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First Non-North American President to Lead the Honor Society of Nursing

First Non-North American President to Lead the Honor Society of Nursing

Extraordinary professor in School Of Nursing, University of Western Cape, Prof Hester C. Klopper becomes first non-North American president of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) at the society's 42nd Biennial Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Hester C. Klopper, PhD, MBA, RN, RM, FANSA, of South Africa was installed last week as the first non-North American president of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) at the society's 42nd Biennial Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana.

STTI boasts a robust global network of 135 000 active members based at 492 chapters throughout 90 countries; now, international leadership will provide a new perspective for the 90-year-old organization. "Dr. Hester Klopper's installation as president of the honor society marks an important step as we become more intentionally global," said STTI Chief Executive Officer Patricia E. Thompson, EdD, RN, FAAN. "She will be an inspirational leader whose global vision will prove valuable now and in the future."

The role of nurses in influencing government policy and enhancing health systems worldwide are focal points for Klopper. At her direction, STTI has taken the lead in creating the Global Advisory Panel on the Future of Nursing (GAPFON), which will meet for the first time in Switzerland in March 2014. Also central to Klopper's work is the leadership and capacity development of young scientists. In South Africa, Klopper coordinates the PLUME program, funded by the National Research Foundation (NRF), to support the development of post-doctoral candidates' research.

In her presidential call to action, ‘Serve Locally, Transform Regionally, Lead Globally’, Klopper detailed the four themes of her biennium of service: servant leadership, connectedness, transformation, and gratitude.

"By their very nature, nurses epitomize servant leadership," Klopper said. "I am thrilled to see the transformational impact STTI members continue to make on a global scale. I am deeply honored to be entrusted with the leadership of this global organization."

Klopper has extensive networks in global health, public health, policy development, nursing, and health care. She is the chief executive officer of the Forum for University Nursing Deans in South Africa (FUNDISA), holds a professor appointment at the School of Nursing, Faculty of Community and Health Sciences at the University of the Western Cape, Cape Town and at INSINQ research focus area in Faculty of Health Sciences at North-West University, Potchefstroom Campus.

STTI is a non-profit organization, headquartered in Indianapolis, Ind., USA, whose mission is advancing world health and celebrating nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service. Founded in 1922 at the Indiana University School of Nursing, STTI has more than 135,000 members —including practicing nurses, educators, researchers, policymakers, entrepreneurs, and others—in more than 90 countries. STTI's 492 chapters are located at 672 institutions of higher education throughout Armenia, Australia, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, England, Ghana, Hong Kong, Japan, Kenya, Malawi, Mexico, the Netherlands, Pakistan, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Swaziland, Sweden, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, the United States, and Wales. STTI holds Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations.