A farewell tour of Europe

Roger Watson | 03/19/2019

I don’t mean that it’s my last trip there.

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The first part of my “farewell tour” took me to Slovenia and Italy, where I have reported from in the past.

Roger WatsonGENOA, Italy—By farewell tour, I don’t mean that—like aging rockers who begin a series of such tours­—it’s my last trip there. But it may be my last while the UK is—politically—still part of Europe. With the chaos in Parliament, anything could happen. There has never been a time in my life when the “mother of Parliaments” has—despite the seriousness of the issue and how it has divided communities, friendships, and families—provided us with such entertainment. The first part of my “farewell tour” took me to Slovenia and Italy, where I have reported from in the past.

I went to the University of Maribor to teach a new cohort of doctoral students and to collaborate on research and writing projects with Gregor Štiglic, PhD, vice dean for research in the Faculty of Health Sciences and my colleague in health informatics. I had dinner with Majda Panjkihar, PhD, RN, FAAN, the first person from Slovenia to be inducted as a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.

Maribor is a skiing town where the children are said to be born wearing skis. After several years of visiting the city, I took the cable car to the top of the ski slope for the first time and had a wonderful view of Maribor and the surrounding countryside. Hundreds of skiers were taking advantage of the opportunity to ski before it becomes too warm to sustain the artificial snow used this time of year. The city is good for running and has some excellent places to eat and drink. To get to Maribor, I travel from London to Vienna, Austria, and then take a 20-minute flight to Graz on the Austrian-Slovenian border. From there, it’s a 30-minute drive.

I was in Genoa with Mark Hayter, PhD, RN, FAAN, my colleague at the University of Hull. This was the first of the three-times-a-year visits we make to the University of Genoa to collaborate on research and writing and to help supervise doctoral students. On this visit, we had the additional pleasure of attending the first induction ceremony of the university’s recently formed nursing honor society.

We were addressed by Elizabeth Rosser, DPhil, RN, PFHEA, member of the board of directors of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (Sigma), past president of Sigma’s Phi Mu Chapter in England, and recently retired from Bournemouth University. In her capacity as Sigma board member, Rosser spoke about the growth and impact of the honor society with a focus on Europe. Hayter and I entertained the audience with presentations on leadership in research and academic publishing. All three of us were gratified to be inducted as honorary fellows of the Genoa University Nursing Honor Society.

My new hobby is Wikipedia. Some colleagues kindly created a Wikipedia page for me. As a result, I have been busy checking pages of leading nurses across the world, improving them where possible, and trying to identify information gaps, of which there are quite a few. I have also created a few pages. For example, I created a page for Hugh McKenna, CBE, PhD, RN, FAAN, a leading light in UK nursing for many years. I am not alone in trying to create Wikipedia pages for leading nurses, and I am quite happy to assist if you have questions. My email address is r.watson@hull.ac.uk.

My other hobby—writing haiku—is going well. I was included in the European Top 100 Haiku Authors of 2018.  My page on the Living Haiku Anthology continues to grow, and I am now included in the Living Senryu Anthology. Upon returning to Hull, I will review the hard-copy proof of my first haiku book, dewdrops. Soon to be published, it is co-authored with and illustrated by Su Wai Hlaing, MSc, RN, from Burma.

Next up on Connecting Continents, three visits to China—in March, April, and May. RNL

Roger Watson, PhD, RN, FRCP Edin, FRCN, FAAN, professor of nursing at the University of Hull in the United Kingdom and a frequent visitor to Australia and China, where he has visiting positions, is editor-in-chief of JAN and editor of Nursing Open. Click here to access Blogger-resident entries posted before 2017 in Watson’s former blog “Hanging smart.”

Editor's note: Elizabeth Rosser also reported on the Genoa University Nursing Honor Society induction in "Honor society on track to become Sigma’s first chapter in Italy."

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