Gold Foundation to honor 3 nurses at International Nurses Day at the United Nations

International Nurses Day

What: The 2nd Annual Celebration of International Nurses Day at the United Nations: Honoring Nurses in Front Line Roles
When: Friday, May 11, 2018, 10 a.m.- 2:30 p.m.
Where: United Nations, New York | UN Conference Room 4, floor 1B

The Arnold P. Gold Foundation is pleased to be a part of the second annual celebration of International Nurses Day at the United Nations hosted by Nurses with Global Impact, Inc. The event, to be held May 11 at the United Nations in New York,  honors exemplary nurses who are making an impact on global healthcare.

International Nurses Day is celebrated around the world on May 12, the birthday of the founder of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale, to recognize the many contributions nurses make in healthcare. The event at the United Nations will be honoring nurses from around the globe including the Middle East, Africa, Asia, the United States, and beyond. The Gold Foundation will be hosting an exhibitor’s information table at the event. Attendees will have the opportunity to receive 2.0 CEU contact hours provided by Villanova University M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing, following presentations given by two former honorees.

Twenty-one nurses will be honored with the 2018 Inspiring Global Nurse Award, including three honorees who were nominated through the Gold Foundation: Anna Murphy, Karen Gottlieb and Edwin Obreen Koko.

Anna Murphy, Karen Gottlieb and Edwin Koko are set to receive the 2018 Inspiring Global Nurse Award at the United Nations on May 11. 2018.

“The Gold Foundation is thrilled to participate in the celebration of International Nurses Day at the United Nations. Nurses provide such intricate and integral care to patients, and the honorees beautifully illustrate the humanistic values that the Gold Foundation has been championing for the past 30 years,” said Elizabeth Cleek, PsyD, Chief Program Officer at the Gold Foundation.

Anna Murphy, originally from Colombia, is a board-certified gerontological nurse practitioner. She cares for people with developmental disabilities in Chicago, and also participates in mission trips to places such as Haiti and the Dominican Republic, where she aids in disaster relief and provides care to those who do not otherwise have access. Ms. Murphy is also recognized for her role as a teacher and leader to first- and second-year medical students. For more than five years, she has lead a group of interprofessional healthcare students in putting together a makeshift clinic for residents of the Southside of Chicago every month or two.

Read more about Anna Murphy’s work: Serving the Underserved

Karen Gottlieb serves as the Executive Director of AmeriCares Free Clinics. She joined AmeriCares in 1994 with the express directive to start a free clinic program to serve the low-income, uninsured population of Connecticut.  The first AmeriCares Free Clinic was started in Norwalk in 1994 and was followed by three additional clinics.  The Connecticut-based free clinic program serves more than 3,000 patients each year who do not have the means for care.  In addition, Ms. Gottlieb was instrumental in assisting the Gold Foundation with getting resources to Puerto Rico in the weeks after Hurricane Maria struck the island.

Read more about Karen Gottlieb’s work: Growing a Network of Free Clinics

Edwin Koko is currently providing care in the Kisumu Region of Kenya, the region with the highest HIV/AIDS prevalence in east Africa. Mr. Koko’s duties include the pre- and post-natal care for approximately 500 pregnancies for each of the 5 years that he has been in practice.  Mr. Koko is also part of a larger team that implements preventative health education with both government and private sectors. As noted in his nomination materials – “Because of his attentive, plainspoken yet extraordinary work, pediatric AIDS has essentially been eliminated from his village and a generation of healthy children is living testimony to his practice.”

Read more about Edwin Koko’s work: Sometimes It Takes a Village

Learn more about the event by Nurses with Global Impact, Inc. and purchase tickets here.

Nicole Napolitano

Senior Fellow, Humanism in Medicine

Nicole Napolitano is The Arnold P. Gold Foundation's senior fellow and a 2016 graduate from Quinnipiac University where she studied biology, chemistry and psychology. Nicole has previously volunteered in child life and hospice care, and with teaching disabled children how to ski. She  is enthusiastic to work towards keeping healthcare human.