News and Events
STTI Members Provide Medical Services for the 2014 Houston Marathon
Thanks goes out to all of the valiant STTI members who volunteered their time and talents to provide unsurpassed first-aid
and medical services for the participants and visitors of the 2014 Houston Marathon. According to one seasoned race director,
this year’s Houston Marathon volunteer community initiated more changes and process improvements than he has seen in the
previous 28 years. The devotion and energy of the volunteers helped to make our Houston Marathon the best and safest in the country.
During the Marathon, the George R Brown (GRB) convention center is efficiently transformed into a temporary self-contained,
fully-functioning medical facility. This includes well-equipped and staffed Triage, Major Medical and ICU units. Without
this “field hospital,” the Houston area hospitals and EMS would be overwhelmed.
In addition to the GRB medical units, 15 aid stations are set up along the Marathon route. Each station has at least one physician,
one RN, and 2-3 additional members made up of MDs, RNs, athletic trainers, or med/nurse students. The aid station crew performs the
initial runner assessments, then will: 1) Treat and recommend to continue, 2) Treat and monitor, then release to continue, 3) Treat
and elect to transport to the GRB Major Medical, or 4) Assess and call for emergent transport to GRB or TMC hospital. The most
commonly encountered medical problems during the Marathon include exercise associated collapse, hyponatremia, dehydration,
debilitating muscle cramping, hypothermia, and hyperthermia.
Our STTI Members, including NPs, RNs, and students, volunteered throughout the GRB and marathon route medical stations. As Jason
Decker MD, one of the amazing marathon medical directors declares, “Without you guys, we couldn’t have a marathon.”
Thanks again to all who spent the weekend with us. It was a safe and well-orchestrated event and a lot of fun! See you again next year.
--Kathleen D Murphy RN – Chair 2014 Houston Marathon STTI Zeta Pi Volunteers
Zeta Pi was well represented at the Sigma Theta Tau International 2013 Biennium. President Marianne Moore and President-elect
Dr. Pamela Hodges attended as convention delegates and were representing the chapter and the UTHSC-Houston School of Nursing in
the Exhibit Hall throughout the Biennium. Dr. Hodges and Dr. Karen Mellott did a great job of setting up the booth, too! Dr.
Dorothy Otto also spent some time at the booth- thank you Dr. Otto! We spoke to nurse leaders and educators from around the
world while manning the booth.
Dr. Joan Engebretson, with her writing partners Dr. Carlee Lehna, Dr. Diane Montvais, and Dr. Melinda Hermanns, presented a
well-attended workshop entitled “Staying Connected increases scholarly productivity” on Sunday November 17, 2013. Dr. Engebretson
and her group discussed the benefits of having other scholars’ input into your work, both when you are new to academia and after
you become published and experienced.
Dr. Gwen Sherwood, who holds dual membership with Zeta Pi and with Alpha Alpha presented a workshop on “Transforming Education Through Reflection:
Pedagogies in Action”, with her fellow educators. Dr. Sherwood’s group discussed QSEN and other new strategies to improve learning for student nurses.
Zeta Pi also would like to thank Dr. Sherwood for campaigning to become President of STTI; her service to our international honor society is valuable.
Our President-elect for Sigma Theta Tau International will be Dr. Cathy Catrambone.
At this biennium, we thanked Dr. Susan Prevost for her vision and service during this past Biennium. Dr. Prevost spoke here at the SON in 2012.
The Society also inducted the new STTI President- Dr. Hester Klopper, PhD, MBA, RN, RM, FANSA from South Africa. Dr. Klopper’s biogrpahy can
Her Call to Action for the 2013-2015 Biennium is Serve Locally, Transform Regionally, and Lead Globally. For the upcoming
Biennium here in Houston, Dr. Hodges and I would like to hear your ideas about how Zeta Pi can work to meet Dr. Klopper’s challenge!
Dr. Jing Wang presents on Channel 2
Dr. Jing Wang did a great job sharing important, timely information via KPRC-TV Channel 2 about how
life-threatening diabetes can be mistaken for flu
Zeta Pi on Facebook and LinkedIn
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Zeta Pi chapter Vice President
has posted chapter Leadership Mentoring Program documents, for chapter leaders and
their mentees who are interested in working together as partners to accomplish leadership
goals through mentorship. These documents may be downloaded from our
Pat Obulaney Receives Scholarship
Pat Obulaney received the Houston Area Nurse Practitioners scholarship to assist
with the continuation of her DNP. "The scholarships are awarded to students based
on their demonstrated involvement and commitment to serve the Houston area community
through the Advanced Practice Nurse profession with academic and professional achievement”.
Martina Gallagher Elected
Martina Gallagher has been elected to serve as Chair Elect for the Diversity Section
of The Obesity Society. She will be Chair Elect for the 2013-2014 calendar year
and will assume the Chair position in 2014--2015.
Dr. Terri Armstrong's Abstract Selected for Presentation at ASCO Annual Meeting
Dr. Terri Armstrong, the John S. Dunn Distinguished Professor in Oncology Nursing
in the Department of Family Health has been selected to present her study results
as part of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting to be
held May 31- June 4th in Chicago.
The American Society of Clinical Oncology is a professional oncology society committed
to conquering cancer through research, education, prevention, and delivery of high-quality
patient care. The Annual Meeting is held each year and attended by nearly 30,000
oncology health care professionals from around the world. Each year over 5,000 abstracts
are submitted with approximately half selected for presentation.
