Members Making a Difference

New Nu Upsilon member presents at GCU Research Symposium

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Welcome to Ms. Ruth Larson, a senior nursing student in our traditional pre-licensure BSN program.  Ruth presented research she has been involved in at the Grand Canyon Undergraduate Research Symposium. Below are the links to the published articles.

Ruth has also accepted, a position as student advisor/liaison to our Nu Upsilon leadership team. She will be working with us to craft and implement a pre-licensure senior nursing student mentorship program.  We be working with the Student Nurses Association for mentors for our senior nursing students. For those who may not know, in the pre-licensure program, students mentor students in that second-year mentor first year, third-year mentor second years but there are no mentors for our seniors. Ruth will help us coordinate with the Student Nurses Association and help us increase awareness and presence of Nu Upsilon on campus – to start! 

World Health Day honors nurses on the frontlines

Each year there is a specific theme for World Health Day. The is to support nurses and midwives. During the year WHO chose   "Year of the Nurse and Midwife," Nu Upsilon honored the contribution which nurses and midwives are making as they make the world a healthier place.
"Nurses are the unsung heroes of the Covid-19 response. The invaluable role they have played is testimony of their sacrifice, courage and commitment to a healthier and safer world," said Takeshi Kasai, WHO Regional Director for the Western Pacific.

Meet the heroes dealing with the Coronavirus.
(CNN) World Health Day highlights a nurse's story.
'Not everyone can do this job'
"After fifteen years working in the emergency room of a hospital, I've never seen anything like this before," Sara Wazlavek says.
The nature of her job can shift by the hour.
"Rules, policies and procedures are rapidly changing based on the new data that comes out daily," she tells CNN.
One thing doesn't change: her fear of bringing the virus home. Nursing is Wazlavek's calling, but her identity is mother and wife.
"No one wants to put their family's lives on the line. I come home with the knowledge that I might be bringing Covid into my home, that it could kill me, my husband or my kids. I didn't think becoming a nurse would mean possibly losing my family, or that I would be the cause.
But Wazlavek reports for her shifts because there's a pandemic to fight, and she's a nurse.
"Not everyone can do this job. It takes training. If everyone who was afraid quit, who would be left. What makes me so special that I can stay home when others are putting their lives at risk? I want to help my coworkers. I can't abandon them. I want to help the people in our community who need us. I can't abandon them either.
Wazlavek says that for now, her hospital has enough gloves, masks and gowns to keep her relatively safe.
"For how long though?" she wonders out loud. "What happens if they don't? Do I go to work, put my life, my family's lives, at risk even more than I already am? Or do I leave the hospital and patients to fend for themselves?"
Wazlavek does not consider herself a hero. But for people who want to honor her sacrifice and grit, she has one suggestion: stay home.


WHO is honoring the Nurses and other health workers who are putting their own health at risk to protect the broader community at the forefront of COVID-19 response. Sincere thanks to all of our amazing nurses!  Watch for webinars and opportunities on the Sigma website. Nurse leaders are needed now more than ever!  #NursesStrong  #SigmaStrong