Why Phi Nu? Why devote time and energy to this organization? I’ve been asked this question more than once and for me the answer is an easy one. Reflect for a moment on the mission of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International: "advancing world health and celebrating nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service.”
Did you know that Phi Nu just sent invitations to join our chapter to Walden students in over 20 countries worldwide? Because Walden is an international university, Phi Nu is a truly international STTI chapter. What a wonderful opportunity to advance world health.
And what about celebrating nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service? This is my favorite aspect about STTI’s mission. In 2017, I will celebrate my 40th anniversary as a registered nurse – a journey that has taken me from an associate degree to a PhD…from a small town in Texas to educating nurses internationally. Now, it is my time to give back to the profession I have loved. Phi Nu is the perfect venue to assist others in finding or perfecting their professional voice.
Phi Nu may be a virtual chapter – we don’t have a campus where we can get together for a social or service event. But we can blaze the trail for what STTI chapters may look like in the future as more and more students, faculty and researchers move to an online environment.
Our chapter provides a wonderful place to gain valuable skills in working with others remotely. It’s a great place to network, work with nursing leaders and try new things. In our November webinar, two of the three presenters had never presented in a webinar format. Phi Nu provided them not only the opportunity but an experienced mentor to help them with their presentation and provide support.
Volunteering for a committee allows members the opportunity to work with other members, gain valuable experiences and make new friends. Since I have been with Phi Nu, I have made lifelong friends even though we don’t physically get-together often.
What are my goals for the next two years?
- Continue to grow our chapter’s involvement in mentoring by providing opportunities for our members to present their projects and research and helping to develop the next generation of nursing leaders
- Explore new ways to bring more value to our members in our virtual environment.
- Help Phi Nu move to the next level of chapter growth in STTI by becoming recognized within the STTI community as a strong and vibrant chapter.
Come be involved in helping our chapter grow--it can be as little as a couple of hours per months to help review documents or helping with a quarterly review of finances. If you are interested, please reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org