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Mu Phi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International was chartered in April 1992. The nursing faculty knew that an honor society would help foster high professional standards, recognize superior achievement and leadership qualities, encourage creative work and strengthen the commitment to the ideals and purpose of the nursing profession. Since that time, the university, the community, and the surrounding area have undergone many changes. To adapt to these changes, Mu Phi has now become Mu Phi at Large, a chapter comprised of, not only the academic setting of Kennesaw State University, but also the WellStar Health System clinical practice settings of Atlanta Medical Center, Cobb Hospital, Douglas Hospital, Kennestone Hospital, and Paulding Hospital. The members of Mu Phi at Large look forward to this expanded relationship with the community and the health system that serves its members. 

 

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Member Spotlight

Wilson_Astrid.jpgAstrid H. Wilson, PhD, RN

Dr. Wilson’s professional involvement with Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) spans over three decades. Currently she serves on the Mu Phi Board as a Delegate and has served as a Counselor in the past. She has served in elected positions in three STTI chapters as Vice President and Counselor, was a past Region 7 Coordinator, past member of the STTI International Board of Directors, and was Chair of the Board of Directors for the International Honor Society of Nursing Building Corporation. She has been a guest speaker on numerous occasions for chapter Induction Ceremonies at chapters in the U.S. including Mu Phi. Also, she co-authored the Diversity White Paper published by Sigma Theta Tau International in 2003. Other publications include articles and textbook chapters related to nursing education and research publications related to children’s fears of medical experiences, international students’ perceptions of a nursing program, Hispanic children and adults’ perception of health, a longitudinal study of cultural competence among health science faculty, and an evaluation study of a mentoring program to increase the diversity of the nursing workforce. Research methodologies used were both quantitative and qualitative and include instrument development, surveys, and focus groups.
 

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  • KSU SIGMA Spring 2021 Induction Ceremony

    Thank you to all who had the opportunity to attend the KSU SIGMA Mu Phi at-Large Spring 2021 Induction Ceremony today. Our honored speaker was Joyce Yenupini Adams from the University of Notre Dame, who spoke eloquently, sharing stories from SIGMA members and self about love, courage, and honor. 

    Congratulations to all who accepted membership in SIGMA Theta Tau International Mu Phi at-Large. They pledged to fulfill SIGMA's commitment to nursing excellence, knowledge, service, and leadership throughout their career. 

    CONGRATULATIONS BACCALAUREATE INDUCTEES!

    Holly Almon

    Chakita Betts

    Suzanne Cheely

    Rebecca Dillon

    Roberto Escobar

    Samantha Fails

    Chailee Friant

    Rebecca Gallegos

    Courtney Greene

    Lauren Gilreath

    Jessica Griffin

    Joel Hall

    Hannah Hight

    Aubrya Jones

    Taylor Jones

    Sarah Kotlar

    Amanda Kozlowski

    Alexandra Leslie

    Tyesha Mapp

    Chantel Martin

    Jessie Mullen

    Olivia O’Fallon

    Samantha Ortiz

    Sarah Pastrana

    Benedict Schulte

    Hannah Shuman

    Vera Silberberg

    Katelyn Smith

    Ashley Sudlow

    Kynley Swain

    Jillian Vester

    Kentra Washington

    Tony Wheeler

    Allison Williams

    MASTER'S INDUCTEES 
    Shatondra Pell 
    Katrina Robinson 
    Pamela Lyon 

    Nurse Leader Inductees 
    Linda Huddleston
    Dawn Krahwinkel
    Kimberly Parker
    Jenna Shackleford 

    KSU SIGMA growing strong!

    Respectfully, 
    Tammy Green 
    SIGMA Academic VP
  • Community Service Update

    Hello everyone, 

    Thank you so much for your donations to JDRF! Kennesaw State University SIGMA MU PHI at-Large Chapter raised $2,500.  

     

    Your support will help fund life-changing research to create a world without type 1 diabetes. We can’t say enough what it means to the millions of people living with this disease.  

     

    Thank you for the wonderful walks using the Strava App. It was fun!! 

