The 2017 FNIF International Achievement Award acknowledges outstanding work for the prevention of violence against women Geneva, Switzerland, 18 April 2017 – Dr Nancy Glass, American nurse, researcher in women’s health, is the recipient of the 2017 International Achievement Award, bestowed by the International Council of Nurses’ (ICN) Florence Nightingale International Foundation (FNIF). The FNIF Board selected Dr Glass unanimously based on her research on ending violence against women and girls globally.
An expert in intimate partner violence (IPV), public health and global health, Dr Glass’ work has led to the implementation of evidence-based strategies to prevent IPV and gender based violence.
“I am incredibly honored and humbled to be the recipient of the ICN 2017 International Achievement Award. I am fortunate to collaborate with nursing colleagues globally to prevent and respond to violence against women and improve women’s health and safety.”
She develops effective, community based programmes to improve the socio-economic conditions and health outcomes of women in low-income countries who are highly subjected to gender based violence. She also studied workplace violence, specifically that encountered by homecare workers, outlining solutions to better prepare them during training to face potential dangers.
The International Achievement Award will be presented to Dr Glass at the Biennial FNIF Fundraising Luncheon to be held on 30 May 2017 at the ICN Congress in Barcelona, Spain.
The International Achievement Award is given every two years to a mid-career practising nurse who is currently impacting nursing internationally in two of nursing’s four domains: direct care, education, research and management. The award accords worldwide recognition of the recipient’s achievements and contribution to nursing internationally.
Past recipients of the award have included:
- Subadhra Devi Rai, nurse and senior lecturer at the School of Health Sciences (Nursing) at Nanyang Polytechnic in Singapore for her research project that explores the concept of hope among children diagnosed and treated for cancer and their primary caregivers and nurses at KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKH).
- Liisa Hallila, a Finnish nurse for developing health care systems in a number of countries including Albania, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Kosovo, Papua New Guinea and Russia.
- Anneli Eriksson, a registered nurse and President of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)* in Sweden for outstanding career including working in India, Chechnya, Burundi, Sierra Leone, East Timor and Niger as well as helping endangered communities during catastrophes and the importance of nursing for populations living in precarious conditions.
- Carol Etherington, from the United States, for designing and implementing community based programmes for people living in the aftermath of war and natural disasters working with ministries of health and national staff in Angola, Bosnia, Honduras, Kosovo, Poland, Sierra Leone and Tajikistan.
- Dr Susie Kim from Korea, for her major contributions to nursing education and practice in the field of mental health and her development of interpersonal techniques for improving self-esteem. She also designed and established the first community-based mental health nurse care centre in Korea.
- Margaret Hilson, a Canadian nurses, for her work with a women’s farmers' organisation to develop village health programmes and with a gold miners' union to assess occupational health and safety issues and prevention strategies.
The ICN’s Congresses are the world’s largest international events for nurses. ICN 2017 in Barcelona, Spain will explore nurses’ leading role in the transformation of care, with a particular focus on universal health coverage, the Sustainable Development Goals and human resources for health. The Congress will provide opportunities for nurses to build relationships and to disseminate nursing knowledge and leadership across specialties, cultures and countries. Join us in Barcelona! Click here to register!
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