Certainly one of my proudest moments as a nurse professional was being presented as your president at the 41st Biennial Convention in Grapevine, Texas, USA, in 2011. It was a tremendous honor to receive the presidential chain, and it has been a tremendous honor to wear it and represent you during the past two years.
During my time as president, I have attended chapter charter ceremonies and conferences on six continents, from Africa to Armenia to Australia, and in many cities across the Americas. I have also been thrilled to see the steady increase in attendance at our annual International Nursing Research Congresses. These meetings have clearly become a high-impact global platform for research dissemination and collaboration. I have written previously about the benefits our members receive by engaging with our global network of nurse leaders and attending our international events. If you haven’t attended one of these events, I encourage you to consider joining us in Hong Kong for the 25th International Nursing Research Congress, 24-28 July 2014.
As you know, my presidential call to action is “Give Back to Move Forward.” I have been inspired to witness the wide array of our individual members’ and local chapters’ accomplishments as they have generously given of their time, talents, and treasures to respond to people in need. As we enter the traditional season of gratitude and giving, I encourage you to find ways to give back. Whether you choose to provide care for underserved populations, share your wisdom with students and colleagues, or make a charitable donation to our Sigma Theta Tau International Foundation for Nursing, be assured that your gifts are important and that they help us achieve our mission. Please commit to leaving your legacy for our patients and the profession. I can assure you from personal experience that the act of giving back will help all of us move forward.
Throughout my biennium as president, I have been honored to serve you, STTI, and the nursing profession. I look forward to the upcoming convention and to serving our global organization in a new way as we enhance the work of nurses and improve the health of people around the world.