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Professor Steve Ersser inducted into the Sigma Hall of Fame

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

  • July 2018: President's monthly member briefing

    Dear Members
    Hope you are enjoying a break over the summer.  Here is my news update for July:

    First meeting of the new Midlands Hub: This was hosted on 12/7/18 by President-Elect Dr Liz Westcott at Oxford Brookes University.  The meeting began with refreshments, networking and discussion on how the Midlands hub might work and what the group wanted from it.  I then gave a brief presentation about the chapter and our hopes for the future based on Board discussion and the recent AGM.  Ideas from the group will be taken forward to the next Board meeting in September.  The group agreed to meet twice a year as a regional hub and to attend other events remotely or in person as available.  This was followed by four excellent research presentations from members based at Oxford Brookes.  Details of the presentations will be posted on the discussion forum in due course.  The meeting concluded with some colleagues taking a very enjoyable trip to the outdoor theatre in Oxford to enjoy an evening of Shakespeare! 
    Member celebration: on 21/7/18, Chapter member Prof Steve Ersser was inducted into Sigma’s highly prestigious Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame at the 29th International Nursing Research Congress in Melbourne, Australia. Created in 2010, the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame recognises nurse researchers who have achieved significant and sustained national or international recognition and whose research has improved the profession and the people it serves. The award presentation is sponsored by Wiley. Many congratulations Steve!
    Chair of Governance Committee: After seven years serving on the Chapter Governance Committee withfour as Chair, Dr Mary Laurenson is stepping down and will volunteer with the Chapter in another capacity.  May I thank you Mary on behalf of the Chapter for your service over the years.  Please welcome Lin Purandare who has stepped up from the committee to take the Chair.  Please support Lin as it is not a simple role!
    First meeting of the European Region Nurse Education Research Group: The group’s first meeting was at the STTIEC conference in Cambridge with representatives from five countries.  Their current goal is to develop a scoping review on leadership in pre-registration nurse education.  Any questions please contact me as the chair of this group.
    Chapter Annual General Meeting: This was held during the Cambridge conference on the 5th June. Please see notes on the discussion section of the website. If you have any comments, please contact me: jscammell@bournemouth.ac.uk 

    With best wishes
    Dr Janet Scammell, Chapter President
  • 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


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