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The Zeta Omega Chapter of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International is located at Dominican College, Mercy College, Pace University & The Colleg
e of New Rochelle.
The purposes of this Society are to:
1. Recognize superior achievement.
  2. Recognize the development of leadership qualities.
3. Foster high professional standards.
4. Encourage creative work.

5. Strengthen commitment to the ideals and purposes of the profession.

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The 2014 Zeta Omega-at-Large Chapter Induction Ceremony was held at College of New Rochelle on November 9th.


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  • Zeta Omega At Large Chapter action alert Letters of Support Needed (S6768;A1842A)

    Letters of Support Needed (S6768;A1842A)

     We need to get out our letters this week!!

    The Advancing Nursing Education Bills “BS in Ten” have passed both houses of the NYS Legislature. Now is the time to send updated letters of support to Governor Cuomo calling on him to sign the bill into law!

     

    Please write a personal and/or organizational letter of support.  In order to secure his signature please select from the list of bullets that follow and write a message that personalizes a few of those that best fit your/your organization’s experience that will allow you to attest to the value of the proposal.

     

    Thank him for his unwavering leadership and for keeping New York State at the forefront of the nation in protecting our most vulnerable populations and ensuring the best healthcare for all residents. Point out that New York can be the first in the nation to implement this recommendation and bring the United States closer to other nations in preparing RNs to provide the best possible patient care while reducing the cost of healthcare.

     

    Address your letter to:                           Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo

                                                                            Governor of the State of New York

                                                                            New York State Capitol Building

                                                                            Albany, New York 12224

     

    AND so that we may share this support with the sponsors of the legislation please ALSO email a copy to:  albanylobbylawfirm@gmail.com

     

    All responses will be collected and presented to the Governor when the bill reaches his desk.

     

    Thank you in advance for your participation.  Please direct any questions to me, Barbara Zittel at bzittel@ive.com


    Guidance for Letters and Position Statements in Support of

    A1842-B / S6768 BSN in 10 Bill

     

    Quality & Safety:

    Increased levels of education among registered nurses results in better patient outcomes.
    “BS in 10” is predicated on multiple research studies replicated in a variety of countries that demonstrate a clear improvement in patient outcomes, as well as fewer complications and deaths, with increasing percentages of baccalaureate-prepared nurses.
    Advances in health care, science, technology; increasing patient complexity, and a more diverse population, require registered professional nurses to practice with enhanced and advanced skills.
    The shift from acute care being the locus of care to the community and population health requires new RN skill sets, not just clinical, but also managerial and supervisory as community health care provider roles and teams are created.
    The IOM in the 2010 report “The Future of Nursing” findings included:
    ·          RNs are the profession to intercept medical errors, which cost $3.5 billion a year.

    ·          Medical errors kill more people than breast cancer, AIDS, and motor vehicle accidents combined.

    ·          RNs prevent hospital acquired pneumonia that increases hospital costs by 84% (Institute of Medicine (2010).

    ·          A 10% increase in the proportion of BS prepared nurses decreases the risk of patient death by 5%.

    Impact on the Health of New Yorkers:
    ·          A 10% increase in the proportion of Baccalaureate (BS) prepared nurses decreases the risk of patient death by 5% (Aiken, et al. 2003, 2007, 2008, 2011, & 2014; Estabrooks, et al.  2005; Tourangeau et al. 2007; Blegen & Goode, 2009).

    ·          With 60% of nurses prepared at the BS level, 6,000 fewer surgical deaths are projected for NYS annually.

    ·          Hospitals with a higher proportion of BS educated nurses have lower rates of congestive heart failure mortality, hospital acquired pressure ulcers, failure to rescue, and length of inpatient stay.   

    Nursing Workforce Development:

    A critical mass of nurses prepared at the baccalaureate level or higher level, credentialed to enter graduate programs and move into faculty roles, is needed to ensure the ability of nursing programs to expand and maintain current levels (AACN). 
    As workforce numbers decline due to baby boomer retirements from leadership and advanced practice (APRN, CRNA, CNS, CNM) roles, there will be demand to expand and maintain the capacity of nursing education programs at all levels to prepare staff RN’s, APN’s and faculty.
    Minimum BS entry into practice exists in other countries including 27 in the EU, the United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Philippines, Korea, and India. 
    The IOM report recommended that by 2020, 80% of RNs should be prepared at the baccalaureate level or higher. Today’s healthcare environment requires nurses to work in collaboration with other professions to jointly manage individuals’ healthcare needs across all settings. Associate Degree programs by design, prepare inpatient, acute care nurses. There is insufficient time in AD settings to prepare them to fulfill roles and meet the demands for practice in other settings where 50% of nurses now practice.
    Associate Degree Programs Vital Role

    ·         The bill emanated from a 2003 NYS Board for Nursing recommendation and is modeled after teacher education requirements in NY.

