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Eleven UMFK students inducted in UMFK nursing honor society

April 30, 2007

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Eleven University of Maine at Fort Kent students were inducted into the UMFK Nursing Honor Society at a recent ceremony on the university campus.

Peggy Piette an RN, BSN senior from Littleton, New Hampshire; Sherrie Clavette, a senior from Frenchville; Johan Langley, a senior from Presque Isle; Donna Picard, a senior from Frenchville; Wendy Sirois, a senior from Madawaska; Karla Sullivan, a senior from Aroostook, New Brunswick, Canada; Karen Horner, a junior from St. Agatha; Sky Snook, a junior from St. Francois, New Brunswick, Canada; Paula Bacon, a junior from Easton, Maine; Josee Chamberland, a senior from Fort Kent; and Nathalie Pelletier, a senior from St. Hillaire, New Brunswick, Canada have been officially welcomed into the nursing honor society.

Peggy Piette, a RN-BSN senior distant education student has been a nurse for ten years and currently works at Littleton Regional Hospital in the Intensive Care Unit. Peggy is president and founder of the White Mountains Chapter of AACN (American Association of Critical Care Nurses). In 2006 she was awarded a AACN Educational Advancement Scholarship. Peggy is active as the Box Tops Coordinator with Friends of Lakeway and with a parent-teacher organization at Lakeway Elementary School. Her future goal is to earn a Master's Degree in Adult Health and become a nurse practitioner. Peggy is married and has 3 children.

Sherrie Clavette, a BSN senior, works part-time for Fish River Rural Health as a medical assistant for Dr. George Conover, as well as a per-diem staff for Northern Maine Medical Center (NMMC) as a certified nurse aide. Sherrie also earned a bachelor's degree in psychology and gerontology and has worked over ten years in the mental health field. Indirectly, she is involved in community work, such as taking part in the Fish River Rural Health's summer health fair of 2006; as a student representative on the UMFK Foundation Board; and a member of the UMFK Foundation's special events committee. Sherrie is active in SNO. She participated in the first UMFK Student Consortium/Congress held in the fall of 2007. Sherrie is senior class president and a student senate committee member for 2006-2007. Prior to UMFK, Sherrie volunteered in Canadian hospitals with direct patient care and also supported activities and held membership in the Canadian Ladies Auxiliary. She has been member of the National Scholars Honor Society since 2006. This year Sherrie was included in the Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.

Johan Langley, a BSN senior, has worked as a medical office manager and surgical technologist for years. Johan has been involved in SNO. She made the Dean's List every semester and also was a Who's Who nominee. Johan is a member of American Nurses Association (ANA) and AORN, a professional organization of preoperative registered nurses whose mission is to support registered nurses in achieving optimal outcomes for patients undergoing operative and other invasive procedures. "I hope to be a resource for young people looking to nursing as a profession and have a chance to mentor many through the process, one being my daughter," said Johan. Johan is married and also has two grown children.

Donna Picard, a BNS senior, is employed by St. Joseph Nursing Home in Frenchville. Donna is a member of SNO and was involved in bringing Dr. Betty Neuman to UMFK. Dr. Neuman is a nursing philosopher who put together the Neuman System Model, a holistic approach to providing nursing care. She volunteers at her children's school. "I pride myself in providing the best possible care to all the residents I assist," said Donna. Donna lives with her husband, Steven, and their three children, Kevin, Justin and Joshua.

Wendy Sirois, a BSN senior, is employed at NMMC since June 2002 as certified nurse aide on the medical surgical floor, phlebotomist in the lab, and receptionist in outpatient. Wendy was the 2006 president of SNO, a member of SNO since 2004, and 2006 chairperson for breast cancer awareness and heart health awareness months. Wendy will be working full-time in the emergency room at NMMC after graduation. Wendy noted, "My fortitude to continue with school has been the memory of my son, Kenny, who passed away on June 30, 2005 (he was proud that his mom wanted something better for herself). She was awarded the Dr. Zui Sun Tao Memorial Scholarship award in May of 2006. Wendy lives with her husband, Vincent and her three children, Mark, Lisa and Matt.

