UCC School of Nursing and Midwifery announced that the SIA Honor Society of Nursing and Midwifery Ireland, which was founded in
2014 through collaborative efforts between Higher Education Institutions (UCC, ITT, WIT) and the Nursing and Midwifery Planning and
Development Unit of Cork/Kerry, has been approved to become an official Chapter-at-Large of Sigma International Nursing Society.
This exciting news means that SIA will become the very first Irish Chapter of this prestigious international nursing society https://www.sigmanursing.org/
Prof. Bridie O’Sullivan, Chief Director of Nursing and Midwifery for the South/South West Hospitals Group (SSWHG) feels the society will:
“provide enormous opportunity for professional development, peer engagement and collegial support which is critical to the ongoing advancement
of the profession of nursing”.
Sigma is a professional nursing organization that advances leadership and scholarship in practice, education, and research to enhance the health
of all people. As it becomes an official chapter of the international organisation, ‘SIA’ will be known as ‘Omega Epsilon at-Large’. The
chapter’s official chartering ceremony will be held in the Catherine McAuley School of Nursing and Midwifery, University College Cork on 29th
The event was attended by the Chief Nursing Officer, Dr Siobhan O’Halloran, President of Nursing and Midwifery Board Ireland, Ms. Essene Cassidy
The CEO and President of Sigma International, Prof Beth Tigges, Interim Director Office of Nursing and Midwifery Services HSE, Mary Wynne and many
more distinguished guests.
Speakers at the Event were:
5.00pm Dr. Elizabeth Weathers –Welcome to Omega Epsilon at-Large
5.05pm Dr. Siobhan O’Halloran –Opening Address: Sigma, Global Nursing Excellence
5.15pm Ms. Essene Cassidy –NMBI and Sigmain Ireland
5.25pm Prof Beth Tigges–Induction Ceremony
7.10pm Dr. Gerard White –Member’s Perspective of SIA/Sigma
7.20pm Ms. Marie-Louise Luiking – Sigma European Regional Update
7.30pm Ms. Mary Wynne – Closing Address: Future of Sigma in Ireland
7.40pm Cheese and Wine Reception/Networking Opportunity in the Jennings Gallery.