    ·         The bill applies to only “future” graduates of Diploma and Associate Degree (AD) nursing programs. 

    ·         The bill preserves AD, diploma, and baccalaureates nursing education.  No AD or diploma school would be closed. 

    ·         Due to a liberal grandparent clause, the bill would not intensify any potential nursing shortage.

    ·         No licenses would be “removed”. 

    ·         Each future diploma and AD prepared new RN will have 10 years from initial licensure to complete a baccalaureate degree in nursing.

    Adequate Capacity Exists Statewide to Educate RNs

    As a result of thoughtful planning and preparing with this legislation, AD programs continue to be a vital entry to practice.  The higher education, nursing, and hospital communities have been collaborative in preparing for the transition to BS in 10 credentialing. Work has been done across NYS to provide seamless transition from AD to RN/BS completion programs. It is easier now, to advance to the BS degree in nursing through RN/BS completion programs than ever before. The following are some of the available resources:

    Standardized admission criteria and application procedures
    Endorsement of common pre-requisites
    Development of standardized competencies
    New York Deans have implemented a statewide articulation agreement and developed a process for a standardized curriculum, concurrent admission to AD and BS programs, and standardization of pre-admission prerequisites.
    New York has 47 programs for RNs pursuing the BS degree and 19 one-year programs for students entering nursing with a bachelor’s degree in another field.
    There are more than 340 RN to BS programs that are offered at least partially on line.
    RN/BS programs are not faculty intensive because students are licensed as RNs and need minimal clinical supervision which is the cost and resource intensive aspect of pre-licensure programs.
    Economic Benefits to New York

    Improved patient outcomes reduce the cost of healthcare and avoid payment reductions per the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services guidelines.
    With 60% of nurses prepared at the BS level, a 10% reduction is projected in the 200,000 hospital acquired pressure ulcers, potentially saving $17.5 million annually from reduced length of stay.
    Reduced readmissions eliminate payment penalties.
    BS prepared RNs have higher job satisfaction and longer job tenure. Every 1% reduction in RN turnover saves $12.9 million statewide.
    A better-educated nursing profession will achieve the Medicaid Redesign Team goal of shifting health care to a less expensive more efficient primary care model.
     

    Regarding Specific Concerns Raised about the Legislation:

     

    1.  The proposal is perceived by some to be a universal requirement for licensure:

    ·         The bill would not impose a mandatory requirement of a BSN for licensure of all registered nurses. The bill’s grand-parenting provision exempts all registered nurses, and even current students, from ever having to meet the requirement. Future individuals will be required to achieve the BSN degree within ten years of initial licensure.

    2.   The proposal is perceived to potentially intensify the nursing shortage

    ·         Over the course of the last 15 years, the nursing community has heeded warnings about the aging of the nursing workforce and has taken a number of measures to plan and therefore mitigate the shortage.

    ·         Specifically, in recent years both shortages and surpluses have been predicted depending upon the mathematical predictive model used.  The Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014-2024 projects that between 2014 and 2024 1,182,000 vacancies will emerge.  However, for the last four calendar years at least 150,000 nurses have passed the NCLEX RN exam. Ten years of 150,000 new grads could yield 1.5 million new RNs.  If that occurs, in addition to filling vacancies there’s room for many nurses going back full-time for additional education, or dropping out, or raising a family, etc.  Surplus, shortage depends upon one’s interpretation. [Peter McMenamin, Ph.D., Senior Policy Advisor-American Nurses Association Health Economist].

    ·         This legislation will NOT negatively affect the predicted nursing shortage because all existing educational programs will continue. No diploma or associate degree nursing programs will close as a result of this legislation.

    ·         This legislation is NOT a barrier to entry into the profession as no new requirements are mandated to be licensed as an RN. The new requirement of this legislation begins only after the new nurse is licensed and requires completion of one three-credit course a semester for 10 years.

