Sigma Theta Tau Omicron Chi Newsletter

Fall 2015

President's Address

I hope everyone has had a good year. My first year as President of the Omicron Chi Chapter has been a learning experience. What I am looking forward to in this coming year is getting more members involved in the Board and getting our chapter more involved in the community. This is an exciting year for all STTI Chapters as the 43rd Biennial Conference is being held in Las Vegas this November. Brooke Flinders, our Vice President, will be attending the conference and I am sure will represent us well. As our chapter moves forward, I would like to encourage you to let us know what we can do to provide opportunities for our members and community. I would also like you to take part in our Board and become a voice in the decisions that make Omicron Chi successful. Feel free to email any of our Board members if you are interested in becoming more involved with Omicron Chi and if you have any ideas that can help our chapter grow and provide educational activities to our members.

Thank you,
Tim Wells,
President, Omicron Chi

SONK Conference 2016                       Save The Date:  February 5, 2016

The annual Southwest Ohio Northern Kentucky Conference will be held again at the Sharonville Convention Center. STTI chapters of Beta Iota (University of Cincinnati), Omicron Chi (Miami), Omicron Omicron at-Large (College of Mt. St. Joseph and Xavier University) Rho Theta (Northern Kentucky University), and Zeta Phi (Wright State University) have collaborated for several years in offering nationally known speakers for a yearly research conference. It will be held February 5, 2016, from 8-4, with registration being 8-8:30. This year’s topic is especially timely with the speakers addressing opioid addiction. The keynote speakers, Dr. Alexander Walley and Dr. Traci Green, are experts in the field of addiction.

Dr. Walley, MD MSc, is a general internist and addiction medicine specialist at Boston Medical Center, and program director of the Addiction Medicine Fellowship program at Boston University. He provides primary care and office-based buprenorphine treatment for HIV patients. He also provides methadone maintenance treatment at regional addiction centers. His research interests include medical complications of substance use, specifically overdose and HIV infection.

Dr. Walley is also medical director for the Opioid Overdose Prevention Pilot Program at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. This program has trained over 30,000 people, including active users, people in recovery, and their social networks in overdose prevention. He serves as medical director for naloxone rescue programs based in several Massachusetts police and fire departments.

Dr. Traci Green, PhD, MSc, is Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine, Associate Director and Senior Scientist, Injury Prevention Research Center, and Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Epidemiology at the Warren Alpert School of Medicine, Brown University. As an epidemiologist, her research focuses on drug abuse, addiction and injury. She is also an expert on drug abuse with HIV infection, non-medical prescription drug use, corrections health, drug policy, and opioid overdose prevention and intervention. Supporters of her research include the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Dr. Green helped design the ASI-MV, a real-time illicit and prescription drug abuse surveillance system, and co-founded She chairs the Rhode Island Drug Overdose Prevention and Rescue Coalition for the Rhode Island Department of Health.

Department Update from Nursing Chair Paulette Worcester

We enrolled 42 students at each campus this fall. In addition, we are purchasing a new Meti-Man high fidelity simulator for Greentree (MUM) as we are adding more simulation experiences to our classes. Our student team will be walking for NAMI soon. We graduated 67 students in May and have an 87% pass rate with only 2 graduates yet to take. We finally did receive the letter from CCNE confirming our re-accredited status for 10 years.

Changes are coming to the regional campus over the next year - there will be a new College (name not determined yet) as all regional campus faculty will have a departmental home on the regionals. I don't think there will be any changes to the nursing department but we'll be ordering new stationery and business cards again! The College of Professional Studies and Applied Sciences will be dissolved and we will be part of the new College. We have several of our nursing grads who are teaching clinical courses for us this fall - great to see them come back with experience, eager to teach.

News of Omicron Chi Members

The following updates were sent in by members about what they have been doing since induction.

Stephanie Bennett: I graduated from Miami with my BSN in 2013. I previously worked in the pediatric ICU at Cincinnati Children's and now working there in the Cancer and Blood Diseases Institute. I am a Certified Pediatric Nurse (CPN) and am currently in graduate school at UC for my MSN specializing as a pediatric nurse practitioner (will graduate in May 2017). And I am getting married 10/17/15!
Rachel Benzing: I am currently halfway through my orientation at Cincinnati Childrens Hospital Medical Center in the Emergency Department.
Jennifer Bloom-Long: (formerly Wassom or Owen; Owen was my maiden name)  I graduated from UC with my MSN in 2005 and now am a CNP. I currently work at Hospice of Dayton. I have also earned certification in hospice and palliative care and have the credentials of ACHPN.
Carrie Cain: I am working at Kettering Health Network on the step down unit. I am involved in the Critical Care Internship and the Nurse Residency Program.
Jaime Kist: Recently, I left proprietary education and have accepted a position with Tri Health as Clinical Educator II for their renal and oncology units. In the next year, I am hoping to work towards that certification.
Galina Krivonos: I passed the NCLEX and have started working in the telemetry unit at Good Samaritan Hospital.
Natalya Pelz: I start my position in October at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Surgical Oncology, specifically solid tumors.
Shelley Rapach: I am currently working in L&D and Special Care Nursery at Mercy Fairfield. I will be starting school online with Ohio University in Jan for my MSN in the Family Nurse Practitioner program.
Jennifer (Mason) Schwab: I have recently become a member of the Omicron Omicron Chapter-at-Large chapter (Dual Membership with Omicron Chi). I am in my final semester at XU in the MSN-CNL tract with expected completion/graduation Dec 2015 (Yipeee!) I am planning on sitting for the CNL certification exam after graduation. I am a care manager in Primary Pediatric Care (PPC) at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. AND I recently got married (May 16th) so my last name has changed. I am now a Schwab.
Elizabeth (Woerner) Stroud: I am now married and am just starting a new position in the operating room at Atrium having spent the last year on Cardiac patient care at MVH.
Jan Teets: After retiring from teaching at Miami in 2013, I have become involved in three volunteer opportunities. One is teaching a weekly group for Stateline Treatment Center, an outpatient clinic with offices in Harrison and Ross for recovering addicts. A second is serving breakfast to hospice patients at Hospice of Hamilton one day a week and occasionally having a home care patient. The third is working with a colleague for Skills Central, a program to assist under-employed or unemployed individuals with their job and/or schooling searches. I am editor for Omicron Chi newsletter. And, most importantly, husband and my health is fine, and the kids and grandkids are doing well. Feeling blessed!
Karen M. Warner: I am now the Clinical Placement Coordinator for Miami’s Department of Nursing, working on both Middletown and Hamilton campuses. I attended ELNEC (end-of-life-nurse-educator consortium) due to teaching Care of Terminally Ill Patient at Miami and will be developing a CEU offering at Fort Hamilton Hospital on the subject this spring/summer.
Katie Williams: I am working as a full time RN at the Dayton VA, AND the VA will be paying for me to go back for my nurse practitioner in the upcoming years. Thanks for asking, and God bless you - Kt
Nancy Wolpert: I am working at TriHealth as a Patient Safety Consultant. Nothing else professionally. I am enjoying my 2 grandkids. They wear me out! :-)