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Thank you for visiting the Eta Chapter (University of Pittsburgh) website of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing! We are pleased to share that we are holders of the ‘Chapter Key’ Award and the ‘Showcase of Regional Excellence’ Award. We also take pride in being ranked the 6th Chapter chartered in the society that stays up-to-date with all current activities. This website has been designed to keep our current members and prospective members informed of upcoming events, volunteer opportunities, chapter news, and recent Eta Chapter recognitions. For more about STTI, please visit the “About Us” table at the top left of this webpage.
Eta Members Help at Healthy U Fair!
Sigma Eta Chapter Members seniors Justine Wang and Adriane Bermudez along with faculty supervisors Becky Faett and Sue Miller and other Pitt nursing students administered 1300 influenza immunizations to university students during the annual Healthy U Fair. Thank you all for your hard work! You make Sigma proud! 
Welcome Back Event

Eta Chapter hosted a welcome back event on September 19th to welcome students back for the fall semester and to give students information about Sigma.  A big thank you to Salina Smialek, Deb Thomson and Sue Miller who participated in this event to inform students about this excellent organization! Keep up the great work!  
Congratulations to Our New Eta Chapter Members!

On August 10, 2018 we welcomed new members to Sigma Eta Chapter during our Summer Induction Ceremony! Join us in welcoming our new members! To view pictures from this event, go to Library-->Events-->Sigma Theta Tau Eta Chapter Induction-->2018 August Induction. Enjoy and congratulations new Eta Chapter Members! 

Congratulations Eta Chapter Member Mengchi Li!
Mengchi presented her research at the NCUR Conference this past Spring. Mengchi summarized her research as follows, 
"This descriptive correlational secondary analysis examines the associations between patients’ cognitive function and caregiver’s perceived patient behavioral problems and caregiver’s vigilance. Patients' cognitive function, caregivers' perception of patient behavioral problems, and caregivers’ perceptions about time spent for patient care were measured by the Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE), the Revised Memory and Behavior Problem Checklist (RMBPC), and the four items of the Caregiver Vigilance Scale, respectively. Data were described and the Spearman correlation was applied to examine the associations among the variables. A lower patient MMSE score was associated with increased frequency in patient behavioral problems (r=-.26, p=.021) observed over the past week, less number of hours patients can be left alone at home (r=.50, p<.001) or in a room (r=.62, p<.001), and more hours per day needed for caregiving (r=-.29, p=.006) or doing things for patients (r=-.40, p<.001). In conclusion, decreased patient cognition is associated with increased patients’ problem behaviors and perceived vigilance demand." 
Congratulations Menghi! Keep up the great work! 
Congratulations Eta Chapter Member Grace Paik! 

Grace presented her research, "Factors Associated with Core Body Temperatures in Patients Receiving General Anesthesia During Surgery" at the NCUR Conference this past Spring. Grace summarized her research as follows.
"In short, my study included 54 participants (ages 18 and up) from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center's (UPMC) Presbyterian Hospital that were undergoing a surgical procedure requiring general anesthesia. We used an esophageal probe thermometer on all patients to monitor their core body temperature. With this data, we used a multiple regression analysis to determine whether there were factors that were associated with the difference in core body temperature from the start of surgery, when the patient was put to sleep with anesthesia (induction phase), to the end of surgery, when the patient was woken up from anesthetics (emergence phase). We found that many patients were hypothermic at induction, despite warming practices used in the operating room. The analysis proved that patients in a longer duration of surgery were associated with higher core body temperatures, most likely due to intraoperative warming practices. This research study proved the need for more comprehensive warming methods, even before the patient is brought into the operating room because of the significant amount of untoward patient responses to a cold core body temperature that could complicate the surgery intraoperatively and postoperatively."
Congratulations Grace! Keep up the excellent work! 
Congratulations to Eta Chapter Member Sydney Rohrbaugh! 

