Historic new chapter for nursing in England

Bournemouth University has received the charter to establish England’s own chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, the international honour society of Nursing.

BU Professor of Nursing, Elizabeth Rosser, received the charter for the newly-established Phi Mu Chapter from Karen Morin, President of Sigma Theta Tau International (SSTI) during a special ceremony held at the US Embassy in London.

The Chapter also welcomed the induction of its first members and the confirmation of its new Board of Directors with Professor Rosser as its President. The Chapter is based in the School of Health and Social Care at BU which has a strong representation on the new Board.

Sigma Theta Tau provides leadership and scholarship in practice, education and research to enhance the health of all people. The organization supports the learning and professional development of its members who strive to improve nursing care worldwide.

The creation of the Phi Mu Chapter in England comes after a decade of communication and collaboration between BU and SSTI. “The development of the England Honour Society has been some 10 years in the making so we’re delighted to receive our charter to host the very first STTI chapter in England,” said Professor Rosser. “We’re entirely committed to developing our networks and to promote scholarship and leadership for practice with our colleagues throughout the UK and across Europe.”

As a global organization, STTI has attracted more than 130,000 active members in more than 90 countries. The Phi Mu Chapter is now planning its first European conference after welcoming colleagues from Portugal, Sweden and the Netherlands to the US Embassy for the England charter ceremony.