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Presentation(s) at 1st Int. Congress of Nursing Models and Theories in Colombia

Posted Feb 26 2011 10:53am
Well I am due to leave Paipa soon for Bogota El Dorado airport and the trip home via Paris. It is a beautiful day in Paipa. Very warm, bright sun, from my room I can see people water skiing on the lake.

Yesterdays presentations were very well received through a lecture and workshop. These would not have been as successful with the brilliant work* of Interpreter Andrea Ramirez on both occasions. I had started to add some Spanish translations to my slides and these were checked and extended by Prof. Luz Helena Aponte Garzón ( Unillanos ), and Prof. Wilson Canon Montanez, ( UDeS ) to whom I extend sincere thanks.

In the morning session Andrea related each slide in Spanish after my account. For the workshop I had emailed the case study in English and Spanish c/o Google translate. This had been checked and improved and the format we followed was for students to read the case study and then individually draw out the aspects of Alice's case they feel significant across the care domains. During this exercise for 20-25 minutes Andrea assisted again with some questions from individual students. Then in groups of 4-5 they collectively reflected on their 'results'. Finally each group in turn offered one item for each of the four domains. Some astute questions and discussions followed.

At 5.30 Prof. Aponte Garzón had arranged to meet to discuss nursing in England. I thought she meant with 2-3 colleagues, but of course 60-70 students joined us. I can't believe that 90 minutes passed. The students and faculty are so very enthusiastic, charming, friendly and knowledgeable. This has been a marvellous experience, with many contacts made that I hope will grow in the future.

I am very grateful to GICS - the three Universities UPTC , UdeS and Unillanos who invited me and supported my attendance; plus my employer Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust and colleagues holding-the-fort at the Beechurst Unit, Chorley, Lancashire.

I will revise this post (Eduardo - thank you also for the in-session translation) and add one of the Spanish slides soon.

*Speaking Spanish Dr Marie Luise Friedemann (Experiencia de la aplicación en la práctica del Marco de la Organización Sistémica) and her husband informed me of Andrea's effectiveness and memory feat. Dr Friedemann and I also hope to compare our respective interests.
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