Deva-Marie Beck, PhD, RN

Global citizen activist, nursing educator and scholar, author, multi-media specialist and world-wide traveler, serving — in all these roles — as a volunteer International Co-Director of the Nightingale Initiative for Global Health (NIGH)
Gatineau, Canada
Deva-Marie Beck, PhD, RN
Lifetime Achievement Award
Winner (2020)
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Deva-Marie Beck, PhD, RN is a Canadian American global citizen and Nightingale scholar who has been working — for nearly three decades — on citizen advocacy for achieving global health, including the UN's Global Goals — the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 2000-2015 and now the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 2015-2030.

With this focus, she is mainly connecting, around the world, with Nurses & Midwives as prime global citizen stakeholders for achieving these Global Goals. In follow-up to her award-winning co-authored textbook 'Florence Nightingale Today: Healing, Leadership, Global Action' (ANA, 2005), Dr. Beck has served, since 2006, as a volunteer International Co-Director of the Nightingale Initiative for Global Health • NIGH @ — traveling to more than 20 countries and leading NIGH’s work on UN Briefings, group discussions, workshops, online updates — feature articles, photojournalism and videos — keynote presentations across the world, including five keynotes for the Commonwealth Nurses & Midwives Federation in London, UK — and campaigns, most recently, to achieve NIGH’s ‘Special Consultative Status.’ granted by the United Nations Economic & Social Council (UN ECOSOC) in 2018.

Dr. Beck is currently collaborating to shape NIGH’s ’Nightingale Declaration’ Campaign’ — to be shared in all six official United Nations languages — launching, worldwide, during the 2020 Nightingale Bicentenary Year and WHO Year of the Nurse & the Midwife.

After a 30-year clinical career in Critical Care & Women's Health settings, Dr. Beck received her doctorate in 2002, from Union Institute & University, for her groundbreaking research to articulate Florence Nightingale’s relevance to today’s international health, development, education and media.

She has since authored and co-authored articles for numerous peer- reviewed journals — including for the American Journal of Nursing (AJN) in 2019 — and textbook chapters, including for ‘A New Era for Global Health: Nursing and the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’ (Springer, 2018).  

NIGH is a grass roots-to-global movement created to inspire today’s 20 million+ nurses to become advocates for the ideals of public health so clearly articulated by Florence Nightingale during her lifetime