Sigma Theta Tau international Global Initiatives: A Blueprint for Global Growth and Stability
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Session presented on Thursday, July 21, 2016: Purpose: The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau international (STTI), is a well-established nonprofit with a strong reputation among nurse leaders. Since its founding in 1922, the organization has recognized the value of scholarship and excellence in nursing practice. In 1985, the Society added "international" to its name to clearly indicate the intention for global growth. Since this time, STTI has experienced substantial growth internationally, which led to the creation of the current Global Initiatives department. STTI has made great strides in global advancement in recent years. In July 2012, the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) granted Special consultative status to STTI, which refers to expertise in the field of nursing and global health. Additionally, STTI elected its first president from outside of North America; launched its first formal presence in South Africa to specifically conduct work to advance the organization; and launched its first program outside of North America, with the Maternal-Child Health Nurse Leadership Academy in Africa. Global regions were identified and Regional Coordinators elected from around the world. Currently, over one hundred and thirty-five thousand members reside in eighty-five countries. Methods: To continue to expand the organization's global reach, the Global Initiatives department has identified a number of key strategies to ensure the growth, global stability and ultimate success of the organization. These directions include work to support STTI through Educational Standards, Regulation and Licensing; Global Member Engagement; Global Expansion; Relationship/Reputation Building; and the Global Advisory Panel on the Future of Nursing. Results: STTI will continue to enhance its engagement with the United Nations, as well as with the World Health Organization and other global organizations that have like-minded missions. Conduct outreach and education around the world to help nurse members better understand the work and aims of the U.N., including the newly approved Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which are adopted through 2030. Conclusion: These strategies provide a blueprint for how the Global Initiatives department will support STTI's mission: Advancing world health and celebrating nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service; and vision: The global organization of choice for nursing.