Former President - Dr Janet Scammell, DNSci., MSc Nursing, BA Social Science, Dip NEd., SRN, SCM
Dr Scammell is a Visiting Fellow in Nursing in the Department of Nursing Science at Bournemouth University, UK. She is a highly experienced nurse researcher, educator, manager and practitioner. As a practitioner she worked in medical oncology nursing settings for 10 years. Her career in nurse academia spans 30 years in roles including Director of Studies for undergraduate nursing, Faculty Head of Learning and Teaching, Professional Lead for adult and child nursing, and Director of the Nursing Long-Term Health (N4LTH) Research Centre.
Nursing and nursing scholarship are her passion as is evidenced by her career achievements in education, research and professional practice. She has a sustained and effective record of impact at a strategic level in relation to teaching and learning as is evidenced by her recognition in 2016 as a Principal Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy https://www.advance-he.ac.uk/fellowship/principal-fellowship. Her work as a nurse academic has included research for the last 20 years and she has an established track record in the area of humanising care, leadership and nursing workforce development. An example of a recently completed funded study (Burdett Trust for Nursing) can be found here: https://www.bournemouth.ac.uk/research/projects/making-tracs-improve-nurse-retention. Currently she is engaged in research funded by Health Education England, investigating how Advanced Clinical Practitioners working with older people have adapted their role during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Her engagement with clinical practice is diverse; for example working with clinical service strategic leads as part of research teams; past governor for Yeovil Hospital National Health Service (NHS) Foundation Trust; former Trustee of the Poole Hospital-South Sudan Link Charity; Independent member of the national Mary Seacole Award Steering Group; part-time registered nurse supporting the COVID-19 vaccination programme; voluntary work as Chair of Verwood Dementia Friends Community Association.
Dr Scammell’s career to date (see: https://staffprofiles.bournemouth.ac.uk/display/jscammell) attests to her commitment to nursing excellence through scholarship, leadership and research and dovetails well with Sigma Nursing membership. She has authored almost 50 publications, including international conference presentations. She was a member of the Board of the England Honours Society for Nurses (2009-2011), and actively contributed to Bournemouth University’s application to become a Sigma chapter. Phi Mu Chapter was chartered in July 2011. She has served on the Chapter Board since then in various officer positions, including President (2016-2019). Phi Mu is the only Sigma Chapter in England. Hosted by BU, it has however (compared to Sigma norms) an unusual membership profile with members from all over the country (as well as located internationally), based in numerous academic and health service organisations. In addition in England, Sigma Nursing is not a well-known nursing organisation especially in 2011; its mission transfers quite easily to the UK context but it has required innovation and outstanding commitment to translate its vision, processes and goals for UK nurses.