February 24, 2017

Diana L. Ruzicka, RN, MSN President, NACN-USA

Dear Fellow Catholic Nurses,
Welcome to the NACN-USA website and membership in this faithful Catholic nursing organization which traces its origin to the encouragement of His Holiness Pope Pius XI who desired “that ways and means be found to emphasize the necessity of bringing all Catholic nurses within the influence of Catholic Associations of Nurses (1935).” During this time when religious liberty is being challenged, it is important now more than ever for nurses with like values to unite together in prayer and fellowship to support each other.

Our members are nurses from all areas including staff nurses, professors, advanced practice nurses, administrators, retired nurses and more. Members of NACN-USA are also members of CICIAMS (The International Catholic Committee of Nurses and Medico-Social Assistants) formed from National Catholic Nursing organizations across the world who first met in Lourdes France in 1933. Four of our members serve on the CICIAMS Board, four represent CICICAMS at the United Nations [view testimony] and another was appointed by His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI to serve on the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Healthcare Workers from 2011-2017. She, Marylee Meehan, was also given the honorary title of CICIAMS “President Emeritus” by His Holiness Pope Francis. We are truly blessed by a cadre of great, professional nurses and leaders.

I urge you to become involved. Join our national organization AND join your LOCAL COUNCIL. If one has not yet formed in your area, consider collaborating with your Regional Director to form one. Consider volunteering to serve on a COMMITTEE or as a COMMITTEE CHAIR.

We hope you will attend the NACN-USA biennial meeting in San Antonio in August 2-3, 2018.

May God Bless you as you minister to the needs of your patients in this year of the 50th anniversary Blessed Pope Paul VI’s 1968 encyclical, Humane Vitae, On Human Life.

If I can be of any assistance, do not hesitate to contact me at catholicnurses@nacn-usa.org.

In His Holy Name,

Diana Ruzicka, RN, MSN, MA, MA, CNS-BC
(Oncology & Nursing Administration; Strategic Studies; Theology)
President, National Association of Catholic Nurses-USA

“Unity in Charity


Pray the Rosary every day to bring peace to the world and the end to war.”
Our Lady of Fatima, June 13, 1917