Clarann Weinert Nominated for Sigma Theta Tau International Office of Vice President

Clarann Weinert, SC,PhD,RN,FAAN, MSU 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 Baltimore, MD, November 3-7, 2007. 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 nearly 30, 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 professional skills.

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.

It has been my privilege to have served on the International 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 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 was an incredible learning experience and significantly expanded my understanding of the Society. I also serve on the Research and Scholarship Advisory Council, as a collateral reviewer, as the STTI member on the Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science Steering Committee, represent STTI on the National Nursing Research Roundtable, review for JNS, and served on the search committee for the new JNS editor.

This is a changing point in our history as we lose the strong and skillful leadership of only the second CEO of the organization. We move to new leadership in that key position and that brings with it the opportunity for refreshed perspectives. I appreciate these historical moments, with a strong commitment to the Honor Society and what we have been and what we are, I'd like to be a part of and provide some leadership for whatever the refreshed perspectives will bring to bear.

Board members bring to the table their richness, a set of gifts, and a treasury of experiences. As a team we address the governance of the Honor Society using those personal resources as appropriate. If the Board is not working as a team it will not succeed. I would like to be an integrated, involved, and contributing member of the Board. 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.