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Pictured (Left to Right): Dr. Earl Ingram, Dr. Wade Forehand, Ms. Katelynn Loyd, and Chancellor Dr. Jack Hawkins Jr.
The Iota Theta chapter presents the Outstanding Student Award to a senior BSN student and member who has the highest cumulative GPA. This year’s recipient of the Outstanding Student Award was given to Katelynn Loyd.
Congratulations to the Troy University Iota Theta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International on its 30th anniversary. On April 9, 2016, the chapter held its annual honor society induction and Showcase in Nursing Research Excellence Day. Over 100 attendees were present to participate in the event.
Congratulations to one of our Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) students, Carlos Adams. He was recently awarded the Ronnie S. Jenkins Scholarship. This scholarship is given in honor of a former member of Eta Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity located in Atlanta, GA. The scholarship is offered to seven Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity college members residing in the Southern region of the United States.
The Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity is the first African American, inter-collegiate Greek lettered fraternity founded in 1906 with a mission to develop leaders, promote brotherhood and academic excellence, while providing service and advocacy for our communities.
Troy University School of Nursing would like to thank Ms. Cathy Dunn for her many years of dedicated service to Troy University and its students. Ms. Dunn recently received an award for 30 years of service.
Dr. Amy Spurlock, Professor in the School of Nursing, received the 2015 Wallace D. Malone, Jr. Distinguished Faculty Award. The Malone Award was presented to Dr. Spurlock during the University’s annual Faculty/Staff Convocation on the Troy Campus.
The Wallace D. Malone, Jr. Distinguished Faculty Award has been established to acknowledge those exceptional faculty members who, through meritorious and selfless service, transform vision into reality. The Award, a gift and a monetary sum, is presented annually.
The Troy University School of Nursing is excited to announce the addition of a new building on the Phenix City Campus.
The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International provides leadership and scholarship in practice, education and research to enhance the health of all people. We support the learning and professional development of our members who strive to improve nursing care worldwide.
Dr. Shellye Vardaman, Associate Professor and RN-BSN Track Coordinator, was elected to a 4 year term to the Sigma Theta Tau International Governance Committee. The International Governance Committee is elected by delegates at Biennial Convention’s House of Delegates.
Troy University School of Nursing in association with the Universidad Iberoamericana (UNIBE) recently conducted a study abroad experience to Costa Rica.
Doctoral student Colonel Nancy Ann Westbrook, USAFR, NC was inducted into the Troy University chapter of SALUTE Military Veterans National Honor Society on March 4, 2015.
Troy University School of Nursing faculty recently partnered with the faculty and staff from the College of Education to offer training sessions.
Congratulations to one of our Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) students, Krista Lippold, FNP-BC. On February 25, 2015 Krista was presented with the Unsung Hero award at the 2015 Housecalls summit in Phoenix, AZ.
Troy University School of Nursing hosted the 2nd Annual Troy Nursing Scholarship CE Event on Saturday, February 21, 2015. The event was co- sponsored by the Southeast Alabama Health Education Center (AHEC).
Troy University has been proud of our commitment to work with military service members, veterans, and their families as they pursue their educational goals. The School of Nursing would like to mention two outstanding Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) students who will graduate in May 2015.
Congratulations to Dr. Katherine Leigh, Assistant Professor, for being awarded the Outstanding Faculty Award for the College of Health and Human Services.
On Saturday, Sept. 20 2013, Dr. Diane Weed was inducted into the National League for Nursing’s Academy of Nursing Education, with the credential of “Fellow.” Fellows provide visionary leadership in nursing education that will increase the number of graduates from all types of nursing programs. She joins the academy’s 144 fellows representing nursing schools and programs throughout the United States. As a newly named fellow, Dr. Weed has been recognized for her academic leadership and collaborative educational, practice or community partnerships.
The year 2012 marked the 25th Anniversary of Troy University’s Iota Theta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International. The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is advancing world health and celebrating nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service. Founded in 1922, STTI has more than 135,000 active members in more than 90 countries. Members include practicing nurses, instructors, researchers, policymakers, entrepreneurs and others. STTI’s roughly 500 chapters are located at approximately 700 institutions of higher education throughout Armenia, Australia, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, England, Ghana, Hong Kong, Japan, Kenya, Lebanon, Malawi, Mexico, the Netherlands, Pakistan, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Swaziland, Sweden, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, the United States, and Wales. More information about STTI can be found online at www.nursingsociety.org.
