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There is a call out for the Naomi Ballard Research Award! This fund is for those looking for money for a research project, capstone, or dissertation. Please contact Dr. Patty Barfield at OHSU (barfield@ohsu.edu) for more information, deadline date, and to apply!
Beta Psi has many award opportunities! Award Applications Here. Awards available include Researcher of the Year, Advanced Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Nurse, Dana Bjarnason Excellence, Nurse Educator, Nurse Resiliency, Nursing Student, Outstanding PhD Dissertation, DNP Project, Purple Sash, Naomi Ballard Research. Questions o
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  • Virtual Beta Psi Annual Meeting TUES October 11th @ 5:30PM, Featuring Dr. Susan Hassmiller

    Virtual Beta Psi Annual Meeting Featuring: 
    Dr. Susan Hassmiller

    Presentation: Future of Nursing 2020-2030 Report: Charting a Path to Achieve Health Equity

    Susan Hassmiller, Senior Scholar in Residence and Advisor to the President on Nursing at the National Academy of Medicine

    Dr. Susan Hassmiller was a key member of the leadership team for the forthcoming Future of Nursing 2020–2030 report and the former Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Senior Advisor for Nursing. In her talk, Dr. Hassmiller will discuss recommendations from the report, including the role of nurse leaders in meeting workforce needs and advancing practice, policy, education, research, and diversity.

  • On-Demand Webex Presentation: Serendipitous Mentoring

    As a Sigma Beta Psi Chapter member, enjoy this link to a free On-Demand Webex presentation on the topic of Serendipitous Mentoring.  This was presented by Dr. Carole Liske Phd, MS, RN and Naomi Tutticci Phd, Master Ed studies, BN, GCAP, FHEA, RN just for our Beta Psi Chapter (there are hundreds of us!).

    They are lively presenters with contagious energy! Use the link below to view this 31 minute presentation.

                          Carole and Naomi
  • Research Award Call for Proposals




                    Fall Call for Proposals



    • PI must be a registered nurse in Oregon with a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in nursing
    • All proposals should be ready to submit to IRB within a 30-day period



    • $2,500 student maximum
    • $5,000 faculty/applicant maximum


    Proposal Deadline is November 7, 2022


    See attachment for award details & application.




    Feel free to contact me with your questions.


    Patty Barfield, Ph.D., PMHNP-BC

    Beta Psi Chapter Research Chair

    OHSU SON La Grande Campus

    Associate Dean & Assistant Professor 

    Email: barfield@ohsu.edu


  • October Annual Meeting~ Plan to attend via Zoom!

    Dr. Susan Hassmiller was a key member of the leadership team for the forthcoming Future of Nursing 2020–2030 report (release expected in April 2021) and the former Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Senior Adviser for Nursing. In her talk, Dr. Hassmiller will discuss recommendations from the report, including the role of nurse leaders in meeting workforce needs and advancing practice, policy, education, research, and diversity. 
  • Sigma Beta Psi is sending two people!

    Chapter Leadership Connection

    16-18 September 2022 in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

    22-23 September 2022 | Virtual

    We hope to see you in Indianapolis for Chapter Leadership Connection—Sigma’s biennial chapter leadership training conference—featuring topics such as member recruitment and engagement, program planning, chapter operations and communications, and creating a culture of inclusivity.

    Plan now to send at least one chapter leader to this event!

  • Infectious Diseases of the 21st Century: The Challenges of Love, Courage, and Honour in Nursing Prac

  • Spring Blitz July Free Webinar, 7/27 @ 5:30PM

    Wednesday, July 27th @ 5:30- 6:15 PM PTZ
    Join the webinar by clicking on the image below.

