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Welcome to Gamma Nu Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International
Chartered in 1978, Gamma Nu is Seton Hall College of Nursing's chapter and has over 300 members. 

Dr. Judith Caruso Receives NJ Consortium Award

Judith Caruso, DNP, RN, FACHE received the 2019 Mary Ann Rooney Essence of Nursing Award at the NJ Consortium’s Founders Day Dinner on October 3, 2019. 

The award is given to a nurse who exemplifies the mentor relationship and “fosters talent and develops nurse leaders resulting in a personal connection of caring, inspiration, and encouragement to accomplish goals”.  It is awarded each year by the New Jersey Consortium of Sigma Theta Tau International Chapters, in memory of Gamma Nu’s former member, Mary Ann Rooney.

Judy Caruso is a dual member of Gamma Nu and Alpha Tau and was nominated for the award by both chapters.  Her career in nursing spans the continuum of the healthcare industry and includes caring for patients across the life span.  Judy has mentored many nursing students and practicing nurses ranging from new graduates to nurse leaders.  She has been a nurse at the bedside and in the boardroom; a faculty member at Seton Hall, Rutgers and Yale; a published author and popular speaker.  She is currently President & CEO of Caruso Consulting, a healthcare consulting company that focuses on linking financial and clinical data for improved outcomes.  Judy is a past Treasurer of Gamma Nu and founding member of Alpha Tau. 

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Gamma Nu Celebrates at its Annual Induction Ceremony and Dinner


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Gamma Nu Chapter celebrated the induction of 57 new members at its Annual Induction Ceremony and Dinner on April 26, 2019 at the Springbrook Country Club.  Over 100 students along with their family and friends joined Seton Hall faculty and staff for a memorable evening. The event began with a cocktail hour and socializing.  Mistress of Ceremonies Benay Johnson opened the program by welcoming guests and introducing CON Dean Dr. Marie Foley and SHU Interim Provost Dr. Karen Boroff, who warmly congratulated the inductees and their families.  Dr. Mary Ann Scharf, Gamma Nu Founding Member and Past President, offered the Invocation before everyone enjoyed a wonderful buffet dinner.

Following dinner, Dr. Coleen Carrington presented the keynote address Lifelong Learning.  Dr. Carrington’s central message was that “Nursing as a profession is in a realm of its own, set upon a higher ground. Nurses are ordained or called to realize the core essence of all humanity”.  She also asked, “What is the Art of Nursing? The Art of Nursing is there as the nurse tends to her patient; it may be a presence, a touch, a trusting relationship between nurse and patient---perhaps it is something that can be learned or perhaps it is God given---but it is the essence of the nurse”.

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After the keynote, Dr. Joyce Maglione led the Induction Ceremony.  The new members included 33 undergraduate inductees (including 12 who had officially been inducted in Fall 2018) and 24 graduate student inductees from all CON programs.  New members received their Sigma Certificates and an honor cord to wear to graduation ceremonies.

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Four members of Gamma Nu were awarded scholarships of $500 each by Dr. Pamela Galehouse.  Pictured here (L to R) are the winners: Andria Song (MSN), Joanna Builes (MSN), Dr. Galehouse, Victoria Yackubovich (BSN), and Afua Ampiaw (PhD). 

Finally, Gamma Nu awarded its inaugural Outstanding Service Award, which will be given annually at Induction to recognize exceptional service to Gamma Nu and/or the College of Nursing.  Diane McClure (Gamma Nu Past President) proudly presented the award to Dean Marie Foley (both pictured below).  Dr. McClure explained that the award, which featured a dragonfly in a globe, was chosen because “In almost every part of the world, the dragonfly symbolizes change, transformation, adaptability, and self-realization.  The dragonfly has been a symbol of happiness, new beginnings and change for many centuries”.  Dean Foley was chosen as the first recipient of the award for her contributions the College of Nursing for many years, her support of Gamma Nu Chapter and her leadership in facilitating the CON’s move from the South Orange campus to the new Nutley location.

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Congratulations to all!

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32nd Annual Reinkemeyer Research Conference a Success

The 32nd Annual Reinkemeyer Research Conference, co-sponsored by Seton Hall University College of Nursing and Gamma Nu Chapter of Sigma, was held on Friday March 8, 2018.  This was the first time the conference was held on the new Interprofessional Health Sciences Campus in Nutley and over 100 attended.  Chaired by Afua Ampiaw, MSN, RN-BC and Kimberly Conway, PhD, RN, both members of the CON faculty as well as Gamma Nu leaders, the conference once again provided a stimulating day of presentations and networking.  The agenda featured podium and poster presentations from Seton Hall's health sciences programs, in celebration of College of Nursing's move to the new campus.

This year's keynote speaker was Tracy Perron, PhD, RN, CNE, CSN, Assistant Professor of Nursing at TCNJ.  Her presentation, The Evolution of an Interprofessional Approach to Combating Childhood Obesity in an Urban Setting, described a collaborative community-based project that engaged nursing, health and exercise sciences students in interventions aimed at improving the lives and health of school age children.

