International Achievement Award
Liisa Hallila (2011)
Anneli Eriksson (2007)
Susie Kim (2001)
The International Achievement Award is given every two years to a practising mid-career nurse who is currently influencing nursing at the international level in two of nursing's four domains: direct care, education, research and management. The award accords worldwide recognition of the recipient's achievements and contribution to nursing internationally. The conferment of this international award for nursing achievement will take place at the FNIF Luncheon during ICN's Congress and CNR in 18 to 23 May 2013. A commemorative gift and a certificate detailing the award will be presented and the award recipient will deliver a public address to an audience of nurses from around the world.
- Nominees must be practising nurses, currently using their nursing qualifications and experience in any of the four domains of nursing: direct care, education, management and research.
- Nominees must be members of a National Nurses’ Association (NNA) in current membership (dues fully paid) of the International Council of Nurses (ICN).
- Nominees must agree to be nominated, to deliver a public address on the occasion of the presentation of the award at an international nursing event, and to partake in award publicity.
- The award will not be made posthumously.
Note: Members of the FNIF, ICNF and ICN Boards of Directors and any employees of these organisations may not make or support nominations, nor be nominated themselves.
Liisa Hallila (2011)
A dedicated pioneer in her field, Dr Liisa Hallila’s interests extend across evidence-based nursing education and service development, organisational ethics, project planning,
management and evaluation, teaching and training, and culturally sensitive practice. She has worked closely with a number of countries developing health care systems,
including Albania, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Kosovo, Papua New Guinea and Russia and has addressed international audiences on a range of topics.
- May 6, 2011
Speech for Florence Nightingale International
Liisa Hallila [PDF file]
Yokohoma, May 31 2007.
Speech for Florence Nightingale International
Anneli Eriksson [PDF file]
Anneli Eriksson is a registered nurse and President of Médecins
Sans Frontières (MSF)* in Sweden. Her outstanding career includes
working in India, Chechnya, Burundi, Sierra Leone, East Timor and
Ms Eriksson is dedicated to getting nursing care to vulnerable
populations worldwide and, in particular, has focused on helping
endangered communities during catastrophes and the importance of
nursing for populations living in precarious conditions.
As the spokesperson for MSF Sweden she speaks out on the humanitarian
values of that organisation and the importance of access to health
*Doctors without Borders
Etherington (2003), MSN, RN, FAAN
Etherington's speech at FNIF Luncheon 2003 [PDF file]
Carol Etherington RN of Nashville, Tennessee, USA, has designed
and implemented community based programmes for people living in
the aftermath of war and natural disaster, working with Ministries
of Health and national staff in Bosnia, Poland, Honduras, Tajikistan,
Kosovo, Sierra Leone and Angola. In her own country, Etherington
has received two distinguished awards from the American Red Cross
for her work as a volunteer in U.S. disasters.
The health and human rights needs of the under-served worldwide
have been the passion and focus of Carol Etherington’s career, and
she has made an international impact with her advocacy for vulnerable
and victimised populations, including her work in child abuse, ethics,
human rights, and with victims of disasters.
In the city where she lives, Etherington forged the path for nursing
into criminal justice and social services by initiating programs
serving victims of crimes, citizens in crises, social and rescue
personnel, and victims of disasters. In 1975 she initiated
the Victim Intervention Program in Nashville, one of the first
police-based counselling programs in the United States, now in
its 27th year. In national nursing associations, she has served
at the local, state and national levels with a primary focus on
ethics and human rights.
Carol Etherington is Assistant Professor of Nursing at Vanderbilt
University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee. She was the first nurse to serve
on the U.S. Board of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF USA/Doctors
without Borders), and was president of the US Board for two years. She
also is a volunteer with the Red Cross in time of disaster and participates
in local and regional projects related to refugee
and immigrant populations.
Susie Kim (2001), RN
Kim's presentation at the FNIF Luncheon [PDF file]
Dr Kim has made major contributions to nursing
education and practice which have earned her international recognition.
She is Professor and former Dean of the College of Nursing Science
at the Ewha Women's University in Seoul, Korea and is the Director
of the Research Institute of Nursing Science and the Chair of the
Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing Division.
In the field of mental health, Dr. Kim used qualitative
research methodology to develop eight interpersonal caring techniques
for improving self esteem. The techniques have been widely tested
and proven effective for chronic psychiatric and hospice care patients
In nursing practice, she designed and established
the first community-based mental health nurse care centre in Korea.
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) recognised the
effectiveness of the centre in rehabilitating long-term medical
patients at an affordable cost in Korea and in other developing
countries. UNDP supported her pilot project in 1996-98, which resulted
in 15 additional community based centres.
She earned her BS in Nursing in 1963 and a Master
in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing and Nursing Education in 1969
from the Ewha Women's University. She earned a Doctor of Nursing
Science (DNSc) in 1978 from Boston University in the United States.
Dr. Kim was the first nurse with a doctorate degree in nursing
Dr. Kim lectures around the world. She has published
over 100 articles and 13 books on nursing.
Margaret Hilson (1999)
Hilson, Recipient International Achievement Award- Presentation
The inaugural recipient of the International
Achievement Award, Margaret Hilson has played an active role in
international health programmes for over thirty years. She began
her career as a community health nurse educator in India and later
was appointed by the World Health Organisation (WHO) to a regional
training team where she gained first hand experience in Nepal,
Thailand and Indonesia. In Central America she worked with a women's
peasant farmers' organisation to develop village health programs
and with a gold miners' union to assess occupational health and
safety issues and prevention strategies.
Ms Hilson is Associate CEO of the Canadian Public
Health Association and Director of Global Health Programs where
she oversees several programmes including the Southern Africa AIDS
Training Programme, the Family Health Project in Malawi and Zambia,
and the CAREC HIV/AIDS Programme in the Caribbean. She is also
working with the WHO in its global partnership to create a generation
of tobacco-free children and youth. Ms Hilson is a member of the
Executive Board of the World Federation of Public Health Associations.