Rebecca Silvers and Jerry Nutor

IGHS Grand Rounds with the Center for Global Nursing

Date: March 13, 2024
Time: 12 to 12:50 p.m. PDT (UTC-7)

Mission Hall 1401/1402
550 16th Street

For Zoom: Register in advance

Nursing’s impact on global health through partnership, education, advocacy and research

According to the World Health Organization, 27.9 million nurses make up nearly 60 percent of health professions, the largest occupational group in the health sector. As a prominent member of the global workforce, nurses dominate population health impact through patient care, research and leadership. The WHO and the National Academy of Medicine both acknowledge the strength and power of nursing and call upon nurses to engage, lead and act as agents of change in health equity efforts worldwide. Rebecca Silvers, director of the UCSF Center for Global Nursing, and Jerry Nutor, faculty at the UCSF School of Nursing and IGHS affiliate member, will highlight nursing’s impact on the world through partnership, education, advocacy and research.


Rebecca Silvers, DNP, CPNP-AC, CCRN

Rebecca Silvers is the founding director of the UCSF Center for Global Nursing (CGN) at the Institute for Global Health Sciences. The CGN aims to promote pathways for nurse participation in global health sciences through education, service and research. Silvers holds an appointment as an assistant clinical professor at the School of Nursing. She continues her clinical work as a pediatric nurse practitioner in the critical care and neurosurgery divisions at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals. Silvers is also the director of education for the UCSF Center for Health Equity in Surgery and Anesthesia (CHESA) and the nursing lead for UCSF’s WHO Collaborating Center for Emergency, Critical and Operative Care.

Over the last sixteen years, she developed her global health expertise by contributing to initiatives in more than twenty countries. Her work on sustainable critical care program development in low- and middle-income countries has led to opportunities as a critical care education consultant for projects with the World Health Organization, United Nations Institute for Training and Research, Global Surgery Fund, UCSF/USAID, and non-governmental organizations, including Friends Without A Border, Partners in Health, and Novick Cardiac Alliance..

Silvers works on content development for the WHO Basic Critical Care Course and contributes to surgical education and workforce development projects, including as a technical expert for the UN Global Surgery Learning Hub and the nursing research lead for the Global Neurosurgery Consortium.

Jerry Nutor, PhD, MS, RN

Jerry Nutor is an assistant professor in the Department of Family Health Care Nursing. His research interests are in global health, specifically in maternal and child health and the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV. He is also interested in understanding the impact of environmental, social and economic factors on the health of women and children, with particular concern with HIV/AIDS in low-resource countries and underrepresented populations in the United States.

He is the founder and secretary general of the Africa Interdisciplinary Health Conference (AfIHC). He founded AfIHC to create a platform for health care providers in clinical and academic research settings to meet and discuss their research findings and promote evidence-based practices related to the health sector in Africa.

Nutor is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. He is also the representative of Sigma Nursing to the United Nations, a role in which he advocates for the nursing profession and quality health care for patients globally.