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Catholic Nurses get a Voice at the UN
May 2015
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Catholic Nurses get a Voice at the UN

May 11, 2015

Through the efforts of Dr. Marie Hilliard, Director of Bioethics and Public Policy for NCBC, and member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Catholic Nurses-U.S.A. (NACN-U.S.A.), the International Catholic Committee of Nurses and Medico-Social Assistants (CICIAMS) continues to have a voice at the United Nations.

NACN-U.S.A. is a member of CICIAMS.  CICIAMS collaborates with the Pontifical Council for Health Care Workers, Pontifical Council of the Family and Pontifical Council of the Laity and has been designated as a non-governmental agency (NGA) with ability to speak at the United Nations.  However, CICIAMS’ general secretariat is in Vatican City.  Dr. Hilliard became aware of the inability of CICIAMS to be present to have a voice at the United Nations.  As the Regional Representative of the northeast United States, Dr. Hilliard secured four highly credentialed members of NACN-U.S.A to represent CICAMS at the United Nations: Dr. Patricia Sayers, MSN, DNP, RN; Maria Arvonio, BSN, MA, RN; Dr. Marion Nowak, MEd, MPh DNP, RN; and Patricia Staley, RN.

Dr. Patricia Sayers’ recent intervention on behalf of the well being of vulnerable women in countries around the world can be seen HERE

The voice of reason and advocacy for sound policy for true women’s health is greatly needed in all public policy arenas. Thankfully, that voice is now provided by Dr. Sayers, while the NCBC, NACN, and all the representatives  of CICIAMS continue proudly in adding to the chorous.