.....Caring for Ourselves, Others and Our Planet

ENGAGE..... EDUCATE ..... EXPERIENCE

Omicron Delta is honored to announce its next Awareness Focus dedicated to our nurses. 
All of our leaders and committees are coming together to virtually connect, share, and support each other. 
Each Wednesday at 5pm Pacific time, you are welcome to connect with us.


We are not alone on this earth.  We have a responsibility to respect all life and find solutions. As caregivers, nurses are called to nurture, protect and heal. Changing climate patterns are occurring globally at unprecedented rates.  Rising temperatures and sea levels, and more extreme weather significantly impact our air, water, food and our health. 

As the nation's most trusted professionals, and with an understanding of how climate change impacts all areas of healthcare, nurses are in a unique position to inform and inspire others to take action … Calling all of us to care for ourselves, others and our planet, to ensure a healthy future for everyone.  Margaret Mead said it best, "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."

We care and we are here for you!  Throughout this time, each Wednesday at 5pm Pacific time, we will be hosting Zoom chats, sharing free Continuing Education through Sigma resources, and hosting a virtual service project. Our leaders are here for discussions and mentoring.  The interaction and getting to know one another has been inspiring. 
We would love to welcome you and even have some of you meet each other for the first time. 
With deep gratitude for all you are and all you do... 


Nursing in a Changing Climate: A Call to Action
September 2, 2020    
Obtaining CE instructional video
Action to reduce climate change can significantly improve health, with policies that move us towards global climate goals having demonstrable health benefits. On this webinar, speakers will provide a brief overview of how climate change impacts human health globally, the strategies and solutions to address climate change, and how nurses and nursing organizations can lead in moving forward just and equitable climate solutions.  
1 (one) CE Credit will be awarded through Sigma    
Click below to link to the chapter webinar and course video 

    
10 Morning Habits to Jump-Start Your Brain 
September 9, 2020    

This No Book Book Club meeting is the third part of a 3-part series by Jim Kwik on aspects of a healthy brain. The topic: 10 Morning Habits to Jump Start Your Day.
Click below to link to the chapter webinar and topic video 


2020 Fall General Membership Meeting
September 16-18, 2020
Omicron Delta hosted a free CE meeting where climate change and nursing was discussed based on free online courses available to all members.
     Nursing in Climate Change: A Call to Action
     Health Sector Solutions to Address Climate Change
     Exemplars of Nursing Leadership on Climate Change and Health
Link to CE webinars and Omicron Delta Officer Reports

Discussion Links:

Day One Discussion Question   - In the Exemplars of Nursing Leadership on Climate Change and Health... What are your thoughts?
Day Two Discussion Question    - What recommendations related to the integration of climate change content would you have for nurse educators?
Day Three Discussion Question  - Think of a teaching/learning idea that could be included in the EcoNursing Project. Or think of a teaching/learning ideas that a school of nursing in your local area could adopt to improve climate change.





Health Sector Solutions to Address Climate Change 
September 16, 2020                                                                                                                                             Obtaining CE instructional video
On this webinar, speakers will provide an overview of how the health sector contributes to climate change and showcase initiatives being instituted by health systems and health organizations to reduce climate pollution. Speakers will additionally share how health infrastructure can be strengthened to build community resilience and improve preparedness and response to climate-related health risks.
1 (one) CE Credit will be awarded through Sigma
Click below to link to the chapter webinar and course video 

    

Climate change threatens health. Nurses could help.
September 30, 2020  

This Yale School of the Environment article explores how warming temperatures increase the risk of heatstroke, asthma, and other health problems and how nurses can help.  In hospitals, schools, and homes, people depend on nurses and listen to their advice. 
Click below to link to the chapter webinar and topic article 




Nurses Climate Challenge 
October 7, 2020  
Become a Nurses Climate Champion.  The Nurses Climate Challenge is a national campaign to mobilize nurses to educate 50,000 health professionals on the impacts of climate change on human health.  Together with other Nurse Climate Champions from across the country, we will join the movement of health professionals committed to taking action to protect the health of their patients and communities from the worst impacts of climate change.    Link to Nurse Climate Challenge info
Click below to link to the chapter webinar




