This past September I was invited to speak at the International Conference to commemorate the 30th Anniversary of the Postgraduate Nursing School in St. Petersburg, Russia. Having worked with the Nursing School since 1992 (see the June 2, 2018 BLOG—What a Difference 26 Years Makes) you can imagine my excitement at the prospect of reconnecting with old friends and colleagues and seeing first-hand how far they have come.

Planning for the conference began well over a year in advance and the committee paid strict attention to every detail. Pre-registration and onsite registration were smooth and well organized and handout packets were available in advance of the program.   There was simultaneous translation in English and headset devices were provided for everyone. Venue selection was well-done; we accommodated the over 200 attendees representing 6 countries.  Staff did a great job of fielding questions and meeting participant needs.  Vendor displays augmented the learning process.

Our presenters represented a wide range of backgrounds and specialties and there was something of interest for everyone. I had the honor to co-author Norton Memorial Infirmary School of Nursing – History of Excellence in 2016 so I decided to make a poster presentation about the History of Nursing in the United States.  There are many similarities between how nursing was taught in the US and Russia and also in how it eventually evolved to being taught in a University setting.  Other similarities exist in curriculum, testing, accreditation and licensure.

The School Director, Irina Bakhtina, is an International Nursing Leadership Institute (INLI #AIHA) graduate and faculty and has done much to advance Nursing Education in St Petersburg.  I want to express my personal thanks and appreciation to her and her staff for a job well done and also for welcoming me back to a place that I called my second home for many years.  I look forward to continuing our collaboration in the future.

Jane Younger, MSN, RN, Consultant