The Oklahoma Nurses
Association is organizing a delegation to visit Cuba for the purpose of meeting
with our Cuban counterparts and learning about the role of Cuban nurses in
health care delivery. MSc. Idalmis
Infante-Ochoa, President of the Cuban Society of Nursing, has invited ONA to
visit, November 13 - 18, 2017. I invite you to join us in
this unique opportunity.
The goals of the delegation
and initial topics of discussion for the meetings and site visits have been
preliminarily identified as the following:
- Meet with the Cuban
- Panel presentation
overview of the Cuban Health Care System
- Meet with nurses and
discuss their role at the tertiary care level of medical attention in Cuba
- Visit the National
School of Public Health (ENSAP) to discuss post-graduate curriculum designed
for nurses in Cuba
- Visit a
community-based Policlinico and Family Doctor/Nurse clinics and meet with nurse
executives, staff nurses and supervisors
- Visit a nursing home
to learn about the role of nurses in hospice care
- Visit Hogar Materno
Infantil, a maternity clinic, to learn about the role of nursing in maternity
Delegates will participate in
professional meetings and site visits each day; the interests and composition of the team will determine the final
meetings and topics for discussion. Please see the attached Preliminary Schedule
Since it’s founding in 1976, under the Nation Council
of the Scientific Society of Public Health of Cuba, The Cuban Society of
Nursing has become the governing body for nursing in Cuba. Their
primary focus has been on the advancement of the practice of nursing in
Cuba. The opportunity for you to learn about Oklahoma Nurses Association nursing practices
in Cuba, through observation of your Cuban counterparts in their working
environment; experiencing how they address common challenges with limited
resources, will give a perspective unattainable though any other avenue.
Although the US and Cuba are moving rapidly towards
normalizing relations, travel to Cuba remains restricted by the Office of
Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the United States Treasury Department. This delegation will be travelling under OFAC
regulation 31 CFR §515.564 General license for professional research. This license supports our access to the
highest level professionals in Cuba.
Each member of the delegation must be in compliance
with the General License issued by OFAC authorizing full-time professionals to
conduct a full-time schedule of research activities in Cuba with the likelihood
that this research will be publicly disseminated. To ensure compliance, each
participant in the program will be required to provide a resume and sign an affidavit
attesting to his or her status as a full-time professional, paid or unpaid, in
the field of research.
interested in sharing your experience in Cuba, a parallel program of people to
people activities will be developed for guests accompanying you on this
enriching program. Guests will experience the culture and lifestyle of
Cuba, through interactions with the people of Havana.
Travel arrangements will be
arranged through our cooperation with Professionals Abroad, a division of
Academic Travel Abroad. The 60-year-old
organization handles the logistical arrangements for prestigious organizations,
such as National Geographic, The Smithsonian, The American Museum of Natural
History and many top professional associations and universities. Academic
Travel Abroad is licensed by the OFAC as a Travel Services Provider for US
travel to Cuba.
This delegation will convene
in Miami, Florida on November 13, 2017 at which time we will depart for
Cuba. We will return to the United
States on November 18, 2017.
The estimated cost per delegation
member is $4895 U.S.D. This cost includes round-trip international air
arrangements between Miami and Havana; group transportation, Cuban Visa and
license to travel to Cuba for US Citizens; meeting planning, accommodations in double-occupancy
rooms, most meals, and essentially all other costs associated with
participation. For accompanying guests,
the estimated cost is $4295 U.S.D. and also includes round-trip international
air arrangements between Miami and Havana; Cuban Visa and license to travel to
Cuba for US Citizens; group transportation, meetings, accommodations in
double-occupancy rooms, most meals, and essentially all other costs associated
For U.S. citizens, expenses
associated with this program may be tax deductible as an ordinary and necessary
business expense. You should consult
with a tax advisor to determine if tax deductibility is applicable to you.
Due to the extensive
planning and communication involved in coordinating a program of this nature, please respond with your intentions regarding this invitation as soon as
possible. Please RSVP to Professionals Abroad at 1-877-298-9677 or via the web - click here.
A $500 deposit is
required to reserve your place on the team.
In the event that you are unable to accept this invitation, an alternate
delegate candidate will be invited. You may also recommend a colleague as your
alternate for the program. I look forward
to hearing from you regarding your participation.
you have questions regarding the delegation, contact our Program Representative
at Professionals Abroad, at 1-877-298-9677. For additional program details, to RSVP,
or to recommend a colleague to be invited please visit www.professionalsabroad.org.
I believe that this opportunity will be both
personally and professionally rewarding and I am pleased to be involved in this
exciting opportunity. I encourage you strongly to consider
participating in the Oklahoma Nurses Association delegation to Cuba.
Click here to view the preliminary itinerary.
Jane Nelson, CAE
CEO, Oklahoma Nurses