Dawn Anderson
Dawn Anderson

Nursing alumna honoured for disaster work

College of Nursing alumna Dawn Anderson was recently presented with the prestigious Florence Nightingale Medal, which recognizes devotion and dedication to victims of armed conflict and natural disasters.

Anderson (BA'01, BSc'05) started with the Red Cross in 2011, working as a humanitarian nurse in many high-conflict regions around the world. Since then, she has treated war-wounded patients in Afghanistan, Palestine and the Central African Republic—often within earshot of bombs, gunfire or missiles.

"To have the missile fire hitting buildings right beside where we're working, it's unnerving and I've been evacuated before because of gunfire, car bombs or riots," she recently told CKOM Saskatoon.

Anderson also provides care for people affected by natural disasters. Most recently, she was in Nepal helping victims injured by April's massive earthquake and, in 2013, spent two months in the Philippines treating those displaced by Typhoon Haiyan.

Of the 36 medal winners, Anderson was the only Canadian recipient.

See the full story at CKOM.
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