Founders Day

Founder’s Day


Making a Difference
in Health Outcomes: Leadership through Research

Rita H. Pickler, PhD, RN, PNP-BC, FAAN

Tuesday, October 23
5:30 - 8:15 PM
Kingsgate Marriott Conference Center
University of Cincinnati


Beta Iota was chartered on May 21, 1972 as the 55th chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International. Celebrate the chapter’s 40th anniversary with a view of the past and a glimpse of the future.



5:30 PM Registration
6:00 PM Dinner, Business Meeting
7:00 PM A Short Trip Down Memory Lane
7:10 PM Keynote Presentation


Beta Iota member $32.00
Nonmember $37.00
Student $22.00

Registration Form (PDF format)
Deadline to register: October 20

Application has been submitted for continuing education contact hours for nurses through the OBN Approver Unit at the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing (OBN-011-93). Please contact Office of Associate Deans Center for International and Developmental Affairs at 513/558-5311 regarding approval status.


Rita Pickler

Rita H. Pickler, PhD, RN, PNP-BC, FAANN

is a Professor and Nurse Scientist at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. She has over 30 years of clinical, teaching, and research experience.

Dr. Pickler has over 20 years of funded studies on the care of the preterm infant. Her current National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded study tests the effect of a patterned caregiving experience on neurobehavioral organization and neurobehavioral development in preterm infants.

Dr. Pickler has served as an NIH reviewer for scientific panels for over 10 years. She chairs the Nursing Research Review Committee, the National Institute of Nursing Research’s standing review panel. She is a professor emerita at Virginia Commonwealth University and holds adjunct faculty appointments at the University of Cincinnati and the Ohio State University.

Dr. Pickler is Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and is co-chair of the Child/Adolescent/Family Expert Panel. Her professional involvement includes membership in many national nursing associations, Phi Kappa Phi and Sigma Theta Tau.