Four podium presentations and fourteen posters covered a range of nursing and health topics.  The podium presenters and presentation titles were:

  • Cornelia Gilpin, DNP, RN: The impact of patient acuity-based staffing on patient outcomes
  • Joy Sawicki, DNP, APN-C, AE-C: Impact of live webinar asthma education for caregivers of preschool children
  • Bryan Pilkington PhD: Conscience protection for nursing practice: Bioethical reflections
  • Patricia M. Hubert, DNP, RN: Application of Jean Watson’s Theory of Transpersonal Caring in nurses practicing in a pain center

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Since its inception, this annual nursing research program has been called the Reinkemeyer Research Conference in honor of Sister Agnes Reinkemeyer, the third dean of the College of Nursing at Seton Hall University (1968-1977).  She was the first dean to have an earned doctoral degree, receiving a PhD in nursing education from the University of California at Berkeley in 1966. 

Sister Agnes had a visionary approach to nursing education and practice for that time. “Much must be done to improve certain aspects of nursing education and nursing practice. No giant step forward will be taken in either direction unless nurses become serious about doing and using research in nursing.” Sister Reinkemeyer nurtured the initial graduate nursing programs and the Gamma Nu chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International.

Sister Reinkemeyer left Seton Hall to Kenya in 1983 to return to the work of the Franciscan Sisters of Mary.  In 1989, she was killed at her health care mission by gunmen seeking money . The Annual Reinkemeyer Research Day continues her dedication to the development of nursing’s science, practice and education. (http://blogs.shu.edu/rrd/)

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Annual Magnificat Home Christmas Party 


On December 11, 2018, Gamma Nu provided its annual Christmas Party for the women of Magnificat Home.  Everyone enjoyed a delicious dinner and a beautiful cake.  All of the women received gifts, generously donated by College of Nursing faculty.  In addition, Gamma Nu purchased a variety of board games for the Home, thanks to the donations of chapter members.  Many thanks to Carolyn Rummel (in the photo) for organizing the event.  To learn more about Magnificat Home, visit  http://www.magnificathome.org/

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Gamma Nu's 40th Anniversary

Gamma Nu Chapter celebrated its 40th Anniversary on April 28, 2018 with Mass in Immaculate Conception Chapel followed by brunch in the University Center.  Guests included several founding members and past presidents.
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Gamma Nu Founding Members pose with the chapter's Charter in front of a display of Gamma Nu memorabilia.
Pictured (L to R): Linda Ulak, Mary Ann Scharf, Josephine DeVito, Maura Ryan and Carolyn Rummel

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Five Gamma Nu Past Presidents were able to attend the 40th Anniversary Celebration.  Pictured are Diane McClure (then President), Mary Ann Scharf (1986-1988), Josephine DeVito (2006-2008), Brenda Petersen (2008-2010), Wendy Budin (1998-2000) and Carolyn Rummel (1990-1992 and 2012-2014)

Enjoy all the photos from the 40th Anniversary celebration: 40th Anniversary Photos

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Gamma Nu Chapter News

  • Gamma Nu Receives a Showcase of Regional Excellence Award

    Gamma Nu Chapter received a Showcase of Regional Excellence Award for its work on the Presidential Call to Action to Catalyze during the 2017-19 Biennium.  The award was given to the Chapter for the interdisciplinary focus of the 2019 Reinkemeyer Research Day, chaired by Kim Conway and Afua Ampiaw.

    Gamma Nu will be recognized for this achievement at the Biennial Convention.  Delegates Afua Ampiaw and Diane McClure will represent our chapter there.
  • Meet the 2019-2020 Chapter Board and Leaders

    President: Kathy Black
    Vice-President: **Maryanne Barra-Schneider
    Treasurer: Lori Wilt
    Recording Secretaries: **Afua Ampiaw and  **Susan Darby
    Corresponding Secretary: Susan Darby
    Counselor/Governance Committee Chairperson: Luz-Patricia Torres
    Governance Committee: Colleen Carrington, Teresa Conklin and **Benay Johnson
    Leadership Succession Committee: Benay Johnson (chairperson), Joyce Maglione and **Patricia Hubert
    Research Day: Afua Ampiaw and Kimberly Conway
    Awards/Scholarships: Diane McClure
    Membership Involvement: Kathryn Paterek
    Archivist/Philanthropy/NJ Consortium Representative: Carolyn Rummel

    **Congratulations to these newly elected chapter leaders
  • Three Gamma Nu Members are STTI Heritage Society Fellows

    Gamma Nu celebrates and thanks its members for their generosity in supporting the Sigma Foundation for Nursing's Heritage Society.  The Society has over 400 Fellows who have made an investment in all generations of nurses around the world.

    Gamma Nu Fellows are:
    Josephine Mary DeVito
    Carolyn Rummel
    Constance Sobon Sensor
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  • Gamma Nu Chapter is pleased to join Seton Hall College of Nursing at its new location

    The College of Nursing is now located at:

    Seton Hall University
    Interprofessional Health Sciences Campus
    340 Kingsland Street
    Nutley, NJ 07110
    973-761-9306

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