Welcome to the Pi P
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thumbnail imageFormed on Apr 6, 2000, Pi Pi Chapter is the 398th chapter established at Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing
Our chapter is located at Blessing Rieman College of Nursing and Health Sciences. Blessing College is located in Quincy Illinois which is in west central Illinois along the Mississippi River.


 Please check this website often for updates on coming events and other important Chapter activities and news!

Susan McReynolds (right) receives Leadership Award at the General Business Meeting of PiPI on May 18th, 2020. Susan was nominated by Connie Scott and Marianne Schmitt. Susan is completing six years on the board including two as president. Susan continues to lead our Membership Involvement committee and is now the elected Region 5 Coordinator for Sigma. Congrats Susan! Susan also received a pin for her years of service as the president of PiPi chapter.

Volunteer Appreciation Week- April 2020
Thank-you to all of our Chapter Leaders who contribute their time and service to the success of our chapter!
Sheila Capp President-elect
Joan Ruhs Vice President
Linda Burke Secretary
Kathy Jochem Treasurer
Ben Thompson Leadership Succession and Finance Committee
Ericka Alexander Finance Committee
Eydie Tipton Research Committee
Connie Scott Newletter and chapter key award
Marianne Schmitt Awards committee
Ericka Knuffman chapter intern

Representing Pi Pi at STTI  Bienniel  Nov 16-20th 2019
Thank-you to Marianne Schmitt and Susan McReynolds for representing PiPi at the Biennial Convention in Washington DC.

Four PiPi Members receive their doctorate degrees
Jan Akright, PhD, RN, Academic Dean, earned a PhD in Nursing
from the University of Missouri, Columbia.
• Erica Alexander, PhD, RN, CNE, Associate Professor, Simulation
Center Coordinator, earned her PhD in Nursing from the University
of Missouri, Kansas City.
• Brandi Venvertloh, PhD, RN, CPN, Associate Professor, earned her
PhD in Nursing Education from University of Northern Colorado.
• Kimi Yuchs, DNP, RN, NE-BC, Assistant Professor, earned a
Doctor of Nursing Practice degree in Organizational and Systems
Leadership from University of Southern Indiana.

In the photo, left to right, are Drs. Yuchs, Akright, Alexander and

2019-2020 Pi Pi Chapter Board



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Chapter News

  • Research Completion Grant awarded to Pi Pi member

    Julia Cieslewicz, BSN, RN, Utilization Management Supervisor, Patient Access, Blessing Hospital was provided  a $108.00 research  grant for costs associated with her completion of her Master’s project, “Leadership Qualities of Senior Nursing Students”.


  • Research Grants Awarded to Pi Pi Members

    Gerri Buss, DNPc, RN, Manager of Quality and Performance Improvement, Crossriver Quality Health Partners was provided $75.00 research grant for costs associated with data analysis for her DNP research project, “Implementing Depression Screening in Neurology Care.” 

    Eydie Tipton, MSN, RN, CCRN-K, Nurse Researcher, Nursing Administration, Blessing Hospital was provided a $75.00 research dissemination grant to present two Evidenced Based Practice projects at the Creative Health Care Management, Journey to Excellence Virtual Conference, September 24-25, 2020.  Projects include: “Decreasing Falls with Injury through Shared Governance” and   “Implementing a Critical Care Consult Nurse”
  • 2021-2022 Chapter Officers

    Sheila Capp, PhD, RN, President

    Connie Scott, MS, RN, NEA-BC, President Elect

    Laura Davis-Maas DNP, RN, CNE, Vice-President

    Jan Akright, PhD, RN, CNE, Secretary

    Erica Alexander, PhD, RN, CNE, Treasurer

    Josey Harris, MSN, RN, Chair, Governance Committee and Counselor

    Gerri Buss, MS, RN, Chair, Leadership Succession

    Becky Bliefnick, RN, BSN, Leadership Succession

    Jessica Loos MSN, RN, MBA, Leadership Succession

    Lacey Petersen, MSN, RN, Governance Committee (appointed)

    Kimi Yuchs, DNP, RN, NE-BC, Governance Committee (appointed)

    An installation and orientation of the new officers and committee members was conducted May 24, 20201 virtually following the General Business meeting.

