Source: Courier Post
A pair of Rutgers–Camden nursing school educators have been appointed as United Nations delegates by the International Catholic Committee of Nurses and Medio-Social Assistants.
Marian Nowak and Patricia Sayers, both assistant professors at the School of Nursing,will participate in numerous conferences and workshops centered on global health care, and will serve as advisers in the development of various projects to help address the UN’s eight millennium development goals: to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger; achieve universal primary education; promote gender equality and empower women; reduce child mortality; improve maternal health; combat HIV, AIDS, malaria, and other diseases; ensure environmental sustainability; and create a global partnership for development.
“It’s a tremendous opportunity for us, but I’m especially excited for our students because this will show them that a nurse’s voice can be heard on an international level and they can make a real difference,” Cedar Brook resident Nowak said.
The women are are two of four UN delegates from the United States appointed by CICIAMS, which has 60 member countries and is headquartered at The Vatican.
During a Vatican conference in November, Nowak and Sayers shared the “Mind, Body and Spirit” online project developed collaboratively by faculty and students from Rutgers and the Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine. The software provides health care workers with a diverse cultural and spiritual reference to assist patient-centered bedside care.
“This is one of the highest honors in nursing, but it’s also a tremendous opportunity for the Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden,” Sayers, of Bordentown, said.