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Winter Edition | Volume 1 | Issue# 9

December 21, 2012


PNAA Celebrates Christmas: Maligayang Pasko! The Philippines is known for having the world’s longest Christmas season. The four months that end with the syllable – ber are considered Christmas months, which is why stores and households start playing carols on the first day of September! And the holiday season extends beyond December 31st. It doesn’t end until the Feast of the Epiphany or Three Kings (Tatlong Hari) which falls around January 6. If Mexico has piñatas, the Philippines has its parol. It is a Christmas lantern, most commonly in the shape of a five-pointed star. The bamboo or rattan frame is covered with rice paper, tissue or cellophane. Almost every family either builds or buys one to hang by the window or door. Shopping malls construct giant versions of parol. Traditionally, a candle was placed inside for light to shine through; for safety reasons, people now use bulbs or even a flashlight. Families, schools and other places also display a creche or nativity scene called belen. Christmas trees made of plastic are decorated with lights, tinsel and balls. As Christmastime is upon us, Filipinos who are mostly Catholics begin a novena (a series of nine masses) on December 16th. The masses are part of the cherished religious tradition of Simbang Gabi, which literally means “Night Worship.” Filipinos go to church at four o’clock in the morning and afterward have breakfast together. A traditional drink during this season is a warm ginger tea called salabat and a traditional treat is a flat but thick yellow rice cake called bibingka.

On Christmas Eve (Bisperas ng Pasko), a few Filipino towns commemorate Joseph and Mary’s search for a place to stay with a reenactment called panunuluyan, a tradition very similar to the Mexican posadas. What every Filipino looks forward to is Noche Buena, the grand family dinner after the midnight mass. Christmas morning is the time for visiting relatives. Filipinos wear new if not their best clothes. Children do mano, which is kissing or bringing to their forehead the hand of an elderly person. This is when they receive their pamasko, certainly aguinaldo from godfathers and godmothers. Christmas lunch and Christmas dinner are with family. As Christmastime is upon us, we reflect on the birth of the Child Jesus, our Savior. It is also time to reflect at year’s end of where we are as an organization, the PNAA. Are we following that star? Are we in the right direction? We are challenged with membership recruitment difficulties as there are no new recruitment of nurses from the Philippines. The Ways and Means Committee is looking at tapping the student nurses as source of new members; the Human Rights Committee is dealing with the issue of clinical concurrency with graduates from the Philippines; the Board of Directors are surveying members for feasibility of increases in membership fees, and so on. President Vicky Navarro has given us her administration’s mantra of strategic, synergistic social action as our road map to fulfilling our mission as an organization. Let us reflect on what we have accomplished in 2012, and usher in 2013 with renewed hope.

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Christmas Message

Christmas Message from PNAA President What do we want for Christmas this year? Move aside Santa, we will be asking the Child Jesus whose love for us is unconditional, what we want for ourselves, our family and love ones and for PNAA.And I know, that your wishes will be granted. The social purpose, commitment and accountability are in our hearts each day as we bring light to our constituents; as each one of us fulfill the responsibilities we committed to during our induction on the that sunny day in July in San Antonio, Texas. What more can a PNAA President ask for? Not much. The Child Jesus has given me His Christmas blessings every day: they are the elected and appointed officers at the national and chapter levels, They are the committee members they are Advisory Council and most of all they are the members who continue to make PNAA what it is today: strong, healthy, robust and shining brightly each day. With Much Appreciation and Merry Christmas! Vicky Navarro


Inside PNAA Staff

Madelyn Yu Editor in Chief Ferdinand Luyun - Associate Editor Ruby Godier - Eastern Region Contributing Editor Mel Carillo - Contributing Editor, Western Region

To all our Colleagues in PNAA: Please be informed that we, the Editorial Staff, publish articles in our Inside PNAA newsletter accordingly as we receive them from chapters of the different PNAA Regions. If you want articles about your region/chapter activities published, we would be able to accommodate them only if you send them on time. Inside PNAA news is published bi-monthly on the 15th and 30th of every month, Submission deadline is 3 days prior to publication. Please send your articles to: Madelyn Yu (Chair) @ Ferdinand Luyun @ ferdinand.luyun@ Ruby Godier at Mel Carillo at

Western Region | Southern California | December 2012

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December 25, 2012 Dear PNAA Family, On behalf of PNAA Western Region, I wish to extend to everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and pray for continued PNAA success. Thank you all. Sincerely,

