As we celebrate Nurses Week and International Nurses Day, I want to take a brief moment to offer my sincere thanks to the impact you have each and every day on the health and wellbeing of our global citizens. With over 9.3 million nurses worldwide, we make up the largest healthcare workforce. I continue to challenge us all to exert our influence in advocating for care that is equitable, accessible, and high quality consistent with my Call to Action: Influence to Advance Global Health and Nursing.
Please know the great pride and honor I feel to serve as your President for 2015-2017 as I engage daily in action for moving the organization forward. Some of the highlights of my pursuits this past quarter include: chairing the STTI Board of Directors Meeting in February; attending the Creating Healthy Work Environments conference in Indianapolis in March; and traveling to Dublin in April to plan for the comprehensive report on the Global Advisory Panel for Nursing & Midwifery (GAPFON ) that will be released in July. I also presided at the Psi Kappa Chapter chartering in Jordan. While in Jordan, it was an honor to be an invited guest at the home of HRH Princess Muna Al Hussein with Dr. Patricia Thompson, CEO. As a strong supporter of nurses and STTI, Princess Muna welcomed the newly inducted leaders and members at the chartering ceremony.
Please join me in welcoming the members of the following newly chartered chapters:
- Psi Kappa Chapter, The University of Jordan Amman, Jordan, 20 February 2017
- Psi Lambda Chapter, Resurrection University Chicago, Illinois, USA, 10 March 2017
- Psi Mu Chapter, Caldwell University Caldwell, New Jersey, USA, 11 March 2017
- Psi Nu Chapter, Concordia College Bronxville, New York, USA, 23 March 2017
- Psi Omicron Chapter, University of St. Mary Leavenworth, Kansas, USA, 29 March 2017
- Psi Pi Chapter, Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA, 30 March 2017
- Omicron Omicron-at-Large Chapter, adding Good Samaritan College Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, 2 April 2017
- Psi Sigma Chapter, Colby-Sawyer College London, New Hampshire, USA, 10 April 2017
- Beta Zeta-at-Large Chapter, adding Westfield State University Westfield, Massachusetts, USA, 22 April 2017
- Psi Tau Chapter, State University of New York (SUNY) Downstate Brooklyn, New York, USA, 24 April 2017
- Omicron Xi-at-Large Chapter, adding University of Maine at Augusta Augusta, Maine, USA, 30 April 2017
Congratulations on your achievements and welcome to the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International!
In the coming months, we are excited to host the 28th International Nursing Research Congress in Dublin, Ireland, 27-31 July 2017. We will feature the 23 International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame inductees. For those interested in pursuing a leadership role in global health, I urge you to consider attending the Emerging Global Leader Institute in Washington, DC, 26-29 September. Last but not least, our 44th Biennial Convention, in Indianapolis, Indiana, 28 October through 1 November 2017, will mark the culmination of my biennium of service to STTI. At Convention, you will experience firsthand the magnitude and scope of this global organization. I hope that you will attend one of these outstanding events to connect with your fellow members and colleagues.
During Nurses Week and on your special day of recognition, International Nurses Day, I challenge you to share how you are engaging in the four themes of my Call to Action: Influence through Advocacy, Policy, Philanthropy, and Lifelong Learning. Post your personal or chapter stories in social media using hashtag #NursesInfluence, and remember to tag me @CathyCatrambone.
Finally, thank you for your tireless work as nurses and for the collective impact you make on global health and the profession.
Cathy Catrambone, PhD, RN, FAAN
President 2015-2017, Sigma Theta Tau International