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President's message.

In 2009 Society of Rogerian Scholars (SRS) Board members worked together to create a Strategic Plan for our organization, which was published in Visions in 2010. Honoring our legacy was one goal in the Strategic Plan. At the annual conferences over the past two years we have celebrated in 2013 the 25th anniversary of the SRS and in 2014 Martha Rogers 100th birthday. The 25th anniversary held in New York City, New York and the 100th Birthday celebration held in Knoxville, Tennessee were genuine tributes to the legacy of Martha Rogers. As an organization and as individuals, we continue to honor her legacy through our fundraising efforts to pay tribute to Martha Rogers in dedicating a study room in her name at New York University where she was both a Professor and a Head of the Division of Nursing.

As we look forward and consider other goals in our Strategic Plan, we recognize this is a special time in nursing. In part, as a result of the influence of the Institute of Medicine Report, The Future of Nursing and the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Magnet Recognition Program[R], there has been an increase in the number of nurses prepared at the bachelorette, masters' and doctoral levels. With this advancement in education there has been an increased awareness of nursing having its own identity in terms of science and knowledge. Nursing theory seems to be making a comeback. For those of us involved in Unitary Science, these are interesting times. In preparing the Strategic Plan we recognized this recommitment to nursing theories and nursing knowledge and acknowledged the need to geographically reach out, collaborate with other organizations and in the process generate new members.

One way we are reaching out to new members is through our website and we can thank Jacqui Fawcett for her efforts in keeping this web page up-to-date as well as she does. We now in addition to the wiki page managed by Howard Butcher, also have a Facebook page created and managed by Pam Reis.

Our Journal Visions is yet another way to reach out to our membership. SRS is most fortunate that Arlene Farren has agreed to be our Editor. In line with many organizations, we have decided to move our Journal to fully on line. Articles will be posted on our website as they are ready and then compiled into an issue as it comes together. For authors and readers alike, this is a wonderful feature as this minimizes the time it takes to have work published. Manuscripts will continue to go through a peer review process and once published, the volumes will be indexed in CINAHL.

Another goal in our Strategic Plan was to support developing scholars who are doing research utilizing Rogerian Science. The SRS Scholars Fund has undergone some changes in the past year. Three scholarships are now available! I wish to thank Sarah Gueldner for her past service as President of the SRS Fund, Tina Reinckens for her ongoing service as Treasurer and Dottie Jones and Barbara Wright for their willingness to serve as President and Secretary respectively as well as the Founders of SRS who have continued to serve on the Scholars Fund over the years including Violet Malinski, John Phillips, and Elizabeth Barrett.

Other goals we are addressing are expanding our reach as an organization. I am excited that our 2015 Conference--Provocative Ideas and Innovations in Unitary Nursing Science was hosted by the Lewis University at the Oak Brook Campus in Oak Brook, Illinois just outside Chicago on Thursday, October 8 through Saturday, October 10, 2015. This was the first time SRS will meet in Chicago. I am grateful to Michele Kramer, Pam Reis, Joyce Perkins, Patty Bartzak and Arlene Farren for their tireless effort in making this happen.

Lastly, in our Strategic Plan we acknowledged the importance of work in partnership with other like-minded organizations. Although details are still pending, I am excited to announce that we will be working collaboratively with the International Association of Human Caring (IAHC) to have a conference together in Boston, Massachusetts on June 8-11, 2016 entitled, "Advancing the Unitary Science of Caring for Nursing Praxis". Having this conference in Boston and in conjunction with IAHC is also a first for SRS. I am grateful to the planning committee for Boston 2016 including Dottie Jones and Jacqui Fawcett for assisting me in this process.

In closing, as we have so beautifully glanced toward our past and honored it over the last two years, it is now time for us to consider the endless possibilities as we spiral ahead. We are a most fortunate organization in that we have very dedicated members so willing to serve on so many important committees. Their willingness to do so allows us to continue to meet our goals as an organization. I am grateful for the many wonderful people in this organization who allow us to thrive. I welcome others who want to join us on this journey.

Respectfully submitted, Jane Flanagan, PhD, ANP-BC President, Society of Rogerian Scholars
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Title Annotation:SRS News
Author:Flanagan, Jane
Publication:Visions: The Journal of Rogerian Nursing Science
Article Type:Editorial
Date:Jan 1, 2015
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