Lourdes M. Nisperos, MSN, RN PNAA Vice President, Western Region 2012-2014

PNSC Celebrates Holiday Dinner Aboard By: Mindy Ofiana It was a gray night and the weather outside was frightful but the lights were so delightful as we boarded The Spirit to take us for a 2 ½ dinner cruise for the annual PNASC holiday party led by our very own president, Mindy Ofiana. As we departed from the Shoreline Village in Long Beach and sailed by the Queen Mary, we were served with sumptuous dinner of green salad, prime rib, chicken, mashed potatoes, and greens, accompanied by white wine and champagne. Immediately after dinner, we did our gift exchange, where in the spirit of Christmas, we decided to steal each other’s gifts, in a game called Thieving Secret Santa or commonly known as White Elephant gift exchange. After few grabbing, we learned fast that one cannot be too attached to the gift that you opened, because it was bound to be stolen from you. In the end, everyone got the gift they so deserved, after all they were all beautiful and meaningful gifts. In attendance, including our president, were Dr. Diovina Jordan with her husband and other family members, Glenda Totten, who also brought with her husband and son, Rolando Santos, Leilani Unite, Linda Absher, Sharon, Fabellar, Emma Cuenca, and yours truly, Maria Sagun. As we sailed through Long Beach Harbor accompanied by dance music in the upper deck of the yacht, we had the chance to spend quality time with each other and mingle with other guests. We danced like no one was watching until our feet hurt illuminated only by the festive lights from the neighboring houses and lighted Christmas trees which served as buoys along the harbor.

But alas, all good things must come to an end. After 2 ½ hours, we were back on shore and a few of us capped the night with desert and coffee from the famous Parker Light House. We continued our tête-à-tête over rich Godiva chocolate cake and Fuji Apple Cobbler. When it was finally time to say goodbye, the rain started pouring oh so slowly and the air felt slightly chilly but the memory of the night kept us warm inside all the way home.

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Western Region | Greater Sacramento Area | December 2012

PNAGSAC 2013-2015 Officers Inducted By: Al Espinas, PNAA Board Member

First and foremost, allow me to congratulate the newly inducted members of the Executive Board of the Philippine Nurses Association of Greater Sacramento Area Chapter. It is an overwhelming feeling watching as our newly formed chapter continues to grow here in the Western Region. On this day, December 9, 2012, we witnessed an event that will forever be remembered as one of the most important celebrations in the history of the Philippine Nurses Association of America (PNAA). We survived the rigors of being a fledgling chapter to a two-year-old organization. It was a very challenging task to keep the chapter going and this was done by a group of dedicated nurses and to them: Kudos, we made it to the next level! The induction ceremony was held at the California Auto Museum in the beautiful city of Sacramento. It was attended by a small but very enthusiastic group of about sixty people. The Masters of Ceremony, Carold Gantuangco (President-elect) and Wilna Sobrepena (Vice President) opened the occasion with such an invigorating welcome address. The Star Spangled Banner was sung by Annamarie Espinas and Vangie Anacleto (Corresponding Secretary) did the Pambansang Awit ng Pilipinas. Our guest speaker, Lourdes Nisperos, (VP of the Western Re-

gion and also representing our PNAA President Vicky Navarro) was introduced by our founding President, Charo Jumaoas. Lourdes Nisperos delivered a very inspiring introduction of what we do as a group of professional organization as well as providing encouragement in continuing with the mission and vision of the PNAA. We also have the presence and support of Araceli Antonio of the PNAAF, Fe de Jesus, Cherina Tinio, Lisa Ramirez and the current president of the Northern California Chapter, Joseph Mojares. And this is just an example of what we do in the PNAA, we are not only focusing on the professional development part as nurses, but we also integrate something that is fun and stressrelieving activities such as dancing the Gangnam Style led by Fe de Jesus and Joseph Mojares. What a night‌.. With all the successes of this event, we cannot ignore the people behind it. The person who courageously stepped up to the presidency, Lani Noval, who did all what can be done by a chapter leader in a year time. She took over the presidency right after I was elected as one of the Board Members of the PNAA last June of this year. This is what every chapter organization should have, someone from the group who can continue to lead in situations that call for a successor to a vacated position especially the presidency. The other person that I would like to give my commendation is Kat Lirio, she did the major part in this event, from securing the place to getting the best food for us. She definitely has the expertise as an event-planner. Also, I would like to mention Beth Brosas for initiating the fundraising for the chapter; she did almost everything, from the printing of tickets to selling them despite of her work schedules. To Roy Lirio for the beautiful backdrop for the PNAGSAC, Charo Jumaoas for coordinating with Ted Ray Llasos in the production of the plaques. Last but not the least, to all of the current and the newly elected officers and all the members of the PNAGSAC. My sincere thanks to all who attended the very successful event. ‌and to Trish dela Paz, our newly inducted chapter president. Congratulations Trish! We trust your leadership and we are all here to support you. Note: for photos go to url: with access code PNA2012.

