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Meet the Irish expat who is now UAE finalist of $250,000 global nursing

Updated: Sep 4

Cathy Cribben-Pearse, Irish expat in the UAE, has been chosen as one of the 10 finalists of the coveted Aster Guardians Global Nursing Award 2023 from among more than 52,000 entries from 202 countries.Image Credit: Supplied

Dubai: An Irish expat, who became the UAE finalist of the $250,000 global nursing award by Aster DM Healthcare, has said she considers it as a recognition of the critical role that nurses play in creating a sustainable healthcare workforce.

Last week, Cathy Cribben-Pearse, 45, was chosen as one of the 10 finalists of the coveted Aster Guardians Global Nursing Award 2023 from among more than 52,000 entries from 202 countries.


“As a nurse, I have been privileged to work with numerous talented and dedicated professionals who inspire me every day,” Cathy told Gulf News. “To be acknowledged among such esteemed colleagues is not only humbling, but incredibly inspiring. It reinforces my belief in the importance and potential of the nursing profession to impact healthcare outcomes. This nomination is a testament to the unwavering dedication, passion, and commitment that nurses and midwives have invested. It motivates me to continue advocating for a sustainable workforce that prioritises the well-being of nurses and the patients they serve.”

COVID-19 mission Cathy became known globally during the COVID-19 pandemic after she offered her pro bono services online as a certified coach to nurses and midwives who needed supportive counsel during the challenging times.


“The COVID-19 pandemic presented unprecedented challenges, and as a nurse, I saw first-hand the difficulties faced by nurses. Amid the chaos and fear of the pandemic, many nurses were not only risking their lives but also losing their loved ones to the virus.”

“During the lockdown, I volunteered to coach healthcare professionals online, after my children went to bed. I shared the post on social media, and to my surprise, it quickly went viral. As I spoke to nurses from different parts of the world, I noticed a common theme — they were unaware of the coaching concept, and many of them saw me as a potential mentor.”

The result of this realisation led Cathy to wonder if these nurses could mentor each other and thus, the seed of a mentoring company was planted.


Cathy Cribben-Pearse

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