Beta Iota Excellence in Nursing
2013 Award Recipients

The Founder's Day was held at University of Cincinnati College of Nursing on October 22, 2013. Julie Holt, RN, MSN, was the keynote speaker. Participants celebrated the outstanding accomplishments of two nurse scholars who were the 2013 Beta Iota Excellence in Nursing Award recipients as well as the winner of the Beta Iota Research Grant.

Jeanine Robinson, MSN, RN, AOCNJeanine (Gigi) Robison, MSN, RN AOCN
2013 Beta Iota Chapter Excellence In Nursing Education Award

Jeanene (Gigi) Robison, MSN, RN, AOCN, is a Clinical Nurse Specialist for inpatient and outpatient settings at The Christ Hospital. She has been an oncology nurse for 30 years, 24 years have been as an advanced practice nurse. Ms. Robison has been involved in the development of the Oncology Nursing Society’s “Putting Evidence into Practice” regarding Skin Reactions. She has conducted multiple oncology certification workshops (both advanced and basic), developed patient educational materials, is a Beacon Trainer (a computerized documentation system for medical oncology treatment plans), and serves in multiple leadership roles in the local chapter of the Oncology Nursing Society. Ms. Robison is responsible for providing educational programs and competency oversight for the new and experienced oncology nurse including chemotherapy and biotherapy administration. She has authored articles and chapters addressing various oncology nursing issues. She has been instrumental in the development of protocols and critical pathways relevant to patient care such as the Neutropenia with Fever Critical Pathway. She has participated on research studies and most recently received funding to conduct a massage therapy study. Ms. Robison serves as chair or member of multiple institutional committees relevant to oncology care. She has been a member of Sigma Theta Tau International and an active member of Beta Iota Chapter since 1982.

Rita Pickler, PhD, RN, PNP-BC, FAANRita H. Pickler, PhD, RN, PNP-BC, FAAN
2013 Beta Iota Chapter
Excellence In Research Award

the Center for Professional Excellence, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC). Previously, Dr. Pickler was Acting Associate Dean for Research and Scholarship at Virginia Commonwealth University. She has over 30 years of clinical, teaching, and research experience and over 20 years of funded studies on the care of the preterm infant. Dr. Pickler has served as an NIH reviewer for scientific panels and chairs the NIH Nursing Research’s standing review panel. In addition to her faculty position at UC College of Nursing, she holds an adjunct faculty position at The Ohio State University. She is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and is Co-chair of the Child Adolescent Family Expert Panel. Her research findings on feeding intolerance in pre-term infants have had significant implications in the neonatal nursing practice setting. Dr. Pickler has authored numerous publications and currently, she is the editor of the Journal of Advanced Nursing. She is a member of scientific organizations including the Midwest Nursing Research Society, the Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science and the International Council of Infant Studies. Dr. Pickler has been a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Gamma Omega Chapter since 1979 and in 2011, became a dual member of Beta Iota Chapter.