PNAGSAC Induction Ceremony 2012

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PNASC Fall Education Seminar The Philippine Nurses Association of Southern California, Inc. (PNASC, Inc.) has ushered new organizational imperatives and business models that dramatically change how we learn and communicate, where PROFESSIONALISM, INTEGRITY, EXCELLENCE, TRUST, ACCOUNTABILITY and ADVOCACY (PIETA-2) ruled the day! On the morning of October 27, 2012, PNASC members, nursing students, family, and friends had gathered at the harbor side setting of Hyatt Regency in Long Beach, California. PNASC’s objective for con-

Poster Presentors beaming with pride as they received their certificates of appreciation from the PNASC Executive Board! (From left to right: Glenda Totten, Mindy Ofiana, Divina Finger, Anna Pursell, Pecharawat Maneewong, Deovina Jordan, and Maria Gonzales)

The audience enthusiastically participating in the leadership exercise!

ducting the seminar was simple: “To come along with us on PNASC’s journey to the future! As we introduced our education series, we advocated an intensely personalized, knowledgeable experience to attract, develop, and engage members; thus, creating a competitive advantage for the organization.” PNASC’s theme for the educational seminar was “The Dynamics of Strategic Transformation and Innovative Effectiveness.” The theme was an original and refreshing take on traditional strategies and innovative effectiveness. Every speaker stopped us on our tracks and made us rethink everything we thought we knew about: Walking the talk and reframing reality Real-time strategic changes relative to new graduate programs and advances in clinical nursing leadership Shifting from client dependency to innovative, alternative choices in medications Jump-starting membership and leadership engagement relative to federal, state, and other healthcare initiatives such as IOM, ACA, and others. At the completion of the course, our participants were able to: State the underlying dynamics amongst strategies, innovations, and effective outcomes. Articulate strategic career innovations of a new graduate nurse, clinical nurse leader, and advance practice nurse. Effectively engage clients in exploring innovative pain management alternatives. Implement innovative strategies to support leadership challenges and performance measures/metrics. The Keynote Speaker was Joe Avelino, MSHA, BSN, RN, CPHQ, Chief Executive Officer of Los Angeles Metropolitan Medical Center, who spoke on the TWELVE LESSONS OF LEADERSHIP. The other speakers

Congratulations, PNASC Executive Board (EB) and PNASC Advisory Council (AC) for a job well done! [From left to right – Top: Medardo Cereno (EB), Velma Yep (EB), Melvin Carillo (EB), Leilani Unite (EB), Sharon Fabellar (EB), Maria Gonzales (EB), and Bonnie de los Santos (EB)]. [From left to right – Bottom: Emma Cuenca (AC), Josie Villanueva (AC), Sheryll Quinto (EB), Linda Absher (EB), Mindy Ofiana (EB), Maria Theresa Sagun (EB), Clarita Miraflor (AC), Sonia Sabado (EB), and Deovina Jordan (EB)].

were Dr. Maria Rosario Gonzales, DPA, RN, Professor at West Coast University. She jumped start the day’s journey by speaking about REFRAMING REALITY: STRATEGIES and INNOVATIONS; Roland Santos, MSN, RN, Chief Nursing Officer of Marina Del Rey Hospital, spoke about PERSPECTIVE on the FUTURE of NURSING; Lita Tsai, PhDc, MN, RN, Administrative Manager of Kaiser Permanente, Los Angeles Medical Center, shared INNOVATIVE PAIN ALTERNATIVES: MIXES, CONCOCTIONS, MODALITIES, and IMAGINOTHERAPY. What provided the reframing of reality and shifted our paradigms were the Panel Speakers: Sharon Fabellar, MSN, RN, CNEP; Sheryll Quinto MSN, RN; Marjorie Heim, MSN, RN, NP; and Reggie Valerio, BSN, RN. Each brought their expertise, experiences, ideals, and best practices that would work in clinical practice. They shed the light of their aspirations and achievements coupled with what PNASC meant to them and how this organization assisted in their success for professional growth. To Page 5

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Western Region | San Diego, California


