Events and Announcements

Participate in Race for the Cure

posted Sep 14, 2010, 4:05 PM by Joy

The Race for the Cure® event will be held at Rivertown Crossings Mall in Grandville on Saturday morning, September 25, 2010 (booths open at 7am, line-up at 8am, race begins at 8:30am, post-race celebrations at 10am).  Race event options include a Timed 5K Run/Walk; Non-Timed 5K Run/Walk; One Mile Community Walk.    

Participation in the Race for the Cure® is a way is a great way to get involved in a community service activity benefiting the West Michigan community.

Joining the Kappa Epsilon team is easy – just use the following steps:

1.  Log on to   OR

2.  Click “Race for the Cure”

3.  Click “Join an Existing Team” on the right hand side of the page

4.  Search for our team name (Kappa Epsilon RNs)

5.  Click “Join” next to the team name

6.  Follow the registration process

7.  The registration fee of $25.00 must be paid by credit card


Nominate a bedside nurse for the Helen Henry Excellence of Care Award

posted Sep 14, 2010, 4:02 PM by Joy

The Helen Henry Excellence of Care Award was established by Bonnie Wesorick, RN, MSN, in honor of her mother, Helen Henry, to recognize nurse healers working at the bedside. Please visit and nominate a nurse by 30 September 2010.

Executive Board Meetings for 2010-11

posted Aug 10, 2010, 12:12 PM by Joy

The members of the Executive Board of Directors of the Kappa Epsilon-at-Large chapter of STTI hold board meetings on a regular basis to conduct chapter business.  Any member of the chapter is welcome to attend these board meetings as they are open to the constituency served.  For the 2010-11 year, the meetings of the Board of Directors will be held on:


Thursday, September 16

Tuesday, October 19

No board meeting in November secondary to Induction Ceremony on Saturday, November 20

Thursday, December 16

Tuesday, January 18

Thursday, February 17

Tuesday, March 15

No board meeting in April secondary to planned business meeting with KE constituents (date, time, place TBA)

Thursday, May 19 (transition board meeting)


Each board meeting is scheduled from 5:00pm to 7:00pm.  The meeting on September 16 will be held in Room 8815 of the Meijer Heart Center on the Spectrum Health Butterworth Campus in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  The intent is to hold the remaining meetings for 2010-11at the Cook-DeVos Health Science Building of Grand Valley State University. This building is located at the corner of Michigan NE and Lafayette NE in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Nursing Scholarship Celebration & Gala (April 13, 2010)

posted Feb 15, 2010, 10:51 AM by Joy

Kappa Epsilon-at-Large and the West Michigan Nursing Advisory C ouncil present the Nursing Scholarship Celebration and Gala on April 13, 2010 at the Crowne Plaza (5700 28th Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506).  We hope you will join us for an evening to celebrate one another's scholarly achievements, increase your knowledge, connect with colleagues, and recognize how we are collectively contributing to the excellent nursing care received by citizens in our West Michigan communities.

The event will begin with a short business meeting for the Kappa Epsilon (KE) chapter from 4:00 to 4:30pm.  It will be followed by two poster sessions divided by a brief research presentation by a KE research scholarship recipient.   Beth Wietor, PhD, RN will discuss her study, "Dietary Calcium Intake, Osteoporosis Knowledge, and Bone Mineral Density among Native American Women Living in the Great Lakes Region".

The research event will be followed by a dinner where awards will be presented to deserving colleagues and a short inspirational address will be presented.  The inspirational speaker is Gretchen Schumacher, PhD, FNP, GNP who is the immediate past president of the Epsilon Phi chapter of STTI.  She will challenge attendees to consider "Transforming Nursing through Courage to Collaborate".

Undergraduate and graduate students may attend the research event from 4:00pm to 6:30pm for no cost (application for sponsorship of the dinner will be available for student presenters at the research event).    To register for this event, call the Alliance for Health office at 616-248-3820 and ask to register for the April 13 nursing event OR register online at   The cost is $40 per person or $400 for a table of 10.  Continuing education units will be offered for this event.

