Anita Owens Rich, BSN, RN, CHFN, graduated Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia and was a cardiology nurse at Emory University Hospital from 1981 until 2011.  Since then she has been the Heart Failure Coordinator at Emory Johns Creek Hospital. She has been a CPR Instructor for over 20 years. She has also volunteered for Samaritan’s Purse/ The Children’s Heart Project as a Nurse Transporter bringing children from Kosovo, Uganda, Honduras, and Mongolia to the US for surgical repair of congenital heart defects.

She has been on a medical team screening children in villages in northern Mongolia and performing surgical repairs and cardiac catheterizations in Ulaan Bataar, Mongolia. As part of this team she taught airway management to the Mongolian nurses. During one such class Mongolian nurse gently put her fist on the chest of one of the manikins and through the interpreter asked if Anita would “teach the pumping”. She replied that she would come back and teach it. This was her inspiration to start Nurses Heart to Heart.

In 2010, 2014 and most recently in January 2016 she was a part of a medical team in Northern Iraq screening and repairing Iraqi children with congenital heart defects and teaching Iraqi nurses.

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