Sigma Theta Tau International Foundation for Nursing launches Nurse Faculty Mentored Leadership Development program with support from The Elsevier Foundation

New Nurse Faculty Mentored Leadership Development program will address faculty shortage

Indianapolis, 8 June 2009 – Sigma Theta Tau International Foundation for Nursing has been awarded a US $200,000 grant by The Elsevier Foundation to support a new Nurse Faculty Mentored Leadership Development (NFMLD) pilot program focused on retaining and building the next generation of nurse faculty. The program, which will be administered by the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International’s (STTI) International Leadership Institute, will help alleviate the nurse faculty crisis by providing knowledge, skill development opportunities and support to retain new nurse educators who have transitioned into the role.

Early career nurse educators with an advanced degree will be professionally mentored for 18 months by established nurse faculty leaders (mentor/mentee pairs must be from different institutions). A separate group of expert nurse program faculty will design the NFMLD curriculum that will include:

• A three-day, face-to-face workshop at STTI headquarters, utilizing experiential methods of teaching and learning;
• Participation in online discussion forums with faculty;
• Development of an individualized leadership progression plan;
• Mentor/mentee collaboration to create an innovative educational project; and
• Dissemination of project results through the world-renown Virginia Henderson International Nursing Library.

“We are extremely pleased to have support from The Elsevier Foundation for this new pilot program,” said STTI CEO Patricia E. Thompson, RN, EdD, FAAN. “The nurse faculty program is modeled after our highly successful International Leadership Institute programs and has great potential to impact the retention of nurse educators.”

Research shows that new faculty who have worked successfully with a mentor have higher job satisfaction, with increased promotions and mobility than those without mentors. They are also more productive in obtaining competitive grants, leading professional organizations and publishing in scholarly books and journals articles.

“The Elsevier Foundation understands the global nursing shortage can’t be successfully addressed without of building and retaining the next generation of nurse faculty,” said David Ruth, Executive Director for the Elsevier Foundation. “Transitioning from nursing practice into a faculty role isn’t easy, so we hope our joint effort with STTI to expand mentoring programs can go a long way to help new nurse faculty succeed.”

NFMLD Program Faculty

Faculty members applied and were selected based on their demonstrated leadership and expertise in teaching both in the classroom and clinical settings at the baccalaureate level and their mentoring experience. Faculty members will be responsible for developing the program curriculum, presenting at the three-day workshop and serving as advisors for the mentor/mentee pairs. Faculty members include:

• Judy Anderson, RN, PhD, CNE
Viterbo University, LaCrosse, Wis., USA
• David (Tony) Forrester, RN, PhD, ANEF
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Newark, N.J., USA
• Carol J. Huston, RN, MSN, DPA, FAAN
California State University, Chico, Calif., USA
• Ainslee Nibert, PhD, MSN, BSN
Elsevier, Houston, USA
• Elizabeth Peter, RN, PhD
University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
• Frances Vlasses, RN, PhD, NEA-BC
Loyola University, Chicago, USA
• Carol Winters-Moorhead, RN, PhD, CNE
East Carolina University, Greenville, N.C., USA

NFMLD Advisory Group

Mentor/mentee applications will be reviewed by a global expert advisory group. Applicants will be chosen based on their institution’s faculty need, the mentee’s demonstrated commitment to his or her academic career, and the potential impact and sustainability of each proposed project. The advisory group will also provide recommendations for faculty leadership competencies and support the program’s faculty members. NFMLD expert advisory group members are:

• Chairwoman Marion E. Broome, RN, PhD, FAAN
Distinguished Professor and Dean
Indiana University School of Nursing
• Pegge L. Bell, RN, PhD
Barry University School of Nursing, College of Health Sciences
• Vicki Drury, RN, RMHN, MCl.Nsg, PGCertMH, BEd, BHlthSc(Nsg), MRCNA, MANZCMHN
Monash University School of Nursing
• Hester Klopper, RN, Phd, MBA, RM, RPN, RCN, RNE, RNM
Professor and Head of the School of Nursing Science
North-West University
South Africa
• Diana Lee 
The Nethersole School of Nursing Director
Assistant Dean, Faculty of Medicine
Chinese University of Hong Kong
Hong Kong
• Lynnette Leeseburg Stamler, BSN, Med, PhD
Assistant Dean, Graduate Studies, Continuing Nursing Education & Information Technology
University of Saskatchewan
• Lucy N. Marion, PhD, APN, FAAN
School of Nursing, Medical College of Georgia
• Mary Mundt, RN, PHD, MSN
Professor and Dean
Michigan State University School of Nursing
• Deborah F. Cleeter, MSN, EdD
Faculty Consultant

Detailed program information is available online at Applications will be accepted beginning in October 2009.

NFLMD Eligibility
At least one of the mentor/mentee institutions must have an STTI chapter affiliation. STTI membership is not a requirement for participation.


About STTI
The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to support the learning, knowledge, and professional development of nurses committed to making a difference in health worldwide. Founded in 1922, the Honor Society of Nursing has inducted more than 400,000 members in 86 countries. Members include practicing nurses, instructors, researchers, policymakers, entrepreneurs and others. The honor society's 469 chapters are located at 586 institutions of higher education throughout Australia, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Ghana, Hong Kong, Japan, Kenya, Malawi, Mexico, The Netherlands, Pakistan, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Swaziland, Sweden, Taiwan, Tanzania, the United States and Wales. More information about the honor society can be found online at

About Elsevier
Elsevier is a global information analytics business that helps scientists and clinicians to find new answers, reshape human knowledge, and tackle the most urgent human crises. For 140 years, we have partnered with the research world to curate and verify scientific knowledge. Today, we’re committed to bringing that rigor to a new generation of platforms. Elsevier provides digital solutions and tools in the areas of strategic research management, R&D performance, clinical decision support, and professional education; including ScienceDirect, Scopus, SciVal, ClinicalKey and Sherpath. Elsevier publishes over 2,500 digitized journals, including The Lancet and Cell, 39,000 e-book titles and many iconic reference works, including Gray's Anatomy. Elsevier is part of RELX, a global provider of information-based analytics and decision tools for professional and business customers.

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