Archive for March 21, 2017

Emory Nursing Spring Break Recap

Whether they were experiencing other cultures by traveling the world, relaxing with friends in Atlanta, celebrating wedding anniversaries, providing health care services to those across the globe, or volunteering their time locally, it’s safe to say that our Emory Nursing students had an amazing Spring Break! Check out a recap of their trips below.

Julia Quinn – Eleuthera, Bahamas

“I visited Eleuthera in the Bahamas with ten other students on a service trip with the Lillian Carter Center for Global Health & Social Responsibility, led by Dr. Corrine Abraham and Dr. Elizabeth Downes. There are no hospitals on the island of Eleuthera and healthcare is delivered in a number of (what we would consider) small clinics instead. We worked with the nurses in clinics all over the island to learn about the integral role they play in providing care. We did intake, helped dispense medications, did blood pressure and blood glucose screenings, helped with charting, and learned everything we could from the staff in the clinics and the people we were helping to treat. Other than working in the clinics, nurses in the Bahamas play a key role in health education by visiting the schools to teach about various topics. Each day we went to a high school or primary school to talk with students about mental health, depression, anger management, and how to cope with the difficulties we encounter in life, in an effort to support the World Health Organization’s Let’s Talk campaign seeking to normalize conversation about depression. We had a great time with the students learning from them about the challenges they face and helping them think about how they can face them effectively. We also learned a lot from them about Bahamian culture! We also visited a vocational school called the Centre for Training and Innovation, a strategic initiative to develop the economy on the island of Eleuthera and combat the high unemployment rate. At CTI we did blood pressure screenings and talked with the students there about lifestyle changes they can make to improve their cardiovascular health. Like the high school and primary school students, CTI students had quite a bit to share with us about life on Eleuthera. We had some time to relax as well, including visiting some of the island’s amazing beaches (on both the Caribbean and Atlantic sides of the island), touring the Levy Preserve to learn about Bahamian plants, and exploring the neighborhoods around the clinics we were visiting. We returned from our trip tired, but restored from a week of building relationships with the people of Eleuthera and learning about all their amazing nurses do each day.”

Jessica Nooriel – Jupiter, Florida

“I took a trip down to Jupiter, Florida with a few friends of mine who are students in the college. In the middle of the week, we met up with another group of Emory students, one of whom was nursing student, Mallory Lacy. We all spent a day on the beach, enjoying the sand, water, and sun. It was a relaxing break, which rejuvenated me to come back and finish off the semester strong.”

 

 

 

 

 

Meredith Arevalo – Porto and Lisbon, Portugal

“I had a fantastic time traveling within Portugal, going to Porto and Lisbon. I enjoy traveling to new places, and had planned to go on this trip with my sister; however, she had to cancel going on the trip at the last minute. Still, I decided to go.

Arriving in Porto on a Sunday, I was struck by how many families I saw walking around and spending time with each other. As I learned throughout the trip, family is very important to many Portuguese, and I think this contributed to how warm and welcoming it felt there. I was also struck by how beautiful Portugal was; from train stations to the narrow streets in Lisbon’s old town district, blue and while tile mosaics and bright splashes of color were everywhere, framed by blooming cherry blossoms. Because the country almost entirely borders the Atlantic Ocean, the coastline ranged from steep, dramatic beaches to main square in downtown Lisbon, where people would gather to watch the sunset each night.

It was an incredibly empowering feeling to realize that I’m capable of navigating in a foreign country on my own. At the same time, it was the help and kindness of people I met along the way that made the trip as special as it was. ”

Erica Patton – Tampa, FL and Atlanta, GA

 

“During spring break, I took a trip home to Tampa, FL and got a chance to visit and catch up with my family. I also visited with my dad in Jacksonville, FL. When I returned to Atlanta I had dinner with Hailey Lee and Kim Daniels who are also students in the MSN-NNP program. I finished off my spring break at the CHOA Pulmonary Hypertension Clinic, which I attended for a clinical rotation.”

 

 

 

 

 

Anna Beth Daley – Cancun, Mexico

“Olivia Chan and I, alongside two of our best friends, spent Spring Break in Cancun, Mexico where we went on multiple excursions and spent most of our days by the ocean! Our favorite excursion was to the historic site, Chichen Itza. Chichen Itza is an old Mayan City and one of the seven wonders of our modern world. The large pyramid behind us not only was a place of meeting and power but played a part as a physical representative of their Mayan Calendar! We not only had fun during our Spring Break but we had the pleasure of learning about new cultures and walking in the footsteps of ancient leaders.”

