The article “On a mission to spread smiles” touched my heart, as I became a missionary in my 50s. It changed my nursing career in a way I never dreamed possible. As a result of my trips to Guatemala, I studied Spanish so that I could communicate with my patients in Guatemala. That led to improved communication with our large Hispanic population in my own hospital and community. That first trip to a rural village in Guatemala with a team of medical missionaries performing surgeries in a poverty stricken country has changed the path of this veteran nurse. I thought I would retire in my 60s. Now I see endless possibilities to passionately share my love for nursing.
— Barbara Burg, RN Bullhead City, Ariz.