President's Message —

Spring 2013 – continued

November 2012

The 4th Annual Nursing Research & Evidence-Based Practice Symposium was held at the Double Tree by Hilton. Growing each year, the Symposium continues to provide a forum for Nurses, Students, Educators, Administrators, and Researchers regardless of experience in conducting nursing research. The Symposium showcased new and innovative initiatives through a venue of both oral and poster presentations. Categories of initiatives featured were; Nursing Research, Evidence-based Practice & Quality Improvement. The theme for the Symposium was “Creating a Research Environment”. The keynote speaker was, Laura Nosek and the event was very successful with approximately 75 attendees from Canada, New York and Vermont!! The chapter applauds Ann Laramee (Symposium Chair) and her planning committee for the success of the symposium and it’s quintessential platform to promote Nursing Research!!

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February 2013
Heart of Leadership Dinner at the Windjammer Restaurant

A huge Thank You to Jean Beatson for her dedicated efforts in planning and organizing our annual Heart of Leadership Dinner that was hosted on Wednesday February 6, 2013. The evening was filled with merriment, fun, laughter and networking filled with over a century of collective nursing experience from all the attendees!!!

Kappa Tau at the American Heart Association ~Go Red Luncheon

The AHA Go Red luncheon was held on February 14th 2013 at the Sheraton in Burlington Vermont. This event is held annually and enables the American Heart Association to pursue their lifesaving research in cardiovascular disease and stroke. Cardiovascular disease is the #1 killer of women, and stroke is the #4 cause of death with more women than men having strokes. This year’s theme was "Empowering Women, One Heart at a Time.” As the chapter president, I took this opportunity to thank each one of our board members for their dedication and hard work for our chapter and noted that quite often we as nurses, mothers, spouses, significant others, etc. in all the various hats we wear as women (and men), take care of our patients, families, loved ones, etc. and often neglect our own health and wellbeing, and I am personally guilty of this as well. I asked all members to allow me to empower each one of them, one heart at a time, by suggesting that KT board members attend the luncheon. The board was very supportive, and many thanks to Karen McKenny, Christina Melvin and Rycki Maltby for attending the luncheon!!

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March 2013
Research Night

On March 12, 2013 Margaret Wilson, BSN, MPH shared some empowering highlights of public health nursing service in Vermont while presenting “Public Health Nurses: Using Nursing Practice to Improve the Health of All Vermonters”. Public health nurses (PHN) stand vigil to public health concerns, health education, and public safety; working with individuals, within families and sub-groups, and our community as a whole. Acute, chronic and emergent health issues and challenges are focused upon by the cadre of PHNs in our rural state of Vermont and Ms. Wilson shared these topics as Chief of Public Health Nursing at the Vermont Department of Health.

On March 23rd, Kappa Tau hosted a Kappa Tau members & Friends day to connect socially. Thanks to Joelyn Niggel in organizing the event with alpine, Nordic & snowshoe tickets for a day at Smugglers Notch. Kappa Tau is hoping to make this an annual Winter event, so if you missed it this year….we look forward to seeing you Winter 2014!!

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April 2013

Research Night # 2 was a phenomenal success and UVM Nursing student; Julia Petra shared “A Pilot Exploration of Life With Leprosy in Bangladesh. Thank you to UVM Faculty and Kappa Tau Leadership Succession member; Rycki Maltby for her amazing endeavors with her nursing students to Bangladesh!!!

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Breakfast at Vermont Respite House …….On Saturday April 6th Kappa Tau members were up bright and early at the Vermont Respite House to help serve breakfast to the residents. The menu included homemade oatmeal (Ann Laramee), Blue Berry French Toast (Ruby Souhan), Blueberry Muffins (Christina Melvin) and our Egg and Bacon Chef was Jean Beatson with our indispensable kitchen helpers/servers Karen McKenny and Julie Jones.

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It is my firm believe that our chapter is successful not only because of its members but also due to the devotion and hard work of its core board members who unconditionally make time from their busy professional and personal lives with diligent efforts to keep our chapter’s momentum afloat with innovative and engaging events all year long. Thank you to all the energetic and dedicated 2012-2013 board members:

Annie Parker, President-Elect
Sally Kerschner, Vice President
Anne Laramee, Governance Committee Chair, Past President
Julie Jones, Leadership Succession, Past President
Karen McKenny, Treasurer
Lila Ortuno, Secretary
Christina Melvin, Faculty Counselor Chair
Jennifer Laurent, Faculty Counselor
Rycki Maltby, Leadership Succession
Terry Powers~Phaneuf, Governance Committee
Joelyn Niggel, Governance Committee, Events Organizational Committee Chair
Rachel Doran, Awards Committee Chair
Louise Moon-Rosales, Past President

Please be on the lookout for the following upcoming events:
April 2013
STTI Region 15 Conference; Rhode Island

May 2013
Annual Meeting
    Please remember to nominate for the following awards:

Annual MS Walk (organized by Ann Laramee)

I am incredibly honored at the opportunity to have served the chapter as the President for this past year. As you can see Kappa Tau has continued to maintain its visibility and involvement in the community. In these constantly challenging economic times, we have made concerted efforts to remain financially sustainable and solvent as a chapter. We have raised funds through many raffle items throughout events to generate funds, and look forward to our Silent Auction that is very generously supported by local Vermont business, friends and members. I thank you all in your individual and collective efforts in keeping Kappa Tau a vibrant and active professional organization, and look forward to seeing you all at the 2013 Kappa Tau Annual Meeting.

Respectfully; Ruby Souhan, MS, APRN