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The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International Announces the Global Advisory Panel on the Future of Nursing

Julie J. Adams
The Honor Society of Nursing,
Sigma Theta Tau International     
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The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International
Announces the Global Advisory Panel on the Future of Nursing
International nurse leaders convene in Basel, Switzerland, to advance global health
INDIANAPOLIS — The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) announces the creation of the Global Advisory Panel on the Future of Nursing (GAPFON). The inaugural meeting of GAPFON — a panel of international nurse leaders — convened to establish a global voice and vision for the future of nursing that will advance global health. The panel is chaired by Johns Hopkins School of Nursing Dean Emerita and Professor Dr. Martha N. Hill.
“GAPFON will be a catalyst to stimulate partnerships and collaborations to advance global health outcomes. I am excited and honored to chair this initiative and look forward to working with nurses, other health professionals, and key stakeholders who are committed to improving global health domestically and internationally,” said Dr. Hill.
The initial GAPFON meeting — an intense three-day high-level gathering that facilitated discussion to identify and discuss strategies to positively influence global health —  took place in Basel, Switzerland, 27-29 March 2014. Key issues identified include the need for reform, advocacy, and innovations in leadership, policy, practice, education, and work environments.
“It is imperative that global nurse leaders work together to develop a unified voice and vision for the future of nursing worldwide,” said STTI President Dr. Hester C. Klopper. “The Global Advisory Panel on the Future of Nursing will be a vehicle for thought leaders to share information, develop and influence policy, and advance this profession to influence global health.”
GAPFON will hold a series of regional meetings of leaders from key stakeholder groups, including representatives from multiple sectors around the globe, to obtain knowledge and social, economic, cultural, and political insight related to issues determined at this inaugural meeting. Data from these meetings will provide the basis for an action plan including policy implications.
Panel member Dr. John Daly said, “The advisory panel and its agenda provide an unprecedented opportunity for global nursing leadership to make major strides in contributing to advances in global health.”
During the past decade, STTI, which holds special consultative status with the United Nations’ ECOSOC (Economic and Social Council), has assumed an increasingly global role in advancing world health and promoting the nursing profession. The creation of GAPFON represents a major advance in establishing strategic directions for improving global health. Having taken the initiative to host the inaugural meeting and future regional meetings, STTI is laying the foundation for GAPFON to continue in the future as a sustainable advisory entity. 
Advisor to Her Royal Highness Princess Muna El Hussein — the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) Patron for Nursing Midwifery — and Senator, the Kingdom of Jordan, Dr. Rowaida Al-Ma’aitah states, “I believe the time is right for a sharper vision and collective voice for nurses and midwives all over the world to influence the global health agenda. GAPFON is a powerful vehicle for paving the future of nurses’ influence in achieving global health outcomes.”
Establishment of the GAPFON meets STTI’s mission to advance world health, and the theme of STTI President Dr. Hester Klopper’s call to action, “Lead Globally, Transform Regionally, Serve Locally.”
Martha Hill, PhD, RN, FAAN
Dean Emerita and Professor, Nursing, Medicine, and Public Health
Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, Maryland, USA 
Rowaida Al-Ma’Aitah, PhD
Advisor for Her Royal Highness Princess Muna El Hussein for Health and Social Development
Senator, Jordan Nursing Council and the Upper Parliament of Jordan
Professor, Jordan University of Science and Technology
Amman, Jordan 
Cathy Catrambone, PhD, RN, FAAN
President-Elect, STTI
Associate Professor, Rush University College of Nursing
Chicago, Illinois, USA 
Eric Lu Shek Chan, DMgt, RN, FACN
Principal Nursing Officer
Hospital Authority
Kowloon, Hong Kong 
John Daly, PhD, RN, FACN, FAAN
Dean and Professor, Faculty of Health
University of Technology Sydney
Lindfield, New South Wales, Australia 
Hester Klopper, PhD, MBA, RN, RM, FANSA
President, STTI
Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Forum of University Nursing Deans of South Africa
Pretoria, South Africa 
Leslie Mancuso, PhD, RN, FAAN
President and CEO
Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Isabel Mendes, PhD, RN
Full Professor
University of Sao Paulo at Ribeirao Preto College of Nursing
Ribeirao Preto, Brazil
Mary E. Norton, EdD, APN-C
Associate Dean and Professor, Global Academic Initiatives
Felician College, The Franciscan College of New Jersey
Lodi, New Jersey, USA
Anne Marie Rafferty, CBE, DPhil (Oxon), RN, FRCN, FAAN
Professor of Nursing Policy
King’s College
London, United Kingdom 
Judith Shamian, PhD, RN, LLD, DSc (Hon), LLD (Hon)
International Council of Nurses
Wichit Srisuphan, DrPH, RN
Emerita Professor
Thailand Nursing and Midwifery Council
Roger Watson, PhD, RN, FRCN, FAAN
Professor of Nursing, Faculty of Health and Social Care
University of Hull
Hull, United Kingdom 
Lynda Wilson, PhD, RN, FAAN
Assistant Dean and Professor, International Affairs
Deputy Director, PAHO/WHO Collaborating Center on International Nursing
University of Alabama Birmingham School of Nursing
Birmingham, Alabama, USA
Patricia E. Thompson, EdD, RN, FAAN
Chief Executive Officer
The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Cynthia Vlasich, MBA, BSN, RN
Director, Education and Leadership
The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
K. Joanne McGlown, PhD, RN, MHHA, FACHE
Director, Global Business Development
The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Stephanie L. Ferguson, PhD, RN, FAAN, Facilitator
International Health Care Consultant
Amherst, Virginia, USA
About the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI)
The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is advancing world health and celebrating nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service. Founded in 1922, STTI has more than 135,000 active members in more than 85 countries. Members include practicing nurses, instructors, researchers, policymakers, entrepreneurs and others. STTI’s roughly 500 chapters are located at approximately 695 institutions of higher education throughout Armenia, Australia, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, England, Ghana, Hong Kong, Japan, Kenya, Lebanon, Malawi, Mexico, the Netherlands, Pakistan, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Swaziland, Sweden, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, the United States, and Wales. More information about STTI can be found online at
STTI’s International Leadership Institute offers leadership programs, mentoring opportunities, and career development resources designed to enhance STTI members’ leadership skills, individual abilities, and talents. The STTI International Leadership Institute administers academies and mentoring programs in maternal child health, board leadership, geriatric nursing leadership, leadership development, and nurse faculty leadership.

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