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Welcome to Theta Alpha Chapter - The Nursing Honors Society at University of Massachusetts Boston

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It’s Coming – Induction 2015!

Nominate Your Colleagues for a Chapter Award Today!

Our annual induction ceremony is fast approaching. Every year, Theta Alpha recognizes outstanding members and non-members alike with awards for outstanding academics, leadership, clinical practice, and citizenship. If you would like to nominate a peer or colleague, please fill out the 2015 Award and Scholarship Nomination Form no later than April 20th 2015. Forms may be submitted by email to Diane Gillis, Chapter President (dmtgillis@comcast.net).

Awards will be presented at induction on April 22nd 2015 - We hope to see you there!

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Call for Research Proposals

Theta Alpha Chapter 191 of Sigma Theta Tau International

A primary goal of Theta Alpha Chapter of UMass Boston is to facilitate nursing research by chapter members. The Theta Alpha Chapter Executive Board and the Members of the Theta Alpha Research Committee are pleased to announce the annual call for research proposals. Those submitting proposals must be current members of Theta Alpha Chapter.

The three awards for the 2014-2015 academic year are:

The Sylvia Gendrop Research Award: $ 1,500.00

The Brenda S. Cherry Award for a Doctoral Student: $ 2,000.00

The Global Nursing Research/Practice Award: $2,000.00

Research awards will be announced at the UMB College of Nursing and Health Sciences/Theta Alpha Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau Annual Research Day, on May 14, 2015.

Due date: All proposals are to be submitted by Friday, March 27, 2015, at 5 p.m. Please submit two electronic copies of your proposal (one copy with name, address, telephone number, fax number, and email address and 1 copy without any author identification. The document without author identification will be distributed to committee members for review). Only one cover letter is needed. Specific evaluative criteria are posted under a separate document.

For more information, please contact Dr. Emily Jones – emily.jones@umb.edu

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Theta Alpha Member Profile: Tess Panizales, MSN, RN

 
 
Tess with Anahid Kulwicki, Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at University of Massachusetts Boston

Qatar is located in the Arabian Peninsula in the Persian Gulf. I would describe its shape as an appendage, because it out-pouches among the United Arab Emirate (UAE) countries, but is not not part of UAE. The population of Qatar has evolved over recent history to contain approximately 80% ex-pats and 20% Qatari nationals; the former providing most of the labor-technical skills and knowledge.

I work as a Partners HealthCare International Consultant; I am Director of Clinical Quality for the Qatar-based project. My role is within the Hamad Medical Corporation Women's Hospital in Qatar, a high volume OB/Gyn and NICU facility roughly equivalent to what would be considered an academic medical center in the United States. As a Partners consultant, we have access to resources within the Partners Health Care System to help enrich our work with the hospital system.

Quality crosses the entire service delivery path of the hospital. As a consultant, I support contracted quality projects, or whatever the hospital deems important at a given point of time, such as the case of my assistance with ACGME-I accreditation. There is never a dull moment as I engage with staff to provide project-based and general professional support. I attend clinical meetings and provide guidance. I enjoy the creativity required to devise 'culturally sensitive' management approaches and program implementation strategies. When moving forward with a project, I find that stepping back to ensure understanding allows for greater embracing of decisions by stakeholders before moving forward again. I work and partner with all staff so we can empower them with skills and knowledge, keeping in mind our goal of sustainability. Currently I also serve as the interim Associate Executive Director for Quality and Patient Safety as the hospital recruits to fill the current post. This provided more opportunity to experience the daily rigor of leadership in a middle-eastern country.

Being true to myself means engaging with staff to laugh and have fun in the midst of our busy schedules - hence, I have been told that I have brought a different atmosphere. As I share expertise, I gain more from the people I work with. As a nurse, I serve as mentor to the nurses I encounter encouraging to enrich themselves through education. I believe in empowerment and take every possible moment to do so.

Learning abounds and relies upon the learner. Nursing is at the forefront of making a difference in healthcare, particularly when we build relationships and uncover health needs of the people we work for in a community across culture.

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  • Mark your Calendars - Spring APRN Forum

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    Kathy Lehmann, RN-BC, EdD (c)

    Saturday, March 7, 2015
    10 am – Breakfast Reception/Networking
    11 am - Lecture

    One hour of continuing education will be awarded!

    Eventbrite invitation to come

    Please contact Dr. Jennifer Hackel with questions: Jennifer.hackel@umb.edu

  • Call for Research Proposals!

    The Theta Alpha Chapter Executive Board and the Members of the Theta Alpha Research Committee are pleased to announce the annual call for research proposals. Those submitting proposals must be current members of Theta Alpha Chapter.

    The three awards for the 2014-2015 academic year are:

    * The Sylvia Gendrop Research Award: $ 1,500.00
    * The Brenda S. Cherry Award for a Doctoral Student: $ 2,000.00
    * The Global Nursing Research/Practice Award: $2,000.00

    Research awards will be announced at the UMB College of Nursing and Health Sciences/Theta Alpha Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau Annual Research Day, on May 14, 2015.

    Due date: All proposals are to be submitted by Friday, March 27, 2015, at 5 p.m.

    For further information, please email Dr. Emily Jones at emily.jones@umb.edu

  • Theta Alpha Chapter Wins Key Award!

    The Theta Alpha Chapter was awarded the prestigious Key Award at the STTI Convention in Indianapolis. This was the first time the chapter has won this award for excellence in member involvement and chapter-related activities. Congratulations!

  • Theta Alpha Chapter - 30th Anniversary Year!

    We welcome our members to join our meetings during the year. We have listed the dates and times for meetings during the 2013-2014 year in Upcoming Chapter Events. Stay tuned for more exciting developments as we celebrate our 30th year!

  • Pictures from Induction Ceremony

    On April 17th, 2013, the Theta Alpha chapter celebrated our 29th Anniversary and welcomed our new Inductees. Congratulations to all the new Theta Alpha Inductees and Award Recipients!! Here is the link to see photos of our 2013 Induction Ceremony.

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