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Home : Foundation : Newsletters : FoundationOctober12Newsletter
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STTI Foundation’s newsletter
In this issue, we will be sharing news from the Foundation’s 2012 Annual Report.


Annual Report 2012
For the year ended 30 June 

The fiscal year ending 30 June 2012 Annual Report celebrates progress toward “Every Member Around the World Supporting Vision 2020” by Sigma Theta Tau International Foundation for Nursing and its donors. The Foundation board members and I are pleased to report that with the new Heritage Society and new and renewing annual donors of US $60 and higher (see Donor list) joining us during the past fiscal year, we are 20 percent closer to our goal of increasing grant funding by at least 100 percent by 2020.

I am honored to share with you just a few of the ways that donations impacted hundreds of nurses who are improving the health of thousands of people around the world during fiscal year ending
30 June 2012:

Last fiscal year included the launch of the new Patricia E. Thompson Giving Circle in Support of Global Nursing Research. It represents 25 individuals, chapters and organizations combining their contributions to make possible a new US $10,000 Global Nursing Research Grant beginning in 2013.

The Retirement Research Foundation became a new partner when it awarded the Foundation a grant in support of the third Geriatric Nursing Leadership Academy (GNLA). The Chicago, Ill., USA, based foundation joins other GNLA partners, The John A. Hartford Foundation and Hill-Rom, to increase geriatric nursing capacity throughout the United States.

We are awestruck by the leadership journey of the six Maternal-Child Health Nurse Leadership Academy (MCH NLA) South Africa pilot mentees. Donations to the Foundation’s Future Fund are matching the Johnson & Johnson grant that are allowing nurse midwives in the Northwest Territory of South Africa to improve health care for thousands of mothers and their babies and children. These new nurse leaders are joining other emerging nurse leaders who are improving health care and nursing education around the world as a result of their involvement in one of the three leadership academies conducted by the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) and its partners who have awarded grants to the Foundation.

This fiscal year launched a new biennium at STTI. The Foundation welcomed new board members; I have had the privilege to become the Foundation’s new chair, and the Foundation celebrates STTI President Suzanne Prevost’s Call to Action “Give Back to Move Forward.”

The Foundation thanks all of its donors for their ongoing philanthropic support to increase grant funding to nurses around the world by 2020 so they may improve the health of the world’s people.

Respectfully submitted,


Juli Maxworthy, DNP, MSN, MBA, RN, CNL, CPHQ, CPPS
2011-2013 Chair
STTI Foundation for Nursing Board of Directors

coming soon


31 December

Year-End Giving Deadline

30 January

Abstract Submission for 42nd Biennial Convention

1 March

Award Submission for 2013 International Awards

STTI Events
Creating Healthy Work Environments, 12-14 April 2013, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

24th International Nursing Research Congress, 22-26 July 2013, Prague, Czech Republic

42nd Biennial Convention, 16-20 November 2013, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

News Briefs
STTI granted special consultative status by the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations

STTI seeks abstracts, nominations

Leadership Development Program Addresses Nurse Faculty Retention – A Key to Easing Nursing Shortage

Nurse grant recipients will study use of high-fidelity patient simulation and simulated patient scenario video as effective learning tools

The Sigma Theta Tau International Foundation for Nursing (Foundation) was incorporated in 1993 to support the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) and to actively fundraise for and protect its investment funds and contributions.
STTI’s mission is to support the learning and professional development of nurses committed to making a difference in health worldwide.
2011-2013 Foundation board Chair Juli Maxworthy (United States); Secretary James T. Morris (United States); Treasurer Andrew Storer (United States); Diane Billings (United States); Ken Dion (United States); Alina Kushkyan (Armenia); Nico Oud (The Netherlands); Tim Porter-O’Grady (United States); Louise Woerner (United States); Ex Officio Dana Bjarnason, STTI Board liaison (United States), Lynn Lambuth, STTI Foundation CAO staff liaison; Patricia E. Thompson, CEO, STTI

Staff Nikki Aleman, Kathy Bennison, Adrians Cleveland, Becky Frey




Research grants awarded to deserving nurses around the world.