Kimberly Reynolds – Clarkston, GA

“During my spring break, I co-led a Volunteer Emory Alternative Spring Break Trip to Clarkston, GA focusing on the social justice topic of refugee advocacy. During the week, me and eight other Emory students, including a pre-nursing student who will be attending the School of Nursing next year, volunteered with a variety of community partners such as New American Pathways and the Atlanta Food Bank. We played with refugee children at after-school programs, taught digital literacy classes at the Clarkston Community Center, baked with Nepali women, and much more. Some of our group even got to attend the New Americans Celebration at the GA State Capitol and watch the naturalization ceremony that followed. Overall, the entire week was filled with enlightening experiences centered around this local refugee hub. Not only will I treasure the memories made during this trip, but I will also carry what I have learned into my future clinical practice.”

Elianne Carroll – Abu Dhabi and Dubai, United Arab Emirates

“In Dubai I went indoor skiing and to the top of the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, and in Abu Dhabi I toured the Sheik Zayed Grand Mosque. I have a home over there, as my father lives and works in Abu Dhabi, so I get to visit every year but it’s always an amazing time!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Laura Conger – Cancun, Playa del Carmen, and Isla Mujeres, Mexico

“I went to Mexico for spring break with my boyfriend and traveled to Cancun, Playa Del Carmen, Isla Mujeres, Valladolid and Chichen Itza. This was my first time traveling independently and the first time I have left the states since I was a baby. We saved money and submerged ourselves in the culture by staying with a host family, taking public transportation and eating like locals. Everything I have ever heard about traveling is absolutely true—it changed me in a million ways. I fell in love with Mexico and can’t wait to go back.”

 

 

David Zhao – San Juan, Puerto Rico

“I had an opportunity to travel to Puerto Rico during spring break to learn about the health care system and help care for the underserved population on the island. We had a great introduction to the beauty of the island led by Gladys Jusino and Dr. Weihua Zhang with a beautiful hike in the jungle and relaxing at the beach before our week of service. During the first two days, we set up a health fair to help measure blood pressures, glucose checks, and education sessions on breast exams, smoking, hypertension, and diabetes. The next couple of days we visited a nursing school in National University to observe how their education, healthcare, and nursing differed from the main land. One of my favorite parts of the trip was doing street medicine at night for the homeless. We got together sandwiches, blankets, coffee to give to the homeless that wandered the streets, and provided wound care whenever it was needed. The last day of the trip was spent in a nursing home where we observed how the nurses worked and helped with activities in the nursing home. It was a very good experience for me to see how healthcare is in other parts of the world, and makes me appreciate the things that I have a lot more than I used to before the trip.”

Maggie Carrillo – Atlanta, GA and Nashville, TN

“I had a great, relaxing spring break!  I kicked off my week with dinner at Superica with two friends and classmates – Sam Hydes and Melissa Leake.  I got to spend extra time with my girls (Caroline, age 4 and Margaux, age 2) – we played outside, got ice cream and just hung out.  I spent one day shopping with my Mom and catching up.  I also celebrated my 10th wedding anniversary with my husband!  The second weekend I visited a friend (who is due with her first baby) in Nashville and it snowed!  I also caught up on a lot of schoolwork and exercised (Barre3 classes and 4 mile walks) each day.  Overall, it was a fun week!”

Haja Kanu – Atlanta, GA

“I always enjoy spring break because it gives me a chance to relax and get ahead in my classes. I spent most of my spring break at school and it was actually pretty amazing! I got a lot done and even had time to catch up on my favorite shows. The weather wasn’t too chilly, so I took several relaxing walks around our beautiful campus during my breaks. You don’t need to go to the beach to have fun in the SON!”

 

 

 

 

Kim Hundgen – Beijing, China

“I went to Beijing China for Spring Break! I went to the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Llama Temple, The Great Wall, Fayuan Buddhist Temple, and Tiananmen Square. My absolute favorite part of break was when this older Chinese woman came up to me and my boyfriend and just started talking to us like we were old friends. She was so knowledgeable and knew so much about America. We treated her to dinner and probably spent two hours just talking at the table. She was so inspiring and gave me such respect for being in nursing school. My other favorite part was going to the Great Wall. It was so incredible. The sights of the mountains and the never-ending wall will never be escape my memory. I am so grateful I was able to see it.”

