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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!



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  • 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.Clapping Hands High Res Stock Images | Shutterstock
  • Dio Sumagaysay WINNER!

  • Dana Bjarnason Leadership Excellence Award winner Dio Sumagaysay!

  • To all our members who give so much!

    Happy Nurses Week! - Imgur
  • 2021 Free Virtual Spring Education Blitz

  • Time To VOTE for Beta Psi Board of Directors!

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    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

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    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

    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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