It’s hard to believe that the biennium is coming to a close. As I write this, I am preparing to represent STTI at the upcoming Magnet Conference in Houston, Texas. I am also working on my keynote address for the 44th Biennial Convention. I am proud to witness the continued engagement of our members in responding to the Call to Action: Influence to Advance Global Health and Nursing. As nurses, we have the public trust evidence-based knowledge, and relationship expertise to respond to complex needs of persons, communities and populations in promoting positive health outcomes.
This biennium has flown by far too quickly! I must take one last opportunity to express the unparalleled honor I feel to serve as your President for 2015-2017. In my travels throughout these past two years, I have been able to meet and connect personally with thousands of members around the world, from Cape Town to Sydney to Jordan to Dublin, as well as many opportunities closer to the place I call home. I am profoundly grateful for the opportunity to serve you, and being your president has been the honor of my lifetime.
This past quarter, I was thrilled to announce the board has identified our incoming Chief Executive Officer, Elizabeth Madigan. Dr. Madigan will assume her role as CEO at the 44th Biennial Convention later this month. I ask you to join me in extending Liz a warm welcome as she transitions to her new role.
As I welcome Liz, I also want to extend my sincere thanks and appreciation to Pat Thompson, who has served capably as CEO for the past 10 years. Pat has been a tremendous friend and mentor, and she has made a substantial mark on my life and career, as I know she has with many others she has worked with over the years. As an organization, we will celebrate Pat’s retirement at the convention as we welcome Liz.
In July, I enjoyed meeting more than 1,400 of you in Dublin at the 28th International Nursing Research Congress, where I and my Sigma colleagues presented our final report on the Global Advisory Panel for the Future of Nursing & Midwifery (GAPFON). If you haven’t yet seen the wonderful Congress photos, check them out on Flickr here, and the GAPFON report is available on the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository here.
Please join me in welcoming the members of the following newly chartered chapters:
- Psi Upsilon Chapter, Western Governors University, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, 12 July 2017
- Xi Omicron-at-Large Chapter, adding three additional universities: University of Technology Sydney, Wollongong University, and the University of Notre Dame Australia, 24 August 2017
- Kappa Zeta-at-Large Chapter, adding Maine Medical Center, Portland, Maine, USA, 16 September 2017
- Psi-at-Large Chapter, adding two additional universities, Seattle, Washington, USA, 23 September 2017
And an advance welcome to:
- Psi Phi, Lipscomb University, Nashville, Tennessee, USA, 5 October 2017
Congratulations on your achievements and welcome to the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International!
During the 2015-2017 biennium, we have chartered 27 new chapters and approved seven chapter amendments. I’m thrilled to announce that one of those 34, Kappa Zeta-at-Large and Maine Medical Center, was the first amendment to include a practice setting under the new chapter model approved by the House of Delegates at the 2015 Convention. I am honored and humbled to have presided over this outstanding expansion of STTI chapters.
And now, I have the bittersweet honor of saying one of what will become many goodbyes. Again, it has been the honor of my life to serve as your president.
On the last day of the upcoming Convention, my dear friend and colleague Dr. Beth Tigges will assume the presidency of the Society. I know that you will greet her with the same grace and appreciation you have shown me. I wish her well in her endeavors. I hope that you will attend one of these outstanding events to connect with your fellow members and colleagues.
In parting, let me thank you one final time for your tireless work as nurses and for the collective impact you make on global health and the profession. You embody global nursing excellence, and you represent the future of our organization and nursing profession.
Cathy Catrambone, PhD, RN, FAAN
President 2015-2017, Sigma Theta Tau International