Caring for our Planet: PLASTICS
October 14, 2020  

In 1967, the popular movie The Graduate starring Dustin Hoffman, recent college graduate, has the famous line spoken to him by Mr. Maguire: I have one word for you son, PLASTICS; the future is in plastics.
Fast forward 50+ years, and where is our future in plastics now?
Educate yourselves on what we can do to prevent – slow – stop further pollution.
Click below to link to the chapter webinar and topic video 



Continuing Education Session: Authentic Assessments in Nursing Education
October 28, 2020


Speaker: Catherine Wilson Cox, PhD, RN, CEN, CNE, CCRN
George Washington University, USA

This is a CE opportunity provided by multiple Sigma chapter in collaboration with Omicron Delta.  Mark your calendars now.



Creating a Healthy Environment for the Holidays
November 4 , 2020

How to Be More Eco-Friendly This Holiday Season
While the holidays can be wonderful in many ways, they aren't particularly kind to the environment. But by following these eco-friendly tips, you can change that. Think of it as your present to the earth!
How can we as nurses have addressed the effects of climate change in our own careers and life, and how we can do more.  
Click below to link to the chapter webinar and topic article 

https://www.sbs.ox.ac.uk/oxford-answers/5-ways-have-climate-friendly-holiday


What can we as Registered Nurses do? ...Caring for our Planet: PLASTICS
November 11, 2020
The Nature Conservancy is in 50 states and 79 countries. Their mission is to create a world where people and nature can thrive. Plastics have negatively impacted nature. For this No Book Book Club, we will continue our discussion on plastics.
What can we as Registered Nurses do to influence plastic elimination, innovation and product redesign, recirculate or recycle, and improve nature without plastic?
Click below to link to the chapter webinar and topic article 

https://www.nature.org/en-us/about-us/where-we-work/united-states/california/stories-in-california/stop-plastic-waste/


"Informatics: Evidenced-Based Nursing Practice in an Era of GLOBAL Digital Transformation"
November 25, 2020

The Phi Gamma, Omicron Delta, & Nu Xi at-large Chapters, in collaboration with Our Lady of Fatima University, are very excited to welcome… 
Mary Anne Schultz, PhD, MBA, MSN, RN

**1(one) FREE CNE/CEU/Contact Hour for ALL Sigma members**
 

Project Linus Virtual Blanket Making
December 2, 2020

Through member outreach, Omicron Delta continues to support activities that benefit Project Linus.  Project Linus is a non-profit organization that provides homemade blankets to children in need. The chapter's relationship with Project Linus began in 2013 and to date, Omicron Delta has made over 274 Project Linus blankets. 
Instructions for Blankets here. 

Buy fleece in length of 1.5 yards. It is quick and easy. All you need is fleece and some good fabric scissors. Your efforts will bring comfort to a needy child. 




Climate Change and Nursing  

Wednesday, December 9 at 5:00 p.m. Pacific time

Welcome to the No Book Book Club December 9, 2020. The No Book Book Club gives us an opportunity to learn about improving our health from taking care of ourselves as well as the environment. Tonight, we are going to talk about recycling and the why, what, and how. We will listen to sections of this Frontline presentation on recycling. You are welcome to listen to the presentation beforehand. We look forward to you joining the conversation to discuss how we as Omicron Delta Sigma members can make a difference.
RSVP here

Sigma’s Mission is to develop nurse leaders anywhere to improve healthcare everywhere

Resources for our Book Club:
https://www.pbs.org/video/plastic-wars-8wxame/ 54:22 minutes
https://www.npr.org/2020/09/11/897692090/how-big-oil-misled-the-public-into-believing-plastic-would-be-recycled. 4 minute
Did you know and things you need to know about recycling
Michigan Recycling ... https://www.michigan.gov/documents/deq/DEQ_Recycling101_web_511597_7.pdf
Recycling Basics
https://recyclingsimplified.com/recycling-basics/
National Geographic 7 Things You Didn’t Know About Plastic (and Recycling)
https://blog.nationalgeographic.org/2018/04/04/7-things-you-didnt-know-about-plastic-and-recycling/
Calrecycle
https://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/reducewaste/packaging/lawsregs
National Conference of State Legislatures
https://www.ncsl.org/research/environment-and-natural-resources/plastic-bag-legislation.aspx