     

    Respectfully, 

    Tammy Green  

    SIGMA Academic VP 

  • January 2021 - Lunch and Learn Zoom Link

    Topic: Sigma Lunch and Learn: Supporting a Professional Practice Environment - 10 Do's and Don'ts
    Date: Jan 28, 2021 11:33 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

    Share recording with viewers:
    https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/VFhOStvhzmlMGnBwWFjhyxajLUBq1VOV90bjgKZ3XdTznExaaSnEhZsoxBWuZxno.Dx4hh3H2I94B19Dx

    Passcode: P75xfD%H


    Please take some time to tune into Dr. Nancy Ballard's program on Supporting a Professional Practice Environment - 10 Do's and Don'ts

    If you view the entire recording, please submit for 0.75 CE by completing the following survey about the program:

    https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ProfPract1-28-21

    Successful Completion:

    • Must attend/listen to entire activity and complete online evaluation
    • Leaners must be connected to a printer while completing the evaluation to print your certificate


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    Lucy Leclerc, PhD, RN
    Vice President, Mu Phi at-Large
    Atlanta, GA
    United States
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  • Fall Induction Video Presentation

    Congratulations to our newly inducted members! Here is the video presentation that we promised to have available. Thank you for your patience!
  • September Lunch and Learn Link

    Good afternoon, the September Lunch and Learn link has been uploaded to the Library folder. Check it out and get you CEs while you can!
  • Annual Polio & Health Symposium - Free (CEs $60)

    This is for anyone interested in COVID delivered by some of the best speakers on the topic. CEUs through AANP and CMEs the Morehouse School of Medicine are available for only $60. Otherwise, this is a free event that anyone in the general public can attend and benefit from.
     
    Annual Polio & Health Symposium

    UAPRN is proud to support the Emory-Clifton Rotary club, which is putting on this great event. 

    Join us on September 26th at 8:00 am. CEU's are available for this event. 

    Several speakers including Dr. Carlos del Rio from the CDC along with fellow nurses Dr. Lisa Eichelberger & Ashley Blackmon, NP.

    In this program, you will review the challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, learn about a promising new polio vaccine, and be updated on the status of acute flaccid myelitis (a polio-like syndrome). You will also hear about progress in the development of a vaccine to prevent COVID-19 and the impact of this disease on cardiovascular health and delivery of health care in general.

    You will see how the capacity built by global polio eradication strengthened the fight against the pandemic and prepared the public health workforce to prevent COVID-19 once an effective vaccine is available.

  • Learn more about yourself as a leader!

    Understanding yourself is the first step to becoming an effective leader. Over the next few weeks, our chapter leadership will be offering tips and guides to building your leadership capability and strengthening the traits and characteristics that make every nurse a leader. See the Discussion Board for more information.
  • July Lunch and Learn

    Please join us for a presentation by Stephanie McRae on Perspectives of Veterans Healthcare. See the calendar for more information or just click the link below.

    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83765767048
  • Congratulations to Mary Prior

    Mary Prior, a Sigma member since 1974, has received the $100 Visa gift card and a free annual renewal of her Mu Phi at Large chapter membership. Thank you, Mary, for your attendance at yesterday's Annual General Membership Meeting. We appreciate your commitment to nursing and Sigma!
  • General Membership Virtual Meeting

    Please plan to log in for our annual Chapter Check-In on April 20 at 4:15. We will be presenting committee reports letting you know what we've been up to, presenting the new at-large chapter by-laws recommendations for you to review, and introducing you to the open positions within the leadership of our chapter. While this format is not ideal, providing this annual meeting is a required function of the board and your attendance will be greatly appreciated. Remember, one lucky attendee will be randomly selected from the list of participants for a free one-year renewal and a $100 Visa gift card. When you sign on to the Zoom link, please have your Sigma member number handy so that you can claim your prize.
  • Pre-Registration required

    Good morning,
    Please click on the COVID - 19 webinar link and complete the pre-registration process before 1pm today. After registration is completed, you will receive an email confirming your registration and requesting your contact information. This is the added security measure that was recommended. Thank you for your efforts and for attending this webinar.
    M'Lyn Spinks
  • NEW LINK for today's presentation: COVID-19: Confronting Emerging Infectious Disease Threats

    Due to a concern over ZOOM interruptions from unauthorized participants, Dr. Kaufman has provided a more secure link that includes a certificate of attendance. Please see his email below from this morning:

    Good Morning –

     

    I know things are already CRAZY – and I apologize for the quick SWITCH – however, GoToTraining will allow for us to officially register, evaluate, and provide certificates to those who attend this session.  We can also accommodate up to 200 participants – so please share this with anyone who you think may be interested 😊  This session is good for serving on the front line of this pandemic situation.

