During the past few weeks, I have been busy preparing for the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International’s (STTI’s) 42nd Biennial Convention, set to take place 16-20 November in Indianapolis, Ind., USA. We are expecting more than 2,000 STTI members, delegates, and supporters to join us for four days of cutting-edge presentations, organizational business, networking, and celebration of the organization and the profession we all love.
I am always appreciative of the insights and expertise of the professionals I meet through our honor society. Many of our members are expert clinicians, educators, researchers, administrators, and leaders in health policy. And while I can never replicate their experiences, I can certainly benefit from the ideas and information they so willingly share. Peer-to-peer exchange of ideas and information is one of the most important benefits of my STTI membership. Those networking opportunities are enriched by the expanding global reach of our organization.
Another benefit of my membership is my access to STTI books and continuing nursing education through Nursing Knowledge International
(NKI). If you have not visited the NKI website recently, be sure to check out the redesign and give us your feedback. Be sure to browse online through the new book offerings and merchandise.
STTI offers many ways for members to connect through Facebook
, 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 fellow members’ global perspectives as an opportunity to expand your professional horizons.
Remember, there is still time to register for the 42nd Biennial Convention. Online registration is open through 16 October, and attendees have the option to register on-site at the event. But be sure to make your hotel reservations for convention as soon as possible; rooms are going quickly. I look forward to meeting and connecting with many of you at convention. If not there, perhaps I will meet you at the 25th International Nursing Research Congress in Hong Kong in July 2014.
Throughout my biennium as president I have been honored to serve you, STTI, and the nursing profession. As I continue my travels and service to STTI, I look forward to meeting more of you as our global organization continues to enhance the work of nurses and improve the health of people around the world.