The imprint of the Sigma Theta Tau International seal is the lamp of knowledge, surrounded by a circle containing the name of the Society and the date of its founding, 1922.
The key is the symbol of scholarship. The cup denotes the satisfaction of professional life. The circle of gold with its six stars represents our six founders. The letters in black - Sigma Theta Tau- represent our charge: Storga, Tharos, Tima- love, courage, honor. The lamp is the lamp of knowledge.
The jeweled key features amethyst stars representing the founders in a circle of pearls or diamonds. The organization’s colors are orchid and fuschia, and the flower is the orchid.
The symbolism of the coat-of-arms is expressive of the ideals of this Honor Society. The eye represents wisdom and discernment. The stars are in recognition of our six founders. The scroll is that of learning and bears the Greek letters, Sigma Theta Tau: the first letters of the Greek words Storga, Tharos, Tima- meaning love, courage, honor. The pillars of stone at the right and the left denote service, professional endeavor and strength of leadership. The lamp represents the lamp of knowledge. The motto on the banner is Sigma Theta Tau, the name of this International Honor Society.
The School of Nursing was fortunate to host a Forum on the Troy University Montgomery Campus on Thursday, February 24, 2011 with Congresswoman Martha Roby. Representative Roby is the U.S. representative from Alabama’s 2nd Congressional District, and she is a native of Montgomery. Congresswoman Roby serves on the House Armed Services Committee, the House Committee on Agriculture, and the Education and Workforce Committee (including the subcommittee of Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions).
Over 100 Troy University nursing students and School of Nursing faculty members attended the Forum, which centered on health care, health care legislation, and the future of nurses in health care. After her opening remarks regarding the 2010 Health Care Reform Act and current legislation, Congresswoman Roby asked for questions from the audience – many of whom were wearing their white lab coats or white uniforms since they arrived at the Forum directly from a School of Nursing clinical experience. Several students and faculty asked questions or offered comments about health care and the impact of nursing as a profession on health care issues. Congresswoman Roby entertained all questions and thanked the audience for their interest and contributions.
The forum was an excellent way for nursing students, who represented all the Troy University nursing programs (i.e., ASN, BSN, and Graduate Programs), to meet an important political figure and to learn how nurses can impact health care legislation.
Sigma Theta Tau International's Leadership Academy will recognize Troy University's Iota Theta chapter in the 2008 Showcase of Regional Excellence at the society's 40th biennial convention to be held in September in Indianapolis, Indiana. The group developed a community-based breast cancer awareness program that reflects the honor society's mission and vision. School of Nursing Faculty Dr. L. Diane Weed, Dr. Amy Spurlock, Dr. Sue Hayden, and Ms. Kelly Johnson directed program development. More about Sigma Theta Tau International can be found at www.nursingsociety.org
Dr. Cindy McCoy has earned the designation Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) after successfully completing a rigorous certification examination developed and administered by the National League for Nursing (NLN). Dr. McCoy is an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing. She teaches in the Bachelor’s and Masters’ programs and serves as the BSN Coordinator. Her clinical background is in critical care nursing. Dr. McCoy also holds a certification in Nursing Informatics from the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
Dr. Cindy McCoy, Associate Professor in the School of Nursing, was chosen as one of nine members to sit on the Standard Setting Panel for the Nursing Informatics Certification Exam administered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). This panel was chosen from all certified Nursing Informaticists to review and revise the passing score for the national certification exam. Dr. McCoy attended this meeting April 9-12 at the American Nurses Association offices in Silver Spring, MD.
Lisa Canady, RN, MSN, Named Project Manager Lisa Canady, RN, MSN, a 2006 graduate of the Troy University MSN program in the Nursing Informatics track, has recently been hired as the first Clinical Systems Analyst at Home Care of East Alabama Medical Center. Ms. Canady will be working as the Project Manager for the clinical system implementation in the Hospice Department as well as overseeing the daily operations of clinical systems in Home Care.
Kelly Johnson, RN Named School of Nursing Lab Coordinator -- Kelly Johnson, RN, has joined the School of Nursing as the Nursing Lab Coordinator for the Troy Campus. Mrs. Johnson is a native of Pike County. She and her husband Doug are the parents of two sons, Dylan and Landon. The Johnsons are members of Southside Baptist Church in Troy and are active in all things outdoors including lots of playing, fishing, and going to the beach. Mrs. Johnson's parents are Buddy and Marie Sneed of Pike County. Mrs. Johnson earned her BSN from Troy University in 1997. Following graduation she worked one year at Montgomery's Baptist Hospital South in CVIVE/CVSU. For the past eight years she has worked in the Emergency Room at Troy Regional Medical Center.
