“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
― Nelson Mandela
On March 19-20, 2013 the Hospital Arco Iris(HAI) nursing department decided to begin change the nursing profession in Bolivia! They hosted the first nursing journal symposium. The HAI nursing staff invited guest speakers from many hospitals and universities from La Paz. There were distinguished guest lecturers from prestigious institutions such as Universidad Católica Boliviana and Universidad Mayor de San Andrés. In addition, among the speakers were HOPE worldwide Bolivia nursing volunteers, Jennifer Mullen RN, Triage nurse Northwestern and Inge LeBlanc RN, Intensive care unit nurse from Northwestern University Memorial Hospital, Chicago, Illinois, as well as HOPE Bolivia’s Gwen Ellis RN, BSN. Gwen spoke about SBAR (SVAR), life saving communication for healthcare providers.
The purpose of professional nursing journal symposium is to promote evidence-based nursing practice and improve the quality of bedside nursing care. The event included an incredible standing-room-only 200 in attendance each day. This was an exciting event and a first to see many nurses committed to promoting the change of nursing practice through special educational forums such as these.