November 2012

PNASC: Community Outreach — One More Time By: Glenda T. Totten, MSN, RN, CNS The Philippine Nurses Association of Southern California answered the call to serve the community of Jurupa Valley this past Sunday, December 2, 2012. Shun Newbern, MS, CSFP, President and Managing Director of Metropolitan Mortuary Jurupa Valley, personally reached out to our President, Mindy Ofiana, to ask for our support in providing health screenings and wellness education as an enhancement to the grand opening festivities. The event was supported by Mayor Laura Roughton, Council Member Michael Goodland, business associates, family and friends. 
The call to duty is truly admirable for those Executive Board members (Sheryll Quinto, Community Outreach Chair, Glenda Totten, Board of Director, Mindy Ofiana, President) who braved overcast, cool, balmy weather to tend to the First Aid tent and offer wellness education for the community of Jurupa Valley. On hand were CDC handouts on breast cancer, diabetes, eating right, hypertension, obesity, and many more. The attendees' faces literally lit up when approaching our tent full of interesting medical paraphernalia and health education handouts. You couldn't miss our welcoming PNASC banner. It was exciting to see the launch of a new business and the courage it takes for one person to follow his passion. Their mantra, “A life lived, is a life remembered. Serving the communities of the entire Inland Empire with love and compassion”. Our organization is pleased to contribute to their mission with community outreach. PNASC's reputation for community service reaches far and far as Jurupa Valley.

From Page 4 The workshop will not be complete without participations from individuals who love to share their journey in the achievement of positive outcomes through poster presentations: Divina Finger, MN, RN, Assistant Unit Director for PACU and ACU of Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center and Orthopedic Hospital, presented a poster titled “Streamlining the Admitting Process for Post-Anesthesia Care Units and Pre-Treatment Units using A4.” Anna Pursell, MSN, RN, FNP-BC, Interim Pediatric Hematology Oncology Nurse Educator of Acute Care Pediatrics, Mattel Children’s Hospital at UCLA, presented a poster titled “Bedside Reporting.” Pecharawat Maneewong, MA, RN, PACU Clinical Nurse at Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center and Orthopedic Hospital, presented a poster titled “PatientControlled Spinal Epidural Analgesia for Post-Anesthesia Care

Unit Patients.” The audience got an opportunity to discuss their issues/ questions with the speakers. The seminar was sponsored by LGB Jewelry, Grand Canyon University, and Questcor Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Free 10 minute massages were provided by --------. Our special thanks to the Education Committee for their tireless efforts lead by Dr. Deovina Jordan (Interim Chair of Education Committee), Dr. Maria Gonzales, Linda Absher, Leilani Unite, Lita Tsai, Carmelita Rafols, and Mindy Ofiana. Glenda Totten MSN, RN, CNS, PNASC Assistant Treasurer, served as our Master of Ceremonies. Attendees overwhelmingly said, “This is a great educational seminar and well worth waking up for on a Saturday morning!

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7th Biennial PNAH Gala Night, Induction of Officers and Awards Presentation By: Marife Aczon-Armstrong, PhD, MSN, MSCP, RN PNAH President-Elect (2012-2014) PNAA Legislative Committee Member (2012-2014)

Greetings and Aloha from Hawaii! On Saturday, November 17, 2012 at Ala Moana Hotel Hibiscus Ballroom (Honolulu, Hawaii), our current PNAA President-Elect, Dr. Leticia Hermosa joined the PNA Hawaii members to commemorate the history of PNAA and PNAH and what the organization has become over all the years. Our Induction of Officers will not be complete without Dr. Hermosa’s presence to mark the start of the new leadership and all the responsibilities that comes along with it. In addition to the installation of new officers, PNAH Foundation awarded members who demonstrated excellence in nursing. Our Theme: “Sustaining Community Healthcare with Synergistic Social Actions” resonates as we celebrate the accomplishments of our officers and members in the presence of our families, friends and the community-at-large. In addition to singing our National Anthem (Star Spangled Banner, Lupang Hinirang and Hawaii Pono’i), we proudly sang our PNAA Theme Song, “Shine PNAA Shine”. Our past President, Marianela Jacob did an excellent job in her continued efforts to elevate the standards of our chapter aligned with our PNAA chapters all

across the United States. Marianela’s contributions to the community locally and internationally makes her a great role model for the rest of the PNAH members. Our new President, Tina Salvador is prepared to move forward with the new changes in healthcare and the new Institute of Medicine (IOM) initiatives. Tina and myself are participating in the discussion of a new grant, Academic Progression in Nursing (APIN) in collaboration with the Hawaii Action Coalition (HAC), Robert Wood Johnson (RWJ/ ARP), American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) and Hawaii State Center For Nursing (HSCFN). Hawaii is one of the 15 states granted with funding to increase the number of nurses with bachelor’s degree by 2020 (by enhancing nurses’ skills and education and their ability to work collaboratively with other providers to ensure high-quality, patient-centered care for all.” Together with the PNAH officers and members we will continue to “strengthen our organization and its visibility in the community” and strive for excellence! Introducing the PNAH Board Members 2012-2014: President: Tina Salvador President-Elect: Marife Aczon-Armstrong Vice-President: Ramon Sumibcay Recording Secretary: Erlinda Ferrer Corresponding Secretary: Aurora Sera Treasurer: Violeta Sadural Assistant Treasurer: Nenita Andranda Jose Auditor: Medy de Lara Board Members: Lisa Josue-Cabaccang, Kit Magbanua, Edel Matias, Brenda Monegas, and Estela Ruiz. Advisers: Anne Leake and Venus Bermudo Executive Board of Director: Perie Danao Board of Directors: Emilyn Ramones, Tessie Oculto, Jose Jacob and Marianela Jacob Legal Adviser: Atty. Bryan Andaya More photos on next page . . .

