16 November 2019
More than 80 people attended this special event, which is designed to connect convention attendees in a fun, fast-paced environment. Attendees enjoyed lunch in addition to the opportunities to connect one-on-one with each other.
Opening Plenary Session
After the time-honored flag processional and presentation of the Sigma/ATI Educational Assessment Nursing Research Grant, Sigma President Beth Baldwin Tigges, PhD, RN, PNP, BC, reported on the progress of Sigma and the initiatives that support her call to action: Connect. Collaborate. Catalyze. View the video — featuring actual Sigma members — that was played to open this session.
Sigma’s new mission and vision were also introduced, and each attendee received an “I am a Sigma nurse” button as they left the session.
- Sigma mission: Developing nurse leaders anywhere to improve healthcare everywhere
- Sigma vision: Connected, empowered nurse leaders transforming global healthcare
Thanks to Sigma Foundation for Nursing donations, 15 nurses from eight countries received leadership education grants to attend convention. Foundation donors of US $60 and higher met the leadership education grant recipients at a tea after the opening plenary.
Escape room sessions were a very popular addition to the schedule. The clinical escape room sessions, presented by Old Dominion University School of Nursing and Epsilon Chi Chapter, had attendees unlocking clues that allowed them to safely administer medications to an ailing patient. In Sigma's escape room sessions, participants had to solve a series of clues to help deactivate a techno-virus threatening to delete all electronic medical records around the world. More than 130 participants attempted to escape in these sessions, held Saturday through Monday.
Exhibit Hall Grand Opening and Welcome Reception
President Tigges and Sigma Chief Executive Officer Elizabeth Madigan performed the traditional ribbon-cutting ceremony for the grand opening and welcome reception, sponsored by Georgia Baptist College of Nursing of Mercer University and Pi Gamma Chapter. Attendees enjoyed the buffet as they networked with one another, connected with healthcare vendors, and learned about various Sigma programs and initiatives.