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The International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame: 2018: Phi Mu Awardee Professor Steven Ersser

The International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame recognizes nurse researchers who have achieved significant and sustained national or international recognition and whose research has improved the profession and the people it serves. Created in 2010, this award recognizes those who have achieved significant and sustained national or international recognition and whose research has improved the profession and the people it serves. To date, since its creation in 2010, Sigma has recognized 176 nurse researchers from 14 countries


In July at the Sigma International Research Congress in Melbourne, 20 nurse researchers were recognised from the USA, Canada, Australia, Taiwan, and China. This included from the UK our Phi Mu Chapter member, Steven Ersser, Professor in Clinical Nursing Research from the University of York, who was nominated by the Chapter and endorsed by national and international referees from nursing and medicine. The award was given for his sustained contribution to the field of dermatological and skin care nursing nationally and internationally and supporting others to engage in research within this field.

The awards were presented by Sigma President, Dr Beth Baldwin Tigges, who conducted interviews with each awardee on their nursing research career and views on research mentorship. She said, "Each of these Hall of Fame honourees represents a lifetime of contribution to the nursing profession." Steven is grateful for the endorsement by the Chapter and the support and collaboration from many academic and clinical colleagues over the last 30 years.

Steven is Professor in Clinical Nursing Research and Interim Deputy Head of Department for Nursing & Midwifery at the University of York.

Highlights from the 4th STTI European Regional Conference

An Overview by Chapter President Dr Janet Scammell

Welcome reception on a balmy summer evening in Cambridge

As hopefully you all know, Phi Mu have just organised this very successful event in collaboration with Anglian Ruskin University at Cambridge. It was two years in the planning with groups of highly committed and enthusiastic members from our Chapter, the region, as well as the USA who made up the Regional, National and Local Planning Committees. My sincere thanks to all that helped, not least to Dr Les Gelling and his team of wonderful student ambassadors from Anglia Ruskin. It was great to see our plan become a reality!

What were the highlights? Well I loved all of it although felt pretty exhausted by the end, but here are just a few:

The Pre-conference Programme made a great start to the conference. After meeting colleagues form Europe at our regional meeting, we held our Chapter Induction Ceremony on the Sunday night and welcomed new members from the UK and abroad. We were privileged to have the President of the whole Sigma organisation with us, Dr Beth Baldwin-Tigges. The Welcome Reception in the courtyard of the Health Building followed the Induction. The sun was shining as we enjoyed refreshments and met new and old friends on a balmy evening in Cambridge.

The Scientific Programme was excellent. The keynote papers were presented by esteemed colleagues from USA, Norway, ICN and UK and focused upon various aspects of our conference theme Leading nursing in times of change: education, research and practice. Our presenters certainly gave us food for thought as they unpacked the context of care and nursing from their various perspectives and took a look into the future to consider some priorities moving forward. This work was complimented by the quality and range of concurrent papers, which was impressive. These were presented by nurse scholars from across the globe, not least a number by Phi Mu chapter members. The posters were also excellent, 62 in total covering a range of clinical and education topics and research methods; again several were created by Phi Mu members. Two of our members, Sue Schutz and Philip Esterhuizen won the best paper and poster prizes – many congratulations to them. If any of you who presented would like your paper/poster abstract featured on our website, please contact our webmaster, Amy Hunter A.E.Hunter1@leeds.ac.uk

The Social Programme was great too! At the Mayor of Cambridge’s reception on Monday evening, the European Recognition prizes were awarded. Then on Tuesday some of us went punting on the river Cam and then pre-dinner Pimms or sparkling wine on the lawn on the banks of the Cam on a wonderful sunny evening. It couldn’t have been more English for our overseas guests. Please don’t believe the rumour that I was spotted drinking from two glasses at the same time - no way! (Just hope there was no photographic evidence…) Moving on, the conference dinner itself was wonderful with the room decorated in Sigma colours. The buzz in the room was fantastic!

On behalf of the Board and all the planning committees, many thanks to all who took part in this conference because really it is you, the participants, that made it such a success. Please keep late May 2020 free for the next regional conference in Coimbra, Portugal.

Dr Janet Scammell

Chapter President


Congratulations to our new President-elect

As Phi Mu members will be aware, we have a new President-elect.
Many congratulations to Liz Westcott. 