    ·         This legislation has the potential to POSITIVELY affect the predicted nursing shortage by educating more baccalaureate-prepared RNs who can obtain Master’s and Doctoral degrees needed in order to be faculty in schools of nursing. It is the lack of availability of more faculty that is preventing the profession from preparing a larger percentages of RN graduates. 

    ·         The NYS Council of Baccalaureate and Higher Degree Deans indicates a capacity to accept more candidates for BS completion programs due to the decreased amount of clinical supervision of those individuals who are already licensed.

    3.    There is concern that there is insufficient capacity in nursing education programs to meet the

           demand for nurses.

    ·         This legislation would require future nursing graduates to obtain their BS in nursing degree AFTER they are licensed. Because they would be licensed to practice nursing, the 10 students to one faculty ratio, required by the NY State Education Department for clinical supervision of unlicensed students, does not apply. Therefore, nursing programs are able to teach a larger number of licensed students than pre-licensure students using the same number of faculty. 

    ·         One of the major factors preventing schools of nursing from admitting a greater number of students is lack of credentialed faculty.  This legislation would educate RNs to the baccalaureate level. In the past, approximately 25% of BS nurses advanced their education to the Master’s and Doctoral degree level. These nurses credentialed to serve as faculty would contribute to increasing capacity.

    ·         The availability of considerable numbers of on-line programs also positively impacts capacity for individuals already licensed as RNs advancing their education. 

    4.   There is concern that the ability of women of color and minorities to enter the nursing profession

          will be limited.

    ·         This legislation does not impact changes in the requirements to enter the nursing profession.   Diploma and AD programs that are locally available and affordable would continue to accept, educate, and graduate students including women [and men] of color and other underrepresented groups.

    ·         Although the nursing profession doesn’t reflect the State’s demographics, of all professions licensed by the NYS Education Department, including medicine, podiatry, engineering, pharmacy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, etc., nursing is THE most diverse by significant percentages: The 2016 report A Profile of Registered Nurses in New York State published by the Center for Health Workforce Studies indicates that while Hispanic/Latino RNs remain under-represented compared to their presence in the state’s population, progress has been made…that now “Black RNs are similar to their percentages in the state’s population” http://www.chwsny.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/RN-Profile-NY-2016_-1.pdf

    ·         The nursing profession is aware of the need to continually make efforts to maintain a workforce reflective of the state’s diversity. The profession has been working collaboratively with organizations such as Men in Nursing, the Black Nurses Association, the Hispanic Nurses Association, the Philippine Nurses Association, and the Indian Nurses Association toward that end.  These groups were early supporters of this legislation and continue their support today.

    ·         The BS requirement could empower more minority RNs to move more quickly to BSN completion.

                   

    5.   There is concern about the ability of working class and lower income women to enter the nursing   

           profession.

    As stated above, this legislation does not impact changes in the requirements to enter the nursing profession.   Diploma and AD programs that are locally available and affordable would continue to accept, educate, and graduate students including individuals from all socioeconomic groups.  
    Some schools have partnered with health care systems to provide significant direct tuition discounts for RNs returning to school for RN/BS completion programs through Academic Practice Partnerships.
    Once these individuals graduate and obtain licensure, they are able to be employed in a profession whose average statewide salary is $80,090 [ranging from $60,700 in the Southern Tier to $90,460 in NYC]. A Profile of Registered Nurses in New York State. 2016. Center for Health Workforce Studies]. http://www.chwsny.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/RN-Profile-NY-2016_-1.pdf  In addition, other avenues are available to assist in paying for the RN/BS degree completion including:
    –   Federal Pell Grant

    –   New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)

    –   William D. Ford Federal Direct Student Loan Program

    –   William D. Ford Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan Program

    –   Private Alternative Loan Programs

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    6.   There is concern about potential for increased strain on financially distressed safety net agencies.

    ·         The differential in the salary between an AD and a BS educated nurse in marginal, hence this legislation should have minimal effect on distressed hospitals as it relates to salary and tuition.  The greater concern for distressed safety net hospitals is the financial burden from poor patient outcomes and the loss of revenue as the State changes its reimbursement mechanisms and moves to value-based payment (VBP) systems.  VBP programs reward health care providers with incentive payments for the quality of care.  VBP also support better care for individuals, better health for populations, and lower costs. These programs are part of a larger quality strategy to reform how health care is delivered and reimbursed.

