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Celebrating Wales’ nursing first

09 April 2008

student nurses

A Chartering ceremony to celebrate Wales becoming the first country in the UK and the third in Europe to be accepted into an honour society that recognises distinction in nursing, has taken place.

Emeritus Professor Ann Tucker, former Head of the School of Nursing at the University, worked jointly with Professor Joy Merrell of Swansea University for six years to build up a catalogue of evidence about nursing excellence in Wales.

As a result of their work, Wales received its Charter as a Chapter of the Honour Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International at a ceremony held in Swansea recently.

The new Chapter, which will be called Upsilon Xi provides an opportunity for nurses from all over Wales to become a part of a global community of nurse leaders.

Membership to Sigma Theta Tau is awarded to nurses who have excelled academically, as well as to those who have made outstanding contributions to nursing.

The Society encourages and supports professional development in nursing, and actively promotes aspects of scholarship, leadership, creativity and commitment to nursing as key mission statements to its members.

Cardiff University Emeritus Professor Ann Tucker said: "This is a first for Wales and will provide huge opportunities for nurses and nursing to have their achievements recognised as part of this prestigious society."