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We are delighted to welcome you, our members from all around Scotland and many other countries across the globe, who continue to join our community!


Chapter President, Professor Brendan McCormack welcomes  you to Omega Xi. "Since our official Chartering Ceremony in 2019, the  Omega Xi Chapter Team has been working to develop the  reach  and membership of the Chapter in order to establish a strong  membership base that will support learning, practice and research  development opportunities for our members. Over the past eighteen months our Chapter, like all others around the globe has been impacted heavily by the Covid-19 pandemic. None of us could have predicted back in March 2020 what we would be facing into or indeed for how long.       
As I write this welcome message as your new President of the Omega XI   Chapter, I am very conscious that we still have a long way to go in building a new context that   includes the coronavirus as something we must learn to live with.  The Covid pandemic, whilst extremely challenging and confronting for nurses around the world, also brought out the best in everything that is nursing.  We have witnessed exciting developments in the building (at scale) of online communities and networks.  It has been a privilege to be a part of the Omega XI Chapter and the Sigma global community in contributing to making that happen.  We acknowledge the contributions made by our members who have shared experiences of practice during the pandemic, thank you.  Of course, we will be delighted to continue to   receive news and stories from your area that we can share on our Chapter website and newsletter, as we grow our new programme of activities. We encourage you to engage with us in building an exciting and relevant programme of work that is genuinely co-produced.   We are keen to profile nursing excellence in all its forms, especially practices that are advancing our knowledge, skills, and expertise in person-centredness.  We encourage you to engage in our discussion area on the Chapter website, and to contribute to what we hope will be lively and interesting conversations.  The discussion area is for everyone to use as you can ask questions, start a debate, gain a new or different perspective and exchange learning and practice information.  So please visit regularly and we do hope to hear from you soon!"

Kind regards

Brendan

Professor Brendan McCormack
President Omega Xi Chapter
Head of Division of Nursing, Occupational Therapy & Art Therapy
Associate Director of the Centre for Person-centred Practice Research
Queen Margaret University
Edinburgh
BMcCormack@qmu.ac.uk 

The Omega Xi Chapter Triskelion
The Omega Xi Chapter has adopted an archaic triple spiral Celtic symbol known as the Triskelion.  The Celtic Triskelion is thought by some to symbolise water, fire and earth; the forces of nature. The single continuous line represents our oneness and unity. This speaks to us as we seek to represent Being, Doing and Becoming as core to our Nursing values at Queen Margaret University (QMU). We have chosen this symbol to show: we accept the ancient roots of nursing, acknowledging that many have been and gone and influenced nursing and that we follow on. We do not want to misrepresent the past, and it is impossible to represent the diversities in nursing in the present and future. A key part of our strategy is our commitment to supporting the learning and professional development of our undergraduate and post graduate nurses, aligning closely with the mission and goals of the community of Sigma.  Our commitment to the philosophies and consistent delivery of Person-centred Practice in nursing will, we believe, help to improve and enhance nursing care in our communities.

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Chapter News

  • Save the date! Our next event is on Wednesday 25th May 2022 at 7pm

    Our next Chapter Event will be presented by Fiona Gilmour. Fiona is completing a PhD on Developing Older People’s Relationships in Care Home and will take us this Masterclass, Reading Communities:  Connecting People Through Stories"  The flyer will be shared soon!
  • Chapter Event 27th April, now open for boookings!

    Hello everyone

    We are pleased to confirm our guest speaker for this event is Dr Thóra B. Hafsteinsdóttir whose presentation will presentLeadership in Nursing and Sigma Theta Tau International”. This event is open to all Chapter Members and guests.  Please reserve your place through Alison at ABacigalupo@qmu.ac.uk by the 22nd April 2022.
  • Save the Date! Wednesday 27th April 2022 our next stellar event!!!