 

Mymuna Kibria – New Orleans, LA

“My friends and I decided to go to New Orleans after my sister and I went this summer and had such a great time. The nursing students that came on the trip were Hannah Lones, Tori Chimberoff, Monica Villarreal, Ali Martin, and Erica Judy. We all absolutely fell in love with the city. We spent most of our time doing the touristy things like grabbing coffee and beignets at Cafe Du Monde, walking around French Quarter and viewing the beautiful St. Louis Cathedral, shopping on Magazine St., eating brunch at The Ruby Slipper, and lastly dancing the night away on Bourbon St. Overall we can say it was a successful trip and a great last spring break in our undergrad!”

Cara Nachtman – Athens, Greece

“I love to travel! It’s so important to experience other cultures. My fiancée and I decided to go to Athens, Greece for Spring Break. The highlights included the great ruins of The Parthenon and ancient Agora. We saw archaeological artifacts and went on a local food tour. Seeing the birth place of democracy was so powerful! It was a wonderful trip, full of history and great food! I learned and experienced so much. Every trip always leaves me wanting to travel more, we’re already planning our next adventure!”

Welcome to Eleuthera

We arrived in Eleuthera on Saturday, went to church and explored the island Sunday, and have been busy ever since. Eleuthera is 110 mile beautiful island flanked by the Caribbean Sea on one side and the Atlantic ocean on the other. At one place we visited, the island is so narrow that you can see both at once! The island is divided into many small communities, called settlements, each of which has its own personality. We are calling Tarpum Bay settlement our home for the week.

 

 

 

There are several clinics throughout the island that serve the different communities. Each day we have split up into groups of 2-3 students per clinic to work closely with the Bahamian nurses there. Some clinics are very small, staffed by only one nurse, and others are larger with 3-4 nurses, a clerk, doctor, and janitorial staff. As students we assist in whatever way we can; patient intake and triage, medication preparation and administration, family planning, charting, and health screenings. The nurses here have more autonomy than the typical RNs we have worked with in clinicals, and their role is integral in Bahamian healthcare, so we have much to learn from them.

 

 

In addition to our time in the clinics, each day a few of us visits the local schools to talk with students about mental health and raise awareness of its impact. We created lesson plans to engage students of various ages in discussion of coping skills, bullying, anger management, substance abuse, depression, and sexual abuse. These topics are not often discussed in Bahamian life, however many students are struggling in these areas and we have had some great conversations about these topics.

 

 


 

While we’ve had meaningful talks with the students, we have also encountered some challenges. For instance, we faced resistance when talking with some high school students about bullying. We saw bullying firsthand and decided to come back the next day to continue the conversation. We talked with that group’s teacher afterward to identify strategies that could help us be more effective in our next lesson, and we look forward to trying again tomorrow. The teachers have told us how important this subject matter is to their students, but they don’t typically have time for it in their curriculum so they are welcoming us in to have these tricky discussions.

We all switched sites midweek so we are all looking forward to learning from a new group of nurses in a different settlement.

 

Fun fact: there are many friendly community dogs roaming the island and the Bahamians call them “potcakes.”

¡Wepa!

Yesterday we drove from Caguas (near San Juan) to the south side of the island. We are in Ponce to work at a nursing home for our last service day, but first we had a delightfully warm welcome from the Ponce civic representatives, including the head of tourism. We explored the quaint and colorful town square and some of the city’s main sights, including a tree believed to be more than 500 years old.

At Parque de la Ceiba

The director of tourism passes out “Ponce Passports” for our tour of the city. Credit: David Zhao

Ponce town square. Credit: David Zhao

 

Today we served at Asociacion Benefica de Ponce, home to about 35 senior citizens. We helped with bathing and dressing, medication administration, and wound care. We also attended a lecture on palliative care by one of our leaders, Dr. Weihua Zhang. Members of the nursing home staff as well as nursing assistant students sat in on the lecture, which included an insightful comparison of end-of-life care in the continental U.S. versus Puerto Rico. As one might expect, many of of the emotions and rituals are the same, but we did learn that some people on the island practice Santeria, a Caribbean religion with its own spiritual traditions.

