November 7, 2020
Keynote speaker will be the Sigma PresidentRichard Ricciardi, PhD, CRNP, FAANP, FAAN, is the 33rd president of Sigma. Each president presents a call to action to help guide members and chapters as we strive to fulfill our mission. President Ricciardi call asks us to “infuse joy" to achieve Sigma's vision of global nursing excellence.
President Ricciardi's call asks us to infuse joy into all we do. All healthcare workers face challenges that can trigger burnout, such as staffing shortages, incivility or violence, lack of control in the workplace, barriers to education, and misaligned policies and regulations. Instead of viewing these issues as insurmountable and inevitable, he asks us to seize the opportunity to improve our experiences and work cultures.
As Sigma members, we are well-positioned to infuse joy into practice in clinical, administrative, research, and policy settings. President Ricciardi’s call to action highlights three essential elements – the ABCs – that promote joy: Awareness, Balance & Purpose, and Co-creation.
Sigma Biennium - Omicron Delta Pre-Conference Workshop
Location: Washington, DC
Friday - November 15th, 2019
Creative Synergy: Melding Change Leadership, QI and EBP
Featured Speaker: Dr. Marybeth Flynn Makic
Washington DC Walk for Water!
Our service activity that immediately followed the pre-conference on the 15th.
Southern California Odyssey 2019 Conference
October 10-11, 2019
On October 10 & 11, 2019 Omicron Delta Chapter of STTI joined with 14 other chapters to present the 24th annual Odyssey Research conference for nursing at the Doubletree Inn in Ontario, CA. Over 200 nurses and students attended this valuable and educational conference one or both days to learn from the presentations and network with colleagues.
The theme of the event was “Advancing Nursing and Changing Lives: Addressing Health Disparities and Diversity.” The first day keynote speaker was Mary Wickman, PhD, RN, Professor and Director, Nursing, Vanguard University. She addressed the theme and called for all nurses to get more involved by actively participating in professional organizations, advocating for relevant policy and legislation, and being involved in state initiatives for nursing such as the Health Impact Action Coalition in California. We ended the day with a presentation by Barbara Anderson, DrPH, RN, CNM, FACNM, FAAN on Health Disparities in the Maternal Child Population. She noted that maternal health is a public health crisis in the United States. Potential solutions include safety bundles, increasing an educated workforce, and Federally Qualified Health Centers in rural areas.
Day two started with a presentation by Paul Leon, Public Health Nurse, CEO, Illumination Foundation (https://www.ifhomeless.org/). He share what his foundation has done to create a “hub and spoke” service model with recuperative care for the homeless as the hub and micro-communities to provide housing for this population. Our conference closed with a presentation by Stephanie Banka from Your Truth Foundation who presented on Human Trafficking: Integrating Physical with Mental and Emotional Health. Stephanie noted that although human trafficking is underreported, the numbers are still high in the U.S.A. She encouraged all nurses to learn how to identify victims of human trafficking as to become familiar with referral resources in their area. To learn more, Sigma has an excellent continuing education webinar titled “Human Trafficking: Providing Meaningful Intervention.” If you are logged in with your membership #, the course is free. We used this course for our September General Membership Meeting and had some excellent discussions that are still posted to the Circle. Here is a link:
The author of the web-course shared two excellent websites:
Polaris Project https://polarisproject.org
Heal Trafficking https://healtrafficking.org
Podium and poster presenters from Omicron Delta included:
Anna Bourgault RN, MSN, CCRC
Innovation Concepts: Translation to Post-Graduate Practice
Imelda C. Principe, DNP, RN, CPAN, CCRN
Weekly Onsite Education Strategies Addressing Pediatric Disparities
Danuta Wojnar, MSN, RN
Critical Care ECG Monitoring: The ABCs of the QTc
Omicron Delta members met for a networking dinner on Thursday evening. See attached group photo starting from left: Marilyn Klakovich, Director of Membership Engagement and member of Odyssey planning committee, Agnes Padillo, Jennifer Mahieu (Oklahoma), Rosemary Williams, Veronica Timple, LeeAnn Prenovost (Arizona), Allen Perez (guest), Danuta Wojnar, Hazel Hinds (Florida) and her husband Randy, Susie Lidge (Hawaii), Lisa Radesi, and Sandy Carter who was the Odyssey Planning Committee co-chair. Not pictured are Anna Bourgault from Connecticut, and Imelda Principe from New York. As you can see, our members came from all over the United States to attend this conference. See also the photo of our poster judges: Agnes, Jennifer, and Veronica. Rosemary, Hazel, Susie and Lisa volunteered at the event.
Plan now to join us for our 2020 Odyssey Conference. It will be in October or early November. As you can see, there are many opportunities to get involved and to connect with your Omicron Delta colleagues as you are learning and having fun!