On January 19, 2012, Barbara Nichols, former chief executive officer of the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) International, gave the Fifth Annual Global Health Lecture on "Perspectives on Globalization and Health Policy" from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the Duke University School of Nursing Auditorium. A record attendance of more than 250 faculty, staff, students, nurse professionals and members of the community attended the lecture, filling the auditorium and an overflow lecture hall to capacity. Nichols is the first global health lecturer with a background in nursing. Her accomplishments include: serving as the past leader of CGFNS, a globally recognized authority on credentials evaluation and verification of the education, registration and licensure of nurses and other health care professionals worldwide; acting as a consultant for international organizations such as the World Trade Organization, the International Labor Organization, the Institute on Migration, the International Council of Nurses and the World Health Organization, to name a few. Dr. Nichols was honored as a Living Legend by the American Academy of Nursing for her sustained national and international contributions to the nursing profession.
After a warm welcome by Duke University School of Nursing Dean Catherine Gilliss and Dr. Dorothy Powell, Associate Dean of the Office of Global and Community Health Initiatives, Dr. Nichols immediately captured the attention of her audience with a combination of poetry and laughter. Nichols’ lecture presented four main factors that affect policy issues: globalization, migration, demographics, and policy changes. She stressed to her audience that nurses are the largest global health workforce, and as a result, form the backbone of health care systems. Nichols emphasized that health care and policies must be culturally sensitive and should be viewed in the context of world poverty, economic inequalities, and the feminization of labor.
After the conclusion of her lecture, Dr. Nichols took a moment to answer questions from the audience and proceeded to a reception in her honor that featured a display of student research posters.
To view and listen to the 2012 lecture, click here.
By Faith Burns, Administrative Intern - OGACHI