2018-2019 Beta Chi Chapter Board
(New board members inducted at the 2018 Spring Membership Induction Ceremony)
Staja "Star" Booker, PhD, RN
Dr. Staja Booker is a Nurse Researcher and a post-doctoral fellow in pain and aging at the University of Florida in the College of Dentistry. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing, magna cum laude, from GSU in 2010. Since that time, Star has worked in the areas of research, long-term care, and geriatrics, having earned her MS (Adult/Gero Nursing) degree from Penn State University and PhD (Nursing/Aging) from the University of Iowa. She is a former National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence Patricia G. Archbold Scholar.
Under the mentorship of Dr. Roger Fillingim, Dr. Booker’s research explores culturally-grounded self-management interventions for aging African Americans with osteoarthritis pain, with an emphasis on behavior change. As part of her training, she is involved with the UPLOAD-II study which investigates biopsychosocial contributions to ethnic differences in osteoarthritis related pain and disability. By working with this project, she gains experience with quantitative sensory testing, brain imaging, and inflammatory biomarkers.
Dr. Booker has been working tirelessly to improve the care of African Americans with pain. She approaches her research from two angles, first assisting nurses in performing culturally-responsive pain assessment and secondly by improving African Americans’ ability to self-manage their pain. Significant contributions include developing the first nursing clinical practice recommendations and a model for pain assessment and pain measurement in older African Americans. In 2011, Dr. Booker was inducted into Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing. Several years later, in 2015, she was recognized by Sigma Theta Tau as a “Rising Star of Scholarship and Research”. An exceptionally engaged author, she has contributed over 20 peer-reviewed articles to a growing body of evidence on pain management in ethnically diverse older adults.
PhD alumna Staja “Star” Booker, RN, MSN, was also presented with a Dissertation Award from the Midwest Nursing Research Society’s (MNRS) Symptom Science Research Interest Group.
Dr. Booker received the award during the society’s 42nd Annual Research Conference in Cleveland, Ohio, on April 14, 2018
Sigma Leadership Conference 2018
Chapter President Dr. Danita Potter, Ruth Ann Moore, and Alyea Pollard at the 2018 Sigma Nursing Leadership Conference presenting on one of Beta Chi's annual Community/Fundraising events "Wine, Wigs & Water."
Spring 2018 Induction Banquet
The induction for new members into Beta Chi took place at Eastridge Country Club in April of 2018. We are honored to have inducted many bright and talented individuals into the chapter. Also, congrats to Ms. Teresa Kevil upon receiving this year's chapter Patricia E. Thompson Research, Scholarship, and Service Award.
As the chapter continues to thrive and grow, involvement will be a big focus for the coming year. With more activities in the works, be on the lookout for new and recurring events.
SPRING MEETING and CRAFT "EGG-STRAVAGANZA"
The spring membership meeting held on February 21st was fun! fun! fun! Thanks to all who came to the business meeting and also stayed for our craft project..... decorating an egg. Just a few of the topics discussed at the business meeting included initiation of the membership reactivation challenge, nomination and confirmation of the upcoming ballot for officers, approval of proposed budget and discussion of upcoming events.
Beta Chi is "rocking and rolling". There are many opportunities to become involved with the chapter. If you are interested please contact us at betachiSTTI@gmail.com.
Wings, Wigs & Water 2018!
Beta Chi held the "Wings, Wigs & Water" fundraiser Friday, September 21st at the NSU - Shreveport campus. Members enjoyed catered wings of various flavors, entered into a raffle, and able to get recent updates on the chapter and its progress.