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Western Region, Hawaii Chapter | December 2012

PNAH EB members 2010-2012 Induction of new EB officers (2012-2014) by Dr. Letty

PNA HAWAII NURSING EXCELLENCE AWARDEES: The P.R.I.D.E. Award - Marianela Jacob Excellence in Nursing Practice - Estela Ruiz Nurse Educator Award: Marife Aczon-Armstrong Nurse Entrepreneur Award - Tessie Puyo Oculto Community Service award - Medy De Lara Student Nurse Leadership Award - Julian Gilbert


The PNAH EB members managed to take a relaxing brunch at Hale Koa Hotel the day after the Gala Night and bonded with Dr. Hermosa.

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W e s t e r n R e g i o n | O r e g o n / Wa s h i n g t o n

Christmas Celebration By: Madonna Deocares) PNA-OR/WA chapter celebrated year's end by inviting members and supporters to join their Christmas party and KEPF drive.

newals were received. Aspiration for PNAOW were shared by the Executive Board. Members who went the extra mile for the sake of PNAOW were recognized. And even Santa Claus came to visit! It was indeed a joyous Christmas celebration and a successful KEPF drive! PNAOW is grateful for the love and support received from everyone!

Several tables were prepped for different purposes. Table runners from generous member, Ate Vi, were given in exchange for monetary gift towards Nazareth Orphanage. Christmas lanterns were handed in return for moneSeason’s Greetings from all of us at Inside PNAA tary donation towards PNAA's Kababayan Emergency PreparednessFunding. The chapter received great amount of support and $500.00 was donated to Mindanao flood North Central Region | Kansas City | December 2012 victims through PNAA. To truly feel the spirit of Christmas, members and guests came in with their festive headgears. Christmas carols and fun games were played and the room was full of enthusiasm. Our famous Filipino-style lechon was served. New members were finally met and introduced. Membership re

Madelyn Yu Editor in Chief

Ferdinand Luyun Associate Editor

Ruby Godier Eastern Region

Mel Carillo Western Region

North Central Region | Kansas City

PNAGKC: Retreat on Filipino Spirituality Photo, right: October 20th photo of preached retreat on Filipino Spirituality: "A Child of the Philippines, a Child of God - Born by Faith, Culture and Tradition." It was directed by Fr. Eugene TiongsonBatungbacal, C.Ss.R. of Houston. In this photo are the energetic members of the Philippine Nurses Association Greater Kansas City who travelled all the way from Kansas City, MO to the Redemptorist Retreat Center in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin for the retreat. PNAGKC members are: Front row, L-R: Regina Ancola, Elena Sabido, Father Eugene, Aida Lopez, Joy Doolin, Mary Aragon; Standing: L-R: Arvin Figueroa, Jessamine Endaya, Helen Austin, Mopette Florentino, Elvie Leone, Ness Perry, Vicky Herrera, Father Ed Vella, Beth Rosas, Jo Rhodes, Norma McCloud (FA-GKC), Luz Conde, Manny and Lourdes Batocabe. Another Filipino Spirituality Retreat is scheduled for 2013. Spread the word.

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PNAMH Texas Induction, Carolling . . .

PNAMH-TEXAS Golden Triangle: Induction of 2012-2014 Executive Board PNAMH-Texas Golden Triangle held its Induction Ceremony on Saturday, October 13, 2012 at the Olga-Weiss Auditorium, Baptist Hospi-

tals of Southeast Texas in Beaumont, TX. Special guests included PNA Metropolitan Houston president Riza Mauricio, the keynote speaker and inducting officer, as well as local nursing leaders, colleagues, and friends. The ceremony, emceed by Rhyz Arante and Caspar Cordovez,

highlighted the PNAMH-TGT theme of CODE, an acronym for conviction, optimism, determination, and engagement. The newly inducted president Joy Angulo’s mantra of “Motivate, Engage… Make a Difference” really inspired the group to move forward to shape the future of the organization. Outgoing 2010-2012 president Phillip Parcon was recognized for his hard work in leading out this new subchapter of PNAMH. The program was followed by a delicious Filipino buffet, socializing, and taking pictures. To top of the night was dancing for all, where nurses proved they know how to celebrate and have fun. Congrats to the new PNAMH-TGT executive board members for 2012-2014! PRESIDENT: Joy Angulo, BSN, RN, CCRN PRESIDENT-ELECT: Renato Peregrino, BSN, RN, CEN VICE PRESIDENT: Lucy Camacho, BSN, RN CCRN