 

One of the most profound parts of our visit to the Asociacion was connecting with the clients one-on-one. One of our leaders, Gladys Jusino, took out her guitar and sang traditional Puerto Rican songs with the clients.

Gladys Jusino plays guitar for a nursing home client. Credit: David Zhao

A bed-ridden woman listens to music at the Asociacion. Credit: David Zhao

A client and nurse of the Asociacion clap along to music. Credit: David Zhao

 

We were reminded that a smile and a gentle squeeze of the hand are universal gestures that transcend language barriers.

Credit: David Zhao

Credit: David Zhao

Credit: David Zhao

 

We ended the day with a bird’s eye view of Ponce and sleepy car ride back to our headquarters near San Juan.

Credit: David Zhao

 

Our service learning trip has come to an end, and tomorrow we fly back to Atlanta. I think I can speak for everyone in our group when I say that we were humbled and honored to have been a part of this trip to Puerto Rico. We met incredibly gracious and intelligent people, we learned about the island’s vibrant culture and history, and we aimed to care for, in however small a way, some of its most vulnerable citizens. Thank you to our brilliant and fearless leaders, Gladys Jusino and Weihua Zhang, and their family members that accompanied us.

Wepa, a Puerto Rican word that implies joy and good cheer, was brought up a lot during this trip. Gracias, Puerto Rico, for welcoming us with open arms. We will be back! ¡Wepa!

Last Day in the Hospital: Day 5 in the Dominican Republic

Yesterday was our fifth day in the Dominican Republic. We returned to the hospital San Vincente de Paul. The students floated to the maternity floor, pediatric floor, emergency, and the Kangaroo Care clinic. It was very exciting to work in the Kangaroo Care clinic after learning about the program at the public health center. Mothers can come in, ask questions, and receive consultation for themselves and their newborn.

Students on the Maternity floor had a wonderful experience. Two students were reunited with the mother they coached through labor two days ago. She had her baby Monday morning and was getting ready for discharge. The students were pleased to be able to complete their journey with the mother.

After lunch, Emory Nursing students taught Community Resiliency Model (CRM) training to Dominican Republic nursing students. The Community Resiliency Model aims to teach resiliency, particularly after a trauma, by educating patients on the importance of understanding the nervous system and dealing with chronic stress. The Dominican Republic nursing students recognized the significance of this training when caring for patients after a natural disaster.

After the training, we toured the labor and delivery room. A few of the students stayed and assisted with two labors at the hospital. It was a very rewarding experience to assist in bringing two new lives in the world.

Un Llamado Superior: Day 4 in PR

Today we spent the morning at the Colegio de Profesionales de la Enfermera, an organization for nurses in PR similar to the American Nursing Association, learning about nursing and the state of health care in Puerto Rico. In order to practice as an RN, nurses here must have a college degree in nursing as well as membership in this professional association. The director of the Colegio, Juan Carlos, told us that a recent Puerto Rican law decreased the number of sick and vacation days for all workers, and increased their probation time before becoming permanent employees. Juan Carlos also told us that in recent decades, Puerto Rico has seen a “brain drain” of its workforce to the continental U.S., including the departure of nurses. The Colegio is hard at work advocating for better pay and working conditions for its members.

Posing with Florence Nightingale at Colegio de Profesionales de la Enfermera. Credit: David Zhao

Juan Carlos ended his talk with a quote in Spanish from Florence Nightingale that referred to nursing as “un llamado superior,” a higher calling.

After another yummy Mofongo meal for lunch, we traveled to a local hospital where a very special organization – PITIRRE – is headquartered.

Mmmmofongo. Credit: David Zhao

 

I’ll let one of our team members, Tara Noorani, take it from here:

“My admiration for nurses was born from an exposure to street medicine. Their ability to address the entirety of the person was something displayed during each client interaction.

Wednesday (March 8th) began at PITIRRE de Iniciativa Comunitaria, an addiction treatment program offering healthcare, education and prevention services to homeless and HIV-positive clients. The pitirre is a bird found in Puerto Rico weighing nearly 1.5 ounces and personifying somewhat of a powerful underdog. El pitirre serves as a symbol of hope and resilience in the face of adversity. The staff at PITIRRE emphasized the bond between ourselves and our fellow human – the tie between providers and clients. They encouraged us to understand our intersection as brothers and sisters and the power in our collaboration with one another.