     

    Click on the following link to register for this event:  https://attendee.gototraining.com/r/4349151635076633857

     

    Kindest blessings,

  • Free NCLEX Test Taking Strategies Webinar

    When:  Apr 8, 2020 from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM (ET)
    Preparing for the NCLEX-RN® can be a stress provoking experience in varying degrees. Studying is so much more than memorizing content, regurgitating everything learned in nursing classes, or taking what previous NCLEX test takers are telling others to know for the test.

    Dr. Lois Marshall has developed over the last 40 years, unique test taking strategies for NCLEX type questions that can and will assist you in this effort. In this 90-minute webinar, the primary focus will be on Marshall’s© unique test taking strategies for success on the NCLEX or with NCLEX type questions. Multiple examples of how to use each strategy will be discussed, as well as examples of questions where you can see these strategies successfully used. The techniques of "Linking" and "Conceptualization" will be described, but are not the focus of this webinar.

    Participants can feel free to ask questions in this interactive webinar, by voice, or by message, as this session is FOR YOU. So, whether you are a soon to be new graduate or still have some time to go in nursing school, we encourage you to tune in.

    Wednesday, 8 April at 11:00 a.m. EST

  • Spring Virtual Induction Ceremony

    Please join us in welcoming our Spring candidates:
    The Mu Phi At Large chapter is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
    Topic: Sigma Spring Induction Ceremony
    Time: May 4, 2020 05:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
    Meeting ID: 983 226 504
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  • What does it mean to be a Sigma member?

    Are you wanting to know just how Sigma fits into your professional life? This website has the answers or at least some of them. Multiple resources are listed here for a new member wanting to know more about membership. Also, as a member, you can log into this content and share it with other nurses interested in learning more about Sigma.
  • Real World Impact of the Corona Virus

    As all of us buckle down to either long shifts at work with anxious patients or long hours at the computer revamping face to face courses that now have to go online overnight, please take a moment to count each and every blessing, big or small. They are there, they can be counted, and we need each of them to be able to infuse joy into the lives around us. The Board leaders at Sigma Mu Phi At Large are doing our best to create an online presence but please be patient as we adjust to our new normal. Reach out with questions, ideas for online topics, or things we can do as a chapter to support each other! Sincerely, The Board of Mu Phi At Large
  • Sigma Chapter Leader in the News

    It is with great honor that we recognize the tremendous efforts of Diane Keen, our chapter Financial Chair, for our community of adults with disabilities.
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  • Nurse Leader Challenge

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    Do you know someone who would benefit from being a Sigma Nurse? Nurse leader candidates can either apply online at join.sigmanursing.org or share their curriculum vitae or resume with your chapter counselor for evaluation.
  • Twitter Account

    Let your voice be heard! Mu Phi At Large has a new Twitter account for the sole purpose of sharing news about what brings you joy in nursing. We will respond to President Ricciardi's challenge to develop awareness, strive for balance, and pursue co-creation at all levels to infuse joy in nursing and the culture of healthcare.
  • Update your Volunteer Profile

    Make sure to update your volunteer profile today! Volunteer opportunities for local, regional, and national service opportunities will come right to your email inbox! Remember, volunteer opportunities contain service award points that are valuable additions to your CV or resume!
  • Publicity Committee

    We are currently looking for members who would like to help reach our chapter membership with announcements, social media posts, and opportunities for community or professional service projects. This year, as we expand our membership to include more community nurse leaders, the need to build connections with each other is vital to our impact with peers and in our communities. If you have just a few minutes a week to devote to posting on social media and creating announcements on this website, please contact any chapter leader. We are happy to discuss this service opportunity with you!

    Thank you,
    M'Lyn
  • Amazon Smile for Sigma

    If you shop at Amazon, please register Sigma Theta Tau Inc as your charity through AmazonSmile. The AmazonSmile Foundation will then donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to Sigma Theta Tau Inc. This may not sound like a lot, but it adds up. Be sure to enter Amazon through AmazonSmile every time you shop.
  • Please update your emails in your Profile

    Hi New Inductees!!

    We are so glad to have you inducted into the KSU Mu Phi Chapter! As you are transitioning out of the student nurse role and into the New Graduate Role - we need for you to update your emails with your personal (not student KSU) emails. Please go to the Mu Phi website and create a profile - using your Personal Email accounts so that you do not miss valuable updates from the Chapter.

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