TREASURER: Pin Fernandez, BSN, RN-BC Assistant Treasurer: Grace PalCarpio, BSN, RN SECRETARY: Phyllis Parcon, RN, CLNC Assistant Secretary: Coy Gemarino, BS, RN, CCRN MEMBERSHIP & RECRUITMENT CHAIR: Joji Datu, BSN, RN-BC Assistant Chair: Caspar Cordovez, BSN, RN WAYS & MEANS CHAIR: Cesar Angulo, BSN, RN Assistant Chair: Emily Cabalagnan, BSN, RN COMMUNITY OUTREACH CHAIR: Ruth Medina, BSN, RN, CCRN Assistant Chair: Leny Diaz, BSN, RN EDUCATION & RESEARCH CHAIR: Asela Balingit, BSN, RN, OCN Assistant Chair: Daisy Casipe-Arco, BSN, RN AWARDS & SCHOLARSHIP CHAIR: Jesusa Bisnar, BSN, RN Assistant Chair: Pat Pagote, BSN, RN HISTORIAN & PUBLICITY CHAIR: Rhyz Arante, BSN, RN

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PNASA Excellence and Induction ceremony By: M. Danet Lapiz Bluhm, PhD, RN PNASA Board Member 2013-2015 On the evening of December 7, 2010, the Philippine Nurses Association of San Antonio (PNASA) held its annual holiday celebration at the Marriott Hotel NW, 3233 NW Loop 410, San Antonio, Texas. This was also PNASA’s first ever Excellence Awards ceremony, the induction of its 11th President, and the awarding of PNASA scholarships. The outgoing President, Hedda Gonzalez, welcomed the members and guests to the event. She expressed her utmost gratitude to her Executive Board for their service especially for making the 33rd PNAA National Convention held in San Antonio a resounding success. The outgoing 2011-2013 Executive Board consisted of Hedda Gonzalez (President), Gertrude Umaming (President Elect), Aurora Parocha (Vice President), Fe Kanazeh (Secretary), Ma. Teresa Navalta (Treasurer), Myrna Lorenzana (Auditor), and Board Members: Marietta Dela Cruz, Judy Evans, Cristina Gatmaitan, Ruth Newland, Floranie Ora, Josephine Schantz, Nelson Tuazon, and Cecilia Villania. Ms. Gonzalez calls for all members and community supporters to continue make PNASA be the brightest star of South Texas Central Region. Ms. Gonzalez also recognized the service of non-members who have rendered significant contribution to the organization and awarded them Honorary Member – Service Award. The following honorary members were recognized for the service and support to PNASA throughout the years and especially at the 33rd PNAA National Convention: David Cortez, Medardo dela Cruz, Mario Gonzalez, and Jun Navalta. For the first time ever, PNASA recognized members for their excellence in their respective nursing specialties, and contribution to PNASA and the Philippine Nurses Association of America in 2012. The PNASA Excellence Awardees were: Advanced Practice Nurse of the Year -Elvira de Jesus, RN, CNSPMHBC- San Antonio Military

Medical Center, San Antonio; Clinical (Staff) Nurse of the Year Maryson Lopez, BSN, RN- North Central Baptist Hospital, San Antonio; Community Service Nurse of the Year Odette Denisa Farias, MSN, RN, ACNP-BC - Pulmonary and Sleep Institute, San Antonio; Nurse Administrator of the Year Myra Montenegro, BSN, RN – University Hospital System, San Antonio; Nurse Educator of the Year - Josie Schantz, MSN, RN-BC-WCC – Kinetic Concept, Inc (KCI), San Antonio; and Nurse Researcher of the Year – M. Danet Lapiz-Bluhm, PhD, RN – University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. PNASA supports the education of future nurses and advanced practice nurses through its disbursement of scholarship funds. For 2012, PNASA awarded Annemarie Serrano, a BSN student at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, and Katherine Alford, MSN, RN, CCRN, PCCN. Ms. Alford works for the South Texas Veterans Health Care System and is currently enrolled as a PhD student at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. The new PNASA Executive Board was inducted by the 2012-2014 PNAA Regional Vice President of PNAA South Central Region, Ms. Pamela Windle, MSN, RN, NE_BC, CPAN, CAPA, FAAN.