With this lesson in mind, we began our night by making sandwiches with members of Operacion Compasion de Iniciativa Comunitaria, a mobile clinic project rooted in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico. We assembled hygiene kits, brewed gallons of coffee, and collected juice boxes, medications and wound care supplies into their mobile clinic truck. From 10pm to 3am, we combed the streets, in search of possible clients.

Led by two of the most humble leaders of Operacion Compasion, we treated a total of 38 clients and performed wound care on 6 of these people. We offered blood pressure screenings, glucose checks, coffee, juice and sandwiches. We witnessed the isolation a person endures in the street and how the label “homeless” overlooks their humanity. Inevitably this manifests into a marginalized community drowning in stereotypes and misconceptions.

When I reflect on this experience, I’m reminded of the importance of being present with those who suffer. The nature of homelessness obscures the client’s voice and visibility. By meeting these people where they are, we are choosing to resist the poverty and injustice of their circumstances. As student nurses, we have an obligation to uphold the individuality and autonomy of each client and oppose the forces impeding their access to care.

As Emory students, it is a privilege to serve the people of Puerto Rico, a pleasure to have been enriched by their culture and an honor to advocate for their health care needs.”

La Casita de Salud: Day 4 in the Dominican Republic


We began our day in the Casita de Salud (Little House of Health). This is a local clinic in San Francisco de Marcoris, where community nurses work to provide care for people who live in the village. There is a lot of poverty in this village and the people face many barriers to accessing their healthcare needs.

 

We visited several homes in the village and provided primary care services. Our patient age demographic ranged from newborn infants to elderly adults. Chronic disease management, in particular, was a specific problem within the community. Some patients with diabetes had their own glucometers, but could not afford the test strips in order to check their blood sugar regularly. These barriers brought forth more discussion about how to solve complex healthcare problems.

There were a few pregnant and postpartum mothers within the village. We assessed both the mother and the baby. We provided education about using a sustainable contraceptive method to prevent pregnancy after the first six months of giving birth. We also provided breastfeeding education about the importance of not supplementing breastmilk with formula in order to sustain an average milk supply and to prevent early onset of menstruation.

This experience provided a lot of forethought about encompassing western medicine and natural remedies, sustainable health care management, and barriers to accessing health care. We are so pleased the collective care Emory Nursing students are providing through this program will significantly impact this community.

Clinical Nursing in Dominican Republic

Today was our third day in the Dominican Republic. We started our day in the public health center called Servicio Regional de Salud Nordestre. Here we learned about the Kangaroo care program.

The Kangaroo care program is a public health initiative that was instituted in the Dominican Republic hospital setting in 2009. The program teaches mothers how to provide skin to skin contact to the baby for 24 hours. Babies receive this care up until their 40th week of gestation. Since the institution of this program, the Infant Mortality Rate has decreased significantly in the Dominican Republic.

The Kangaroo care program was first designed in Columbia by Dr. Edgar Reyes Sanabria. Nurses from the Dominican Republic traveled to Columbia to become trained to teach Kangaroo  care.

After lunch, we divided into smaller groups to work in various units of the hospital. Some of the units included the Emergency room, the NICU, the maternity ward, and the pediatric floor. Students in the maternity ward provided comforting techniques to assist mothers in labor. Students in the pediatric floor utilized developmentally appropriate techniques to comfort children in pain. One student made a balloon out of a glove which was very calming and therapeutic for the child.

After returning from our experience in the hospital, we reflected on the many resources available in American hospitals in comparison to the Dominican Republic hospital. Many of the nurses in the Dominican Republic were very resourceful. We observed a nurse using a glove as a tourniquet to wrap around the patient’s arm when inserting an IV. Little things like this are simple things that nurses in America may sometimes take for granted.

Tonight the nursing students are separating prenatal vitamins and Tylenol to provide for the community tomorrow. We can’t wait for another exciting and heart warming experience in San Francisco de Marcoris.

La Feria de Salud – PR Day 2

Today began the real reason we came to beautiful Puerto Rico: to be in service to the community. We started the morning with a yummy breakfast of eggs and sausage that the wonderful staff at the local Salvation Army (where we’re staying) made for us. We then got to work on our health fair (or, in Spanish, La Feria de Salud).