    Our next Chapter Event is online and scheduled for Wednesday 27th April 2022 at 7pm 
    Full details and the flyer will be sent out next week
  • In Conversation with Chief Nursing Officer for Scotland

    Invitations from newly elected Chapter President, Professor Brendan McCormack have been sent out today for a rather special Chapter event.
    Professor Alex McMahon, Chief Nursing Officer for Scotland is our keynote speaker, so do ensure that you book your place in advance in order to receive the link to the session.  
  • Save the date! Wednesday 23rd February 2022

    Please save this date for our next virtual Induction Event when we will welcome new members to the Chapter.  We look forward to seeing existing members too who will add to the welcome and feeling of community.
    Do remember to invite your friends and colleagues to join us when they can find out more about the benefits of membership of the Chapter and Sigma..
    More information will follow soon regarding our guest presentation, timings and the link to the session.
  • Chapter Election Results Announced!

    Omega X Chapter's recent election results have been announced and sent out by email to all members.  Many congratulations to new President Professor Brendan McCormack and to  all those who have been appointed.  A BIG THANK YOU to Professor Jan Dewing and the original Board of Directors who formed the Honor Society in 2016 and led us to our Chartering as a Chapter in 2019.
  • Last call for places at the bold Project Interactive workshop 24th November!

    We have just a few places left on the bold Interactive Workshop presented by bold Creative Director Magdalena Schamberger. Come along and experience bold!  bold stands for Bringing Out Leaders in Dementia and is a joint project between Edinburgh & Queen Margaret Universities, funded by Life Changes Trust. This social leadership programme uses creativity to help participants realise their own social leadership skills using a variety of creative and inspiring methods, that enables participants to make positive changes and impacts on those living with a diagnosis of dementia.  Magdalena will take you through an interactive workshop and having completed the full bold programme, I know that this event will make you want to know more; explore this approach more and the wider work of the project and will inspire you to do more.  

    Places are limited so please let Alison know if you would like to attend. 

     

  • Chapter Newsletter Autumn Edition - Out Now!

    Autumn newsletter has just been sent to all our members, we do hope you enjoy the articles, stories and seasonal poems.  As always, we welcome your feedback on any aspect of the newsletter and if you would like to contribute to the Winter edition that will be shared in January 2022, then do please send your stories, articles, images, news and views to Alison, Chapter Development Manager
  • Next event - 24th November 2021, online interactive workshop presented by bold!

    We are pleased to announce our next event scheduled for Wednesday 24th November 2021, 7pm British Standard Time.  An interactive workshop presented by Magdalena Schamberger, Creative Director of the bold Project.  This creative, interactive workshop draws from the bold Online Social Leadership Programme developed by the bold Project Scotland Team, a joint project of Edinburgh & Queen Margaret Universities.  Check out the work of the bold Project using the link below and come and join us for a most inspiring and enjoyable event.  Zoom invites to follow soon.
  • A BIG thank you to Sigma President Dr Richard Ricciardi

    Omega Xi Chapter Members and Guests were delighted to welcome President Ricciardi to our New Member Induction Ceremony that took place on 13th October 2021.  Ric's thought provoking and inspiring Infuse Joy presentation was well received and resonates with the vision and values of Omega Xi Chapter.  Thank you Ric from us all, it was great to meet you and best wishes for the remaining time as President of Sigma.
  • Save the date! Exciting news ! New Members Induction Ceremony.

    Hello Everyone,
    We are delighted to announce that Sigma President Dr Richard Ricciardi has accepted our invitation to be our guest speaker at our Induction Ceremony which is now scheduled for 13th October 2021.  We are looking forward to welcoming those new and recently joined members who have not yet been formally inducted to the Chapter.  However we hope to welcome many of our existing members to this event so you can meet up and get to know everyone at Omega Xi. Please save the date in your diary and more details will follow soon.  
  • Omega Xi Chapter invites you to join Dr Karen Rennie in this highly anticipated workshop “Sensuous -

    Hello Everyone

    Looking forward to welcoming you to our next Chapter event on Wednesday 25th August 2021 at 6pm GMT

    Here is the link and sessions details:

    Scheduled Zoom meeting.

    Time: Aug 25, 2021 18:00 Universal Time UTC

     Join Zoom Meeting

    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89511901899?pwd=U3pRbFJpY0lNZ3NWbzY1elVvQ0hhQT09

    Meeting ID: 895 1190 1899

    Passcode: 038414

  • Chapter Newsletter - Summer 2021 Edition, out now!