Phi Kappa Phi is the nation's oldest, largest, and most selective all-discipline honor society. Only the top 10 percent of seniors and 7.5 percent of juniors, having completed at least seventy-two hours, are eligible for membership. The Society's mission is "to recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others." The motto of Phi Kappa Phi is Philosophía Krateítõ Phõtôn, translated "Let the love of learning rule humanity." Because Phi Kappa Phi is made up of the best and brightest from all academic disciplines, it is a community of scholars who are leaving an enviable legacy for future generations.
The ASN Program of the School of Nursing will be hosting the 5th Annual School of Nursing Community Health Fair at Eastdale Mall on Saturday, October 29, 2005, from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM. Nursing students and faculty will be involved in many areas of health screening, including:
Screenings are free to the public. Flu shots will be administered for $15. The planning committee for the health fair is composed of Ms. Judi Cooper, Assistant Professor and Chairperson of the ASN Learning Resource Committee, Ms. Marilyn Leatherwood, Ms. Sharon Hamm-Wilson, Ms. Teresa Johnson, Ms. Mary Grace Crawford, and two School of Nursing staff members, Ms. Sheri Macomber and Ms. Denise Wade. The Health Fair has been a huge success in past years, and it is anticipated that many people will take advantage of the free screenings again this year. A scholarship fund from the proceeds of giving the flu shots has been established, and the first scholarship was awarded last year to a deserving nursing student.
BSN students in their last semester of study are assisting in Hurricane Katrina relief efforts in Mississippi. These exceptional students are offering their time and skills in providing nursing care for patients at Wesley Medical Center in Hattiesburg, MS. The group is also delivering medical supplies from Troy Regional Medical Center in Troy, AL and Lakeview Hospital in Eufaula, AL to Forest General Hospital in Hattiesburg.
The students are Craig Cassady, Teresa Fryer, Tracey Hall, Paul Kiley, Tammy Kilgore, Leigh Phillips, Hope Scroggins, Christina Szabo, Nancy Tindell, Kerry Varner, Kandace White, and LeAnn Winburn. Faculty accompanying the group are Dr. Amy Spurlock, Carolyn Andrews, and Dr. Don Jeffrey, Dean of the College of Health & Human Services.
Enrollments in the School of Nursing have reached a record high of 915 students in the associate, baccalaureate, and masters degree programs and tracks for the Fall 2005 Semester. The Associate of Science in Nursing program offered in Montgomery reports 296 students. Students in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing offered on the Troy Campus number 426. Eighty-five Registered Nurses are in the RN to BSN/MSN track; courses for this track are offered online while clinical experiences are completed in facilities near Montgomery, Phenix City, Troy, and Norfolk (VA). The Master of Science in Nursing degree and graduate tracks, also offered online and through live videoconferencing with clinical experiences near Montgomery and Phenix City, have 108 students enrolled fall semester.
Another of our ASN faculty members, Ms. Jan Widell, Assistant Professor, recently recognized the need for patient literature in Spanish at Greil Memorial Psychiatric Hospital in Montgomery. Since Ms. Widell is bilingual, she translated the pamphlet on the Patients' Rights and Advocacy Program to accommodate the needs of Spanish-speaking clients. This endeavor represents positive collaboration between the School of Nursing and a clinical agency for the benefit of both students and clients.
Congratulations to Dr. Tina Allen! Dr. Allen received the Doctorate in Administration & Higher Education degree from Auburn University on August 5, 2004.
Captain Bonita A. Knuckles, a student in the Maternal-Infant Health Nursing Clinical Nurse Specialist track of the MSN Program was promoted to Major in the United States Air Force on February 1, 2005. The ceremony, held at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, was attended by Dr. Allen, MSN Program Director. The MSN Program was credited for assisting Major Knuckles as she prepared for this new role.
Ms. Jeanie Eubanks, a 2003 MSN Graduate from the CNS Track (Adult Health/Education) has been appointed the new Director of Nursing for Prattville Baptist Hospital in Prattville, Alabama. She is responsible for daily clinical operations.
Student Nurses Association Officers for 2004-2005 President, Justin Rigoloso; Vice-President, Kerry Varner; Treasurer, Craig Cassady; Secretary, Malloree Bedsole