I am fortunate, writes the author, to have STTI with me on my journey.
Being part of the growing family of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) has been life-changing for my personal and professional development. Since joining Pi Iota Chapter (Hong Kong) in April 2014, my nursing career has been more colorful and exciting.
At first, I was not totally engaged with the activities of STTI, but that changed when I met Patricia Thompson, EdD, RN, FAAN, chief executive officer of the honor society; Hester Klopper, PhD, MBA, RN, RM, FANSA, then president of STTI; and other notable leaders from around the globe at the First Asian Regional Conference
in Yerevan, Armenia, last September. Sponsored by Chi Delta Chapter (Armenia) in collaboration with the Asia Region of STTI, the theme of the conference was “Global Nursing Partnership for Global Health.”
I was moved and astonished by how these international nursing leaders advance world health and celebrate nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service. Their love and passion for the profession were evident by the way they spoke and interacted. I really admired that and told myself that I wanted to be like them. As President Klopper observed, “Serving the profession needs dedication, love, and passion,” and I truly agree.
STTI has been a catalyst for opening my eyes and mind to what I can do for the profession. Through the organization’s activities, such as nursing research conferences and leadership training, I am able to impart what I know and, at the same time, learn ways to promote advocacy of elder care as well as maternal and child health.
Presently, I am promoting advocacy on behalf of elderly Filipinos in the Philippines. I am very excited about presenting “HOPE (Holistic Outlook for Pinoy
Elderly) beyond the aging lines: Exploring the lived experiences of Filipino elderly in the Philippines” at the forthcoming 27th International Nursing Research Congress in Cape Town, South Africa. (To help fund my travel to South Africa, the STTI Foundation for Nursing has awarded me an Edith Anderson Leadership Education Grant
, for which I am grateful.)
HOPE focuses on capacity of older Filipinos to have and sustain the dignified lives they deserve. Every person deserves the best things in life regardless of gender, age, culture, religion, race, and socioeconomic status. It is because of them that we are who we are and have what we have. As a nurse with a PhD in social development, I believe such advocacy will change perceptions about aging, especially in my country, the Philippines.
I have a positive outlook that, through social responsibility (educate, act, and advocate) and active volunteerism, we can provide a better life for these people. The upcoming International Nursing Research Congress will provide an excellent venue for brainstorming and collaboration. I am confident that, by imparting their diverse perspectives, STTI members around the globe will be able to strengthen the foundation and implementation of what I am advocating in my country.
The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International has motivated me to walk the talk and start doing something for others. Although I am currently working as an assistant professor at the University of Dammam,
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, I make sure that my communication with contacts in my home country is always intact and open. Whenever I am in the Philippines, I organize and conduct mentoring sessions for younger generations of nurses and students to encourage active volunteerism in projects that promote health and advance nursing as a profession.
As I am inspired by nurse leaders such as Jean Watson, PhD, AHN-C, FAAN, who has mentored me since I met her in Jordan last year at the Third Annual Middle Eastern Nurses & Partners United in Human Caring
conference; Patricia Thompson; and Hester Klopper, I want to be an inspiration for nurses around the world. No matter how big or small your contribution, as long as you have love, passion, and dedication to serve others, you will surely make a difference.
I am so fortunate that I have STTI with me throughout my journey. The honor society has connected me with members from the United States, South Africa, Lebanon, Jordan, Hong Kong, Singapore, and chapters around the world. It is truly the global organization of choice for nursing.
For me, Sigma Theta Tau International is not just a nursing organization but also a newfound family. I am sure that the honor society will continue to grow because of its passionate nursing leaders who believe in the potential of its members.
Thank you, Honor Society of Nursing, for these experiences. I am looking forward to more memorable experiences with STTI.
A native of the Philippines, Jordan Tovera Salvador, PhD, RN, is assistant professor, College of Nursing, University of Dammam, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, where he is a lecturer and clinical instructor. Before his current employment in Saudi Arabia, Salvador held academic positions at the Philippine Women’s University Manila, San Beda College, and Lyceum Philippines University.