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Sigma is not just about academic excellence but promotes nursing excellence in practice, education, and research.  As one of the largest nursing organization in the world, Sigma has approximately 135,000 active members in over 530 chapters located in more than 700 college and universities.  Psi Upsilon is the 546th chapter of Sigma and already has over 1500 members located in 50 states across the country.   In our first year, the chapter established a Board of Directors and strong committee infrastructure to provide members the benefits they deserve.

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Psi Upsilon Celebrates Founder's Day

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During the month of October, let’s celebrate Founder’s Day by making a difference in people’s lives. 

Choose your own service activity and just do it!

 

Imagine…Psi Upsilon members across the U.S…simultaneously giving back to our communities….

through a variety of  service activities. 

 

Are you in?

 REMEMBER!  Share your Service Activity information and pictures on the

Chapter Discussion Forum at   www.psiupsilon.nursingsociety.org.  


Psi Upsilon's Service Commitment
Psi Upsilon has adopted the Opioid Epidemic as the focus for our Service projects for this fiscal year.  Please view the recording by Cynthia Thomas of our Philanthropy Committee on the Opioid Epidemic and stay tuned for more information on how you can get involved in the upcoming year!





Psi Upsilon Member Highlight

Sandy Kangas, PhD, RN, participated in a High School career day at Mt. Si High School in Snoqualmie, Washington, to talk with students regarding nursing as a career.  The school serves 1900 students in grades 9-12. The state of Washington has a strong push for career exploration in the high schools and has instituted a requirement for a culminating project. Topics discussed included the various type of nursing education programs along with the wide range of opportunities available for nurses. In addition, information was provided about teaching in higher education, including online education. Approximately one hundred students participated in the event. Congratuations, Dr. Kangas!

Ilene Gottesfeld, EdD, RN, Presented a poster at the AACN Master's Education conference February 21-23, 2019 in Tampa, Florida.  Dr. Gottesfeld's poster was titled, Remembering or forgetting...A question of approach. Dr. Gottesfeld's abstract is below:

As course instructors we had identified a trending downward of performance success in our Contemporary Pharmacotherapeutics course. We had attempted many approaches to facilitate active learning and connection with content and competencies without significant impact. We revisited learning theory and decided that in such a knowledge and fact-based course, it may be worthwhile to use a hybrid of spaced interventions in a contextual framework to reinforce retention. We applied our understanding of Thalheimer’s theory of forgetting and remembering and Kang’s approach to spaced repetition to a new initiative.

Based on technical limitations and scarcity of resources and support, we opted to use the Quizlet Application platform. We constructed ten questions with answers and rationales in flash card format for each of the five competencies. The application was available only to students enrolled in the course and permission was granted by a Course Instructor. The questions could be accessed from any device (desktop, laptop, tablet, or cell) at any time. Each of the questions pertained to a content area of the course that metrics revealed as knowledge deficient. The platform also provided us with feedback on percentages of correct responses.

Our initial concept was to use push notifications in a spaced fashion to foster knowledge connection. That is still a goal which we hope to realize in the near future.

In a short period of time we have seen the number of passing first attempts increase and the numbers of 3rd attempts decrease. The time to completion has also decreased.



4th Annual Psi Upsilon/WGU CHP Research symposium


We are pleased to provide the opportunity to view posters presented at the November Psi Upsilon/WGU College of Health Professions Research Symposium.  Check out the link to our virtual platform here: Virtual Poster Presentation


Join us!

Contact us at psiupsilonchapter@wgu.edu for student membership criteria specific to WGU.

Miss an event?  Check out our YouTube Channel for recordings of all of our virtual events. 

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Chapter News

  • October Psi Upsilon Service Month

    In celebration of Founder's Day, Sigma members are putting their best intentions into action through volunteer service activities. 
    What is your service area of interest? Remember to share your Service Activity information, including a picture.
  • Psi Upsilon is NAM Action Collaborative Network Member

    Through much collaboration and support, Psi Upsilon is now a network member of the National Academy of Medicine Action Collaborative on Countering the U.S. Opioid Epidemic.  The goal is to promote understanding of the neurobiology of addiction, it’s national EBP treatment protocols, and decrease stigma among Health Care Professionals through educational programs, information sharing, and professional networking among Sigma chapters. 

     

  • Join Us! The Psi Upsilon Annual Business Meeting/Induction and Installation of New Officers!

    Join us Wednesday June 5, 2019 at 5pm PT/6pm MT/7pm CT/ 8pm ET for our Summer Induction of New Members and Installation of New Officers followed by our Annual Business meeting.  This great event will feature Keynote Speaker, Dr. Naomi Tutticci RN, BN, GCAP, Master Ed. Studies, PhD, FHEA.  Dr. Tuttici,  the Unit Co-ordinator at Queensland University of Technology, Kelvin Grove, Australia, recently joined Sigma and is delighted to share her experience and member benefits as a new Sigma member.
  • WGU Rising Stars

    The Rising Star program is an opportunity for WGU to involve nurses in Sigma conferences. During the poster sessions at Creating Healthy Work Environments, the following  WGU nursing students had the opportunity to present their posters as part of the Rising Stars of Research and Scholarship invited student posters program.  Psi Upsilon congratulates the WGU Rising Stars! Follow the link to see the Rising Stars and their posters/abstracts. 

    Colleen Clancy, BSN
    Engaging Teamwork and Technology Strategies to Improve Patient and Staff Safety

    Cindy K. Delaughter, ASN
    Innovative Response to the Opioid Crisis

    Congratulations WGU Rising Stars!  Best of luck in your future endeavors.
  • Funding Opportunities

    Psi Upsilon accepts applications for our funding opportunities continuously.  Awards are made each year in January and August.  If you're interested in learning more, be sure to visit the Funding Opportunities section on the Members tab.

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