THE Saint Louis University (SLU) School of Nursing and the SLU College of Nursing Alumni Association conducted the Second Jesusa B. Lara (JBL) Lecture Series last July 3.

With the theme "Nurturing Excellence in Caring Practices", the lecture provided its participants updates on various researches by two of the school's alumni.

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Around 500 participants coming from Baguio, Benguet, Ifugao, Abra, Mountain Province, Ilocos, and as far as Laguna attended the event.

The morning session was composed of scientific lectures held at the SLU Burgos Gym. Topic on Endoscopy-GI Nursing, as a specialization in nursing, was discussed by Teresita Callanta-Dimaano, BSN, RN, RN-BC.

She is an alumna of the SLU College of Nursing and is now based in Hackensack University Medical Center, New Jersey, USA as a co-chair of its Nursing Research and Innovation Council.

The second speaker, Dr. Mae Magdalen Centeno, DNP, RN, CCRN, CCNS, ACNS-BC, discussed "Understanding Heart Failure and Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension."

Centeno is also an alumna of the SLU College of Nursing and is currently a program manager and a Board Certified Clinical Nurse Specialist of the Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas, USA. She also inspired and encouraged the participants to consider specializing on these areas.

The afternoon session at the SLU Center for Culture and the Arts, featured Dr. Mae Centeno, who presented her research entitled "The Impact of One-on-One Heart Failure Discharge Teaching on 30-day Readmission Rates."

The event gathered professional nurse clinicians, nurse educators, community health nurses, and administrators from various institutions.

The JBL Lecture Series is an annual event spearheaded by the college's Alumni Association and the SLU administration, in commemoration of Dr. Jesusa B. Lara as the founding dean of the college and her commitment to excellence in nursing.

Lara's accomplishments in teaching, service, and her good natured qualities continue to make a mark in the life of nurses.