Message from the president cultivating the future of SRS.
Subject: Trade and professional associations
Author: Smith, Marlaine C.
Pub Date: 01/01/2009
Publication: Name: Visions: The Journal of Rogerian Nursing Science Publisher: Society of Rogerian Scholars Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health; Health care industry Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2009 Society of Rogerian Scholars ISSN: 1072-4532
Issue: Date: Jan, 2009
Product: Product Code: 8620000 Professional Membership Assns NAICS Code: 81392 Professional Organizations SIC Code: 8621 Professional organizations
Accession Number: 242963620
Full Text: I'm not a very organizationally oriented person. Don't get me wrong, I appreciated the importance of certain professional organizations, but I never got very involved. I paid my dues, came to meetings and admired the work that the others did to keep things going. Imagine my surprise at finding myself at the helm of the Society of Rogerian Scholars! I guess I've come to realize that it is time for those of us in the mature phase of our careers to provide the leadership that is so important for those organizations we value and for the discipline of nursing.

Like many of the nursing organizations that I value, SRS is struggling to remain vibrant and relevant within a discipline and profession in which philosophical and theoretical thinking seems less valued than it used to be. So it is more important than ever for those of us who share this value to join together to cultivate the future growth of SRS and unitary perspectives. How can we do this? Many of us are teachers. Each day we interface with students who want to develop a meaningful practice in nursing. Many are entering nursing after a baccalaureate degree in another discipline or a career in another field. They selected nursing because they want to make a difference in people's lives. Because they know how disciplines work, they appreciate the ideas of theory-guided practice. They really understand that the knowledge of the discipline should be visible in its practice, and many are surprised at the level of knowledgeable practice that is expected of them. Once the glitter of mastering the technology and the challenges of multitasking in a chaotic healthcare environment wear off, they ask the question, "Is this all there is?" And if the answer is "yes" they leave. Some go to another practice environment; some go on to graduate school, and sadly, some leave nursing. According to the National League for Nursing and Pricewaterhouse Coopers' HRI Analysis, after two years, 50% of new nurses leave their first job. I firmly believe that learning about nursing as a professional discipline, a science, with theories that guide the knowledgeable practice of nursing toward the better of humankind is what many of these young people are seeking. Introduce your students to the ideas in unitary science. Have them read about them and dialogue with them. Invite students to join SRS and attend a conference with you. We need your leadership and the curiosity and commitment of our young scholars to move SRS forward.

Another way to cultivate the future growth of SRS is through strategic planning. We are beginning strategic planning guided by an appreciative inquiry process. The process guided by a 4-D Model (Discover, Dream, Design and Destiny). In the first phase, Discover, we will be interviewing some members about their present perceptions and future visions for SRS. We hope to bring what we've discovered through these interviews to the Dream phase at our Conference, October 23-25, at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. Join us there as we dream the future for SRS!
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