Honor Society Chapter of Nursing Receives Four Regional Excellence Awards

Posted on 1/25/2012 12:06:43 PM

Zeta Lambda, IUP's chapter of the Sigma Theta Tau international honor society of nursing, has had an eventful year and is excited to announce upcoming events.

Induction Luncheon

Undergraduate, graduate, and community Zeta Lambda candidates for membership are now being solicited for an induction luncheon on Saturday, April 14, 2012, at 11:30 a.m. at the Rustic Lodge in Indiana, Pa. For more information and an application form, contact Edie West, Zeta Lambda newsletter and publicity chair, at edie.west@iup.edu.

If you would like to attend the induction ceremony in April, you can send the registration form with your food choice(s) in by March 14 to Johanna Boothby, ZL Treasurer. To get the induction luncheon registration form, please Edie West at edie.west@iup.edu.

Membership Meeting

Zeta Lambda’s next general membership meeting will be on February 29, 2012, from 10:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. in 208 Johnson Hall. If you are interested in running for office, please contact Zeta Lambda President Janice Holmes at Janice.holmes@iup.edu.

Research and Education Program

Zeta Lambda’s Research and Education Program, themed “Culture, Research, and Education: Creating Innovative Pathways to Better Healthcare,” was a big success, with 60 nurse, faculty, and student nurses attending the event on October 26, 2011. President Janice Holmes introduced guest speakers Annette Kostelnik, ZL awards chair, and Eileen Mueseler, D.O., who presented "A Mission Trip to Haiti: Fighting a Long Defeat."

Poster presentations included:

  • Nina Kaktins, "Self-Silencing and Leadership: Case Studies of Women Chairpersons of Nursing Programs"
  • Michele Varner and Joan Ponzurick, "Obesity, Education, and the Culture of Poverty"
  • Kristy Chunta, "Using Evidence-Based Strategies to Prepare Patients for Surgery and Recovery"

Regional Excellence Awards

Janice Holmes, Zeta Lambda president, and Elaine Little, M.S.N., A.B.D., and vice president, were chapter delegates at the 41st Sigma Theta Tau biennial convention in Grapevine, Texas. The convention's theme was "People and Knowledge: Connecting for Global Health.‟ Holmes and Little accepted the 2009-2011 Biennium Regional Excellence Award Recognition at the convention. Little was also recognized for her efforts as a cochair of the Regional Membership Involvement committee.

Zeta Lambda, a Region 11 chapter at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, was recognized for meeting the following accomplishments as representing the spirit of the Presidential Call-to-Action laid out by Karen Morin's four areas for chapter recognition: Creating Welcoming Environments, Enhancing Knowledge, Resources and Network, and Contributing in Global Health.