42nd Biennial Convention Report
Dear Phi Pi Members:
It was a pleasure to attend the 42nd Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) Convention and Business Meeting. The following is a short synopsis of sessions attended, followed by the Biennial Business meeting with the House of Delegates and Installation of New Officers.
Dr. Taryn Hill, our new chapter president and myself (Dr. Ellen Poole, past president) served as the 2 delegates for our chapter. I was able to mentor Dr. Hill to the process, and Dr. Linda Hunt, the Vice President/President Elect replaces me after the conference. Bylaws require 2 representatives per chapter for both conference and electronic delegates for business throughout the biennium.
The conference itself lasts for several days with multiple sessions to accommodate numbers and interests. Prior to the start of sessions, there were multiple tours available the most exciting and memorable is a visit to the STTI headquarters. Award dinners and exhibit halls for vendors and researchers help to round out the entire event.
Sessions attended were:
The beginning plenary session of Global Imperative of Palliative Care presented by Dr. Betty Ferrell. This was followed by symposium looking at the collaborative partnerships for Advancing Nurse Practice and Patient Outcomes through EBP Fellowships. Topics were on building academic-clinical partnerships for evidence implementation; collaborating to build Curriculum for EBP Fellowships; Challenges and Facilitators for Implementing Practice Change through Evidence Implementation Fellowships.
The afternoon included the Regional meetings, which was well attended. We are part of Region 5, Connie Scott is the Region 5 Coordinator. This is an opportunity for the chapters to share what they are doing. Dr. Hill represented our chapter.
The day opened with a Plenary session with Tilda Shalof presenting on Open My heart: Sharing Our Nursing Stories. While this session did not offer continuing education credit, the speaker brought many poignant stories from the bedside. More importantly she remains passionate about nursing.
Chamberlain College of Nursing sponsored a special session on Nurse Educator’s Role in Transforming Education Systems for the Future. Drs. Diane Billings and Judy Halstead both spoke. This served as an introduction to the partnership Chamberlain has with STTI and future initiatives.
I (EP) was able to participate as part of a panel which spoke on Chapter Leadership, particularly the six-phased approach to starting a new chapter. As we are still ‘new’, this was part of the committee which reviews new chapter applications; we shared lessons learned.
I attended the transcultural research in nursing education sessions in the afternoon.
The evening was topped off by the Founders Award Celebration.
Sessions attended emphasized innovative teaching technologies. It was also a day of seeing friends and colleagues present. Dr. Cheryl Wagner, a former colleague presented on Working Simulation into the Online Nursing Educational Environment: Setting up a Nursing Practicum Experience. Following this were several sessions by Chamberlain College of Nursing Colleagues, starting with our chapter president, Dr. Taryn Hill. Dr. Hill, Dr. Kathleen Tucker, and Dr. Dee McGonigle presented on Innovative technology in the Academic Setting. Dr. Toni Hebda, part of the research team was unable to attend.
This was the end of conference presentations and exhibits.
House of Delegates Sessions:
The House of Delegates met Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday a.m. The opening of the session starts with the presentation of the flags of the nations represented by our society. It is impressive. Countries enter by the order in which they entered the society. We as delegates are seated according to our chapter number, as number 494, we are the back row. Fortunately there are big monitors to see action in the front of the room.
The first day introduces us to the current leadership, informs of how to vote electronically, provides an annual report and covers the items to be voted on (these had been sent to the delegates prior to the meeting). At the end of the day, delegates submit their ballots for new officers. Throughout the conference there opportunities to meet candidates in addition to the information provided in the Delegate Information Newsletter sent prior to the conference.
Day two is election results; voting on items before the assembly, and ending with the new President presenting her initiatives.
There were 3 bylaw changes which essentially clarified language and apply at the international, not chapter level. All were passed.
The new president of STTI: Dr. Hestor Klopper is unique to our society in that she is the first society president to not be from the North American Continent, she is from South Africa. After a brief video, Dr. Klopper presented her call to action for 2013-2015. The call is to “Serve Locally, Transform Regionally, Lead Globally”.
Her inspiring speech asks us to serve locally from a sense of connectedness, belonging to something bigger than oneself. Through she invited chapters to provide relevant programmes cultivating collaboration. Encouraging us to use the various media available and to build out networking.
Transform regionally is about organizations being transformed in the face of economic globalization and rapid technological change. Chapters are encouraged to work across regions in this active engagement.
Last, is Lead globally through servant leadership. The giving of self to the profession to add to the global dialogue through various international programs available.
Please visit the STTI website to see President Klopper’s Address:
Ellen L. Poole, PhD, RN, CPAN,CNE
Past President, Phi Pi Chapter