MU DELTA NEWLETTER #1, 2018-2019
Hello Mu Delta members,
On this Veterans Day, I want to reach out and connect with each and every one of you to remind you that Mu Delta and STTI have a number of veterans and active duty military in our ranks. Today and every day we need to remind ourselves to never forget the many sacrifices our active duty military give, and those our veterans have given for us. Their valorous service is what enables us to have the many freedoms we frequently take for granted. One major way to honor them is to NOT take these freedoms for granted and never forget how much has been sacrificed for these liberties. Another way is to do a random act of kindness for our military and their families, letting them know how much we value their service. Thank you for doing this.
As the holidays approach, I want to alert you that this year will be an exciting one for Mu Delta. The Mu Delta board is committed to being more transparent and keeping you up to date on what is happening with Mu Delta. First, one way this will be happening is that we are posting our meeting minutes and programs on The Circle to which you have access as a Mu Delta member. The regular updates and links from Mu Delta and STTI will come to the email address Sigma has for you. Please update this if you have changed your email address. Secondly, I invite you to take advantage of the leadership and other webinars that STTI offers all of its members. They are also posted on the Mu Delta webpage which you have access to through The Circle and your membership. These are free, ranging from 30-60 minutes in length and are packed with information. Thirdly, there are many ways to become involved with Mu Delta including working on an event, volunteering for an ongoing project and/or running for the Mu Delta board. Board member positions information is on the Mu Delta webpage and through the STTI main website. When I became President of Mu Delta more than 2 years ago, we began having meetings on-ground and simultaneous conference calling. This has made it possible for any member to be involved on the Board without being physically close to the Sacred Heart University (SHU) campus. For example, in the past few years we have board members near SHU as well as in Wisconsin, Delaware, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and Ireland. Mu Delta’s board members are also available to you for questions and mentoring.
As you know, Mu Delta hosted the Sigma Region 15 Collaborative Event on October 4-5 entitled: A Call for Collaboration in Scholarship, Research & Leadership. This two-day event included a visit to the United Nations on October 4th where 36 attendees experienced a group tour followed by a luncheon in the Diplomat’s Dining Room. We were scheduled to have a private briefing at the UN but due to the work of the UN committees and representatives on Global Healthcare Issues that week, this briefing was cancelled. Although we were disappointed, as nurses, we all want global health addressed and improved. On October 5th, we had a Symposium at the Sacred Heart University, Center for Health Education, co-hosted by the SHU College of Nursing. Sixty-three attendees came and enjoyed this educational program that included presentations by nurse educators, researchers and clinicians on the topics of Collaboration in Scholarship, Research and Leadership. Many of the posters and panel topics spoke to research and its application in clinical practice and education. Our keynote speaker, Dr. Betty Rambur, Endowed Chair from University of Rhode Island, gave an incredible talk entitled: The Policy and Politics of Health Reform: Controversies, Considerations and the Case for Collaboration. The two-day event also enabled us to meet each other and network. Next year’s Sigma Region 15 event will be in Maine. Watch for the abstract submission information. It proves to be another excellent collaborative event and a fun weekend to do leaf-peeping.
The Mu Delta board has been discussing some new and exciting programs going forward. First, we will be scheduling Induction for the spring of 2019. Please encourage colleagues who are not members to apply for membership as Nurse Leaders. This short application can be done online at this link https://www.sacredheart.edu/academics/collegeofnursing/clubsorganizations/honorsocietyofnursing/nurseleaderapplication/ It is important to recognize nurse clinicians, scholars and mentors and this is one way to do it. Mu Delta will also be having workshops going forward on topics of importance to nurse leaders, clinicians and educators. Please watch for these events.
This is just the beginning of what the Mu Delta board is actively doing this year. I strongly encourage you to become informed about what STTI is doing for you and what you can do for Mu Delta and Sigma. I look forward to seeing and hearing from each of you this year. Feel free to email me at PennieBranden@gmail.com.
Pennie Sessler Branden, PhD, CNM, CNE, RN
President, Mu Delta Chapter
"A good leader inspires people to have confidence in the leader. A great leader inspires people to have confidence in themselves." -Eleanor Roosevelt