    "Serendipitous Mentoring - How a Growth Mindset Fosters A Culture of Trust and Transparency in Which We Identify and Learn From Often Unexpected Meaningful Mentoring Moments"

    Presented Dr. Carole Liske, PhD, MS, RN
    Program Manager, Graduate Nursing, Western Governor's University
    Chair, Sigma Chapter Coordinating Committee, and Member of Board

  • The Purple Sash Award: Dr. Jennifer Ham

    Beta Psi Chapter most honored award: The Purple Sash Award

    Every chapter has the cheerleader, the one who goes the extra mile to do anything extra to help the chapter progress, advance, and thrive. Someone who is a worker and willing to go overboard. After two years of COVID-19 the chapter wanted to increase spirits and say “thank you and we care about you” in a special way, so it created the Purple Sash Award. The winners are inspirational leaders, value-driven leading from a deep sense of purpose and responsibility to create positive change in the Chapter. The award consists of a purple SIGMA sash and a 100-year SIGMA centennial pin.

    Our inaugural winner is Dr. Jennifer Ham. She was so surprised when it was announced at the Board meeting which made it even more exciting and moving! Jennifer has been Newsletter/Publicity Chair for the past two years and has created a newsletter that could win awards on its own and the newsletter infuses connection, passion, and inspiration. Check it out on our Beta Psi website. Dr. Jennifer Ham is an Associate Professor at the Oregon Health & Sciences University (OHSU) and a Certified Nurse-Midwife. She completed her DNP in 2020 from OHSU and has received numerous other awards from SIGMA Beta Psi Chapter. Jennifer graduated in the top 35% of her BSN program and was inducted into SIGMA, an honor she greatly cherishes and looks forward to many years of involvement. Through Jennifer’s approachability, creativity, innovation, and excellent communication skills she has built a Chapter newsletter that can be carried on for years to come!

  • Board of Directors Changeover and Strategic Planning

    **********June 1st from 1-3 pm***************
    Please email Nancy Rollins Gantz for any information regarding the meeting!
    BE BOLD~
  • Spring Blitz 2022: May 11th! 5:30-6:15PM: President of Sigma Theta Tau!!

    Did you miss it? View It Here
    Passcode: 2&SMuGp2

    The Sigma Beta Psi Chapter is inviting you and colleagues to the 2022 Spring Blitz presentations.

    These are free webinars, as a benefit of your Beta Psi membership.

    Our May speaker is Dr. Ken Dion who is the current President of Sigma Theta Tau International.

    ~~~Be Bold! The President's Address ~~~

    Please feel free to Zoom in as we'd love to have you join us!

  • April Spring Blitz 2022! April 20th, 5:30-6:15PM

    The Sigma Beta Psi Chapter is inviting you and colleagues to the 2022 Spring Blitz presentations. Our April speaker is Dr. Patricia Davidson from Sydney, Australia, and the following month we have Dr. Ken Dion who is the current President of Sigma Theta tau International.

    Please feel free to Zoom in as we'd love to have you join us! See the attached brochures for more details!

    Emerging From the Pandemic – Stronger and More Focused On Health Equity
    Wednesday, April 20th, 5:30-6:15PM

    Presented by Dr. Patricia Davidson, PhD, MEd, RN, FAAN

    Vice Chancellor, University of Wollongong, Sydney Australia

    Former Dean at Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing

  • Spring Blitz 2022! Starts March 16 @ 5:30PM

    Professional Development Opportunities!

    Monthly renowned webinar speakers free to members
    Wednesday, March 16, 5:30-6:15PM

    A Path to Health Equity through Nursing Workforce Diversity

    Presented by Joanne Noone, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF, FAAN

    Professor and Interim Director – Master’s in Nursing Education

    A.B. Youmans Spaulding Distinguished Professor

    Oregon Health & Science University

    Join Zoom Meeting


    Meeting ID: 941 400 0552

    Passcode: sigma

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    +12532158782,,9414000552#,,,,*540711# US (Tacoma)

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    Join with Google Meet


  • Sigma Region One Virtual Conference

  • BE BOLD! Presidential Call To Action!

    With all this in mind, the Sigma board and President Dion are calling on you, the membership of this organization, to BE BOLD.

    BE BOLD just as our founders were during the turbulent times in which they founded this now global organization.

    BE BOLD and raise our voices together as the largest constituency of healthcare providers around the globe to influence decisions and create a better world for all, which we strive to serve.

    What does it mean to be bold?
    Being bold does not mean being brash. It does not have to be inflammatory. Being bold does not have to be confrontational. It does not require you to be the loudest voice in the room. It does require you to step outside your silo and engage with others for the sake of our populations, our profession, and our planet. 

