Linda Trader and I attended the Sigma Biennial Convention in San Antonio and guess what? It was in the 50s and rained most of the time we were there! Linda, our Psi at Large Chapter Secretary from 2020-2022 and current counselor at large and for Saint Martin University, experienced the conference as a first-timer.
Most sessions were excellent. Sigma President Ken Dion gave the opening plenary; he expanded and gave suggestions on how nurses can be bold. The organization is moving to a call to action, not a “president’s call” since we are all Sigma. My big take away from Ken Dion was we must network with professionals outside of nursing, such as networking with engineers, financial specialists, ecologists, and other scientists more than we have in the past to expand our impact on the world. How will you intentionally do this?
New President, Dr. Sandra Bibb, set out a new organizational call to action as one word. REPRESENT. She encourages us to REPRESENT-- to set a model for change. To 1). Reflect, 2.) Respect, and 3). Respond as professional nurses- to develop nurse leaders anywhere to improve healthcare everywhere. We can continue discussing why, how, and what we want Psi at Large to focus on with that one word as our theme in “Discussions”.