Sydney presented her research, “Evaluation of Current Clinical Practicum Experiences to Enhance Future Clinical Nurse Leader Practicum Education” at the NCUR conference at the University of Central Oklahoma this Spring. Sydney summarized her work as follows. 
"The University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing offers a Master’s of Science in Nursing in the Clinical Nursing Leader (CNL) area of concentration. This CNL role includes content related to quality, safety, education and leadership. The current research study sought to identify the clinical practicum experiences in order to identify strengths, weaknesses and areas for improvement in the current practicum courses. This information is vital for the upcoming CCNE Accreditation for the School of Nursing in addition to helping students prepare to practice as a CNL after graduation and successfully pass certification.
There are four clinical practicum courses for a total of 420 clinical hours that students are required to complete. The four practicum courses include: Education and Mentoring in the Clinical Setting (60 practicum hours), Contemporary Issues in Nursing and the CNL Role Seminar (60 practicum hours), CNL Clinical Practicum 1 (120 practicum hours); and CNL Practicum 2 (180 practicum hours). A 25-question anonymous Qualtric survey was based on the 2016 AACN document titled “Recommended CNL Practice Experiences” and distributed to current CNL students via email. Students were asked to identify the practicum experience, as well as the clinical practicum course the experience occurred. Results of the survey concluded that out of the four clinical courses required, over 50% of the required experiences were reported to be covered in one course (CNL Clinical Practicum 1). The results also showed that students were not receiving all recommended experiences that were outlined in their curriculum or described in the MSN/CNL Essentials or Recommended CNL Practice Experiences. In conclusion, these results helped guide faculty to restructure curriculum to provide content equally in all four clinical courses, re-evaluate course content to address key deficit areas, and revise the practicum log so students can reflect feedback from faculty."
Keep up the excellent work, Sydney! 

Successful "Books for Babies" Book Drive!
Pitt NSA, Chi Eta Phi, and Sigma Eta Chapter hosted a book drive called "Books for Babies". This service project aimed to collect new children's books to donate to the Magee Women's Hospital of UPMC NICU. The NICU has a book cart for families to read to babies to promote bonding and reduce stress levels of both the parents and infants. Families are sent home with their favorite book as a memento of the challenges they have overcome in the NICU! 102 total books were collected for the "Books for Babies" service project. A huge thank you to everyone who donated to the book drive!
Congratulations to Our New Eta Chapter Members!
On April 27, 2018 we welcomed new members to Sigma Eta Chapter during our Spring Induction Ceremony! Join us in welcoming our new members! To view pictures from this event, go to Library-->Events-->Sigma Theta Tau Eta Chapter Induction-->2018 April Induction. Enjoy and congratulations new Eta Chapter Members! 
Congratulations to Eta Member Lan Pham!
As part of the Undergraduate Research Mentorship Program at the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Nursing, Lan has been working under Anne-Marie Shields on a research study called PARTNER II. It stands for PAiring Re-engineered ICU Teams with Nurse-driven Emotional support and Relationship-building. It is the second phase following the PARTNER I pilot study, which tested feasibility. The primary goal of the PARTNER II intervention is to decrease depression and anxiety in surrogate decision makers and assess burnout was a secondary outcome. The purpose of Lan's project is to describe the prevalence of stress and determine if exposure to a quality improvement intervention (PARTNER II) is associated with reduced levels of stress among intensive care unit (ICU) nurses. Future directions include designing an intervention with a primary outcome of alleviating burnout and deploying the PARTNER II intervention with independent PARTNER II Champions, instead of using existing nursing staff. Lan's abstract was accepted to NCUR 2018 for a podium presentation and she will be presenting her project this spring! Congratulations Lan, keep up the great work!

Congratulations to Eta Member Kira Griffith!
Kira's purpose of her project was to examine the personal, professional, and demographic factors that affect healthcare professionals' (HCPs) motivation to work with patients with alcohol and other drug (AOD) use. One of the key findings was that continuing education accompanied by role support in the clinical setting had the most positive impact on HCPs motivation to work with this population. Her abstract was submitted to the National Council for Undergraduate Research (NCUR) for review for a poster presentation at their conference this April 2018. Her abstract was accepted to NCUR 2018 and she will be presenting her project this spring! A huge congratulations to Kira! Keep up the excellent work! 


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