Welcome to Beta Upsilon Webpage

The purposes of this Society shall be to:
1. Recognize superior achievement.
2. Recognize the development of leadership qualities.
3. Foster high professional standards.
4. Encourage creative work.
5. Strengthen commitment to the profession

We encourage you join and participate in our events and in the Circle discussions.

Save the date for Spring 2017 events

Spring Business Meeting March 27, 2017

“Clinical Pearls for Nursing Care of Patients on the Autism Spectrum” presented by Amber Wright, MSN, RN,CPNP
Developmental Pediatrics, Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children's Hospital


Cohen Center on the first floor in the Rosenberg Children's Medical Plaza
1919 E. Thomas Rd
Phoenix, 85006

Free parking is available at the Cambridge Parking Garage off of Cambridge Road.  The Rosenburg Building is just outside of the garage to the east.


 2017 Spring induction ceremony: May 6, 2017

Luncheon and Induction ceremony 1pm-4pm

Scottsdale Resort and Convention Center

7700 E McCormick Parkway, Scottsdale, AZ 85258

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Chapter News

  • 2016 Fall Induction Ceremony

    The Fall 2016 Induction was held at the Scottsdale Resort and Conference Center on Saturday, December 10, 2016. President Therese Speer opened the induction ceremony and welcomed members, inductees and guests.

    The keynote speakers were Liz Harrell, DNP, RN, PMHNP, Gregory Edwards, SN, and Megan Phillips.
    The Student Health Outreach for Wellness (SHOW) team presented information about this interdisciplinary, state-licensed clinic that is supported by several universities. The clinic provides students with opportunities to serve on patient-care teams, health-promotion teams, and committees. The clinic has served over 1000 underserved individuals since July 2015.

    We were pleased to induct 43 individuals into Sigma Theta Tau International: 3 Prelicensure Traditional students, 3 Concurrent Enrollment Program students, 14 Postbaccalaureate students, 11 RN/BSN students, 10 Graduate students, and 2 Nurse Leaders.

    A guest of one of the inductees won the raffle for the weekend donated by the Scottsdale Resort and Conference Center. The attendees donated several bags of underwear, socks, and stuffed bears to support the Casa de Elisabeth Orphanage in Imuris, Mexico. Orphanage Aid International will deliver these items to the orphanage.

    Synopsis provided by Dr. Kimberly Vana Archivist

  • 2016 Fall Business Meeting Synopsis

    October 24, 2016 – Fall 2016 Business Meeting 5-8pm
    Dr. Therese Speer, President, called the meeting to order. Deborah Harbinson, MHI, RN, Certified Laughter Leader of Harbinson Wellness Solutions, presented “Introduction to Leveraging the Psychology of Humor and Science of Laughter in Patient Care Outcomes.” She noted the benefits of laughter and the importance of feeling safe. She noted that people connect with mirth and that bullying is humor gone “horribly bad.” The attending members enjoyed her humor exercises.

    Jacquelin Beals noted that Amber Wright MSN, RN, CPNP has agreed to speak on the “Clinical Pearls for Nursing Care of Patients on the Autism Spectrum” at the Spring Business Meeting set for March 27, 2017 meeting at Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

    Chapter giving:
    • Barbara Fargotstein is completing the selection criteria for the new ethics scholarship named after her. Dr. Mary Killeen graciously volunteered to fund this scholarship for 2017.
    • Therese also thanked Dr. Cheryl Schmidt for paying the fees for students to attend Nurse’s Day at the Arizona State Legislature.
    • The chapter also will continue to collect money, gently used clothes, and underwear and socks for Casa de Elizabeth Orphanage in Imuris, Mexico through Orphanage Aid International. Dr. Kimberly Vana reminded the members that the children’s sizes ranged from 6 months to 18 years. Money is welcomed for health care, utilities, and assisting students with high school and community college expenses.
    • The chapter voted to contribute $2,000/year for the next 3 years for the Mary Killeen Visiting Scholar 2017-2019.
    • The chapter members also voted to donate $1 per member to the “Future of Nursing” initiative of the Chapter Giving Club. Next year, these donations will go to the “Research” initiative of the Chapter Giving Club. This is a part of STTI.
    • The membership further decided to reimburse students $500 after giving a presentation at STTI conferences in the United States and $1000 after giving a presentation at international STTI conferences in the future.

    Chapter community involvement opportunities:
    • Therese encouraged members to participate in the Heart Walk on March 18, 2017
    • Participation in the March of Dimes Walk on April 8, 2017.
    • Volunteers also are needed for the St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center’s NICU reunion on April 1, 2017.

    Dr. Kelly Schultz noted that the following board member positions will be available in Spring 2017:
    • Leadership Succession Chair,
    • Webmaster
    • Community Relations
    • Faculty Counselor/Student Recruitment
    • Archivist

    The chapter members also agreed to try QGIV, an online payment site, for RSVPing and paying the fee for the Fall 2016 Induction meal as suggested by Rebecca Tolino (Treasurer). Rebecca also noted that we would look for a less expensive venue for future inductions due to the large increase in cost.

    Dr. Kim Day reminded the group that the Program Director and student leaders of the SHOW Clinic will present at the Fall 2016 Induction. The chapter also voted to assist students with financial difficulties by paying 50% of the induction fees and membership dues, up to $1000 in the Fall term and $2000 in the Spring term.

    After the visitors left, Cyndi Holcomb presented a list of student and nurse leader applicants to the membership: 2 community leaders, 11 graduate students, 14 Post-Baccalaureate students, 12 RN-BSN students, 3 Concurrent Enrollment Program students, and 3 Traditional undergraduate students. All applicants were accepted for membership.

    Synopsis provided by Dr, Kim Vana (Archivist).

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