Welcome to Theta Zeta Chapter!

An honor to join. A benefit to belong. And we hope that all of you will take full advantage of continued membership to access and reap the benefits of life-long career opportunities and development. 

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2020-2021 Officers
President--Megan Walsh

Vice President--Elizabeth Hammond-Ritschard

Secretary--Mary Ann Blosky 

Treasurer--Dr. Kristy Sands 

Undergraduate Faculty Counselor--Dr. Kristy Sands 

Graduate Faculty Counselor--Jennifer Sheaffer 

Leadership and Succession Committee Chair--Dr. Debra Minzola 

Research and Awards Committee--Dr. Peggy Shipley and Gretchen Schappert-Frye 

Governance Chair--Dr. Debra Minzola 

Finance Committee Chair--Dr. Chris Alichnie 

 Walk to End Alzheimer's Disease

Theta Zeta supported the virtual Walk to End Alzheimer’s Disease  in Bloomsburg, PA September 2020. Team Captain was treasurer and undergraduate faculty counselor Kristy Sands. The total amount of money raised by students and faculty was $400.


 Did you know that Grad Student Eligibility for Membership has been broadened to recognize Nurse Leaders any time in the program...?

The 2013 House of Delegates passed a bylaws change regarding graduate student eligibility criteria. In the event that a graduate student would qualify for eligibility as a Nurse Leader, that nurse does not need to wait for consideration under the grade point average/program credit completion criteria. That criteria still exists, however, for those graduate students who benefit from that entry point as their earliest option because their experiential base might not yet have had time or occasion to demonstrate practice examples in line with STTI's mission and vision. 

In addition, the Nurse Leader can join any chapter anywhere. For example, a nurse in an online program across the country who can demonstrate leadership, etc. on the Nurse Leader application can apply online for consideration for membership at the STTI website (under the Membership Tab...Apply Now). It may be more convenient for that graduate student to join a geographically local chapter rather than to be inducted at the distance education site. Goal: To identify and recognize Nurse Leaders wherever they might be and engage them in membership at the earliest time.

In addition, any RN with a minimum of a bachelor's degree in any field who wishes to join STTI can apply online, at which time that application interest will be forwarded to the President of the chapter (requested or nearest to that nurse) for processing through the usual invitation process. In this way, Nurse Leaders can join the chapter at any time during the year, once the usual invitation process and dues payment are completed. The chapter can then welcome that new member to attend induction but waiting for induction as the entry point is not required. The Nurse Leader can begin to repeat benefits of membership sooner! If you know someone who could join Theta Zeta as a member, please make sure you relay this information! The website is: www.nursingsociety.org and look under the Membership Tab. 

Member News

I was inducted in 2003, although not able to be an active member of the chapter. I guess my major accomplishment is completing my PhD and co-authoring a few articles.....hopefully with 2 more solo pubs soon.  Let me know.  Brenda Elliott

I’m a member of the BU class of 1991. 
I retired March 8 after 30 years working for the Commonwealth of PA.  The last 8 years I had been nursing supervisor for the Southeast District of PA Department of Health. Greg Bitler

Research and Awards Committee - 
Member Accomplishments and Opportunities!
Each spring Theta Zeta Research and Awards Committee recognizes and funds outstanding research proposals. Additionally, the committee accepts nominations for the Distinguished Nurse Colleague Award. This award is presented at the annual spring meeting to a nurse who has exhibited outstanding contributions to nursing practice, administration, education, and research. 



How can I take better advantage of what my STTI membership means to my career?

Dee Welk shares some tips and tales from her STTI leadership roles.

As you can see, Theta Zeta is doing some very exciting things in terms of research grants, awards and recognitions, and meaningful service projects that address a broad range of healthcare groups and needs. The member recipients and participants have kept in touch with the chapter and noted various deadlines and event dates that have promoted involvement and very positive outcomes. You do not need to live near Bloomsburg as the physical chapter location but are urged to apply or participate from wherever you are!

Here are couple of additional tips to remain involved:  On the first of each month, you receive an STTI communication called STTIConnect. It contains information from international headquarters about upcoming conferences, events, free CEUs (under Education, Members only on the main website (www.nursingsociety.org)), research grants and deadlines….and an update from the chapter publicity committee that is just for Theta Zeta members.

Another relates to using STTI’s Circle, STTI's own professional/social media site. As a member of that Circle, you can start and respond to discussions there that will just go to our chapter members or to others in a Circle of which you are a member. 

As you can see, your personal ownership in cruising the STTI and Theta Zeta pages is key to your involvement and enjoyment of benefits. Putting valued dates and deadlines in your personal calendar increases the chances of involvement as well. Joan Miller, President, spoke of the strategic plan development/revision that is underway. Be part of that planning! Help make the chapter what it can be to best serve your career purposes as well! You will never be sorry that you did!

Chapter News

  • Honor a Nurse Program with Beta Sigma

    The “Year of the Nurse” continues into 2021 to honor our nurses who serve as front line workers, educators, scientist, mentors, and caregivers throughout this pandemic and beyond. The Beta Sigma Honor a Nurse award was designed to recognize nursing professionals for excellence in their field and to say “thank you” for their unflagging dedication to their career.

    Nominating someone is easy, use the link below to complete the nomination form. Nominations are $10.00 each and all funds collected will be utilized to support ongoing scholarly activities and programs of the Beta Sigma and Theta Zeta chapters.

    Theta Zeta Send your check, payable to Theta Zeta to: Bloomsburg University c/o Kristy Sands 3122 McCormick Center
    Bloomsburg, PA 17815

    Your recipient(s) will receive an acknowledgement and personalized e-certificate during National Nurse Appreciation Week, May 6-12, 2021. Deadline for nominations is Monday, April 26th. Honor A Nurse Nomination Form: https://forms.office.com/r/niUFqh8pXX

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