Call for Abstracts - 2010 Nursing Scholarship Celebration

posted Feb 15, 2010, 10:49 AM by Joy

Local and regional nurses are invited to submit abstracts for the poster presentation sessions scheduled for the Nursing Scholarship Celebration and Gala on April 13, 2010.  Abstract submissions from student nurses are also encouraged and welcomed. 

Abstract submissions should be based upon research, quality improvement or evidenced-based projects.  Abstracts are due by midnight on February 22, 2010 and are to be submitted to Patricia Hall at    Guidelines for the abstract submission include:  Microsoft Word format, 12 point Times New Roman font, and a limit of 350 words.  Additional information required includes your name, credentials, current position, and institution or organization.  Abstracts will undergo a peer review process using the following criteria:  clearly stated significance and problem, appropriateness of the conceptual framework, statement and soundness of methodology and design, appropriateness of analysis, interpretation of findings, statement of limitations, and relevance of research or scholarly project to nursing.

Notification of acceptance of abstracts for poster submissions will by March 12, 2010 to allow sufficient time for poster preparation.  Poster size is limited to 4' x 6'  and presenters must provide their own backing for the poster.  

Save the Date!

posted Jan 21, 2010, 12:41 PM by Joy   [ updated Jan 21, 2010, 12:50 PM ]

The 2010 Komen Race for the Cure event in the greater Grand Rapids area will be held on Saturday, September 25.  Make plans to be a part of a "Cure Thing" by joining team Kappa Epsilon RNs  as we participate in this worthy community service event. Stay tuned for further information and we will see you at the starting line!

Induction and Awards Ceremony

posted Nov 10, 2009, 12:38 PM by Tim Slager

What: New Member Induction and Award Ceremony with Brunch Reception
When: Saturday, November 14, 9:30-11:30 AM
Where: FSU Applied Technology Center (ATC), 151 Fountain St. NE, Grand Rapids, 49503
Who: Michelle R. Troseth, RN, MSN, DPNAP Executive VP/Chief Professional Practice Officer CPM Resource Center/Elsevier

Chapter members are invited to welcome our newest members into the chapter and celebrate chapter award recipients. Michelle R. Troseth will speak on the topic Discover your Strengths and Lead!

Please park in the student/public ramp across the street from the ATC on Ransom St. There is now very limited parking in the ATC ramp under the building. Please note, if you park on the street, metered parking around campus is patrolled and ticketed on Saturdays

Region 10 Conference

posted Nov 10, 2009, 12:18 PM by Tim Slager

What: Bridging Nursing Leadership & Research
April 16-17, 2010
Where: Four Points Sheraton - Ann Arbor, Michigan
Who:  Karen Morin, RN, President, Sigma Theta Tau International
            Beverly Malone, RN, CEO, National League of Nursing
            Mary Wheeler, RN, Author & Partner, Donnerwheeler Consultants, Co-author of Coaching in Nursing, STTI

Race for the Cure

posted Nov 10, 2009, 12:16 PM by Tim Slager

Members of the Kappa Epsilon-at-Large Chapter voiced a desire to be involved in an activity where connections are made with the West Michigan community, making a difference in the lives of others. As a result, the executive board of the chapter opted to participate in the 12th Annual Race for the Cure® event which was held at Rivertown Crossings Mall, Grandville, on Saturday morning, September 26, 2009.

The plan is to have a Kappa Epsilon RNs team participating in the 2010 Race for the Cure®. This year, we had 30 people sign up for our team (over 6,500 people registered to participate in the 2009 event). For 2010, we would like to double the number of participants the Kappa Epsilon-at-Large Chapter in thisrepresenting community event. Together we can make a difference in the fight against breast cancer in the West Michigan community. Be a part of a “Cure Thing” in Fall 2010 and we will see YOU at the starting line.

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