    ·         The bill could actually generate more revenue for all hospitals, including distressed agencies, through improved patient outcomes as a result of nurses who have advanced training and education that decrease readmissions and attendant penalties or lower reimbursement rates. 

    ·         All NYS citizens deserve the same level of nursing care regardless of geographic location. There should be one level of care for All New Yorkers. This bill elevates the education requirements statewide so all patients have cutting edge healthcare no matter the region in which they live.

    ·         Healthcare accountability is changing with a greater accountability for community wide emphasis on health maintenance and prevention vs. illness care.

    ·         More highly educated nurses will be prepared to meet those needs.

     

    7.   Concern has been expressed about financial burdens of attaining BS completion degrees and who

           will bear the burden.

    ·         Unlike most other health-related professions such as medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, podiatry, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and psychology, the profession of nursing, and this legislation, permits an individual to become licensed as a RN with an AD and then advance one’s education over time.  Newly licensed RNs educated with an AD are afforded the same salary as an RN with a BS degree. That average statewide salary is $80,090 [see above].  This legislation allows an RN to meet the 10-year BS degree requirement with as little as one course a semester while the individual is licensed and employed.

    ·         Employment affords the added benefit of tuition assistance provided by over 97% of state facilities as identified in a recent study (Zittel, 2016).

    ·         Many employers support “Grow Your Own Programs” that assist current employees to attend educational programs with individualized scheduling and mentoring often in partnerships with educational institutions that offer reduced or delayed payment until tuition reimbursement is received.

    ·         The number of available scholarships is staggering including those targeting racial and ethnic minorities and the military.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Time to get involved in Zeta Omega Call for nominations

    There are 2 VP positions open

    VP Alumni or faculty from Mercy College
    VP Alumni or faculty from College of New Rochelle

    This is a call for nominations for these vacancies.  Please contact Karen Koziol if you wish to serve in either of these roles


    The specific duties of the chapter officers shall be as follows and as outlined in the chapter's policy and procedure manual:

    The vice president shall perform the duties of the president in the president's absence. The vice president, or designee, shall oversee the planning of at least two chapter programs/events annually. (In an at-large chapter, a designated vice president shall perform these duties.)

  • STTI Zeta Omega key award questions

    1.  What have you presented in 2016- 2017 and 2015-2016?
    2.  Which STTI events have you attended?  (International, national, regional, and local?)
    3.  Have you renewed your membership after being inactive? 
    4.  Have you donated to STTI?

  • June 2017 Hudson Valley Hero: Jackie Cassagnol Zeta Omega At-Large Chapter member

    Each month, Hudson Valley Magazine spotlights a Hudson Valley resident who goes the extra mile to help those in need. "Our heroes are your friends and neighbors who volunteer their time and talents to assist others; their sole reward is knowing that they’ve contributed to making our region an even better place to live."    The June 2017 features Jackie Cassagnol

  • Spring General Meeting and Brunch

    STTI Zeta Omega At-Large Chapter

    Spring Brunch

    General membership and networking event

    June 11, 2017
    11:45 AM until 2:15 PM

    The Mansion at Blue Hill                                                       

     285 Blue Hill Rd, Pearl River, NY 10965

    $20 Zeta Omega at-Large Chapter members
                           
    $36 Non-members

    RSVP to Karen Koziol        kkoziol@mercy.edu
    for head count by 6/9/17

    Payment at the door

    For more information contact: Karen Koziol
    at 914 674-3074

  • Spring Research Event

    Zeta Omega Chapter Presents a

    Spring Research Event

    Thursday, March 23 from 6:30-7:30pm Lienhard Lecture Hall, 3rd Floor Lienhard Hall
    Pace University Pleasantville, NY

    Assessment of Transcultural Self-Efficacy, Clinical Cultural Competence, and Diversity Experiences of Nursing Students

    Martha J. Greenberg, PhD, RN; Associate Professor; Pace University

    Health Promotion Models for Senior Care Home Residents in

    India: A Pilot Investigation for the Feasibility and Implementation

    of Resident Assessment Instrument (RAI)

    Renu Varughese, PhD, RN; Assistant Professor; Mercy College

    The Nurse-Patient Assignment: A survey

    Stephanie B. Allen, PhD, RN, NE-BC Assistant Professor, Pace University

    Please RSVP to sallen@pace.edu Refreshments will be served.

