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Midlands Hub enjoy a Scholarly event in Oxford
14th Feb 2019


Northern Hub meets in York
The first Northern Hub meeting was hosted by the University of York on 9th November

The first Northern Hub meeting was hosted by Steve Ersser, Roger Watson and Janet Scammell with support from the University of York. The day began with the Phi Mu Board meeting in the morning followed by a networking lunch. Presentations were given in the afternoon by Janet Scammell, Roger Watson, Paul Galdas and Sedar Sever. (Presentation slides can be found in the Phi Mu library and the video of the presentations will be made available in due course.) The day ended with discussion about how the Northern hub can be developed to best support the northern members of Phi Mu. The day was well attended and was a fantastic opportunity for members and non-members alike to network and support the work of Phi Mu in the north of England.


Phi Mu at the US Embassy, London
Adriene de Savorgnani welcomed Sigma's President Beth Baldwin Tigges and
CEO Elizabeth A. Madigan to the US Embassy, London

Phi Mu Chapter member, Adriane de Savorgnani (photo: centre), welcomed Sigma President, Beth Baldwin Tigges (left), and Chief Executive Officer, Elizabeth A. Madigan (right), to the new U.S. Embassy at Nine Elms, London, on September 27th.  The officers were visiting the city for Sigma’s third annual symposium on Emerging Global Healthcare Leadership.  They enjoyed lunch in the fifth floor embassy cafeteria with its sweeping views of the Thames and riverfront properties.  Afterwards they toured the main building features of the “crystal cube” including artwork, gardens, open plan offices, multipurpose room and employee conveniences such as the bank, medical unit and shoppette.  The embassy, which opened in January, is one of the largest in the world with over 1000 employees and 43 government agencies.  It was a delight and honor to host the Sigma officers for this special visit during their stay in London.     



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.



Chapter News

  • Annual Phi Mu Conference 19th July 2019, venue Oxford

    We welcome you to our Annual Phi Mu conference
    Please see details below and how to book a place


    A profession without borders

    Sigma England Chapter Annual Conference and Induction event , hosted by

    Oxford School of Nursing and Midwifery

    19th July 2019                   09.00 – 18.00

    Venue: Clerici Building, Headington Campus

    Oxford Brookes University OX3 0BP

    To book a place: Please email Dr Liz Westcott by 20th May.  westcottej@brookes.ac.uk

    Free day event for Sigma members

    £40 for non members payable on the day
  • February 2019: President’s monthly members briefing

    Dear Members
    I hope 2019 has started well for you all.  Here is my update on Chapter news:

    Oxford Brookes University hosts our Midlands Hub event
    Many thanks to Dr Liz Westcott who organized our latest Midlands hub event held on 14th February.  Following a Q&A session led by myself, four excellent presentations were given:

    Dr Sue Schutz: What are the support and education needs of caregivers of people with heart failure?

    Mamdooh Alyzood: Do Patients Have a Role in Prompting Nurses with Hand Hygiene Compliance?

    Marion Waite: It was like my pancreas and I can see it’. The meaningfulness of data visualisation in a person-based approach to an intervention using advanced technology for the self-management of adults with type 1 diabetes.

    Dr Sarah Bekaert: Reconceiving teenage mothers' repeat pregnancies

    These presentations will be able to be viewed via a link from the discussion section of our web site in due course.

    Social media webcast
    Felicity Allman, a member of our communications committee and lead on twitter chats, has been collaborating with Sigma colleagues in the USA.  She contributed to a recent joint social media webcast.  Many thanks for representing the Chapter Felicity. Here is the link: https://register.gotowebinar.com/recording/6463869827530462977 It’s a very interesting watch.

    Next Chapter event: Northern Hub meeting 25th March 2019
    Hosted by the University of Hull, this event will run from 11am to 3.30pm and include a networking lunch and three scholarly presentations.  Please contact Jackie Hutchinson to book your place: J.S.Hutchison@hull.ac.uk

    Save the date! Southern Hub event, 2nd May 2019
    Our next Board meeting will be followed by a scholarly event hosted by the Southern Hub on Thursday 2nd May.  The presentation will be scheduled for early afternoon. Further details to follow.

    Biennial Chapter Conference and Annual Chapter induction
    This will be held on 19th July 2019 at Oxford Brookes University.  This conference will be free to all Chapter members. Details including booking arrangements to follow.

    Leadership Opportunities
    We have a number of Chapter officer vacancies available.  Most of our work is done virtually and so open to any member wherever they are located. Taking on a leadership position with the Chapter is an ideal way to get to know the workings of Sigma at a local, national and international level; if you are interested in finding out more, please contact me: jscammell@bournemouth.ac.uk 

    Best wishes
    Dr Janet Scammell, Chapter President
  • Annual Conference and Induction - save the date!

    This year the Phi Mu annual conference and Induction ceremony will be held at Oxford Brookes University on 19th July 2019.
    Further details will be released in due course. Please put the date in your diary now, for what is bound to be an exciting and informative day.
  • Save the date 25th March Northern Hub

    The next Northern hub meeting will be on 25th March, at Hull. The programme will run from 11am - 3.30pm. Morning sessions will be open to members and non-members.

    The programme plan, travel guidance and campus map are available on the Phi Mu website within the Northern Hub section of the Library.
  • European December Newsletter now out!

    The European December newsletter is now available. It's in the Newsletters section of the Phi Mu Library. Please do have a read!
    Happy Christmas!


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