Although it is still August, it certainly does feel a bit like fall is right on our heels this morning. With students returning to classes, it is time to try to shift from “summer mode” back to “business as usual.” That includes resuming the work of our Sigma Theta Tau Chapter-at-large. We did some great things this past year including working on not only retention of active members, but also the recruitment of new nurse leader community members. However, we still have a great deal of work ahead of us in order to continue to strengthen and sustain our local chapter, as well as become a more active participant on the national level.
As outgoing board president for the Kappa Pi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International I feel that this is an optimal time to send out a letter on behalf of the Kappa Pi Chapter-at-large. Whether you are a nurse who has practice for years, or are new to the community, I would like to make you aware of our organization. Kappa Pi is the local chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International. Sigma Theta Tau is the only internationally recognized national honor society for professional nurses. Kappa Pi was established as a joint collaboration between Bellin College and UW-Green Bay. The mission of Sigma Theta Tau is to advance world health and celebrate nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service. As a local chapter one of our strategic goals is to support this mission at the local level.
We know that throughout Northeastern Wisconsin, whether in a leadership/management role, educational setting, or in clinical practice, there are many great activities being done to enhance nursing education and learning, improve the quality and safety of patient care, and facilitate the growth of the professional practice of nursing. Active engagement and support of Kappa Pi at the local level is an optimal format to disseminate the research and change practices that nurses in our area are engaged in. Membership in a local professional organization also provides great networking opportunities and demonstrates the professional nurses’ commitment to research and life-long learning
Many nurses in our area are either not aware of Kappa Pi, or may have some misconceptions with regard to membership. Traditionally in the spring of each academic year senior students who meet the specific eligibility requirements are invited to join the organization. However, nursing professionals not previously inducted as a nursing student or not currently enrolled in a nursing program can join STTI as a Nurse Leader.
Nurse Leader Candidates must:
• Be legally recognized to practice nursing in his/her country
• Have a minimum of a baccalaureate degree or the equivalent in any field
• Demonstrate achievement in nursing.
• Candidates will be asked to explain how they have met the Achievement in Nursing Categories, below.
When looking at the ANA Scope and Standards of Practice it is important to review standards 7-15 which relate to standards and expectations for professional performance. As members of the profession, in your role as registered nurse, it is important to actively demonstrate the outlined professional performance expectations through leadership, collaboration, and active engagement in life-long learning. As professional nurses in the community you are actively engaged in the provision of quality patient care and the ongoing pursuit of clinical excellence. Therefore, I would encourage you all, if not a current member or if your membership is inactive, to consider joining our chapter of Kappa Pi. It is a great service opportunity and also serves as a way to mentor and role model professional practice behaviors for your peers who are currently in practice. I have attached a link to get further information with regard to membership.
As we begin the new academic year there are a few leadership positions available on the Kappa Pi Chapter-at-large board. In addition to providing an opportunity for service, active participation from faculty members will help to ensure the sustainability of this highly regarded professional organization at the chapter level. These positions require minimal time commitments, but are essential to chapter activity and growth. During the past academic year Dr. T. Heather Herdman was acting President-Elect and was set to take over the leadership responsibilities as board president this coming year. Due to unforeseen circumstances, Dr. Herdman has regretfully resigned from this position. So, in addition to the current board openings, we are now in need of an active board president. Although as board members we were looking forward to working with Heather, we certainly understand her current position and wish her the best of luck.
In addition to the Board President Role (2 year commitment) we still have a need to recruit the positions of:
Governance Chair (2 year term)
Convention Delegates (2 positions open)
Electronic Delegate (1 position)
As a group of diverse professionals with commitments that may at times may stretch our resources to the limit, it is important to remember the college’s commitment to Kappa Pi Chapter-at-large, the only honor society for professional nurses that recognizes excellence in nursing practice. I cannot stress enough that in order to sustain our chapter and continue to promote and support the scholarship and professionalism within our own community, we need to not only have membership, but active, engaged members.
I would like to thank you all for your time and consideration with regard to membership into Sigma Theta Tau International: Kappa Pi Chapter. If you do have any further question I would be happy to take the time to talk with you.
Governance Committee Chair
• Oversee chapter membership eligibility issues.
• Lead the bylaws amendment process by considering, reviewing, editing and/or correlating amendments as suggested or appropriate.
• Update the chapter’s bylaws to comply with changes made to the international bylaws by utilizing the chapter bylaws template created and updated by STTI headquarters (updated template is typically available in January of even-numbered years.)
• Oversee the development and implementation strategies to maintain chapter visibility within the community.
• Manage the development process and publishing of the chapter newsletter (twice a year)
• Oversee the publication of all program, conference and chapter activity announcements
• Manage the development of content for chapter displays at special events
• Oversee the process of developing, reviewing and revising criteria for research awards ant the funding of research grants.
• Manage the process for reviewing and evaluating abstracts for research awards and proposals for research grants.