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TU’s nursing honor society to hold fall educational forum

By Joshua Barrett, Student Writer 

Thomas University’s Phi Tau Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing will hold its annual fall educational forum for nurses and nursing students from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9. The event will be held in the Flowers Foods Executive Classroom inside Smith-Bonvillian Hall on TU’s Forbes Campus.

Dr. Shannon Woods, an Associate Professor of Nursing at TU, will present “Using Evidence-Based Practice and Cross-Sector Collaboration in Development and Drilling of Emergency Operation Plans.”

Woods holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from the University of Central Arkansas; a Master of Science Degree in Nursing from Thomas University; and a Doctorate of Nursing Practice from the University of Central Arkansas. She also holds CNOR (Certified Nurse Operating Room) and CNE (Certified Nurse Educator) credentials. She has extensive experience in planning and executing emergency operation plans at both hospitals and universities.

“Nursing has great buy-in to Emergency Operation Plans (EOP),” Woods said. “Without a robust EOP, organizations are at risk for disaster. These EOPs are only as good as the employees that live by them on a daily basis. Nurses are busy in their daily work and practice but need to understand their own plans and how to use them for mitigation.”

As the chair of TU’s Safety and Security Committee, Woods was instrumental in coordinating TU’s emergency training efforts, including tabletop exercises and an active shooter drill. She used this experience to create this project that she presented at the Sigma Theta Tau International Research Congress held in Ireland in the summer of 2017.

Membership in STTI is open to nursing students with a 3.5 or better GPA as well as nursing leaders.

“The benefits of being a part of this distinguished group of students include resources and tools which promote professional growth and career assistance, connections and collaboration opportunities with members around the world, as well as access to publications and cutting edge nursing research,” explained Professor Deb Burch, Assistant Professor of Nursing at TU and Phi Tau Chapter, Faculty Counselor.

The event is open to the public. In addition to Woods’ presentation, it will also include light refreshments and tickets will be sold for a chance to win door prizes. Proceeds will benefit the Phi Tau Chapter. 

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