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Nursing honor society chapter receives regional recognition

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s newly chartered chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing was recently recognized as part of the organization’s Showcase of Regional Excellence.

The chapter was recognized for responding to Sigma Theta Tau International President Beth Baldwin Tigges’ call to all chapters and members to “connect, collaborate and catalyze to advance world health.”

Sigma’s regional director, Dee Welk, congratulated the Penn College chapter, Omega Theta, for its collaboration with another chapter to co-host educational events at local hospitals.

Working with Bloomsburg University’s Theta Zeta chapter, the group hosted events at Geisinger Medical Center on the topics of post-traumatic stress disorder and “Tips for Nurses from One Psychologist.”

On Oct. 2, the chapters plan to host an event for local nurses at UPMC Susquehanna titled “Opioid Epidemic From a Police Officer’s Perspective,” presented by Agent Alan McGill of the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office. The event will also be held on the Penn College campus on Oct. 3 in Penn’s Inn.

“This is our first year as an official chapter of the organization, so it is an honor to be recognized for the Showcase of Regional Excellence,” said Monica A. Flexer, chapter president, who is a part-time instructor of nursing, a full-time registered nurse for UPMC Susquehanna and a 2016 Penn College graduate.

“The chapter has worked very hard to build a community of nursing excellence in the Williamsport area,” said Valerie A. Myers, the college’s assistant dean of nursing. “We are very proud of its accomplishments and look forward to its continued success.”

Sigma Theta Tau’s mission is to advance world health and celebrate nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership and service. The honor society has more than 135,000 active members who reside in 90 countries.

Penn College offers bachelor’s and associate degrees in nursing. To learn more, call 570-327-4525.

For information about Penn College, a national leader in applied technology education, email the Admissions Office or call toll-free 800-367-9222.

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