hope that we continue to support the active engagement of the members in our organization here at the local level, where the nurses and students are continuing to do some incredible work. Let’s continue to support and celebrate that work as a professional community!

    Continuing to move forward with our two year strategic plan, recruitment of nurse leaders from Northeastern Wisconsin and the facilitation of active engagement within the organization by both new and veteran members will again be a focus of the Kappa Pi board this coming year. The traditional perception of our local organization was that we are a student organization. However, the mission of Sigma Theta Tau International is to advance world health and celebrate nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service. As the chapter for Northeastern WI it is our goal to support this mission at the local level. Throughout our community, whether in a leadership/management role, educational setting, or in clinical practice, there are many great activities being done which will help to enhance nursing education and learning, improve the quality and safety of patient care, and facilitate the growth of the professional practice of nursing. Membership and participation in a professional organization such as Kappa Pi Chapter-at-large, is a great opportunity to become involved at the local level. In addition, your membership and participation can provide you with unlimited networking opportunities, as well as demonstrate your individual commitment as a professional nurse to research and life-long learning

    As an organization we are committed to the continual support of students’ who will be either entering the nursing profession for the first time, or those who have completed their BSN degree and continue to practice the provision of quality health care. However, we also feel it integral to the profession to acknowledge those nurses who are currently practicing within our community and have demonstrated excellence in leadership, education, and nursing practice. We would like to remind those nurses who are actively practicing and not yet a member of Kappa Pi that they may be eligible for induction and membership. To become a member of STTI as a Nurse Leader, candidates must:

    • Be legally recognized to practice nursing in his/her country
    • Have a minimum of a baccalaureate degree or the equivalent in any field
    • Demonstrate achievement in nursing.

    If you work with a nursing professional that you feel would be an ideal candidate for induction into Sigma Theta Tau, or if you know of a individual who has let their membership become inactive, I would encourage you share the information about membership with them. It is a great service opportunity and also serves as a way to mentor and role model professional practice behaviors. In addition, we have some leadership opportunities opening up within the next year that might be a great fit as you look at ways to grow in your role as a professional registered nurse. If you have any further questions or would like to talk about membership further I can be reached at susan.rymer@bellincollege.edu or 920-433-6673. I would love to hear from you. I have also attached a link to get further information with regard to membership.
    http://www.nursingsociety.org/Membership/ApplyNow/Pages/applynow.aspx

    I am truly looking forward to this upcoming year and am excited to begin working with all the new members, as well as those who have consistently worked diligently to help support the goals of the Kappa Pi Chapter. I wish everyone a safe, fun filled fall and enjoy the colors before the white appears!
    Respectfully,

    Susan Rymer, MSN, RN
    Sigma Theta Tau, Kappa Pi Chapter-at-large
    President

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  • Bellin College website

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