Suzanne S. Prevost, PhD, RN, COI
Throughout my presidency, it has been particularly gratifying to see the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) further expand on a global scale. It has been my honor and privilege to represent the organization at global events from worldwide leadership meetings to new STTI chapter chartering ceremonies.
STTI’s global department continues to identify and work with potential chapters around the world. I’m pleased to report that there are currently 18 honor societies and five chapter designates from countries beyond the U.S. in various stages of the application process. These future chapters represent all regions of the globe, from Australia to Ireland to Ghana.
Our most recent new chapter is the Phi Omega-at-Large chapter from Thailand. In mid-June, I presided over the Phi Omega chapter chartering and induction ceremony, where we welcomed 290 new colleagues. It was exciting to participate in this culminating event recognizing several years of collaboration among the leaders of seven universities in Thailand. The tremendous enthusiasm, honor, and pride were palpable among the faculty, students, and clinical leaders.
Coming up in September 2013, STTI will also be chartering the Chi Delta Chapter in Armenia. We are looking forward to that celebration.
In addition to our chapter development activities, I have been pleased to represent STTI at global roundtables and summits addressing important world health issues. In our first year with Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) status with the United Nations (U.N.), we continue to explore ways to better engage our nurse leaders in representation of STTI at the U.N.
A few years ago, STTI and the International Council of Nurses convened a global summit on nurse faculty migration in Geneva, Switzerland. The summit was sponsored by The Elsevier Foundation, with 21 global interprofessional invited leaders as participants. An article on the summit has been accepted for publication, and you will be able to read about the event and STTI’s participation in an upcoming issue of Nursing Outlook. We will post that information on the STTI website when it is available.
As I write this, I am preparing for travel to our 24th International Research Congress in Prague, Czech Republic, where we will welcome nurse researchers from 47 countries. I’m looking forward to the event, and I know this will be a tremendous opportunity for those in attendance to expand their personal global connections. I’m pleased to let you know that the 25th International Research Congress will take place in Hong Kong next July. If you aren’t able to attend congress this year, please make your plans now to join us in Hong Kong in 2014.
As always, STTI continues to help all our members connect through Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and our own proprietary network: The Circle. If you have not already used these resources, I encourage you to create your profile today, and start networking with your STTI peers around the world. Take advantage of the global perspective of our fellow members as an opportunity to expand your professional horizons.
As I continue my travels and service to STTI, I look forward to hearing from many of you about your global connections as our global organization continues to enhance the work of nurses and improve the health of people around the world.
Suzanne S. Prevost, PhD, RN, COI
Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International