Elizabeth Rosser, DPhil, MN, Dip N Ed, Dip RM, RN, RM, RNT, PFHEA, was installed as a member of Sigma’s International Board of Directors in November 2015 at the 43rd Biennial Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Rosser is professor of nursing and acting executive dean and deputy dean, education and professional practice at Bournemouth University, England. She is past president and board member of the Phi Mu Chapter, drawing membership from across England and Europe. Rosser remains closely linked to the European Regional Committee. She is passionate about leadership and scholarship for nursing practice and is committed to developing the culture of Sigma across England, and has been working with teams in Scotland and Southern Ireland to develop their own chapters, with the idea to consider closer ways of working across the UK. Now on the Board of Directors, she looks forward to serving the global membership with her extensive experience in nursing, education, and research, and spreading the influence of the honor society internationally.
As dean and deputy dean, Rosser is responsible for leading the faculty of health and social sciences at Bournemouth University, in addition to leading the quality assurance and enhancement of education across the faculty. Her research interests lie in the area of healthcare workforce development. She has recently completed work with two National Health Service hospitals to develop the leadership of their most senior clinical leaders through three action learning sets with excellent results and has begun to publish the outcomes. As senate representative, she currently serves on the board of directors of her own university in Bournemouth.
Rosser served a four-year term on the central Governance Committee of Sigma from 2011 to 2015 and joint chair of the Chapter Chartering Review Task Force from 2013 to 2015. Learning about the governance of the honor society, she greatly benefitted from this experience and was able to disseminate this to her own chapter members and those in the European Region.
As a visiting professor in Norway, Rosser has a keen interest in transcultural care. She spent five years as a nurse-midwife in a 30-bed bush hospital in Colombia, laterally taking overall leadership of the hospital before spending a year as head nurse in the operating and emergency department of a private hospital in Cartagena, Colombia. More recently, she was coordinator of a British Council funded higher education link scheme between her own university in Bristol, England and the Universidade do Norte in Natal, Brazil to introduce the new role of nurse-midwife into a rural community in northeast Brazil.
As a founder member of the global leadership mentorship group, Rosser is keen to ensure succession planning for early career researchers and academics to develop and progress through their career aspirations.