Local residents from public housing came to the Salvation Army chapel where we had several tables set up: blood pressure checks, glucose checks, self-breast exam information, and smoking cessation. We split up into teams of two or three and about 30 people came. We (along with our Puerto Rican-native professor and our nurse practitioner professor) counseled people on lowering blood pressure and managing diabetes. Some realized they needed to go back to the doctor to adjust their medications, and others got advice on lifestyle modifications. We felt strongly that we made a difference in these people’s lives, and they expressed their gratitude. It was a lovely morning of health education and outreach!

Checking blood sugar

Teaching a breast self-exam

During lunchtime, we were lucky enough to have a talk with Dr. Dana Thomas, a career epidemiology field officer with the CDC. She spoke with us about how Zika has affected Puerto Rico, and we were shocked to hear that an estimated 400,000 people have been infected with the virus. One important takeaway was that 75% of people infected with Zika are asymptomatic, so it can spread among people without their knowledge.

Universal Sim Man

In the afternoon, we visited National University College, a private university system on the island that has a robust nursing program. We received a warm welcome complete with gift bags and hats, and were able to see how nursing students here learn — turns out, it’s quite similar to us! They have simulation rooms and clinicals. We even recognized some of the sim mannequins as the same ones we have at Emory.

 

We then had a discussion with some of the nursing students about life as a student and nurse in PR. They were extremely knowledgeable and friendly. We learned that it’s more difficult here than in the continental U.S. to get a job as a new nurse. In fact, many of the students were hoping to come to the states to work once they graduated. We also realized that nursing is a universal language — we were all in the profession for the same reasons — to be an advocate for our patients and to promote and heal. Some of their students were fresh out of high school and some were older and had families, just like our programs. No matter our backgrounds, we all could commiserate about how tough nursing school is. 🙂

Swapping nursing student stories

Big thank you to the amazing staff and students at National University College in Caguas, Puerto Rico!

Welcome to the Jungle – PR Day 1

What a day! The 11 Emory students in our group, plus two wonderful Emory professors, arrived in Puerto Rico yesterday evening and ate a traditional meal of mofongo, which is a mix of fried green plantains and, in our case, shrimp. We also sampled some conch meat — you know, the creature inside the shell you hold up to your ear and listen to the ocean with. What a treat!

Delicius mofongo

 

If you like (alcohol-free) Pina Coladas…

 

Today was our one “free day” of the week, and we packed in as many Puerto Rican activities as possible. We started in the Yunque National Forest, southeast of San Juan. We hiked through the jungle and splashed around in waterfalls. We drank homemade lemonade and got amazing views of the country from atop a fire lookout tower.

El Yunque National Park

 

We ended the day with a swim in the ocean, some snorkeling, and fried fish and ceviche. We practiced our Espanol and are resting up in our Salvation Army dorms for tomorrow’s activities — let the service learning begin!

First Day in the Dominican Republic

Yesterday we landed in the Dominican Republic and drove to the city of San Francisco de Marcoris. On our drive to the homestay houses, we saw the different ways people live. There is a lot of poverty, but there is a genuine sense of community. People know their neighbors and are very friendly toward one another and toward our group. We were greeted by our homestay families, who are also nurses in the community. We ate a very delicious meal consisting of chicken, vegetables, black beans, and rice. We went to bed early in order to get ready for the next day.
Today we took a tour of the hospital San Vincente de Paul. We visited the NICU, labor and delivery room, maternity ward, emergency room, pediatric unit, the kangaroo care center for mothers and premature infants, and other units. At the hospital we met postpartum mothers. We also talked to mothers and children in the pediatric unit. We learned about the children’s illnesses and the lives of these families. We had a good time practicing our Spanish language skills.


After lunch we went to the Mirabal sisters’ museum. This museum is a very important part of the history of the Dominican Republic. The Mirabal sisters were revolutionaries in the June Fourteenth movement. They were resisting the dictatorship led by Rafael Trujilio. The Mirabal sisters felt that it was their civic duty to resist the dictatorship in order to conserve the present and improve the future for their children. Three of the sisters were assassinated in 1960 and their deaths are commemorated at the museum where they are buried. Today the Mirabal sisters symbolize the hope and the spirit of the Dominican Republic, which continues to live on. Right now, as I write this blog, people are playing music, laughing, and dancing in their homes. The party never stops in San Francisco de Marcoris.