Fifty Years of Adventist Nursing in Brazil

Fifty Years of Adventist Nursing in Brazil UNASP-SP, Brazil | South American Division

The São Paulo Adventist University – Campus SP (UNASP-SP), celebrated the 50th year anniversary of its Nursing School on May 9-12, hosting the 5th International Nursing Congress for Latin America. The Nursing School was the first Nursing program in an Adventist Institution in Brazil and among the pioneer nursing schools in the Country. Over 500 attendees came together to join in the celebration and International Congress. Plenary sessions dealt with practical clinical nursing topics. Drs. Patricia Jones and Edelweiss Kamal presented the unique Adventist Model for Nursing Education that was developed through an evidence-based approach with input from nurse educators from around the world. Dr. Rogerio Gusmao, Division HM director, recounted how the Halliwells – nursing couple who came to South America - and served as missionaries and touched many lifes. The spiritual celebration came on Sabbath with a special worship as Dr. Katia Reinert, GC Associate Director, reviewed the History of Nursing in the Adventist church and challenged attendees to accept the call to blend their healing skills for mission. At a special Banquet, past pioneer Deans and faculty of the Nursing school were recognized. “More than 4000 nurses graduated from this school since its inception in 1969 and are extending Jesus healing ministry around the world. We praise God for what He has done and continue to do to prepare nurses for caring service,” noted UNASP-SP Director Martin Kuhn.