May 6, 2005
Six University of Maine at Fort Kent nursing students and a community leader were inducted into the UMFK Nursing Honor Society at a recent ceremony on the university campus.
Melissa Cyr, an RN senior from Van Buren; Debbie Guilmette, an RN senior from South Gardiner; Amy Levesque-Roy, a senior from Fort Kent; Alicia Soucy, a junior from Wallagrass; Robin Jandreau, a junior from Wallagrass and Jennifer L'Italien, a junior from St. John Plantation, as well as, Kris Doody-Chabre, CEO of Cary Medical Center have been officially welcomed into the nursing honor society.
All of the students honored have excelled in the four-year bachelor of science in nursing program at UMFK and are very active in campus activities.
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.
Students with a grade point average of 3.0 or above, and who represent the attributes of scholarship as defined by Boyer (1990) and Sigma Theta Tau, the International Honor Society for Nursing, are eligible for induction to the Honor Society.
The Honor society holds two scholarly events each year to promote nursing scholarships in the St. John Valley and Aroostook County.
The Honor society is also involved in numerous professional service-orientated activities, such as nursing alumni day, nursing discovery camp, nursing open houses and health fairs.
According to Rachel Albert, director of nursing and associate professor of nursing, the UMFK nursing honor society's achievements could not be realized without its members and the combined efforts of the executive committee: co-presidents, Carolyn Cyr and Gina Miranda; vice president, Sue Bouchard; society faculty-liaison, Professor Lisa Theriault; secretary, Professor Jenny Radsma and treasurer, Erin Voisine.
The theme of the evening was Adventures in Nursing through Leadership.
"Today, nursing leaders face multiple challenges such as recruitment, retention, productivity and an aging workforce," said Albert.
In addition to the induction, the ceremony featured a keynote address by inductee Kris Doody-Chabre, who spoke on her vast experiences as a nurse.
"Kris Doody-Chabre is a model example of today's nursing leader, with the right attitude, skills and competencies needed to face challenges and still provide quality and cost effective care to patients," said Albert.
Doody-Chabré was appointed CEO of Caribou-based Cary Medical Center in 1999. Prior to this position, she served both as interim CEO at Pines Health Services and as chief operating officer at Cary.
She began her professional career as a nurse at Cary in 1982 in the medical/surgical area and emergency department.
In 1987, Doody-Chabré was named surgical services coordinator and in 1989 added the title of quality management coordinator to her resume.
Five years later, in 1994, she was appointed Chief Operating Officer.
Doody-Chabré earned her associate of science degree in nursing at the University of Maine in 1983, a bachelor of science degree from Regents College of the State University of New York in 1994, and a master of science from Husson College in 1997.
She currently serves as a board director on the Maine Hospital Association and chairs the association's professional practices committee.
She is a diplomat with the American College of Healthcare Executives and has served on numerous other local, regional and state boards.
Doody-Chabré is the recipient of several awards including the Legion of Honor, Bronze Medallion, The Chapel of Four Chaplains presented by the Vietnam Veterans of America and the American College of Healthcare Executives Early Career Healthcare Executives Regents Award.
The vision of the UMFK Nursing Honors Society is to establish a Sigma Theta Tao International (STTI) chapter on campus.