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Highlights from the 4th STTI European Regional Conference

An Overview by Chapter President Dr Janet Scammell

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.



Professor Steve Ersser inducted into the Sigma Hall of Fame

Chapter Member Prof Steve Ersser has been accepted into Sigma's Hall of Fame. Steve will be formally inducted in Australia later in the year. This is a great honour and we are really pleased that Steve has been recognised for his fantastic contribution


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

Phi Mu have the best Webmaster in STTI in Jan '18

Our very own webmaster, Jennifer Kirman, has had her hard work rewarded, leading Phi Mu to be awarded website of the month for January.
Read Jennifer's blog here, explaining about how you too can become
involved in Phi Mu.

Website of the Month is a prestigious STTI award. The Phi Mu website has been chosen above all other Chapter websites globally, which is a fantastic honour. 
Jennifer has ensured that we now have a contemporary look to our website and that the information members receive is up-to-date and relevant. We aim to build on this success for 2018, showcasing the work of Phi Mu to other STTI members and beyond.
We wish Jennifer all the best for her upcoming leave and look forward to her return later in the year.


Sigma Biennium: Janet flies the flag for the all-England Chapter!

44th STTI Biennial Convention, Indianapolis USA, 28/10/17-1/11/17
Dr Janet Scammell: President Phi Mu Chapter and Chapter delegate at Convention

see Janet's blog here



 Sigma Theta Tau International 4th Biennial European Conference 2018

The Phi Mu Chapter of Sigma and Anglia Ruskin University look forward to welcoming you to Cambridge for the 4th Biennial European Conference

on 4th – 6th June 2018, in Cambridge, UK

(Welcome event evening of the 3rd June)

The theme of the event will be Leading Nursing in Times of Change: Education, Research and Practice

The programme will include a combination of concurrent sessions, posters, workshops, seminars and clinical visits to local healthcare providers. We are pleased to announce that the three keynote presentations will be delivered by Baroness Mary Watkins of Tavistock, Dr Frances Hughes (CEO, International Council of Nurses) and Professor Marit Kirkevold (Professor of Nursing, University of Oslo).

There will also be a lively social programme allowing delegates to meet and network with nurses from around the world.

Information on registration will be available shortly.

The organisers look forward to welcoming you to Cambridge in 2018. If you need any further information about the Conference please email STTIEC2018@anglia.ac.uk or call +44 1223 69 8529. See link to poster - latest_STTIEC2018_-_Poster.pdf

Email: STTIEC2018@anglia.ac.uk
Facebook group: www.facebook.com/groups/STTIEC2018/
Twitter hashtag: #STTIEC2018




Chapter News

  • June 2018: President's monthly member briefing

    Dear Members
    We have had a really busy month. I just want to share some highlights…

    STTI European region conference, June 2018: Phi Mu Chapter in collaboration with Anglia Ruskin University organised and delivered this highly successful conference in Cambridge.  Almost 300 delegates attended from 29 countries.  The buzz was amazing and some great connections were made.  If you were there please read and contribute to Anita Kelsey’s blog about this event http://phimu.nursingsociety.org/blogs/anita-kelsey/2018/07/04/promoting-nursing-scholarship   The conference took two years to plan with groups of 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.

    Induction ceremony: Our latest induction ceremony was held in Cambridge just before the conference.  It was a wonderful event with 6 new members being inducted in person and 8 others in absentia.  We were privileged to have the Sigma President Dr Beth Baldwin-Tigges with us at this event and throughout the conference as well as Liz Madigan the Sigma CEO.  I wish all new members a sincere warm welcome; please get in touch to find out how you can get involved actively with the Chapter.  Philip Esterhuizen is our membership ambassador P.Esterhuizen@leeds.ac.uk   

    Chapter Annual General Meeting: This was held during the conference on the 5th June with remote access facilities for members elsewhere to join us.  We reviewed my annual report (also on discussion section of our website: http://phimu.nursingsociety.org/egroups/viewthread?GroupId=3613&MessageKey=1fda5198-5f90-4a31-bfd0-f70065149ace&CommunityKey=8fa32a00-c80d-4dff-b1b8-bceca9524b02&tab=digestviewer&ReturnUrl=%2fphimuchapter%2fegroups%2fdigestviewer%3fListKey%3dd5347c83-b4d1-49af-9e91-e58f1d85dbc7

    We also had a useful discussion about our way forward.  The notes form the AGM will be posted on the discussion section of the website shortly. If you have any comments, then I would love to hear from you: jscammell@bournemouth.ac.uk 

    Three regional hubs are launched:  These are located in the South (Bournemouth), Midlands (Oxford) and North (York).  The first hub events are planned in July, September and November – please see chapter events for details.  All members are welcome at any hub meeting.  Please contact myself, Steve Ersser or Liz Westcott if you have any ideas on how we can make these hubs work best for our members.

