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Home : About STTI : Board of Directors : 2012_06_BoardMatters

June 2012 - Archived Issue of Board Matters

Dear STTI members, 

The International Board of Directors met on 31 May and 1-2 June 2012 at STTI
Headquarters in Indianapolis, Ind., USA, to conduct the business of the society.

The following reflects the decisions made, direction setting undertaken, and the information that was shared.  

Decision Making
The Board reviewed, edited and approved the minutes of the 17 April 2012 Board of
Directors video conference as submitted. Based on the recommendation of the Governance Committee, the Board approved motions to approve the following honor societies’ applications for chapter charters: Appalachian State University, Boone, N.C.; University of Houston-Victoria, Victoria, Texas; and Yerevan State Armenian-American Medical College Erebouni, Yerevan, Armenia.

Based on the recommendation of the Governance Committee, the Board approved chapter charter amendments for Chi-at Large and Delta Alpha-at-Large. The Board decided to use a member survey to poll members’ interest in multi-year membership options, but no action was taken to change the present system.

After careful consideration of analysis of the chapter member fee caps, the Board supported the staff recommendation not to impose a cap on chapter fees, but instead, to offer guidance from staff to new chapters at the time of charter application, in order to set an initial rate that is reasonable.

The Board approved a motion to recommend the expansion of the chapter service fee scale and recalculation of each scale level with modifications for high, middle and low-income countries. With this option, the current scale structure remains, but is expanded on both the low and high ends of the scale. This option potentially offers the best mix of equity and equality while keeping in check the amounts charged to our largest chapters, and adds the modification of an adjustment for high, middle and low income countries (set according to the World Bank Classification).

The Board approved the proposed budget for the STTI FY 2013 as presented by the treasurer. The Board reaffirmed its unequivocal support of Nursing Knowledge International.


Direction Setting
The following Board Committees and Task Forces gave reports:

  • Corporate Audit and Accountability Committee 
  • Resolutions Committee - Added an expected outcome: To develop guidelines
    and a process for crafting society resolutions that are congruent with the vision,
    mission and goals of the society, and which are aligned with parliamentary
    procedure according to Roberts Rules of Order, Newly Revised.
  • International Awards Task Force - Proposed 2013 International Awards guidelines were accepted.
  • South Africa Pilot Task Force
  • Strategic Partnership Task Force

Committees, Advisory Councils and Task Forces
Reports from the elected committees were presented by Board liaisons. Most appointed advisory councils and task forces are beginning their work.

  • Governance Committee — A task force was formed to create guidelines outlining the STTI experience necessary to be appointed as members of committees, advisory councils and task forces.
  • Leadership Succession Committee
  • Regional Chapters Coordinating Committee
  • International Academic Nursing Alliance Task Force
  • Research & Scholarship Advisory Council
  • United Nations and Global Health Advisory Council
  • Clinical Partnership Task Force
  • Globalization Task Force
  • International Service Task Force
  • Legacy Building Task Force
  • Rising Star Advisory Panel
  • Technology & Innovation Task Force
  • 2012 International Nursing Research Congress Planning Task Force (Brisbane, Australia)
  • 2013 International Nursing Research Congress Planning Task Force (Prague, Czech Republic)
  • 2013 Biennial Convention Planning Task Force

The Board approved a motion to change the name of South and Latin American Caribbean Region to Latin America/Caribbean.

The Board approved a motion to change the Language Implementation Plan to expedite the translation of STTI documents to French. French is commonly spoken in many African countries; therefore, this change will facilitate chapter development in Africa, and simplify the work of the newly opened satellite headquarters in South Africa.

Information Sharing
The Board Oversight Plan was reviewed by the president. The Board discussed strategic planning for future conferences, including the society’s biennial convention and annual international nursing research congress.

Suggestions were considered for the nursing U.N. Millennium Development Goals photo exhibition at the biennial convention, which will be handled by STTI staff.

The Board is awaiting official notification of U.N. Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) status of the United Nations.
The CEO discussed the society’s process for organizational affiliation with STTI and presented highlights from the Organizational Operational Performance Report.
Status reports were provided covering recent activities of the STTI subsidiaries: STTI Foundation for Nursing, STTI Building Corporation, and Nursing Knowledge International and Publications.
The president facilitated a lively discussion with the Board about etiquette around the
world to raise awareness of cultural diversity and universality.
Dates of the Leadership Forum are Thursday-Saturday, 20-22 September 2012 in Indianapolis.



Suzanne S. Prevost Connie Sobon-Sensor
President, Honor Society of Nursing,​ ​Secretary, Honor Society of Nursing,
Sigma Theta Tau International
​Sigma Theta Tau International


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