CICIAMSCICIAMS is The International Catholic Committee of Nurses and Medico-Social Assistants

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NACN-USA is a member of CICIAMS, thus all NACN-USA members are part of CICIAMS through the Association. CICIAMS promotes Christian and professional values in nursing care with National and International Associations around the world. Members have the opportunity to become involved in CICIAMS and to attend their meetings. The private, international group is recognized by the Ecclesiastical Authority, and has a close working relationship with the Holy See, along with all National and International Catholic Organizations, including nursing.

NACN-U.S.A. Board/Committee Members Elected to the International Catholic Committee of Nurses and Medical Social Assistants (CICIAMS) Executive Board

Three of the members of NACN-U.S.A. have been elected to the Executive Board of CICIAMS at its August General Council meeting held in Manzini, Swaziland. A fourth member was selected to serve in Committee. The International Catholic Committee of Nurses and Medical Social Assistants is a member association of the Vatican’s Dicastery for the Laity, the Family and Life. The following NACN-U.S.A. members are congratulated for this honor and for their willingness to serve:

CICIAMS Pan American Representative: Dr. Marian (Mimi) Nowak, DNP, MPH, RN, CSN, FCN, who chairs the NACN-U.S.A. Newsletter and Publicity Committee.

CICIAMS Representative to the United Nations: Dr. Patricia Sayers, DNP, RN, who previously served as NACN-U.S.A.’s Corresponding Secretary.

CICIAMS Chair of the Ethics Committee: Dr. Marie T. Hilliard, MS, MA, JCL, PhD, RN, who is the Recording Secretary of NACN-U.S.A. and a member of its Ethics and Spirituality Committee.

CICIAMS Committee on the Family Member: Dr. Shannon Simonovich, PhD, RN, serves as the Chair of the Research subcommittee of the NACN-USA Education, Practice and Research Committee.

CICIAMS came into being in Lourdes, France, under the name “International Study Committee for Catholic Nurses’ Associations” following a meeting of delegates of Catholic nurses’ associations from different countries held in Basel, Switzerland, in 1928. As the number of members increased including not only nurses but other professionals in the medical and social fields, the Committee took its present name in 1946. It is recognized by the Holy See as an International Catholic Organization, and is a member of the Conference of ICOs. As an NGO, CICIAMS has consultative status at the WHO, UNICEF and the Council of Europe. CICIAMS encourages the establishment and development of Catholic professional associations in every country to provide nurses and medical/social workers with spiritual and moral support, and updated specialized training; it coordinates the initiatives that Catholic professional associations launch in order to deepen and advocate Christian thinking in the nursing and medical/social professions; it promotes health care and social work in accordance with scientific progress and in harmony with the principles of a Christian order which guarantees every human being the well-being and health that is their birthright, and always with respect for their religious convictions. CICIAMS pursues its objectives by organizing international meetings and study seminars, drawing up ethical guidelines, and with a solidarity fund to support the establishment and work of Catholic nurses’ associations in the developing countries.

Maria Arvonio, RN, BSN, MA (NE Region Director NACN-USA), Dr. Pat Sayers, DNP, RN (Corresponding Secretary) & Dr. Mimi Nowak, PhD, RN (Newsletter Editor, NACN-USA), CICIAMS Representatives at the United Nations (not pictured - Patricia Staley)

Maria Arvonio, RN, BSN, MA (NE Region Director NACN-USA), Dr. Pat Sayers, DNP, RN (Corresponding Secretary) & Dr. Mimi Nowak, PhD, RN (Newsletter Editor, NACN-USA), CICIAMS Representatives at the United Nations (not pictured – Patricia Staley)

swaziland6th Congress of the English Speaking Africa Region of CICIAMS

Theme: Scaling up Africa Health Services, through Nurses, the Merciful Carers of Humanity” Catholic Diocese of Manzini, Swaziland, South Africa, 23-26 August 2016. DRAFT AGENDA & REGISTRATION» (Rec. spring 2016)

MEAC National Congress, Mexico

At the request of CICIAMS Pan American President Mendoza C.. Dr. Patricia Sayers was privileged to meet and speak with Catholic Nurses in Mexico during the MEAC National Congress of Nurses en Cd Juarez, Mexico May 3, 2015. The delegation members were honored that she reached out to us regarding Population and Development goals being formulated at the UN‐NY. May God guide all of us in our walk as Catholic Nurses. (Rec. 5/5/2015)

CICIAMS XIX World Congress, Dublin, Ireland, September 23-26, 2014

U.S. delegation: Dr. Marie Hilliard, Kathy Kirkpatrick, Alma Abuelouf, Marylee Meehan & Lorette Tierman

U.S. delegation: Dr. Marie Hilliard, Kathy Kirkpatrick, Alma Abuelouf, Marylee Meehan & Lorette Tierman

CICIAMS XIX World Congress on Protecting Family Life: The Roles and Responsibilities of Nurse and Midwives was held September 23-26, 2014, hosted by the Catholic Nurses Guild of Ireland at All Hallows College, Drumcondra, Dublin 9. [Read conference presentations]

The conference began with an opening Mass and welcome reception on Tuesday evening. The next three days of the congress addressed the following subthemes:

Wednesday, 24 September:  Family Life: International and Regional Perspectives
Thursday, 25 September: Ethical Perspectives
Friday, 26 September: The Healthy Family

Dr. Marie Hiliard, RN, PhD, JCL, NE Regional Representative, NACN-USA - Old Glory

Dr. Marie Hiliard, RN, PhD, JCL, NE Regional Representative,  NACN-USA – Old Glory

Alma Abuelouf, BSN, RN, FCN, Immediate Past President , NACN-USA (2012-2014)

Alma Abuelouf, BSN, RN, FCN, Immediate Past President , NACN-USA (2012-2014)

Alma Abuelouf, BSN, RN, FCN, Immediate Past President NACN-USA
Families as Carers of the Elders in Pan America [powerpoint]

Dr. Marie Hilliard, RN, PhD, JCL, NE Regional Representative
Protecting Family Life in Pan America [powerpoint]

Keynote: Fr. Thomas Nairn, OFM, Acting Ecclesiastical Assistant, CICIAMS, St. Louis, MO
The Nurse as Promoter of the Family: Challenges and Opportunities [powerpoint] [presentation]