    Summer! Traditionally the season of warmth, when fruit and flowers ripen and fulfil the promises made in Spring, thank you to Fiona Gilmour and Dr Karen Rennie who introduce our summer newsletter and invite you to "consider creative ways that you can experience escapism and fulfilment during these very unique and different times"
  • Omega Xi Chapter Launch new Events Calendar - save the dates!

    Omega Xi are delighted to launch their exciting Events Calendar, with events scheduled from August 2021 to May 2022.  Full calendar is available in the Chapter Library.

    Starting with a presentation, workshop and discussion on “Sensuous - Sexual Expression in Persons Living with Dementia”.  This event is lead by Omega Xi  Chapter Member Karen Rennie and QMU Lecturer. This event is scheduled for Wednesday 25th August 2021 at 6pm.  Full details of how to participate in this event will be shared soon - but save the date now!
  • Link to webinar for 24th June 2021 "Fundamentals of Person-centred Health Care Practice"

    Hello Everyone

    Looking forward to this discussion on the fundamentals of person-centred health care practice ness and hope you can join us!
  • Save the date 24th June 2021 5pm GMT

    Hello Everyone

    We hope you will be able to participate in the first of our Chapter events for 2021/21

    Join the editors of "Fundamentals of Person-centred Health Care Practice" including Brendan McCormack, Tanya McCance & Ailsa McMillan who will discuss this book and Person-centredness.

    This webinar occurs  5pm - 6pm GMT, a flyer and link will follow soon.

    Hope to see you there
  • Sigma European Website launching this week and some special dates to note in your diaries!

    The Sigma European Team are delighted to announce the launch of the new European Website this week.

    Special dates to note for chapter members who are keen to find out more about some of the excellent  recognition awards and scholarship opportunities. More information and how to apply will be available through the new website.

    •  The Sigma Regional Showcase of excellence awards will be closing on the 31st of May, so there is still time if your chapter wishes to apply and have that honour.
    • Bid for the 2024 Sigma ERC is open till 1st October 2021, form to be found on the new European website.
    • Scholarships to attend the Sigma ERC will be open till 1st November 2021, criteria & form to be found on website.
    • Recognition endeavours for 2021 are open till 1st September 2021, criteria to be found on website.
    • Sigma European Awards for excellence in Nursing Practice, Education and Research 2022 will be open from 1st June till 1st October 2021, criteria to be found on website.
  • International Nurses Day Celebrations Sigma Europe

    From Marie-Louise Luiking, Sigma Europe
    Dear all,

     On behalf of Gerardina and the fantastic work the chapter board has undertaken to arrange this chance to meetup in a festive way for the 12th of May together.

    The Omega Epsilon At Large Chapter want to invite all the Chapter Presidents and Sigma members across Europe to the virtual induction ceremony organised to welcome new members into the Chapter of Sigma Nursing and also to celebrate International Nurses and Midwives Day on May 12th at 6 pm GMT/ 7pm CET/8pm Israel and 10pm Armenia. Please double check your local times.

     They are very excited to announce that the guest speaker for the induction ceremony will be fellow Sigma Nurse Professor Carole Myers

    https://nursing.utk.edu/2020/11/13/dr-carole-myers-named-2020-notable-woman-of-the-year/

     Also joining this session is Dr Liz Madigan, Sigma CEO, we are delighted that Liz is able to link into the ceremony.

    Celebrating together this Nursing Day  is apart of our identity as nurses and the Sigma community. Please disseminate this opportunity among your chapters members.

     

    Topic: Omega Epsilon At Large Virtual Induction Ceremony
    Time: May 12, 2021 06:00 PM GMT

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    We very much look forward to linking in with our colleagues on the 12th.

    With kind regards for now,

    Gerardina & Marie-Louise

  • Spring Newsletter

    We do hope that you enjoy the spring edition of the Chapter Newsletter that was sent out earlier this week, your comments and suggestions are most welcome. Yu can also find a copy in the Chapter Library on this site.

    If you have any stories, news items and articles of interest that you would like to share in our summer edition, do please let Alison know ABacigalupo@qmu. ac.uk

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