Cynthia Vlasich has been named the new International Leadership Institute and Educational Resources Director. Vlasich, an accomplished nurse leader with more than 25 years of experience, will oversee all programs under the International Leadership Institute in addition to directing educational initiatives.
Most recently, Vlasich served as Vice President of Professional Services and Advertising at Gannet Healthcare Services. Prior to that, Vlasich was the Chief Nurse and Division Director at the American Red Cross. She has received several honors throughout her career, including the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society for Nursing Outstanding Community Leader Award (1996), American Red Cross Presidential Scholar Award (1996), and United States Public Health Service Chief Nurse Medal (1990). In 1994, Vlasich was recognized as one of 18 national nursing leaders for exemplary leadership and professional achievement at the highest levels of the United States Congress Executive Branch.
In February, Geriatric Nursing Leadership Academy Fellows participated in the second of two workshops in Scottsdale, Arizona. Some of the topics included “Your Future as a Geriatric Nursing Leader,” “Individual Leadership Development,” “Leading Health Care in the Digital Age,” “Leading Lasting Change,” and “Leadership Career Development,” which focused on career mapping and time management.
Each Fellow, with assistance from his or her mentor and faculty advisor, is developing a project centered on improving the quality of health care for older adults and their families through geriatric nursing practice. The Fellows are leading interdisciplinary teams in their respective practice settings.
Faculty advisors will conduct the second of two site visits during the summer. Fellows and their mentors will submit their final project reports in the fall and present a poster at the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International’s (STTI) 40th Biennial Convention, taking place in Indianapolis, Indiana, from October 31 to November 4.
The 18-month mentored leadership program was initiated by STTI and developed with a generous grant from The John A. Hartford Foundation, in partnership with the Hartford Foundation’s Centers of Geriatric Nursing Excellence. For more information about the program and other geriatric nursing resources from the honor society, visit http://www.nursingsociety.org/LeadershipInstitute/pages/default.aspx.
In continuing its mission to support the education of nurses, STTI has begun accepting applications for the Sigma Theta Tau International/Hill-Rom Environment of Elder Care Nursing Research grant. Nurses who meet the following criteria are encouraged to apply by July 1, 2009:
Allocation of funds is based on the quality of the proposed research, the future promise of the applicant, and the applicant’s research budget. Applications from novice researchers who have received no other national research funds are encouraged. Preference will be given to STTI, if all other qualifications are equal.
Applicants must submit a completed research application package and signed research agreement via the online submission system. A final report and a completed abstract will be kept in the Virginia Henderson International Nursing Library with credit given to research grant partners in all publications and presentations of the research. Applicants must also be ready to implement the research project when funding is received. Funding is available up to $9,000.
The recipient will be notified in September 2009, and the grant will be presented during the honor society’s 40th Biennial Convention in Indianapolis.
For more information, visit http://www.nursingsociety.org/Research/SmallGrants/Pages/EnvironmentofCare.aspx.
The International Council of Nurses (ICN) and STTI have published a free resource titled Coaching in Nursing Workbook and have made it available to nurses around the world. This tool is a hands-on guide that can be used to teach nurses coaching principles and skills to develop individual professional competencies and improve nurse staffing retention. The workbook is filled with exercises, checklists, and conversation starters. It uses…