    What does it take to be bold?
    It takes being informed with facts. It takes knowledge. It takes leadership. It takes fluency in economics, technology, and conservation. It takes love, courage, and honor.

  • Congratulations to Nancy Rollins Gantz!

    to Nancy Rollins Gantz, our Beta Psi chapter President, on her newest role: Secretary on the Sigma Theta Tau International Board! She is pictured below, second in from the right!
  • Sigma Biennial November 6-10th, Indianapolis, IN

  • Annual Beta Psi Meeting with Dr. Ric Ricciardi, Sigma President

    Infuse Joy - Dr. Richard Ricciardi — Ali R. Tayyeb PhD, RN, NPD-BC,PHN
    ANNUAL BETA PSI MEETING with our President Dr. Ric Ricciardi as a speaker on Maintaining JOY through 2021 and beyond!

    Zoom meeting on October 12th from 5:30-6:30pm

    Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3529823132 Meeting ID: 352 982 3132 Passcode: sigma One tap mobile +13462487799,,3529823132# US (Houston) +16699006833,,3529823132# US (San Jose) Dial by your location +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston) +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose) +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma) +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago) +1 929 205 6099 US (New York) +1 301 715 8592 US (Washington DC) Meeting ID: 352 982 3132 Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kbldKXhFpN
  • Chapter Key Award Recipient! Congratulations!


    We are pleased to notify you that Beta Psi Chapter has been selected as a recipient of the 2021 Chapter Key Award. This is recognized as quite an accomplishment given the extraordinary circumstances of the biennium. Additionally, as one of the highest scoring Chapter Key Award entries, Beta Psi Chapter is being considered for the Ethel Palmer Clarke Founders Award for Chapter Excellence.

    Additional information regarding the Chapter Key Award will be provided by 1 October.

    Congratulations again,

    Richard Ricciardi, PhD, CRNP, FAANP, FAAN


    Carole Liske, PhD, MS, RN

    Regional Chapters Coordinating Committee Chair

  • Dr. Tim Porter O'Grady speaker last night

    The Beta Psi Spring Educational Blitz ended on a high note with Dr. Tim Porter O'Grady speaking on Leadership in 2021. Nurses are leading a "revolution" not part of an evolution!

  • Beta Psi Board Role Changes!

    CONGRATULATIONS to Dr. Kindra Scanlon DNP, FNP-C, WCC,  for her new role as President-elect! Kindra is an experienced Sigma BOD member and she is now poised to lead the Beta Psi Chapter!

    CONGRATULATIONS to Dr. Mary Nemetka DNP, MSN, FNP-BC, CWON, CFCS, on her BOD position as Treasurer-elect!

    CONGRATULATIONS to Laura Oiler, MS, RN, CCRN-K, RN-BC as a new BOD member in the position of Awards Chairperson!
  • Yearly Board Changeover Meeting and Strategic Planning Session

    Yesterday was the annual Board Changeover meeting and we welcomed new Board members Laura Oiler as Awards Chairperson and Mary Nametka as Treasure-elect. Welcome! Additionally, it was the strategic planning meeting and many new and exciting events are being planned! Stay tuned to hear more...
  • Congratulations to the CHAPTER!

    Congratulations! The CHAPTER'S submission for the Showcase of Regional Excellence has been approved. You and the rest of the Beta Psi chapter should be very proud of the work that the chapter has accomplished in relation to President Richard Ricciardi’s Call to Action—Infuse Joy.
  • Dio Sumagaysay WINNER!

  • Dana Bjarnason Leadership Excellence Award winner Dio Sumagaysay!

  • To all our members who give so much!

  • 2021 Free Virtual Spring Education Blitz

  • Time To VOTE for Beta Psi Board of Directors!

    Take the time to VOTE and fill out the CHAPTER SURVEY in your email box! Thank you!
  • United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

    The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are the world’s shared plan to end extreme poverty, reduce inequality, and protect the planet by 2030.