Photo: Janet Scammell, President of Phi Mu with Liz Westcott, President-elect of Phi Mu. 

Hubs are coming to Phi Mu
Hubs are being introduced to Phi Mu to enable chapter members to connect at local level.

This is an exciting development in the Chapter's development and will allow better opportunities for engagement. More details to follow.







Chapter News

  • September 2018: President’s monthly members briefing

    Dear Members
    For many of us, it’s back into the fray after our summer holidays. Here is my update for September:

    Board Meeting
    Our last Chapter Board meeting was held at Bournemouth University on 10th September.  A summary of key points can be found in the discussion section of the website: http://phimu.nursingsociety.org/egroups/viewthread?MessageKey=a99e06e6-7651-4324-921b-527dec3d1ad1&CommunityKey=8fa32a00-c80d-4dff-b1b8-bceca9524b02&tab=digestviewer#bma99e06e6-7651-4324-921b-527dec3d1ad1  Comments are welcome.

    Inaugural Southern Hub Meeting
    The aim of the Southern Hub is to bring together members from a geographical region to facilitate collaboration.  The meeting was held in Bournemouth and members in Switzerland, Somerset and Brighton joined us via video link.  We agreed to meet virtually 2 monthly with one annual face-to face meeting with other Chapter members.   Notes were circulated and a leadership team is being set up.

    Post-graduate research student virtual scholarly event
    The European Region of Sigma is requesting abstracts for the annual Post-graduate research student virtual scholarly event in November (submission deadline 15th October). Further information and application, email virtualconference.2018@gmail.com or pwolfensberger@bournemouth.ac.uk.  If you wish to ‘attend’ the event on 21/11/18, 12-14 UK time, a videolink at Bournemouth is arranged with the potential of others. Details to follow. 

    Northern Hub inaugural meeting – 9th November, York University
    The first meeting of the Northern Hub looks to be a great event (see programme in chapter events section of website).  Please come along and support this initiative and bring your colleagues. Please note -that colleagues need to confirm their attendance with Anne Thomson (anne.thomson@york.ac.uk) and let Anne know if you and your guests members or not.  Look forward to seeing you there!

    Calling all tweeters!
    Felicity Allman, member from Plymouth organised a great twitter chat recently and has another coming up in November.  More details to follow next month.  If you use twitter, the communication committee ask that you retweet the Phi Mu account to your followers to advertise the November event when details available.  This will raise the profile of our activities.  Join us on twitter - search for PhiMuChapter

    Global Healthcare Leadership – Emerging Global Leadership Symposium
    This was held in London with some great speakers.  Check out the Virginia Henderson repository for their papers: https://www.nursingrepository.org/

    Chapter Officer vacancies
    We have a number of vacancies on Chapter committees; if you are interested please contact Philip our Leadership Succession Chair P.Esterhuizen@leeds.ac.uk
    Any comments and requests to get more involved will be gratefully received!

    With best wishes
    Dr Janet Scammell, Chapter President
  • Northern Hub Meeting

    The full programme for the inaugural Phi Mu Northern hub meeting on 9th November has now been added to the events listing on the Phi Mu website.
    The first part of the event (including lunch) will be open to all, so please free to invite colleagues. Please see the events listing for registration details.
  • Northern Hub Inaugural Meeting 9th Nov 2018

    The inaugural meeting of the Sigma, Phi Mu Chapter’s Northern Hub will be Friday 9th November 1-5pm on at the University of York Science Park (YH/001B details on directions to follow) University of York – a part of the West campus https://www.york.ac.uk/about/maps/. The meeting room will be open from 12.30.

    This will be an opportunity to discuss the hub idea and how we would like this to develop in the north. Our speakers will include Prof Roger Watson (from University of Hull and JAN editor) who will, speak on scholarship and research; Prof Paul Galdas (University of York nursing lead, on his research on men’s health), Janet/ Liz will provide us with an introduction and update on Sigma activities and opportunities. I also hope one of our nursing PhD students will be presenting too.  We have capacity for 50, refreshments and lunch will be provided.

    Please can you confirm attendance with Anne Thomson (anne.thomson@york.ac.uk) and cc me in  steven.ersser@york.ac.uk.

    Kind regards


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