A Ghanaian-born clinical nurse specialist, Cecilia Anim has been awarded the Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) by the British Monarch, Queen Elisabeth II, reports received here on Friday have said.
Cecilia AnimShe was chosen for the prestigious award in the New Year 2017 awards based on her exceptional and outstanding role as a nurse; and her contributions to her community.
According to The Nursing Times, Anim had recently been re-elected president of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) having been elected ethnic president in 2014, after serving four years as its Vice President.
Speaking on local Citi fm radio station here on Friday the experienced nurse who started her career in Ghana in 1977 before moving to Britain underscored the need to uphold the professional integrity of nursing urging her colleagues back home in Ghana to put in their best in the field.
“It is an honor for everybody because I couldn’t have gotten there on my own. I had the support of my family, especially my husband, my children, my friends, my colleagues at work, who in their own ways contributed. Above all to God be the glory,” she stated.
Anim, a clinical nurse specialist in sexual health, in North London was elected the RCN’s first black or minority ethnic president in 2014, having served four years as vice president is currently based in Marylebone.
The celebrated Ghanaian-born nurse has been a member of RCN for 30 years and was its steward for 17 years and a health and safety representative for 17 years. Cecilia was also the staff-side secretary working in partnership with other unions, and secretary of her local RCN branch for 10 years.
She then chaired the new branch and served on the London board before taking up the position of deputy president.
This year’s honors has been touted as the most diverse ever, following the recognition of Ghana’s Cecilia Anim as one of the prominent minority names in the almost 100-year history of the Order of the British Empire.
“I feel greatly honored and humbled, and I feel that this honor that I received was for all nurses everywhere giving care to patients and making a difference in people’s lives,” she added.
The Ghanaian-born nurse was also awarded the Bevan award for Health and Wellbeing in 2013 as well as an honorary Doctor of Health degree from Bradford University in 2016.
There has been an increase in the rate of Ghanaian nurses leaving to work in Britain and the United States of America. Enditem