The Executive Board for 2013-2015 consists of Gertrude Umaming (President), Nelson Tuazon (President Elect), Elsie Enriquez-Maerina (Vice President), Judith Evans (Treasurer), Ruth Newland (Secretary), Salvie Guillao (Auditor), and Board Members: M. Danet Lapiz-Bluhm, Annaline Dellosa, Joanne Jaceldo, Leslie Joy Maulit, Myra Montenegro, Floranie Ora, Mary Jane Paredes and Josie Schantz.At her presidential address, Ms. Umaming expressed plans to continue the PNASA’s twice a year continuing education seminar series, increase community outreach programs, and expand the PNASA membership. These projects coincide with the platform of the incumbent PNAA President (Victoria Navaro, RN, MAS, MSN), “PNAA social construct: Empowering collaborations, sustaining healthy communities with strategic and synergistic social action”. In her address, the PNAA Executive Director, Merlita Velasquez, BSN, RN, lauded PNAA for their success and inspired everyone for more engaged participation. PNASA appreciated the presence of other PNAA representatives from Houston especially Luz Reyes (President of PNA Metro Houston, PNAMH), Grace Diaz (PNAA Board Member-SCR), and Nora Peralta (PNAMH Past President). Following the formal business, PNASA members and their guests enjoyed the evening of dances, prizes and surprises. Merry Christmas, y’all!

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South Central Region | Metropolitan Houston |

December 2012

TNA District 9 - 2012 Outstanding Nurses Honorees On Thursday, November 8, 2012, two of our very own colleagues and PNAMH officers, Rosnela Hardesty, BSN, RN, CNOR and Charmaine Dizon-Shields, MSN, RN, CVRN II, were honored at the TNA District 9 2012 Outstanding Nurses Celebration. They were among 20 honorees recognized that night. Rosnela is a Nurse Clinician IV at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital with over 27 years experience as a Perioperative Nurse, serving as staff, educator, mentor and charge nurse. Rosnela serves as a clinical resource and liaison for quality, education, patient safety and infection control. In 2005, Rosnela was conferred the Outstanding Filipino Nurse award by the PNAMH. She also serves as the organization's Vice-President and Education Committee Chair. Besides her resolute commitment to the PNAMH, Ros-

nela is also a member of the Association of Peri Operative Nurses (AORN). Her recent AORN awards include the 2011 Preoperative Nurse of the Year and the 2011 First-prize winner of the Essay Contest "I Care". Rosnela also presented at the University Health Care Consortium on Patient Safety in Chicago. Charmaine is a certified Cardiovascular Nurse and an RN IV at The Methodist Hospital. She is a Clinical Educator, Team Leader and a Clinical Research Nurse. She has led a research study related to Plavix administration in cardiac areas that has led to improved patient outcomes. Charmaine is a Vice-Chair of the PNAMH Education Committee. Charmaine's other awards include recognition at the Houston Chronicle's 2012 Salute to Nurses and was a finalist for the Brown Foundation Award. She has presented locally and nationally on her patient safety initiatives. Congratulations to you both. We are very proud of your outstanding achievements and contributions to our nursing profession.

PNAMH Fun Walk and Members' Appreciation Picnic A yearly project of the Sunshine Committee of the PNAMH, this year's Fun Walk was held on Saturday, November 10 at Memorial Park. The weather forecast for the day was partly cloudy with a high of 82 degrees and a low of 63 degrees, perfect for the PNAMH members and supporters who participated. We achieved several things that day: • •

Health and fitness Create camaraderie, fun and laughter - great food, great company Raise over $1700.00 for the Sunshine Fund.

Our top three fundraisers / donors were: 1. Cici Casino 2. Prisicilla Laceras 3. Dan Lindog Thank you to all who participated. Your giving hearts, kindness and generosity helped make this another success!

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PNAMH-Texas Golden Triangle: Christmas Caroling 2012 and Filipino Christmas songs. The holidays are a great time of year when people are concerned with giving back and tend to be more generous with their donations. Christmas caroling is an important fundraising activity since the donations collected help to raise funds to support the programs and projects of this PNA organization.

