I have been involved with the Hospices of Hope in Romania since 2003 when I was invited to join the Board and take an Insight Tour to see the work of the organization firsthand.

That first experience clarified in my minds eye as to the type of contribution I might be able to make to the Hospices. As a longtime educator with a specialty in Palliative Care it seemed fitting that I could contribute by facilitating educational experiences for Nurses at Casa Sperantei in Brasov and nursing students both in Romania and here in RI at my university. Through onsite symposia, accompanying nurses on home visits, teleconferencing and facilitating further education via linkages with ELNEC (End of Life Nursing Education Consortium) and Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society many nurses have completed advanced degrees and are known as the experts in End of Life and Palliative Care in Eastern Europe and have been invited presenters and received honors at prestigious conferences.

Educational competencies are necessary but seeing how these nurses and other health care workers in Brasov demonstrate a deep desire to help relieve the multidimensional sufferings of their patients.

What a privilege for me to see the hospice nurses in action demonstrating Christ’s words:

 I was hungry and you gave me something to eat,

 I needed clothes and you clothed me

 I was a stranger and you invited me in

 I was sick and you visited me.

Matthew 25:35-36.