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Dr. Fay Receives Recognition

Dr. Vaunette Fay has been recognized as a 
National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence 
(NHCGNE) Distinguished Educator in Gerontological Nursing.
Dr. Fay will receive this national award and recognition at the NHCGNE Leadership Conference, November 12-13, 2019
in Austin, Texas.
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Zeta Pi Chapter Receives Chapter Key

September 5, 2019
Christian "Paige" Owen, MSN, RN, CEN, Zeta Pi President, announced Zeta Pi Chapter was awarded a Chapter Key Award. This was the fifth key award for the Chapter. The last award was received in 2001. Owen's expressed her gratitude to the Board and Membership for their assistance in achieving the award. 
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Chukwudi “Chudi” Ekwemalor, PhD, MBA, RN - New publication

Chukwudi “Chudi” Ekwemalor, PhD, MBA, RN,  is first author of a new article, Psychosocial Impacts of Immigration on Nigerian Immigrants in the United States: A Phenomenological Study. Journal of Transcultural Nursing. 2019 Jul 19.  DOI:10.1177/1043659619863087
Co-author Ifeoma Ezeobele, PhD, RN, is a 1983 BSN alumna of Cizik School of Nursing. 

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New Article by Dr. Drake evaluates Sudden Unexpected Infant Death

New Harris County SUID study led by Drake provides “take-home message for parents”

The research, conducted in collaboration with the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences (HCIFS), appears online ahead of publication in the American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology –

Drake SA, Wolf DA, Yang Y, Harper S, Ross J, Reynolds T, Giardino E.  A descriptive and geospatial analysis of environmental factors attributing to sudden unexpected infant death. The American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology.  2018 Dec 18. [Epub ahead of print] 

More information about the study is available from Cizik School of Nursing

Human Animal Bond Research Institute Funds Branson’s new study

Dr. Sandy Branson’s new project is one of five in the U.S. to be funded in 2019 by the Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI). The studies will examine the influence of pet ownership, pet caretaking, or animal-assisted therapy on a wide array of health conditions.

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Congrats to Dr. Fowler

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Dr. Fowler receives prestigious 2019 President's Award for Leadership
“I have grown to understand that listening is more persuasive than telling, relationships are more important than org charts, and organizations will thrive when people within them are supported to develop to their full potential,” said Associate Professor of Nursing Dr. Debra L. Fowler, upon receiving the 2019 President’s Award for Leadership.

Cizik School of Nursing supports New Human Screening Tool to Assess Human Trafficking

From the  Cizik School of Nursing Newsroom :

(Feb. 19, 2019) – A screening tool designed specifically to assess for human trafficking was more likely to identify sexual and labor exploitation of youth, as well as the risk factors, than a commonly used psychosocial assessment, reported researchers from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) and Baylor College of Medicine.

Participants for the study were recruited from Covenant House Texas, the largest shelter in Houston for homeless youth and young adults. Results were recently published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.

“The new assessment tool was much more effective at finding exploitation. It is important for providers working with high-risk groups to add these questions specific to trafficking,” said corresponding author Diane M. Santa Maria, Dr.P.H., R.N., Interim  Dean and Dorothy T. Nicholson Distinguished Professor at Cizik School of Nursing at UTHealth. Identifying them allows these youth to access services that they otherwise wouldn’t receive. You can’t help someone you don’t know about.”

Grant from HRSA to establish Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program

Cizik School of Nursing will collaborate with Baylor College of Medicine’s Department of Medicine on a new grant awarded by the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) that will focus on integrating geriatrics into primary care training.

A collaborative team will lead the SETx-GWEP network. Of note, team members from Cizik School of Nursing include, Assistant Professor Sabrina Pickens, PhD, RN, is a program associate director. Collaborators also include Suzie Conway Endowed Professor in Nursing Vaunette P. Fay, PhD, RN, and Associate Professor Mary E. Ross, DrPH, MSN, RN.

More information is available from Grant from HRSA to Establish Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program

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Congrats Dr. Thomas for Top 150 Salute to Nurses!

