Delta Upsilon-at-Large Chapter           

Sigma Theta Tau International      


Delta Upsilon-at-Large Chapter is affiliated with the University of Rhode Island, Rhode Island College and Salve Regina University. Our vision is to continue to work with our members and our community, uphold the honor society's mission of advancing world health and celebrate nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership and service.


Featured member: Lifetime Achievement Award


 It is with honor and great pleasure that we recognize Dr. Mary Patricia Quigley for a career of outstanding achievement in   professional nursing practice, in life long learning and in scientific inquiry.  Dr. Quigley began her entry into nursing practice at South Side Hospital School of nursing in Pittsburg PA .  She began her practice as a Staff Nurse and quickly moved to charge nurse.  Her more than 25 year nursing practice journey included: Public Health nursing, acute Medical/Surgical Care, Cardiovascular Special Care, and Cardiac-Renal Care.  Patty is always the consummate professional nurse full of lovingkindness and grace.  Philanthropy is a hallmark of Dr. Quigley’s professional nursing practice always giving of herself as a mentor and leader.  Dr. Quigley provided more than 12 years of leadership to Delta Upsilon-at-Large  first as a Faculty Counselor then as the President who led the achievement of the 2014 Chapter Key Award.  Dr. Quigley is our immediate Past President.

As a life long learner she went on to received her BSN and MN Ed from the University of Pittsburg and a PhD from the University of Rhode Island. Dr. Quigley supplemented her clinical practice with her academic practice as a clinical instructor teaching in numerous schools and colleges of nursing.  She was Assistant  Professor at Salve Regina University and culminated her academic career as a Tenured Associate Professor at Rhode Island College.  Her learning would not be just in the hallowed halls of academe.  She pursued many professional development opportunities accumulating knowledge and numerous faculty development awards in areas of technology integration in nursing curriculum, simulation, Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN), Critical Care and most recently Genetics/Genomics.  Even in retirement Dr. Quigley continues to engage in professional development establishing a new network in Central Florida.

Dr. Quigley has an insatiable desire of inquiry with nearly 20 years of scholarly work beginning in her early academic years looking at nurse satisfaction and MAT scores as predictors of academic success.  Her doctoral work focused on advancing knowledge development related to women critical cardiac care, technology and coping.  Dr. Quigley’s work also had a focus on integrating simulation into the nursing curriculum at Rhode Island College.  This work was presented at STTI Biennial Convention in 2007.  Recently, her work in genetics/genomics has resulted in a publication in Nursing 2016, “Heredity hemochromatosis: Dealing with iron overload”.

I could not be more thankful for having Patty as a colleague, mentor and friend.  She is a remarkable personification of Nursing Excellence and Grace.  She leaves a legacy for our Chapter, our nurse educators, our nurse leaders, our students and patients.  She continues this legacy be volunteering at a local hospital in Florida.  For these and many other professional accomplishments, Delta Upsilon-at-Large Chapter presents Dr. Patricia Quigley the Lifetime Achievement award on May 18, 2016.

Bonnie Charland, PhD, MBA, RN

Delta Upsilon-at-Large Chapter, President

Service Excellence

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It is an honor to recognize the significant contribution of Dr. Karen Hetzel to Delta Upsilon-at-large Chapter.  Dr. Hetzel has served as a Chapter Leader for more than a decade.  Beginning as a member of Leadership Succession Committee then transitioning to the role of Faculty Counselor and this past year as Convention Delegate.  Dr. Hetzel’s passion and enthusiasm have contributed immeasurable to the functioning and success of this Chapter.  As a Governance Committee Chair Dr. Hetzel’s attention to detail ensured that the By-laws and Chapter Management Manual were an accurate reflection of our chapter operations.  Her perseverance and resilience in these endeavors can not be overstated!  The term “Herding Cats” frequently comes to mind when I think of Karen asking for our input.  

Her gifts of administration pall to her gifts as an educator and Champion of member engagement .  Karen always has innovative ideas on engaging students and developing future leaders in our Chapter.  Her attention to their professional development as servant leaders resulted in the development of a very successful Junior leaders program.  She has supported numerous student health promotion events; such as, health fairs, collection of glasses and toiletries and supporting the homeless.

This past fall Dr. Hetzel served as a Convention Delegate and participated in governance and development of our International Honors Society of Nursing during the Biennial Convention.  She continues to provide support, coaching and mentoring to our BODs.  These are only a few exemplars of the service Excellence that Dr. Karen Hetzel represents.  Please join me in congratulating our 2016 Chapter Service Award recipient.

Bonnie Charland, PhD, MBA, RN

Delta Upsilon-at-Large Chapter, President


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    Cheer on the Red Sox and Celebrate Nursing for 2017 National Nurses Week

    Join us on Wednesday, May 3, 2017, when the RED SOX will honor Nurses of New England in conjunction with the 2017 National Nurses Week with special program and reserved seating for the evening game against the Baltimore Orioles. The evening will feature an all-nurse Acappella group singing the National Anthem and an awards ceremony in Center field for honored nurses across New England.  

    Tickets can be purchased through the following link:  https://groupmatics.events/#/ event/Risna0

    The purchase price of $75 includes bus transportation for easy access to and from Fenway Park, a special National Nurses Week T-shirt and game tickets.

    The meeting place to park your car and board the NURSING Bus to Fenway is on Route 117 in Warwick. (Exit 10A off 95 South in the Park and Ride lot across from AAA)

    The bus departs at 4:30 PM; Opening Ceremony honoring nurses starts at 6:30 PM; and game starts at 7:10 PM.

    The bus permits food and beverages, but they may not be taken into the stadium.  Everything can remain on bus for the return trip home.

    Don’t forget your tickets!!

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