Karla Sullivan a senior nursing student has been an active member of SNO while attending UMFK. She is involved as a church organist, a home and school committee member, and as a parent school support committee member. Karla planned and organized a health fair for the Aroostook Elementary School children, which was the first health fair held. In May she will attend a training session for a program called "Thumbody," which promotes mental health issues for children at the Grade 3 level, and builds an awareness of self-esteem. Karla has a daughter, Chantal. Karla owes a lot of her achievements throughout nursing school to the love and support from her family, especially Mom, Dad, Chantal and Brad. Her future plans as a RN is to work within the ER

Karen Horner, a BSN junior, relocated to the Valley after her husband died two years ago. Prior to UMFK, Karen was an attorney in Atlanta, Georgia for 20 years. Presently, she is employed part-time as a certified residential medication aide at CrossWinds, the new assisted living facility in Fort Kent, where Karen has the opportunity to help seniors who need someone to help them take care of their daily activities, like taking their medications and eating balanced meals. "I chose nursing because it is non-adversarial and will enable me to help people," said Karen. She also is active in the Student Nurse's Organization (SNO) on campus. Karen's son, William, attends UMFK and her other son, Patrick, attends college in Portland, Oregon.

Sky Snook, a junior in the UMFK nursing program lives with her boyfriend of 9 years, and their 3 cats. Sky formerly is from British Columbia. On campus she is active on the dining counsel. She works at Maple Leaf Restaurant and GP Bowling and Lounge, both located in Clair, New Brunswick. According to Sky, "My proudest community involvement was when I participated in a nine-month volunteer youth program known s Katimavik, where several young adults traveled and worked throughout various communities in Canada, including St. Francois, where I currently reside." She was honored as a marshal in the UMFK Commencement ceremony for two years. Sky loves to travel and to see new places, as well as play guitar and some artwork

Paula Bacon resides with her husband, Randy and her five children; Paul, Danny, Sam, Jacob, and Jonah. Paula was in the Air force for eight years. She is a non-traditional student and is active in SNO. Paula served as chairperson for the Cardiac Booth Awareness Month. Paula attends many of her sons's sports functions. Her hobby is gardening. Her future plans are to stay in Aroostook County and work in medical/ surgical department. Recently, Paula was listed in Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.

Josee Chamberland, a BNS senior was involved in SNO as the activities coordinator in 2006. She set up various booths for breast cancer, heart health and AIDS awareness to name a few. Josee also helped organize the breast cancer walk in Fort Kent last fall. Josee works at NMMC as a certified nurse aide and psych tech. She was awarded the Zui Sun Tao Memorial Scholarship and the Jonathan and Dawn S. Moirs Memorial Fund Scholarship.

Nathalie Pelletier, a senior nursing student who has been involved in the UMFK music performances and talent reviews. Nathalie was elected to Who's Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges for two years in a row. Nathalie was chosen to be the spokeswomen for a UMFK nursing college question, which aired during the February 2007 edition of The Valley's View.

All students have excelled in the four-year bachelor of science in nursing program at UMFK and are very active in campus activities.

"What an honor it is to pay tribute to the scholarship, leadership, and service of these inductees. You have before you some of the most dynamic nursing leaders and scholars in this state, and perhaps the country. These individuals are among a distinguished group of nursing students and registered nurses who have met or exceeded rigorous standards and have demonstrated that they have what it takes to be a scholar and a leader. They truly deserve our congratulations," said Diana White, UMFK assistant professor of mental health nursing

The UMFK Nursing Honor Society was formed in the spring of 1998 for the purpose of recognizing and fostering academic excellence and scholarship among students, alumni, and community leaders in nursing.

The theme of the evening was "Nursing: A profession and a passion."

In addition to the induction, the ceremony featured a keynote address by Ann Sossong, associate professor of nursing at the University of Maine. Professor Sossong spoke on Evidence-Based Practice, which is a process by which nurses make clinical decisions using the best available research evidence, their clinical expertise, and patient/family data and preferences.

The vision of the UMFK Nursing Honors Society is to establish a Sigma Theta Tao International (STTI) chapter on campus.