The University of Maryland School of Nursing’s Pi Chapter of Sigma international nursing honor society officially recognized Anne Arundel Medical Center (AAMC) as a member organization during a chartering ceremony, thus changing the chapter’s name to Pi at-Large Chapter.
Sigma’s at-large chapters are organized groups of nursing students and nurse leaders from two or more schools of nursing or practice settings.
The change to Pi at-Large reflects the chapter’s growth and will allow for greater collaboration between UMSON and AAMC. The union increases visibility of Pi at-Large in the workplace and promotes engagement, satisfaction, and retention of clinical nurses through opportunities to network and learn together.
The chartering also formalized an existing partnership between Sigma’s Pi Chapter and AAMC. While leading the chapter’s Leadership Succession Committee in 2016, Cynthia Sweeney, DNP, BSN ’76, RN, CNOR, NEA-BC, FAAN, vice president for nursing, The DAISY Foundation, now president of Pi at-Large Chapter, had an idea to engage and honor outstanding nurse leaders at local hospitals with Sigma membership. Sweeney worked with Barbara Jacobs, MSN, RN-BC, NEA-BC, AAMC vice president of nursing and chief nursing officer, to create a partnership to recognize outstanding nurse leaders at AAMC with an opportunity to join Sigma. To date, 32 nurse leaders from AAMC have been inducted into Pi at-Large Chapter.