International Writing Collaborative

Sigma Theta Tau Writing Collaborative - Another exciting international/global health initiative that has been supported by the School of Nursing is an international writing collaborative project.  This project was initiated in 2005, co-sponsored by the UAB Nu Chapter of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI), along with theTho Upsilon STTI Chapter in Brazil and the Tau-Lambda Chapter in Africa. The idea for the project developed in November 2005 during the Sigma Theta Tau International Convention held in Indianapolis, Indiana. A small group of nurses representing chapters from three different continents met casually for dinner. The attendees included Maria Caliri (Brazil), Rosalina Rodrigues (Brazil), Leana Uys (South Africa), Lynda Harrison Wilson (USA) and Pam Autrey (USA). During the course of the evening Maria Caliri mentioned the Brazilian faculty's desire to publish in peer-reviewed English nursing journals. The primary language in Brazil is Portuguese. This was considered to a barrier to getting published. Thus the brainstorming began. It did not take long for this group to birth the idea of creating a virtual international writing collaborative with a mentoring focus. Two writing teams were formed, each consisting of six nurses (two from each of the three Sigma Theta Tau, International chapters).  
The initial project coordinators were Maria Caliri (Rho Upsilon Chapter, Brazil), Lyn Middleton (Tau-Lambda Chapter, Africa) and Dianne Richmond (Nu Chapter, USA). 
The project aligns itself well with components of Sigma Theta Tau International's strategic plan of (a) Advancing global links at the organizational and member levels; (b) Advancing the scientific base of nursing practice through the scholarship of research; and (c) Stimulating scholarly practice in the professional lives of members. In August, 2006, this project was awarded a STTI Regional Showcase of Excellence Award!

The three coordinators of the Collaborative have also published a book chapter on their work (Richmond, D., Caliri, M. H. L., & Middleton, L. 2007. Writing collaborative. In S. M. Weinstein & A. M. T. Brooks, Eds. Nursing without borders. Indianapolis, Indiana: Sigma Theta Tau, International, 171-178).