Who We Are

Anita Rich, DNP, RN, CHFN, is the Founder and President of Nurses Heart to Heart.  She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Emory University and her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia.  She has been a cardiology nurse at Emory University Hospital from 1981 until 2011 and the Heart Failure Coordinator at Emory Johns Creek Hospital since 2011. She is a Certified Heart Failure Nurse.  She has been a CPR Instructor for Emory Healthcare for over 35 years.

She has volunteered for The Children’s Heart Project as a Nurse Transporter bringing children from Kosovo, Uganda, Honduras, and Mongolia to the United States for surgical repair of congenital heart defects.

She also volunteered on a medical team screening children in villages in northern Mongolia and performing surgical repairs and cardiac catheterizations in UlaanBataar, Mongolia. As part of this team she taught airway management to the Mongolian nurses.

During the class a nurse gently put her fist on the chest of the manikin and through the translator asked if Anita would "teach the pumping". This was Anita’s inspiration to establish Nurses Heart to Heart. To date, she has made 12 teaching trips to Mongolia and has donated hundreds of CPR and labor and delivery manikins

In 2010, 2014, 2016, and most recently in 2018, she was a part of a medical team in Northern Iraq screening Iraqi children with congenital heart defects and teaching Iraqi nurses.

What We Do

Nurses Heart to Heart enables nurses to volunteer their time and expertise to educate our fellow nurses in developing countries.
Our goal is to advance the art and science of Nursing through the sharing of our hearts, knowledge, and experiences.

  • Teaching CPR and gifting adult, child, and infant manikins for continuing education.
  • Teaching the care of labor and delivery emergencies and newborn resuscitation and gifting labor and delivery manikins.
  • Teaching other subjects based on the requests of the local Chief Nursing Officers and Ministries of Health.

"I just want to say thank you for coming. After our classes with you last year, we came back home to Bayankhongor. We took everything you taught us that week and the manikins you gave us, and we taught the whole staff how to do CPR. We’ve saved many lives, most of them were children."

-Chief Nursing Officer, Bayankhongor Province

"We sincerely appreciate your long journey to here in Khuvsgal aimag which is called Mongolian Switzerland to give us intellectual investment organizing extremely effective and interesting training for our doctors, nurses and ambulance drivers of our hospital. Also, we wish you good luck from bottom of our hearts. We hope that you’ll come again in Mongolia especially in Khuvsgul aimag and we will continue our cooperation and make it strong in the future."

Yours sincerely,

Health Department of Khuvsgul aimag

"Dear Mrs. Anita Rich,

On behalf of the Directorate General of Health in Duhok, Kurdistan Region of Iraq, I would like to personally thank you for your dedication, commitment, contribution, and courage to provide required support to Medical staff in our directorate. We believe that your experience and efforts have resulted with a positive outcome for us and we acknowledge and value it. Looking forward toward further support and collaboration in the future."

Yours sincerely,

Director General