Charon Burda and Katherine Fornili at International Nurse's Day celebrations

Charon Burda (left), DNP, PMHCNS, PMHNP-BC, CARN-AP, UMSON assistant professor and International Nursing Society on Addictions (IntSA) board member and liaison between U.S. and international membership, and Katherine Fornili (right), DNP, MPH, RN, CARN, FIAAN, UMSON assistant professor and president of IntSA, attended the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization International Nurses Day celebration, May 8-10 in Washington, D.C.

They were in the company of the World Health Organization, the International Council of Nurses, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and spent time reviewing the 17 sustainable development goals of the United Nations (U.N.).

On May 10, they also attended the International Nurses Day Celebration at the U.N., where nurses making a global impact were honored. International Nurses Day is celebrated on Florence Nightingale’s birthday as a testament to her leadership and service.

"We learned it is important to act locally but we need to think globally," Fornili said. "Nurses can be the role models for health, collaboration, and unity."

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