With support from donors, the STTI Foundation for Nursing was able to help deserving nurses around the world conduct important nursing research by awarding 35 grants during fiscal year 2012 to members like Jackline Opollo from the United States and Kathleen Finlayson from Australia.


JacklineOpollo-web.jpg"Receiving the Doris Bloch Research Award taught me the importance of stewardship. Through responsible planning and management of the funds, I was able to complete my pilot study and lay the groundwork for my dissertation study. Conducting international research has strengthened my resolve to contribute to the advancement of nursing research aimed at improving global health.”

— Jackline Opollo, MSN, MPH, RN, Delta Theta Chapter, USA, 2011 STTI Small Grant Recipient


KathleenFinlayson-web.jpg"This research project has the potential to lead to significantly reduced incidence of recurrence of venous leg ulcers - a significant burden for older adults, the health care system and society.”

— Kathleen Finlayson, PhD, MSN, RN, Phi Delta-at-Large Chapter, AUSTRALIA, 2012 STTI Small Grant Recipient




Pat Thompson Giving Circle announced 

The Patricia E. Thompson Giving Circle in Support of Global Nursing Research was created in October 2011 in honor of Pat’s commitment to advance nursing knowledge around the world and will make possible a US $10,000 Global Nursing Research Grant. Contact the Foundation if you would like to learn more about participating in Pat’s circle.  




Major research grants presented during 2011 Biennial Convention

Melissa Fitzpatrick, vice president and chief clinical officer for Hill-Rom, attended the Biennial Convention to present two major Hill-Rom research grants: the Environment of Elder Care Nursing Research Grant awarded to Yulia Oliel and the new Quality Improvement/Patient Safety Nursing Research Grant awarded to Susan Bejciy-Spring.

CAE Healthcare representatives, Tom Doyle, vice president and chief learning officer, Dr. Beth Ulrich, vice president of Hospital Services, and Dr. Donna Walls, clinical educator of academic nursing, presented Sharon Farra the STTI/CAE Healthcare Simulation in Major Nursing Research Grant at the Biennial Convention

Dr. Sheryl Sommer, director of nursing curriculum education for ATI Nursing Education, presented the ATI Educational Assessment Nursing Research Grant to Jennifer Lea Taylor.

Dr. Diane Billings presented Carolyn Hart the STTI/National League for Nursing Research Grant that she funds annually during plenary II of the Biennial Convention.



Support enables nurses to attend STTI conferences, maintain membership

Member support made it possible for 59 nurses from Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, Mexico, Pakistan, Sweden, United Kingdom and the United States to receive leadership education grants and membership subsidies to attend STTI educational conferences or to accept or renew their membership during financial hardships or natural disasters.

ShelaHirani-web.jpg“I have no words to express my gratitude to the STTI Foundation for Nursing for the grant to support my attendance at the 41st Biennial Convention. This grant turned my dream into reality and facilitated me to present my research. Each day of the convention was a great learning experience as it familiarized me with innovative approaches in teaching, clinical practice and scholarly work.”

— Shela Hirani, MScN, BScN, Rho Delta Chapter, PAKISTAN, 2011 Leadership Education Grant Recipient

Diane Billings, Foundation Donor (left), with Carolyn Hart, NLN/STTI Research Grant recipient which is made possible with a donation by Diane Billings. Carolyn also was a Leadership Education Grant Recipient at the 41st Biennial Convention in Grapevine, Texas, USA.



Nurse Faculty Leadership Academy attracts educators from around the world

The 18-month 2012-2013 Nurse Faculty Leadership Academy (NFLA), funded by The Elsevier Foundation, launched in March 2012 with 16 Scholars, 16 Mentors and eight Faculty representing 29 universities, 15 states and provinces, and four countries including Australia, Canada, Thailand and the United States. Participants will be recognized and celebrated during the 16-20 November 2013 Biennial Convention in Indianapolis, Ind., USA.


