The Society has been developed through collaborative efforts between HEIs, including WIT, and planning and development units for nursing and midwifery
A professional society which was established in 2014 by WIT and other higher education institutions is progressing well.
There are some exciting developments afoot for the SIA Honor Society of Nursing & Midwifery Ireland.
The Department of Nursing and Health Care at WIT last year collaborated with Schools and Departments of Nursing and/or Midwifery in University College Cork, Institute of Technology Tralee; as well as the Nursing and Midwifery Planning and Development Unit to establish the SIA Society.
“It’s very exciting for the Department of Nursing and Health Care at WIT to collaborate on an initiative that nurtures a culture of support, solidarity and positivity amongst nurses and midwives across Ireland and Internationally,” says Claire O’Gorman, Lecturer, Department of Nursing and Health Care.
SIA, currently acting as a Society-at-Large, is on track to become an official Chapter-at-Large of Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) Nursing Society, having submitted the final application to take the very first Irish Society to the International stage. This achievement will be marked officially at a Chapter Chartering Ceremony, which is planned to take placein November 2018 at University College Cork and will be attended by the President of Sigma, Professor Beth Tigges. The overall STTI mission is to advance world health and celebrate nursing and midwifery excellence in scholarship, leadership and service.
Contemporary Issues for Nurses’ & Midwives
Prior to this event, the next SIA Masterclass will be held at Institute of Technology, Tralee on 11th May 2018. The theme of the Masterclass is ‘Highlighting Contemporary Issues for Nurses’ & Midwives’.
There will be a diverse range of International & National speakers, including Professor Heather Ferrillo, who will deliver a presentation entitled ‘Practice Considerations for the Future of Nursing and Nurse Practitioners’.
Heather has been a nurse practitioner in cardiology in the USA for 20 years and she is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International in Connecticut.
Dr. Anna Marie Greaney will deliver a presentation entitled ‘Assisted Decision Making (Capacity) Act 2015: Implications for Nursing and Nurses’. Anna Marie’s PhD work examined the ethical implications of self-testing devices with a particular focus on patient autonomy & she currently lectures in Nursing and Healthcare Ethics at the Institute of Technology, Tralee.
Finally, Dr. Elizabeth Weathers & Dr. Nicola Cornally will deliver a presentation entitled ‘Implications of Sigma Theta Tau Chapter for Nursing and Midwifery across Ireland’.
Elizabeth is President & Co Founder of the SIA Honor Society of Nursing & Midwifery Ireland & currently lectures in Nursing at the Royal College of Surgeons Bahrain.
Nicola is Vice President & Co Founder of the SIA Honor Society of Nursing & Midwifery Ireland & is a Lecturer Practitioner at University College Cork.
For SIA members that are unable to attend the Masterclass event in person, live streaming will be in place and a link for this will be sent out prior to the event.