    Adopted by 193 countries in 2015, the SDGs emerged from the most inclusive and comprehensive negotiations in UN history and have inspired people from across sectors, geographies, and cultures. Achieving the goals by 2030 will require heroic and imaginative effort, determination to learn about what works, and agility to adapt to new information and changing trends.

    The UN Foundation focuses on ideas and initiatives that generate larger impact, advance the SDG imperative to “leave no one behind,” and are backed by evidence, practical commitments, and action.

    Individuals, innovations, and actions are helping the planet realize the potential and promise of the SDGs.

  • Holiday Blessings

    Not a holiday that we have had in past years but wishing everyone blessings and may the new year bring new beginnings, joy, and no pandemic...

  • Annual Meeting A Success!

    Thank you to all who attended the virtual annual meeting last night as it was a wonderful turnout! Our speaker Dr. Barbara Bonnice did a wonderful job of "giving us joy" in our evening.

    Please contact a Board member if you are interested in becoming involved with the Beta Psi At-Large Chapter. We would welcome you!



    Nancy Rollins Gantz
    President, 2019-2021
  • Beta Psi Chapter 2020 Outstanding DNP Awards

    Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Beta Psi Chapter, is pleased to announce the inaugural 2020 Outstanding DNP Awards. The awardees are students graduating from the OHSU Doctor of Nursing Practice program, and conducted projects which exemplify the research and practice of an extraordinary DNP. These awardees are honored with a Sigma certificate and $150.

    Hannah Billet, DNP, CPNP-AC/PC
    DNP Project: Evaluating the Implementation of the 2017 Pediatric Blood Pressure Guidelines Within a Pediatric Nephrology Clinic

    Lindsay Frances Underwood, DNP, CPNP-AC/PC
    DNP Project: Pediatric Unintended Extubation: Standardizing Endotracheal Tube Management

    Jennifer Ham, DNP, CNM, NCMP
    DNP Project: Improving Access to Evidence-Based Lifestyle Interventions for People with Gestational Diabetes Mellitus in a Multi-Specialty Clinic: A Quality Improvement Project

  • Leadership Award

    May 1, 2020

    The Beta Psi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing Announces a Leadership Excellence Award in honor of Dr. Dana Bjarnason.

    Dana Bjarnason, PhD, MSN, CNE is the Vice President and Chief Nursing Executive and Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs at the Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU) in Portland, Oregon for who this award been named. Prior to moving to OHSU, Dr. Bjarnason held numerous leadership roles in major medical centers in Texas. She has been awarded and recognized throughout nursing and the health care arenas. Dr. Bjarnason has held past national and international board member positions of several organizations such as AONL, NWONL, and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.

    The Beta Psi Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing Board of Directors in Portland, Oregon, is honored to initiate this leadership excellence award in Dr. Dana Bjarnason’ name. The Dana Bjarnason Nursing Leadership Excellence Award was created in order to maintain yearly distinction of a Beta Psi chapter member who has consistently excelled in nursing leadership, mentoring, vision, innovation, and patient focused service. The initial award cycle is May 1, 2020 through April, 2021. Please see the Beta Psi website for information and criteria at http://www.betapsi.sigmanursing.org


    Congratulations to not only to a dynamic and exceptional nurse leader but someone who is an inspiration to all.



    Submitted by:

    Nancy Rollins Gantz, PhD, MSN, MBA, BS, RN

    Beta Psi chapter president 2019-2021

  • Our Challenges with the COVID19

    ​Dear Chapter Members,

    I hope this finds you healthy and safe as well as your family and friends. These are difficult times before us with the coronavirus and compliments and praise to all of you in the nursing field, frontline and any serving to those in need. The public realizes our extreme value during challenging times like this.

    Keep a positive attitude and the compassion and caring you demonstrate is immeasurable!  Hugs to all of you!

    Best regards,
    Nancy Rollins Gantz
    2019-2021 President
  • Congratulatins to Nancy Rollins Gantz, Beta Psi chapter president!

    Congratulations to Nancy Rollins Gantz, Beta Psi's chapter president, on the publication of her book "101 Global Leadership Lessons for Nurses". Nancy autographed her book during the Meet the Authors session at the 2019 Sigma Conference in Washington, DC in November

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