President’s Newsletter

Call to Action (2009)
Sigma Theta Tau International
Epsilon Psi Chapter Radford University School of Nursing

Message from the President | New Announcements | Membership | Utilize Upcoming Webcasts

Virginia Burggraf DNS, RN,C FAAN

The Vision of Epsilon Psi, crafted from STTI, is to create a local/regional community of nurse leaders and scholars.

Individually and collectively, individuals from diverse cultures have helped shape the health of their citizenry. Here in the rural regions of Southwest Virginia, the Radford University School of Nursing has set a course of leadership in nursing education, training and achievement. Faculty and students, over the past thirty years, have not only improved the health care of this region but also develop innovative partnerships to advance research and scholarship. These nurturing and mentoring partnerships, built through faculty collaboration, have resulted in positive health outcomes for those we serve. The focus of Sigma Theta Tau and the Epsilon Psi chapter is to attend to the learning and professional development needs of nurse leaders and scholars, thereby enabling them to enhance the vision of Sigma Theta Tau to advance nursing scholarship and leadership.

As I undertake a new presidency, I hope to translate the core values of leadership and scholarship into action for the future work of this chapter. These are specific points of emphasis to be considered in the next three to five years.

Sustain and increase membership

  • Create initiatives that address specific populations
  • Maximize the strengths of existing members
  • Support diversity in member recruitment and growth
  • Develop partnerships to facilitate faculty development and research

Build a strong chapter that fosters collaboration

  • Support chapter engagement in interdisciplinary community projects
  • Fundraise for a chapter nursing scholarship
  • Link with other SON programs to collaborate on a scholarly initiative
  • Offer opportunities for chapter leadership development and mentoring

Advance the scientific base of nursing practice through research and inquiry

  • Promote development of STTI nursing research applications
  • Publicize STTI Nursing Research grants in newsletter and to faculty
  • Mentor members in pursuit of STTI research grants

Identify, secure and use a variety of resources to ensure the organization’s future

  • Design a governance structure that maximizes member involvement and responsibility
  • Conduct bi-annual leadership retreats for officers
  • Re-define the ‘Call to Action’ each 3-5 years
  • Examine issues of succession to assure adequate leadership of the chapter
  • Increase the funding base of the society

New Announcements

Research and Poster Presentations
Dec. 4, 2009 Roanoke Higher Education Center (RHEC) 4-6PM Suite 209 AND
April 16, 2010 4-6 PM MUSE Auditorium at RU

Annual Induction
April 17, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM; Radford University, Muse Banquet Hall; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Brunch ($20.00 per person). Please make checks payable to Epsilon Psi. Register with no later than April 12, 2010.


Leadership and scholarship are two significant characteristics that can challenge individuals to make a difference in the lives of others. Nurses, members of Sigma Theta Tau, have that opportunity and make a difference in all aspects of care. The largest and most prestigious nursing society reaches millions of people all over the globe.

Its mission is to provide leadership and scholarship in practice, education, and research to enhance the health of all people. Its vision is to create a global community of nurses who lead in using scholarship, knowledge and technology to improve the health of the world’s people.

Membership exists in over 430 chapters internationally and is open to three groups:

  • Undergraduates who have completed 50% of their program and are in the upper 35% of their class
  • Graduate students with a GPA of 3.5
  • Community Nurse Leaders

The world needs nurse leaders NOW. As you begin your nursing career, strive to do your best.

Community Nurse Leaders (nominated) – apply early in December.
RU students (undergraduate and graduate (top 35% of the class) fill out forms to have grades reviewed (Dec, 2009) Contact

Saturday April 17, 2010, MUSE Auditorium (RU) 10-1PM

Utilize Upcoming Webcasts

By Erin Hurst, BA

The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International is pleased to present several webcasts in October for officer education.

Participation in the upcoming officer education webcasts is free; all you need is a telephone connection and the Internet! Advanced registration is required for all webcasts. Please see dates and times of each webcast below.

October Webcasts

  • Officer Orientation webcasts teach the fundamentals of chapter operations, using the STTI Web site as a virtual classroom to provide participants with knowledge of how to access and use tools and resources.
    o 6 October at 3 p.m. ET
    (2 p.m. CT, 1 p.m. MT, 12 p.m. PT)
    o 8 October at 11 a.m. ET
    (10 a.m. CT, 9 a.m. MT, 8 a.m. PT)
  • The Basics of Mass Communications webcasts train leaders on the basics of member communications using mail merges, mass email and distribution lists.
    o 13 October at 3 p.m. ET
    (2 p.m. CT, 1 p.m. MT, 12 p.m. PT)
    o 15 October at 11 a.m. ET
    (10 a.m. CT, 9 a.m. MT, 8 a.m. PT)
  • Take the Lead Series: Treasurer is a segment of officer-focused webcasts discussing the specific functions of individual positions and their impact on chapter operations and chapter health.
    o 20 October 3 p.m. ET
    (2 p.m. CT, 1 p.m. MT, 12 p.m. PT)
    o 22 October 11 a.m. ET
    (10 a.m. CT, 9 a.m. MT, 8 a.m. PT)

To register for upcoming webcasts, visit the “Leadership Training” portion of the Chapter Information section of STTI’s Web site. If you have questions regarding these webcasts, please contact or 888.634.7575 (U.S./Canada) or +1.317.634.8171 (international).

Erin Hurst is chapter training specialist.