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Southern Hub meeting and scholarly event held in May at Bournemouth University

This event attracted existing members and nursing students interested in finding out about the society. Our Chapter president, Dr Janet Scammell, started with an update on recent and future chapter activities. 
We then heard 2 excellent presentations: the first was from Dr Ian Holt from Bucks New university about how artificial intelligence can support clinical decisions in wound care.  Ian presented the context of the use of technology generally in life today and then focused on the actual and potential use of artificial intelligence in the provision of health care including nursing. 
This was followed by a presentation from Ashley Spriggs from Bournemouth university concerning the DEALTS2 project which is a Health Education England funded project concerning the use of simulation-based dementia education interventions in acute care settings. A lively discussion followed each presentation which certainly gave the audience considerable food for thought.  The presentations were videoed and this will be uploaded onto the website in due course. 



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

  • A Fond Farewell

    On 19th July at the Phi Mu All England Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International (Sigma) Annual Conference held at Oxford Brookes University we said a heartfelt and fond farewell to Dr Janet Scammell as she stepped down from her role as President and welcomed our new President Dr Liz Westcott. 

    Janet has played a significant role in helping to drive forward the current work being undertaken by the Chapter, in particular the setting up of Regional Hubs and the Hosting of the European Conference in Cambridge both of which have helped Phi Mu grow in reputation in both England and Europe

    Janet is not leaving the Chapter, instead her main focus will be to continue in her role as Board member and Southern and International Regional Hub Lead, where she will continue to support the work of Phi Mu and Sigma as a whole.

    We would also like to say thank you to Janet who has supported many staff as a mentor and helped them to develop their roles within Phi Mu. Each new challenge has brought its rewards. Working with Janet has been an absolute privilege and also working with such a dedicated group of nurses who are committed to ensuring the delivery of safe and effective care globally, is something we are all particularly proud to be involved with. 

  • June 2019: President’s monthly briefing for members

    Dear Members

    Here is my last monthly update of Chapter news as Chapter President:

    Chapter Annual Conference and new member induction: 19th July 2019

    This event hosted by Oxford Brookes University is a great opportunity to network with Chapter members and listen to a stimulating programme of presentations including keynote papers from Professor Anne-Marie Rafferty, Baroness Watkins and Heather Henry as well as concurrent session papers from student and academic members from each of the regional hubs.  This is a FREE event for Sigma members, although non-members can attend for a small fee.  Any questions, please email Dr Liz Westcott westcottej@brookes.ac.uk

    Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Chapter induction

    The AGM is being held at the end of the conference day at 3.30pm.  If you are in Oxford please stay to hear of chapter achievements and future plans.  This is followed by a short induction ceremony when we formally welcome new members of the Chapter.  Your support to make this occasion really special will be appreciated. 

    Research, practice development and education awards

    Thank-you for your applications for these new awards.  They were judged by members of the Chapter research committee and two awards were made to

    • Catherine Best
    • Dr Amy Hunter

    Many congratulations Catherine and Amy!  I look forward to presenting your awards at the annual conference in Oxford. 

    Further call: Vacancy  on European committee

    This was advertised last month but I received no nominations.  A vacancy has arisen to represent our Chapter on the European Awards and Recognition committee.  There are approximately 4 meetings a year all held via video-link and the commitment is not onerous but provides a good opportunity to network with Sigma members across Europe. Please get in touch to put yourself forward: jscammell@bournemouth.ac.uk    

    And it’s goodbye from me…

    I have served as Chapter President since January 2017 and my term expires on 19th July 2019.  It has been a privilege to serve the Chapter in this capacity.  I have got to know so many members both in our Chapter and in the Sigma organisation more widely and thereby enriched my appreciation of the scope of nursing at many levels and in many settings.  I will continue to be a member of the Chapter Board in my capacity as Southern and international regional hub lead.  I know I am leaving the Chapter in very capable hands: Dr Liz Westcott is a highly experienced nurse leader who has served the chapter as vice-president and President-elect.  I know she will pro-actively and creatively take the Chapter forwards into its next phase of development.

    Best wishes

    Dr Janet Scammell, Chapter President

  • Nursing Now event prepares nurses and midwives to lead

    Elizabeth Rosser shares her article on how a Nursing Now event prepares nurses and midwives to lead
  • Northern Hub Network Event 6th November 2019

    The next Phi Mu Chapter Northern Hub event is to take place at The Post-Graduate Centre, Manchester Royal Infirmary, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9WL
    The programme will run from 10.30am - 2.30pm. 
    Refreshments will be served on arrival and lunch will be served at 1pm.
    The agenda and information regarding the venue are available on the Phi Mu website within the Northern Hub section of the library. Travel details to follow. 
    If you would like to attend could you please contact Kirsten Jack at k.jack@mmu.ac.uk

    Catherine Best
  • 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
  • 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


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