Clarann Weinert Nominated for Sigma Theta Tau Int'l Office of Vice President

August 25, 2003

Clarann Weinert, SC,PhD,RN,FAAN, MSU-Bozeman College of Nursing faculty member on the Bozeman campus, has been nominated for Office of Vice President of Sigma Theta Tau International. She has been endorsed by the Zeta Upsilon Chapter. The election will take place during the House of Delegates at the Biennial Convention to be held in Toronto, Canada, November 1-5, 2003. Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing is "dedicated to improving the health of people worldwide." For more information on STTI, visit their web site at: http://www.nursingsociety.org/

Dr. Weinert's candidate statement:
For over 26 years, Sigma Theta Tau International has played a significant role in my career as a nurse scientist, educator, and leader. The Honor Society has been a source of collegial support, a resource for knowledge and services, and the organization which has modeled excellence in nursing scholarship and leadership. Active engagement in chapter, regional, and international level activities has provided me the opportunity to serve the nursing community, while enhancing and developing my own skills as a leader and scholar.

My career in nursing began with positions in the Operating Room and Emergency Room. For the past 30 years, my focus has been on education and nursing science. As a nurse scientist, I have a successful program of research in the area of chronic illness management within the rural context. Scientific inquiry, the process of knowledge generation, and mentoring others in the areas of science and scholarship are the real treasure of my nursing career. As Vice President, I would bring that experience and commitment to the mission of Sigma Theta Tau International - to provide leadership and scholarship in practice, education, and research.

For the past biennium, I have had the privilege of serving on the Board of Directors, an experience that sharpened my understanding of our vision to create a global community of nurses who lead in using scholarship, knowledge, and technology to improve the health of the world s people. As a member of the Board, I have had the engaging and enriching opportunity of being the Chairperson of the Board Taskforce that reviewed the organizational structure and proposed a streamlined model that will enhance the society s ability to adapt to our rapidly changing environment. This Taskforce activity has brought me into close contact with the current structural components, as well as, with members, chapter and regional leaders, committee chairs, past presidents, and staff. It has been an incredible learning experience and has significantly expanded my understanding of the Society. As Vice President, I would welcome the opportunity to work closely with the Board, as we transition into the new organizational model, if voted in at this House of Delegates. Other opportunities as a Director have included being the liaison with the Research Committee, the Library Committee, and the Evidence-Based Taskforce, and to represent Sigma Theta Tau International on the Steering Committee of the Council for the Advancement of the Nursing Science. I have also served on committees for WIN, ANA, MNA, NINR, and the American Academy of Nursing.

Chapters are the building blocks of the Honor Society and without active engagement in my local chapter it would be easy, while serving at the international level, to lose sight of the efforts, accomplishments, and impact of chapter members. In my local chapter, I have served as President, Secretary, on a variety of committees, and currently am a member of the Research Committee and the Mentorship program. As Vice President, I would continue to advocate for chapter and member issues, and for involving members in all levels of the Society.

Board members bring the richness of their personal, nursing, and leadership backgrounds to set policy and direction, to assure the financial stability, to foster the growth, and to enhance the well-being of the organization. As Vice President, I would work diligently, with the Board, to embrace the presidential theme, carry out the strategic plan, and to pro-actively promote the Honor Society. I would bring to the position my experience on the Board, expertise as a nurse scientist, background in nursing leadership, and a clearly demonstrated commitment to the values, vision, and mission of Sigma Theta Tau International.