Thomas-lisa_big-thumb-_72_.jpgNurses at UTHealth and UT Physicians were recognized at the Houston Chronicle’s “Salute to Nurses” luncheon May 2 at the Omni Houston Hotel. Timed to kick off National Nurses Week, May 6-12, the annual awards program honors the Top 150 nurses in the Greater Houston Area. A panel of educators and leaders in the field selected the region's top nurses. UTHealth’s honorees for 2019 are:

Lisa W. Thomas, DNP, RN

Assistant Professor Lisa Thomas, Department of Graduate Studies, served as a rehabilitation nurse at TIRR Memorial Hermann for 12 years before becoming a faculty member at Cizik School of Nursing. She is now the director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program.

“I saw the impact rehabilitation nurses had on my grandfather following his stroke. He wasn’t into the rehab but the nurses brought him around. He lived an active and engaged life for another 20 years,” said Thomas, who earned her DNP at Cizik School of Nursing.

Rehabilitation nurses have to be creative. “If you can get a patient to pet a dog, that’s a form of exercise. With my grandfather, we would throw balloons at him and he would knock them back, making a game out of a need to maintain range of motion in that arm,” Thomas said.

Zeta Pi President highlighted in March 2019 Chapter Leader Emphasis!

thumbnail imageOur very own Zeta Pi President, Christian "Paige" Owen, has been featured as highlighted Chapter Leader in the latest edition of the 2019 Chapter Leader Emphasis! 
"It is truly an honor working with each of you every day and I'm excited for all things to come in 2019 and beyond!"

See more in the Chapter Leader Emphasis as well as the full interview by clicking on the picture or the link below!
Link to All Chapter Officers Workgroup Highlight: 

Zeta Pi collaborates with SHSU and TNA District 9 to host TeamSTEPPS

On March 29th, Zeta Pi was honored to partner with Sam Houston State University Nursing Honor Society, TNA District 9, and Houston Methodist Hospital the Woodlands to sponsor TeamSTEPPS training! Many thanks to Dr. Mona Cockerham & Dr. Sandy Branson for hosting a great CE event! Thank you to all who attended and congratulations to one of our very own members, Dawn Modic, for winning the "All Things Sigma" themed door prize!

Zeta Pi Chapter News

Member Spotlight
We look forward to getting to know a Zeta Pi chapter member every month! If you would like to be a featured member or nominate a member that you know, please email Paige Owen at christian.p.owen@uth.tmc.edu. 
We look forward to getting to know you!
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Important Chapter Dates

  • Election of new board members, May 1-18, 2019
  • New board members to be announced, June 1, 2019
  • New board members take office, July 1, 2019
  • Chapter Key Award Deadline, July 15, 2019
  • Research/EBP Day, October 18, 2019, Time TBD, Cooley Center, 7440 Cambridge, Houston
  • Institute for Global Healthcare Leadership, November 13-15, 2019, Washington, DC

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Need Grant $$?

Interested in receiving a grant for your research or evidence based practice project?
Zeta Pi awards grants twice a year (spring and fall) for up to $2,000/each grant period.  If interested, contact Dr. Faith Strunk via email: Faith.A.Strunk@uth.tmc.edu
Click below for the Grant Application:

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30th International Nursing Research Congress

30th International Nursing Research Congress, Alberta, Canada, 25-29 July 2019, 
Call for abstracts is now open through 20 November 2018.

Student Leadership Intern Information

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Student Leadership Intern Information

The Student Leadership Internship is an opportunity for any Cizik School of Nursing student who is a member of the Zeta Pi Chapter to become involved in chapter and organizational activities at a leadership level.

How Do I Apply?

  1. Complete the online application by September 1st .
  2. Request at least two professional references from faculty members or supervisors, addressing your leadership and professional potential. Please request these be mailed to Peggy Rose at peggy.s.rose@uth.tmc.edu no later than September 1 at 12:00 noon.

What if I Have Questions? We welcome questions from interested students. Please feel free to contact any Zeta Pi Board Member.   


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