  • Event: Zeta Omega At Large Chapter on January 8, 2017

    Zeta Omega wants to welcome you back to a new year!!
    Zeta Omega-at-Large Chapter
    Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society of Nursing

    Winter Gourmet Brunch
    Social & Networking

    January 8, 2017
    11:30 am to 3:30 pm

    Doubletree Hotel Tarrytown
    Hudson Room
    455 South Broadway
    Tarrytown, New York 10591

    Please join your honor society colleagues for a networking social.
    Zeta Omega Members $35.00
    Guests $ 60.00

    To Reserve, Please Send Your Check or Money Order:

    Zeta Omega-at-Large Chapter
    c/o Barbara Rome
    P.O. Box 310
    Bronx, New York, 10465



    Event Organizer:
    Paul M. Falanga
    Member Zeta Omega-at-Large Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau

  • STTI Zeta Omega At Large Chapter Founders scholarship Deadline October 1st

    Zeta Omega Founders Scholarships
    To honor the founding officers of the Zeta Omega Chapter at Large, four Founders Scholarships will be awarded to eligible members to advance their pursuit of a baccalaureate degree in nursing

    Zeta Omega Founders Scholarship Eligibility
    1. To be eligible for a scholarship by the application due date, all Zeta Omega scholarship applicants must be:
    a. Enrolled in, or accepted as full or part time student in a baccalaureate nursing program
    b. Be a member, or new inductee, of Zeta Omega

    2. Applicants are required to submit a 500 word essay responding to the
    question: “What does scholarship mean to me as an individual and to the
    profession of nursing?”

    3. Letter of recommendation from nursing faculty.

    4. Application and essay need to be completed and sent to the faculty contact person for Zeta Omega at your school

    Mercy College
    Rita Neilan
    rneilan@mercy.edu

    College of New Rochelle
    Deb Hunt
    dhunt@CNR.edu


    Dominican College
    Nelly Vega-Woo
    Nelly.vega-woo@dc.edu

    Pace University
    Esma Paljevic EdD., RN
    epaljevic@pace.edu

    All application materials must be received no later than
    Saturday October 1, 2016.

  • Save the Date: General Membership Meeting and Networking Brunch 1/8/17

    The Zeta Omega-at-Large Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau would like to invite you our general membership meeting and winter brunch on January 8, 2017 from 11:30AM to 3:30PM.

    Dr. Rebeca Greer, Dean of Education at the Montefiore School of Nursing will be our guest speaker.

    The cost of the event is $35 for active members of STTI Zeta Omega At Large Chapter, $60 for non-members or guests.

    Please contact Paul Falanga for more information.

    pfalanga@montefiore.org

    Paul Falanga
    Montefiore School of Nursing
    53 Valentine Street, Mount Vernon, NY 10550
    914-361-6306 Office

  • Getting Ready for Induction

    Get out your best purple outfit!
    Our 2016 induction will be held at Dominican College on November 6th at 12:15 in Rosary Hall.
    It would be great to see members turn out to support them or send messages to be shared at the ceremony.

    Please send cards or congratulatory e-mails for our inductees c/o

    Karen Koziol
    Rm 18 Mercy Hall
    Mercy College
    555 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry NY 10522
    If you'd like to send an e-mail message:
    kkoziol@mercy.edu Be sure to include "Zeta Omega At-Large Chapter Induction" in the subject header.

  • Zeta Omega At-Large Chapter member Jackie Cassagnol is in the headlines again! Well done Jackie

    Our very own Jackie Cassagnol is in the news! Click on the link below to read about her trip to South Africa

  • Dr. Renu Varughese has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship

    Zeta Omega At-Large Chapter is proud that one of our members Dr. Renu Abraham Varughese, tenured faculty at Mercy College Nursing Program was awarded an academic and professional excellence Fulbright scholarship, which will take place in South and Central Asia from 2015 to 2016. Dr. Varughese’s Fulbright project will examine the feasibility of designing and developing a culturally relevant assessment tool to improve health outcomes of nursing home residents in India.
    The Fulbright award is a prestigious international educational exchange program sponsored by the US government. Through binational partnerships with foreign governments, the Fulbright Scholarship Program sponsors U.S. and foreign participants for exchanges in all areas of endeavor, including the sciences, business, academe, public service, government, and the arts and continues to increase mutual understanding between the US and other countries. http://www.cies.org/

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