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Seven County residents to be inducted in UMFK Nursing Honor Society

April 4, 2003

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Five current University of Maine at Fort Kent students and two area practicing nurses will be inducted into the UMFK Nursing Honor Society at a special ceremony on Tuesday, April 15, at 4:00 p.m. in the Nadeau Hall Teleconference Room on the university campus.

Caroline Cyr, a senior from Van Buren, Jennifer Hay and Heidi Roy, both seniors from Presque Isle, Jill Michaud, a senior from Madawaska, and Erin Voisine, a junior from Fort Kent, along with Ronald Cormier, RN, MSN, from Presque Isle, and JoAnne O'Leary, RN, BSN, from Fort Kent Mills, will be officially welcomed into the Omicron Xi chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International, a nursing honor society the UMFK nursing division affiliates itself with.

Cyr, Hay, Michaud, Roy and Voisine have each excelled in the four-year bachelor of science in nursing program at UMFK. Cormier is currently a nurse practitioner at Horizons Health Care in pediatrics. O'Leary currently works in the special care division of Northern Maine Medical Center in Fort Kent. She is also an adjunct faculty in the nursing program at UMFK, where she teaches health assessment and has assisted in the laboratory instruction in the nursing division.

In addition to the induction, the ceremony will feature a keynote address by Jenny Radsma, assistant professor of nursing at UMFK. Her topic will be "Unveiling the smokescreen: A proposed grounded theory study of Registered Nurses and their health promotion role, clients who smoke."

Radsma received her masters in nursing from the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon in 1996 and her bachelor of science in nursing in 1989 from the University of Lethbridge in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada. Radsma is currently a Ph.D. candidate at Barry University in Miami, Florida and is currently working on her dissertation. She was recently awarded tenure by the University of Maine System Board of Trustees.

Radsma has authored and co-authored two referred articles, and one chapter in an edited book as part of the Nursing Secrets series. She was instrumental in developing the Program Evaluation Plan for the division of nursing at UMFK in 2001, and an active participant in the development of the self-study for the Fall 2002 national accreditation with the Commission for Colleges of Nursing Education.

She is an active member of the St. John Valley PATCH (Planned Approach to Community Health) as well as serving on the community health council for Partnership for Tobacco Free Maine.

For more information on the UMFK Nursing Honor Society induction ceremony, contact Lena Michaud at 834-7580.