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Dee Welk, Faculty Emeritus of the Department of Nursing, Bloomsburg University, and member of the BU Theta Zeta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI), the Honor Society of Nursing, was recently elected to the Indiana-based STTI’s Board of Directors and as the Chair of the Regional Chapters Coordinating Committee. The mission of the Honor Society of Nursing is to support the learning, knowledge and professional development of nurses committed to making a difference in health worldwide. Dee will chair a 20-member committee of nurse leaders throughout the world who support some 500 honor society chapters and their officers to accomplish the goals of the honor society.
For the first time, in addition to North America, nurse leaders have been elected from Africa, Asia, Europe, Oceania, and Latin/South America/Caribbean regions as more chapters are forming in the Society’s global outreach. Dee says, “I am really honored to be able to serve this organization, having been elected to it 37 years ago when I was a graduate student at Penn. I was also able to be an organizer and chartering member of BU’s own chapter, Theta Zeta, in 1986 and have received much support for my professional career through these affiliations. Except for one meeting in January 2012 with the 20 members in Indiana, my work will be electronic and I know my online teaching experiences will be very useful over the next two years in working with this large widespread group. I never imagined having such an opportunity to work with nurses all over the world but I will certainly enjoy the challenge!”
Dee resides in Bloomsburg and St Croix with her husband Fran.