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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.

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. 



Chapter News

  • October 2018: President's monthly member briefing

    Dear Members
    We have been enjoying a bit of an ‘Indian summer’ in the UK, but now back to the wet and windy autumn we know and love! A quick update on Chapter news:

    Visit to US embassy by Sigma President
    Phi Mu Chapter member and former Chapter Vice-President, Adriane de Savorgnani, welcomed Sigma President, Dr Beth Baldwin Tigges, and Chief Executive Officer, Elizabeth A. Madigan, to her wor[place, the new U.S. Embassy at Nine Elms, London, on September 27th.   Please see story on website.

    Call for abstracts
    The Sigma Biennial Convention is a great networking and scholarly event for Sigma members worldwide.  The call for abstracts closes on 5th December.  Please see details on international news section of our website: https://thecircle.nursingsociety.org/events/event-description?CalendarEventKey=f5bd8a30-cddc-4b91-96b9-e2afcd14434f&Home=%2fhome

    5th European Regional Conference planning
    This event will be held in Coimbra, Portugal in May 2020.  The planning committee are looking for members to join the scientific committee.  If you are interested, please let me know by the end of November: jscammell@bournemouth.ac.uk

    Post-graduate research student virtual scholarly event
    The call for abstracts has now closed for the annual Post-graduate research student virtual scholarly event in November.  However you can attend the presentations virtually on 21/11/18, 12-14.00 UK time.  This requires joining a link to the event. A link is being set up at Bournemouth University for members nearby, but any member can join the meeting via video link; please contact virtualconference.2018@gmail.com

    Nest Twitter chat
    Felicity Allman, student member from Plymouth University has organised our next twitter chat. It is on 20 December at 19.00 UK time. The topic is ‘Transforming perceptions of nursing through mentorship’.  The related blog will be released nearer the time.  If you have never been involved in a twitter chat before, try it out.  See the Phi Mu Blog section at the bottom of our website home page: http://phimu.nursingsociety.org/blogs/felicity-allman/2018/07/31/tweetchats

    Dr Janet Scammell, Chapter President


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