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The Aster Guardians Global Nursing Award 2023

Nurse Cathy Cribben-Pearse From UAE Selected As Finalist For The Aster Guardians Global Nursing Award 2023

Public Encouraged To Vote, As Winning Nurse To Receive $250,000

  • The general public voting system is now open to select the winner of the 2023 Aster Guardians Global Nursing Award
  • 10 finalist nurses have been selected from more than 52,000 entries across 202 countries
  • The grand winner will be awarded $250,000 at the ceremony in London, to be held on International Nurses Day (12 May 2023)
  • UAE nurse, Cathy Cribben-Pearse among the top 10 finalists 
  • Public Voting link – https://www.asterguardians.com/top-10-finalists-2023/#

April 11, 2023: The voting system is now open for the public to cast their votes for the 2023 Aster Guardians Global Nursing Award, and select a grand winner.

Last week, it was announced that UAE nurse, Cathy Cribben-Pearse, has been selected as a finalist, joining another nine who were chosen from more than 52,000 entries from 202 countries.

Cathy Cribben-Pearse is a nursing leader with over 20 years of experience in the field. She has worked in the NHS London, Ireland, and most recently as a Director of Nursing Quality, Patient Safety, and Accreditation at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, one of the leading hospitals in the United Arab Emirates. During the pandemic, Cathy offered her services as a certified coach pro bono online to nurses and midwives who needed supportive counsel during these challenging times. She identified a need gap and soon nurses from all over the world were reaching out to access this opportunity.

As a nursing leader internationally, Cathy’s passion is to provide the best care to patients while having a sense of belonging, pride, and connection with a purpose of service. Her nursing career has been marked with many successful start-ups, including the first high dependency unit in the NHS for pregnant women with other clinical conditions, the first private colposcopy clinic in Ireland, and being part of the opening of one of the largest healthcare start-ups in the world in Abu Dhabi. As the Director of Nursing Quality, Patient Safety, and Accreditation at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, she oversaw the successful accreditation achievement of “Magnet,” the first hospital in the UAE to achieve the greatest nursing accolade in the world.

Speaking on this, Dr. Azad Moopen, Founder Chairman and Managing Director of Aster DM Healthcare said, “Millions of nurses across the world are working hard every single day to serve their patients and form the core of the healthcare eco-system. Aster Guardians Global Nursing Award is our way of acknowledging their dedication and recognizing their work. This year, with more than 50,000 nurses vying for the coveted award, it has been a hard task for the eminent Jury members to shortlist the top 10 outstanding nurses. Each of the finalists have a remarkable trajectory and have made significant contribution to the field of nursing. We wish each of them all the very best.”

Cathy Cribben-Pearse will join the other nine finalists and face a public voting process, followed by final evaluation by the Grand Jury judging panel. The ceremony will take place on Friday 12th May – International Nurses Day – with the award winner set to receive US $250,000 in prize money.


  • Cathy Cribben-Pearse, OakTree Mentoring, United Arab Emirates

Cathy Cribben-Pearse, OakTree Mentoring, United Arab Emirates. With a career spanning over 20 years, Cathy has worked as a nursing leader in the NHS London, in Ireland and most recently served as a Director of Nursing Quality, Patient safety, and accreditation at one of the leading hospitals in the UAE (Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi).

With firsthand experience during the pandemic, she identified a need gap for nurses and midwives to find supportive counsel during challenging times.

As a certified coach, she offered her services pro bono, online, using Zoom, to support career growth, personal growth, and developing their skills to navigate these challenging times.

Soon nurses from all over the world were reaching out to access this opportunity. Cathy subsequently resigned from her full-time Nursing Director position to establish “OakTree Mentoring” a programme designed to build a global mentoring community, bringing on board 200 nurses and midwives from around the world.

Within 6 months, the programme was accredited by EMCC Global. OakTree signed a contract with Art of Mentoring in Australia, to further support the mentorship programme. Cathy regularly speaks to children in schools as part of a mentorship program to inspire and encourage them to consider a career in nursing.


Anna Qabale Duba was the first graduate from her village and the only educated child in her family. During her nursing studies, she won the Miss Tourism Kenya 2013. She used her influence to advocate for gender equality and education in her community. Under the Qabale Duba Foundation, she built a school in her village where children could study in the morning and adults in the afternoon. She chose education because she understood that illiteracy held people back from learning new things and changing harmful cultural norms.

Apart from learning to read and write, women at the school learned about the importance of antenatal care, skilled deliveries, and Sexual Reproductive Health & Rights. These initiatives got recognition locally and internationally, including winning the Waislitz Global Citizen’s Choice award of $50,000 in 2019. Additionally, the results from this noble endeavour were quite evident. Female genital mutilations and early marriage had reduced tremendously. The largely pastoral community opened-up to women giving birth in hospitals. More mothers started sending their daughters to school.

Nurse Qabale made tangible transformations in her home community, across multiple dimensions of society. Now, the success of her actions is inspiring other people to follow suit.


 Aster DM Healthcare Limited is one of the largest private healthcare service providers operating in GCC and in India. With an inherent emphasis on clinical excellence, we are one of the few entities in the world with a strong presence across primary, secondary, tertiary, and quaternary healthcare through our 30 hospitals, 125 clinics, 496* pharmacies, 20 labs and 157 patient experience centers in seven countries, including India.

We have over 29,108 plus dedicated staff including 3,820 doctors and 8,299 nurses across the geographies that we are present in, delivering a simple yet strong promise to our different stakeholders: “We’ll treat you well.” We reach out to all economic segments in the GCC states through our differentiated healthcare services across the “Aster”, “Medcare” and “Access” brands.

* Including 239 Pharmacies in India operated by Alfaone Retail Pharmacies Private Limited under brand license from Aster.  

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