Chaplain & Nurse Asma Hanif, Receives Nurse GEM Regional Award For Volunteerism and Service’s Nursing Excellence GEM Awards program honors outstanding nurses in regions across the country.
Asma Hanif & Eileen P. Williamson, RN, MSN, Senior Vice President and Chief Nurse Executive at
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Asma Hanif, an advanced nurse practitioner, has worked tirelessly in providing care for the homeless, refugees, trafficking victims and women who are victims of domestic violence for more than the past 30 years. In 1987, she established a holistic, health, education and social services center, Muslimat Al Nisaa, a faith-based practice that provides health services for underserved and uninsured women and children. Hanif opened her home in 2007 to shelter homeless women and children and women victims of domestic violence, and to assist them as they struggle to achieve self-esteem, self-worth and self-sufficiency. Being a resident in her own shelter, she donates her own monetary resources to maintain the shelter she established. Her work includes providing and organizing volunteer health services in public schools, as well as providing health services to the homeless, to women in shelters, to those in group homes and to those in foster care. She performs physicals for the mentally and physically challenged, which allows them to be able to participate in the Special Olympics. An APN on a mission, Hanif provides free blood pressure screenings in community centers for the elderly, and cancer and vaginal health awareness seminars with free breast exams at women’s conferences. She teaches workshops on “How to Prevent Breast Cancer through Diet and Self-Breast Exams,” and “How to Achieve or Avoid Pregnancy through Fertility Awareness.” She also authored a rape prevention pamphlet entitled “What A Woman Doesn’t Know Can Hurt Her,” and also participated in a panel at the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention’s Pandemic Flu Consultations.”   Eileen P. Williamson, RN, MSN, Senior Vice President and Chief Nurse Executive at