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Home : Publications : STTIconnect : August 2012 - President's Letter


Suzanne S. Prevost, PhD, RN, COI

G’day from the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International’s 23rd International Nursing Research Congress in Brisbane, Australia. I am here with more than 700 nurse scholars representing 35 countries.  This year’s theme, “Creating a Legacy through Nursing Research, Innovation and Global Collaboration, is reflected in more than 550 oral and poster presentations.

Throughout the week, we have had the opportunity to share innovations, make new connections and learn about the amazing work of our colleagues around the globe who are making a difference in world health.

Our opening keynote speaker, Dr. Tracy McDonald, holds an endowed chair in aging at Australian Catholic University. McDonald inspired participants with her thoughts on the role of nurses in policy development to promote excellence in nursing practice.

On Tuesday, Dr. Rhonda Griffiths, dean of the School of Nursing and Midwifery at the University of Western Sydney, provided the plenary presentation. Griffiths shared her insights on evidence-based practice gained from her experience as director of the New South Wales Centre for Evidence Based Health Care and her affiliation with the Joanna Briggs Institute.

On Tuesday afternoon, STTI President-elect Dr. Hester Klopper and I gave a joint presentation highlighting the association’s progress toward Vision 2020. It’s exciting to see and discuss our evolution toward becoming a truly global organization. One participant, Dr.Lillie Shortridge-Bagget of Pace University in New York, shared her rewarding experiences of collaborating with nurses at Utrecht University in the Netherlands and the Queensland University of Technology in Australia. Both of these universities started with a handful of committed STTI members a decade ago, and now both have thriving STTI chapters.

On Thursday, I will have the privilege of hosting one of my favorite annual events: the induction of new members into our International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame. This year, we will recognize 14 distinguished scholars who have achieved significant and sustained national and/or international recognition for their programs of research. Their accomplishments have significantly influenced our profession and the people we serve.

You can read more about the presentations and events occurring here in Reflections on Nursing Leadership. A discussion has also been started on The Circle where attendees can share useful information with other STTI members. 

Planning has already begun for the 24th International Nursing Research Congress, which will occur July 2013, in Prague, Czech Republic.  We hope to see many of you there. Be sure to submit your abstracts by 5 December 2012.  For links and more information see 24th International Nursing Research Congress.

Suzanne S. Prevost, PhD, RN, COI
Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International
2011-2013 President

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