Bolivia’s First International Nursing Congress

By Gwen Ellis, RN

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The congress poster at Hospital Arco Iris

The Nursing Department at Hospital Arco Iris hosted Bolivia’s first international nursing congress. This three day event comprised of participants representing Bolivia, United States, Argentina, and Mexico elevating the nursing profession in Bolivia. The congress provided presentations, workshops and round table discussions on clinical practice improvement in quality & patient safety, nursing competencies and continuing education.  Gwen Ellis, RN and Maria Lopez, RN (US Embassy –Health Unit) had the opportunity to present at the congress among many others.

“Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For, indeed, that’s all who ever have.”

Margaret Mead

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Important attendees to the First International Nursing Congress in La Paz, Bolivia

Everyone attending the congress was inspired and empowered to change nursing in Bolivia. The vision for the future is helping the next generation of nurses. In the discussion sessions the Ministry of Education spoke about modifying the nursing career ladder to include a new level. This coincides with the very same dream of HOPEworldwide Bolivia to initiate this new level of nursing.  The nursing assistant program at Hospital Arco Iris would provide educational opportunities for high school students, orphans and vulnerable children. This educational course would grant entry level into the nursing profession as well as offering prospects for employment in the hospital setting and other settings such as home healthcare. The next step is finding funding to support the program and educate the future.

“The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows.”

Sydney J Harris

“Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.”

Malcolm X

Thank you for supporting our hopes and dreams for the next generation of nurses.

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