Dr. Armstrong’s work is one of only 9 abstracts selected for oral presentation at
the Neuro-Oncology Oral Presentation Session. She will report on the net clinical
benefit of treatment on patient reported outcomes. The findings are from the net
clinical benefits portion of the large national multi-center Phase III trial, RTOG
0825. The primary results of this study will also be presented at the Plenary Session
at the same meeting. RTOG 0825, one of the largest trials to study the clinical
benefit of a brain tumor treatment, evaluated newly diagnosed patients treated with
bevacizumab in addition to standard chemoradiation and maintenance temozolomide,
versus those who received a placebo and standard treatment. Dr. Armstrong’s abstractt
has also been hand selected to be included in the Best of ASCO® program, which will
be held this summer following the ASCO Annual Meeting. The Best of ASCO® is an educational
initiative that condenses highlights from ASCO’s Annual Meeting into a two-day program.
The purpose of this initiative is to increase global access to cutting-edge science.
Abstracts were selected according to specific criteria and reflect research that
is relevant and significant in oncology today.
School of Nursing Faculty Members Selected for Honors
The graduating students of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
(UTHealth) School of Nursing have selected undergraduate and graduate honorees from
the faculty as this year’s winners of the John P. McGovern Outstanding Teacher Awards.
Renae R. Schumann
, Ph.D., R.N., associate professor in the Department of Acute and Continuing Care,
was named as the nursing school’s undergraduate teacher of the year. The graduate
teacher of the year is Robert G. Hanks, Ph.D., R.N., assistant professor of clinical
nursing in the Department of Family Health.
Cathy L. Rozmus, D.S.N., R.N., professor and associate dean for academic affairs,
announced this annual faculty honor during May 10 commencement ceremonies at the
George R. Brown Convention Center.
Schumann was lauded by her students as a “great professor, coach and motivator!!”
and as “the most upbeat and supportive instructor in the program.”
“She sends out pep-talk e-mails that are very uplifting!” one student nominator
wrote. “I like the positive reinforcement and like how caring she is. When she teaches,
she breaks the subject down to the most simple/logical way. She is perceptive about
seeing that you understand and I appreciate a lecture that doesn’t put you to sleep,
which she provides with energy.”
Schumann received both her bachelor’s degree in nursing (1989) and master’s in Emergency
Nursing Education (1990) from UTHealth. Her career included duty as a trauma nurse
at Ben Taub Hospital’s emergency room. She earned her Ph.D. in nursing research
from Texas Woman’s University in 2000. Joining UTHealth’s faculty that year, she
later became coordinator of the B.S.N. degree program. She frequently combines fundraising
for various causes with her dedication to fitness by encouraging students to join
her in outdoor charitable events.
“She truly cares about her students and is always there to help,” another student
wrote about Schumann. “Even though we move on in the program, and she is no longer
our instructor, she still encourages us to keep going. She knows how to listen to
our concerns, and she constantly seeks feedback from current and previous students
to improve the learning environment for future classes.”
On June 1, Schumann begins a new challenge as dean of the School of Nursing and
Allied Health at Houston Baptist University.
School of Nursing professors Recognized
Three professors from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth)
School of Nursing are among 25 professors selected by StateStats.org for proven
excellence in research, teaching and service. StateStats.org, a non-profit venture
with the mission of advancing education through the use of technology and informational
tools, compiled a list of the “Top 25 Nursing Professors in Texas” describing the
educators as deserving of special recognition. The three professors are Susan D.
Ruppert, Ph.D., professor of clinical nursing and track director of the adult/gerontology
primary care nurse practitioner program, Pamela Hodges, Ph.D., assistant professor
of clinical nursing; and Kristen Starnes-Ott, Ph.D., assistant professor of clinical
nursing and track director of nurse anesthesia. All three faculty are from the department
of acute & continuing care.
Ruppert is a certified family nurse practitioner and adult nurse practitioner who
was inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN). She is also
a Fellow of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (FAANP) and of the American
College of Critical Care medicine (FCCM); she holds a Ph.D. from Texas Woman’s University.
Hodges was a finalist for the 2012 NURSE.com Nursing Excellence Award in Education
& Mentorship. She also won UTHealth’s School of Nursing’s 2011 McGovern Outstanding
Teacher Award in 2011. Hodges earned her doctorate from The University of Texas
Health Science Center at San Antonio.
Earlier this year, Starnes-Ott was honored as one of the “20 Outstanding Nurses
of 2012” by the Texas Nurses Association (TNA) District 9 Foundation. She is also
a 2010 New York Life Doctoral Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists
Foundation. Starnes-Ott earned her doctorate from The University of Texas Health
Science Center at Houston.
The complete list of top nursing faculty may be found
Presentations and Publications
Dr. Claudia Smith, PhD, RN, NE-BC, will be presenting two abstracts
to the STTI Research Congress in Prague later this year. The
, "Evaluating the Feasibility and Effectiveness of a Delirium Prevention Bundle
in Hospitalized Critically Ill Patients", was written by Dr. Smith and Ms. Petra
Grami, BSN, RN, NE-BC, CVNRN II. The
, "A Pilot Study Testing Intrinsic Strength Factors as Predictors of Depression
in the Houston Hispanic population with Cardiovascular Disease" was written by Dr.
Smith and Aaron Bayles, MSN, RN.
Leyden, K. N. L., & Hanneman, S. K. (In press). Validity of the
Modified Richmond Agitation Sedation Scale for use in sedated, mechanically ventilated
swine. Journal of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science
Congratulations to Stacy Drake and co-author, for her publication
in Journal of Forensic Sciences, entitled “Essential Medicolegal Death Investigation
Services: Standardization of a Survey Instrument Based on the Essential Public Health
Services.” The article was published July 2011, vol 56, No 4, 1034-1040. We a proud
of Stacy for accomplishments.