2012 NFLA cohort

“The Elsevier Foundation is pleased to again support this program that is helping to develop a new generation of nurse faculty leaders,” said David Ruth, executive director for The Elsevier Foundation. “We believe that when we invest in leadership and provide the opportunity for individuals to grow and influence others, we are also helping the broader community of colleagues and nursing students down the road, all of whom contribute to improving health care quality.” 



The Retirement Research Foundation committed to geriatric nursing leadership

Since the inception of the Geriatric Nursing Leadership Academy (GNLA) in 2008, 28 Fellows have impacted more than 20,000 patients, nursing students, LPNs/VPNs and direct-care workers across 20 states. Thanks to a US $136,035 grant from The Retirement Research Foundation (RRF) awarded to the STTI Foundation for Nursing, STTI’s International Leadership Institute launched a third,18-month GNLA program in June 2012 with 12 Fellows (mentees) representing nine states and 12 Mentors representing 10 states. RRF joins other GNLA partners The John A. Hartford Foundation, Hill-Rom and STTI.

“The GNLA gives nurses the skills and experience they need to make a critical difference in the lives of older adults,” said STTI President Suzanne Prevost, PhD, RN, COI. “These new leaders emerge uniquely qualified to advocate for change that is based on an intimate understanding of patients’ needs and the bedside impact of public policy.”


2012 GNLA cohort


Fifth Maternal-Child Health Nurse Leadership Academy launched with partner Johnson & Johnson

Johnson & Johnson awarded a grant to the STTI Foundation for Nursing to provide the opportunity for 23 Fellows (mentees) and 23 Mentors to participate in the 2012-2013 Maternal-Child Health Nurse Leadership Academy (MCH NLA) and work together to improve the health and lives of mothers and children.




2012 MCH NLA cohort


Since its inception in 2004 and with support from Johnson & Johnson, MCH NLA has prepared 78 nurses to lead health care teams toward improving maternal-child health in communities across Canada, Europe and the United States.


Engage, embrace and advance nursing around the world

Maternal-Child Health Nurse Leadership Academy - South Africa convenes second workshop

Based on the positive impact of previous Maternal-Child Health Nurse Leadership Academies, STTI and Johnson & Johnson, with a matching grant from the STTI Foundation for Nursing’s Future Fund, adapted the model for nurses in South Africa and launched an 18-month pilot program in September 2011. North West University in Potchefstroom serves as the site of academy workshops in partnership with its sister university in Mafikeng and one public hospital, one private hospital and a community clinic in South Africa’s Northwest Territory. Tau Lambda-at-Large Chapter members are serving as faculty. 



2011 MCH NLA - South Africa cohort


The Mentees and Mentors convened in June 2012 for their second workshop and shared updates on their maternal-child health projects that are involving 300 health care professionals to improve care for at least 2,000 newborns, infants and children and their mothers and indirectly serve more than 5,000 newborns, infants, their family members and other caregivers in their South African communities.




Heritage Society silent auction raises US $10,500

Members of the STTI Foundation for Nursing Heritage Society were recognized during an invitation-only dinner at the Cowboy Club in Grapevine, Texas, USA, on 30 October 2011 during the 41st Biennial Convention. Donations to the silent auction conducted throughout the evening generated US $10,500 in contributions to the Foundation and added to the evening’s festive atmosphere.

Heriage Society_Silent Auction.jpg

From left to right: Deborah E. Jones, Virginia Henderson Fellow (VHF); Diane Billings, VHF and Pillar Society; Carole Ann Kenner, VHF; Susan Morrison, VHF and Pillar Society; and Judith Halstead, VHF 





From left to right: Andrew Storer, VHF and 2011-2013 Foundation board treasurer; Juli Maxworthy, VHF and 2011-2013 Foundation board chair; and Joanne Olson, VHF, 2009-2011 Foundation board chair





View the 2012 Donor list.

View the 2012 Financial report.





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