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Northern hub meeting of Phi Mu Chapter 25th March 2019
This 2nd meeting of our newest hub was kindly hosted by University of Hull in the new Allan Medical Building.

The event was introduced by Prof Steve Ersser (Hub lead) and was followed by a presentation about Phi Mu Chapter and our aspirations by Dr Janet Scammell, President of the Chapter. Events coming up in May and July were shared. A discussion about the Chapter and the hub was held, including increasing membership and in particular from students.
Presentations by: 
Lesley Gratrix (University of Hull): Nursing Leadership and ward sisters in supervisory roles. Lesley shared her PhD research journey to date and her evident passion understanding this key Nurse leader role.
Dr Parveen Ali (University of Sheffield): Emerging Nurse Researcher Award 2017 - Success is a Journey and not a Destination. Parveen shared her nursing career journey to date and the challenges and strategies to maximise success.
The meeting concluded with a discussion of practicalities of managing the Northern hub and the recruitment of a steering group.  Many thanks to those who volunteered!




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

  • Save the Date: 6th November 2019

    The next Northern Hub Meeting will take place on 6th November 2019 at Manchester Metropolitan University. More information to follow in due course.
  • Nursing workforce

    Dear colleagues
    I am writing to ask of anyone is researching the topic of nursing workforce?  I would like to make some connections for potential collaborative activity in this area.  Please get in touch if this is of interest: jscammell@bournemouth.ac.uk 
    Kind regards
  • Southern Hub Scholarly event

    Join us at Bournemouth University on 2nd May 2019 at 1pm. 
    Please see Chapter events tab at the bottom of this webpage for details.
  • Inspiring member stories - Catherine Best's story

    Please see link to Catherine's insightful article
  • If not me who? by Prof Elizabeth Rosser

    Please see link to article by Prof Elizabeth Rosser

  • Article about the Genoa Honor Society by Prof Elizabeth Rosser

    Please follow this link to see the article

  • March 2019: President’s monthly briefing for members

    Dear Members
    I hope you are all enjoying the great Spring weather! Here is my update on Chapter news:

    NEW! Research practice development and education awards: applications invited
    Our Chapter is offering three annual awards to support members to contribute towards Sigma’s mission of advancing world health and celebrating nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership and service.  Awards focus on excellence in the areas of research, education and clinical practice and applications are open now.  Please click on the awards section of our website (see top menu bar).

    Biennial Chapter Conference and Annual Chapter induction
    This will be held on 19th July 2019 at Oxford Brookes University.  This is FREE event for Sigma members, but non-members are welcome at the minimal cost of £40 payable on the day.  Keynote speakers include Prof Anne-Marie Rafferty.  To book a place, please email Dr Liz Westcott westcottej@brookes.ac.uk by 20th May. 

    Southern Hub event, 2nd May 2019: Health Inequalities
    Our next Board meeting will be held at Bournemouth University on Thursday 2nd May 2019.  This will be followed by a networking lunch and scholarly presentations; we are in the planning stages, but our tentative theme is health inequalities.  If you would like to attend or indeed present, please contact Janet Scammell jscammell@bournemouth.ac.uk

    Northern Hub meeting and scholarly presentations event held on 25th March 2019
    Hosted by the University of Hull, this event brought together existing members with colleagues interested in the society and what it has to offer.  Please see story on main webpage.  

    Leadership Opportunities
    We have a number of Chapter officer vacancies available.  We are looking for members to join the Leadership succession as well as our Finance committees.  Most of our work is done virtually and so open to any member wherever they are located. If you are interested in finding out more, please contact me: jscammell@bournemouth.ac.uk 

    Best wishes
    Dr Janet Scammell, Chapter President
  • 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
  • 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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