11:50 a.m., Nov. 23, 2010----Sixty-seven nursing students at the University of Delaware were inducted into the Beta Xi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing, at a ceremony on Friday, Nov. 12. In addition, one nursing professional, who currently serves as adjunct clinical faculty for UD's School of Nursing (SON), also joined the society.
“Our students never cease to amaze me,” says Cynthia Diefenbeck, assistant professor in the SON and first counselor of the chapter. “Not only is this group academically accomplished, but they are also involved in an impressive array of service projects, internships, and community programs.”
“They have worked with disadvantaged youth, cancer patients, and critically ill children. They have completed medical missions in developing countries and study abroad programs focused on health. Some have even launched new registered student organizations on campus. I am confident that they will all fulfill the mission of Sigma Theta Tau -- to improve nursing care worldwide.”
The induction program included a guest lecture by Norine Watson, director of nursing excellence at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children.
Watson, who earned bachelor's and master's degrees in nursing at UD in 1993 and 1997, respectively, talked about the code of ethics in nursing and the importance of magnet hospitals in promoting positive nurse and patient outcomes. She recommended several key books that have inspired her during her career and stressed the importance of staying connected to professional nursing organizations.
“The highlight of the night for me was the number of inductees into this nursing honor society, their accomplishments and their goals,” Watson says. “The evening left me with such confidence in the future of nursing.”
Traditional BSN Inductees
Audrey Arcuri, Ashley Bakke, Megan Barr, Caitlin Bindel, Erika Brodie, Amy Bubenko, Sarah Canosa, Jacqueline Cook, Shannon Copeland, Jaclyn Crowley, Nicole DelMonico, Christina DeRogatis, Regina DiPaula, Taryn Marie Doscher, Kim Dubovick, Christina Eichelman, Michelle Erli, Ashley Gebhart, Allyson Hayes, Lorin Elizabeth Hoover, Shante' Johnson, Kelly Kavanaugh, Katelyn Kelley, Sarah LaFave, Katherine Lang, Sarah Leavey, Kelsey Mason, Kelly McGraw, Genevieve McGuigan, Mae Nettie McHugh, Elizabeth McLean, Janelle Pickering, Jennifer Pringle, Timothy Records, Stephanie Robbins, Meredith Rolleri, Amanda Royer, Diana Ruvolo, Laura Schenck, Jennifer Shearer, Christine Stehly, Katherine Sturgis, Shannon Taylor, Caroline Tiffany, Lauren Vivolo, and Carrie Whallon
Accelerated BSN Inductees
Steven Culp, Mark deBussy, Lena Gebelein, Meg Goddu, Kristin Gregan, Tracy Hibner, Christine Hooper, Joy McDonough, Jennifer Muller, Andrew Vincent, and Mackenzie Williams
BSN for RN Inductee
Jeni Tucker Jackson
Emmanuel Lance Antonio, Patricia Blair, Mary Cardoni, Lu Ann Echevarria, Beth Moore, Jennifer Murr, and Mindy Neff
Professional Nurse Leader Inductee
About Sigma Theta Tau
Sigma Theta Tau provides leadership and scholarship in practice, education, and research to enhance the health of all people and supports the learning and professional development of its members. It is the only Honor Society of Nursing in the world.
Founded with just six nurses in 1922, the society has grown to more than 400,000 members worldwide. It is now the second largest nursing organization in the world and comprises 451 chapters in 92 countries. Members include clinicians, administrators, educators, and researchers.
Article by Diane Kukich