    Member success: Philip Esterhuizen and Sue Shultz won the best poster and presentation prizes at the Regional conference: many congratulations!  For more information, see awards section of the website.

    New President-Elect: I am delighted to welcome Dr Liz Westcott as our new President-Elect.  She will take up the reins as Chapter President at the 2019 Annual General Meeting.  Congratulations Liz!

    Have a great summer everyone
  • 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
  • New President-elect: Liz Westcott

    We are delighted to announce that Liz Westcott has been appointed to the position of President-Elect after serving in the role of Vice-President for the past two years. This will ensure continued leadership of the Chapter and I have every confidence that  she will receive every support from the Chapter members.

    Liz’s supporting statement and Bio Sketch can be found in the Documents folder of the Phi Mu website.

    Philip Esterhuizen
    Chair Leadership Succession Committee
  • May 2018: President's monthly member briefing

    Dear Members
    I hope you have been enjoying some early Spring sunshine. 
    STTI European region conference: many of us have been busy contributing to the planning of this conference which is being organised by our Chapter for the European region and hosted by Chapter members at Anglia Ruskin University Cambridge.  After much anticipation the pre-conference events commence on 3rd June and the conference concludes on 6th June.  Almost 300 delegates will be attending from 29 countries.  The scientific programme is excellent; check this out at the conference website: https://www.anglia.ac.uk/health-social-care-and-education/research/stti-european-conference-2018
    Induction ceremony: Our next induction ceremony is on Sunday 3/6/18, 5-6pm at the start of the conference.  It is followed by a welcome reception If you are going to Cambridge please come along and support and meet new members as well as connect with other colleagues.
    Chapter Annual General Meeting: This important event is being held during the conference open to conference attendees but also any member able to get there or join us by videolink: Tue, Jun 5, 2018 9:20 AM - 11:00 AM BST. Please join this meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/445621869 You can also dial in using your phone:United Kingdom: +44 330 221 0097. Access Code: 445-621-869 
    Member success: We are keen to use the website to share members successes and requests for collaboration on the website.  Please get in touch with Amy our webmaster if this is of interest: a.e.hunter1@leeds.ac.uk
    President’s Annual Report: This is available on the discussion section of the website.  Any comments please do email me jscammell@bournemouth.ac.uk
    Regional Hub events:  Three regional hubs for the Chapter are being set up.  The first meeting of the Midlands Hub will take place on 12th July at Oxford Brooks University.  Dr Liz Westcott is the coordinator and will post further information about this in due course. 
    Best wishes
  • February 2018: President’s Monthly member briefing

    Dear all
    It has been a busy start to the New Year:

    Hall of Fame success for Phi Mu member: Our Chapter nominated Professor Steve Ersser and I am delighted to report that his application has been successful.  He will be inducted into the prestigious International Hall of Fame in Australia later this year.  Congratulations Steve!

    Where have all the nurses gone? Exploring nurse retention: This scholarly event was held at Bournemouth university in February.  Presentations were provided by members Lin Purandare and Janet Scammell, followed by a lively discussion. A video of this event will be added to the discussion section.  

    Board Meeting at Bournemouth university: Key points from this can be found on the discussion section of the website.

    STTI European region conference: we are hosting this event at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge (4-6 June 2018).  223 abstracts were submitted and bookings for this event are buoyant.  Don’t miss your chance to network with nurses from across the globe.  Book your place: https://www.anglia.ac.uk/health-social-care-and-education/research/stti-european-conference-2018  

    European Recognition Awards: this is awarded every other year.  Applications are now in and are being shortlisted. 

    Dates for your diary: Our next annual induction is on 3rd June at approximately 5pm at Anglia Ruskin University.  This is followed by the welcome reception for the conference.  The Chapter AGM is being held during the conference on 5th June in the morning.  A web ink will be provided to enable wide member access. 

    Best wishes
  • Bournemouth University nurse students learn about GAPFON

    Desi Tait (Faculty Counsellor) and Janet Scammell (President) facilitated two interactive lectures for first year nursing students in early December entitled 'Nurses leading the way in global health'.  We explored the international healthcare context using the UN Sustainable Development Goals.  Drawing on the DAPFON model and the six professional issues identified, we then considered the role of nurses in advancing world health on the global stage and explored the role of Sigma in this endeavour.


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