AAMN Names New President-Elect, Sigma Theta Tau Charters First Chapter in Nigeria, and More Nursing News

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The American Association for Men in Nursing (AAMN) names its next president-elect, secretary, and board members. The Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing charters its first chapter in Nigeria. The Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN) seeks abstracts for the 31st Annual Medical-Surgical Nursing Convention. A podcast is dedicated to building careers, helping nurses find work-life balance, and creating a lasting community among nurse leaders. Read on for more nursing news and insights.

AAMN names new president-elect, secretary, and board members

The American Association for Men in Nursing (AAMN) has named its next president and other election results, including a secretary and at-large board members.

Jason Mott, PhD, RN, ran unopposed for president-elect. He will serve the next year alongside current president Blake Smith, then begins a two-year term as president in October 2022. Mott currently serves as the Pre-licensure Program Director for the college of nursing at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. He previously spent five years on AAMN’s board of directors as chair of the education committee.

Robert Ramos, BSN, RN, CEN, LP, ran unopposed for the secretary position. He currently works for Encompass Health-Home Health & Hospice. This is his first time serving on the AAMN board. He is the former secretary/treasurer for the National Student Nurses Association.

Adrian Robles, RN, BSN, was selected to a second term on the board. He currently serves as chairman of AAMN’s membership committee. He resides in Southern California and works as a consultant for the Crisis Response Project and is a direct behavioral interventionist for Optima Family Services.

Armen Akopyan is scheduled to graduate from the UCLA School of Nursing in June. He has been president of the Men in Nursing at UCLA chapter of AAMN since June 2019. It was recognized as AAMN’s Chapter of the Year in 2020.

Curry Bordelon, DNP, MBA, CRNP, CNE is on the faculty at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Nursing and is the president of the school’s AAMN chapter. He received AAMN’s 2020 Lee Cohen Membership Award for his efforts to build the chapter at UAB.

Ramos, Arkopyan, and Bordelon officially begin their terms Oct. 23.

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Sigma Theta Tau charters first chapter in Nigeria

The Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing has officially welcomed Alpha Alpha Upsilon Chapter at Obafemi Awolowo University — the first stand-alone chapter in Nigeria.

Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa and the country with the largest nursing workforce. According to the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria, there are more than 250,000 nurses across the country and 290 nursing schools.

Alpha Alpha Upsilon Chapter members hope to contribute significantly to improving the health of Nigerian citizens by regularly organizing capacity building programs to update both the research and clinical knowledge and skills of nurses, according to a statement by society officials.

They will also establish mentoring and coaching programs for members and encourage them to get involved in community health outreach to promote the health of the Nigerian people. The chapter plans to have many activities in the future, one of which will be an annual Sigma week that will incorporate an induction ceremony, research fair, community outreach event, and award ceremony.

Overall, Alpha Alpha Upsilon Chapter members look forward to more international collaboration, student, and staff exchange programs through Sigma, and capacity building in the establishment of clinical nurse specialist and nurse practitioner programs in Nigeria.

AMSN salls for speaker abstracts

The Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN) is seeking abstracts for the 31st Annual Medical-Surgical Nursing Convention Sept. 29-Oct. 2, 2022 in San Antonio.

Speaker abstracts must be submitted by Oct. 30, 2021. View the submission guidelines for more information. Poster abstracts must be submitted by May 15, 2022. View the submission guidelines for more information.

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