  • North America West Region Virtual Conference

    Free Virtual Conference - May 28, 2020  6:00 - 8:00 p

    Welcome:  Sigma President Dr. Richard Ricciardi
    Keynote:  Dr. Gail Van Kanegan, DNP  
                      Gateway to Joy

    This is a FREE virtual Conference for members of the Sigma North America West Global Region.  

    5 Breakout Rooms to choose from!

    Register Today - Limited to first 500 registrants!

    1.5 Contact Hours

  • Upcoming Events! CEUs!

    March 29, 2021  
    12:00 – 1:00
    Virtual - more info to come!

    Policy, Politics and Nursing – Presented by Ann O’Sullivan, MSN, RN, CNE, NE-BC, ANEF

         This program will discuss Nursing’s role in setting health policy and updates on current legislation with a focus on the Nurse Practice Act, Staffing, and the Compact bills.

         1 Contact Hours


    April 23, 2020   Cancelled
    3:00–4:15  or  4:30–5:45
    Blessing Hospital Auditorium

    TAVR: Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement – Presented by Amy Bates, APRN-AGACNP, CMC, CSC

       Review of Aortic Stenosis signs, symptoms, treatment options, and TAVR Procedure with hand on time with aortic valve device and Questions
    1.25 Contact Hours

     Following the second session of the TAVR – enjoy:

    Dinner & Dialogue    Cancelled
    6:00 – 8:00 p.m. we will meet at Tiramisu for dinner and will discuss the article “TAVR versus SAVR”

  • Cancelled - Spring Program: TAVR

  • PiPi Chapter Scholarship Winner

    ​PiPi Chapter has once again provided a scholarship to a BRCN student for 2018-2019 award year.
  • Research Grant Opportunity Met by Pi Pi Chapter

    Pi Pi Chapter members, Lori Sprenger PhD, RN, CLNC, Associate Professor and MSN Program Coordinator, Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing &
    Health Sciences and Margaret G. Williams, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF were each provided a $100.00 research dissemination grant to present their research.
    Dr. Sprenger presented, "Perceptions and Writing Experiences of Nursing Students: A Mixed Methods Exploration of Writing Self-Efficacy" at the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) 2019 Master's Education Conference, Feb 21-24, 2019, Tampa FL. Dr. Williams will be presenting
    “The Power of Green Care: How Nurses Can Integrate Green Therapies into Settings to Address Wellness Outcomes” at the International Integrative
    Nursing Conference in Galway, Ireland, May 22-24, 2019 along with colleague Lisa Radville, FNP.
  • PiPi Supports BRCN Nursing Camps

    ​PiPi Chapter is pleased to once again support the BRCN Nursing camps for high school students to explore nursing. PiPi has made a donation to support the expense of the camps and will distribute a flyer on the topic of Sigma Theta Tau
  • 2018-2019 Chapter Officers Installed

    ​Today our Chapter Officers were installed for the 2018-2019 year. 
    Gerri Buss President
    Sheila Capp President Elect 
    Joan Ruhs Vice President
    Linda Burke Secretary
    Kathy Jochem Treasurer
    Lori Sprenger Leadership Succession
    Ben Thompson Leadership Succession
    Susan McReynolds Leadership Succession
    Josie Harris Governance Committee and Counselor
    Lacey Petersen Governance Committee and Counselor

    Thank-you to Susan McReynolds for her leadership for the past two years as PiPi President.​
  • Join PiPi Chapter on Facebook

    ​​​​​Active members join us on Facebook- PiPi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau. (If you are an active member and can't access our Facebook page contact gerri.buss@blessinghealthsystem.org)

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