Press - October 25, 2013

October 25, 2013

NBNA Member, Dr. Marie O. Etienne of the Black
Nurses Association, Inc., Miami, was one of the five American recipients of the 2013 Florence Nightingale Medal

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Given every two years, the Florence Nightingale Medal, awarded by the International Committee of the Red Cross, celebrates the contribution of nurses and nursing aides to the work of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. It is given to nurses who distinguish themselves in time of peace or war by their exceptional courage and devotion to victims of a conflict or disaster, or through exemplary services in the areas of public health or nursing education. It is the highest international nursing distinction within the Red Cross.

Dr. Marie O. Etienne is a professor in the School of Nursing at Miami Dade College, where she was the recipient of the Stanley G. Tate 2007 Endowed Teaching Chair. She serves on the American Red Cross National Nursing Committee as the representative for the National Black Nurses Association, and she is a member of the Red Cross Scientific Advisory Council (SAC) and the Sub-Council on Nursing and Care-giving.

Born in Haiti, she came to the U.S.. at age 14, earning a bachelor's degree, a master's degree as a pediatric nurse practitioner, a post-master's certificate in Advance Family Practice and Gerontology and a Doctorate of Nursing Practice.

Dr. Etienne has led numerous missions, including several trips to the Dominican Republic, where she provided nursing care for migrant sugarcane plantation workers. She has served as past president of the Haitian American Nurses Association of Florida and the past chairwoman of the Haitian American Professionals Coalition. In these capacities, she traveled to Haiti after the 2010 earthquake to care for survivors. She continues to make return trips to promote both physical and mental rehabilitation for individuals affected by the devastating earthquake.

NBNA congratulates Dr. Etienne for this distinguished honor.

The National Black Nurses Association (NBNA) was organized in 1971 under the leadership of Dr. Lauranne Sams, former Dean and Professor of Nursing, School of Nursing, Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, Alabama. NBNA is a non-profit organization incorporated on September 2, 1972 in the state of Ohio. NBNA represents 150,000 African American registered nurses, licensed vocational/practical nurses, nursing students and retired nurses from the USA, Eastern Caribbean and Canada, with 90 chartered chapters, in 35 states.