“The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.” During this month of December, PNAMH-Texas Golden Triangle has been visiting families to extend the joy of Christmas and Jesus’ birth. This group of carolers has shared their talent of singing with a musical display of traditional

AHA Heart Walk 2012 PNAMH-Texas Golden Triangle joined the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk on November 3, 2012 at Lamar University in Beaumont, TX. The annual Golden Triangle Heart Walk is a non-competitive, 5K (3 mile) event that promotes walking as a part of a healthy lifestyle and raises funds to support cardiovascular research and education programs for the Golden Triangle community. Many walkers participated in the Heart Walk as a survivor and/or to honor a loved one who lost their battle with heart disease. Partnered with Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas, PNAMH-TGT set a fundraising goal of $1,000 for the event. With everyone who came out and supported the event, the team was able to raise more than $2,500.00 for the American Heart Association. Imagine the impact this PNA team and Baptist Hospital made to reduce death and disability from cardiovascular diseases. Let us continue to promote physical activity to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

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South Central Region | Florida

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PNANEF celebrates Christmas the MERRY way By: Lilibeth Tulang-Cuevas, ARNP Photos courtesy of Mr. Eduardo Viray

PNANEF celebrates Christmas the MERRY way Glitters and lights, decorated tables, Santa Claus hats, adults in fancy red &green clothes, happy smiles and warm hugs - all became favorite scenes during the Philippine Nurses Association of Northeast Florida (PNANEF) Christmas party last December 8, 2012 held at the Christ The King gym. Approximately 120 supported this joyous event. Vel Callao, PNANEF President and Daphne Viray, President-elect gave a heartwarming welcome and appreciation to all PNANEF guests. Ed Viray, Chair of Ways & Means entertained us with all familiar Christmas tunes from his enormous sound system. Vickie Ermitano, PNANEF Board member and Julius Matito PNANEF Webmaster took on the hilarious games for the kids and adults. Tony Frias, loyal PNANEF member, was “Santa Claus” handing out door prizes and special gifts. Among the highlights were nurses dancing to “Gangnam-style”; Keith, a magician who amazed the children with his wonderful tricks, andthe raffle drawing for the iPad that everyone hoped to win. It was indeed a wonderful evening of fun for all, especially the PNANEF children.

PNANEF visits St. Catherine Laboure It has been a tradition for PNANEF to visit a nursing home each year. December is a special month for Hannah Pingkian, PNANEF Choir Director, to gather up alladult singersandwanna-be singers to sing Christmas carols at selected nursing homes. This year PNANEF had selected St. Catherine Laboure, a nursing home facility with more than 100 elderly. Half of them made their way to the reception and dining room, longing to hear the most originalPNANEF Christmas jingle last December 8, 2012. This time it was different, Hannah decided to bring the kids along. Christmas carols and laughter filled the St. CatherineLabourehallway. The elderly waved their arms, clapped their hands, and nodded their heads, not mindingeventhose obviously off-pitched tones. Vel Callao, PNANEF President, PaulineRapadas, Careline& Caroling Committee chair, and Dr. Germina Rio, former PNANEF president led volunteer nurses in handing out at least 80 gifts to residents. Yes, ournurseswere singing their hearts out indeed, but most importantly, our children treasuring this rare moment of Christmas cheer shared joy with those who needed it most.

PNANEF delegates attend PNA Central Florida “Christmas Wonderland” Eleven PNANEF delegates drove to Orlando, Florida to attend the December 1stPNA Central Florida Induction of Officers for 2012-2014. Virginia “Ghie” Algano and PNACF nurses greeted PNANEF delegation with grand hospitality. The enormous ballroom was filled with guests from near and far. Most notable were Dr. Leticia Hermosa, President-Elect of PNAA; Dr. Clarita Miraflor, Founding President of PNAA; Merlita Velasquez, Executive Director of PNAA; Pamela Windle, Vice President of South Central Region, and Gloria Beriones, Former SCR Vice President, who were present during the induction ceremony. Romy Devera, Board Member of PNAA and current PNANEF Advisor; Daphne Viray, PNANEF President -Elect (2012-2014); Dr. Violeta West, PNANEF Vice-President; Ed Viray , PNANEF Ways & Means Chair; and Lilibeth Tulang-Cuevas, ARNP and PNANEF Asst. Treasurer witnessed this occasion. In addition, other delegates who joined were Dolly & Pat Palompo, Carol & Tony Dela Cruz and Sally & Manny Torres. Mrs. Rosie Antequino accepted her new role as President of PNA Central Florida (2012-2014). Everyone cheered with great anticipation and for many more good wishes for a successful term. Mrs. Rosie Antequino beamed with pride and joy as her new executive board and enthusiastic crowd of nurses showed their support with an endearing serenade.

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PNAGF Celebrates Nursing Excellence 2012 By | Cecile M. Santos- Medenilla PNAGF President 2012- 2014/ SCR COP Forum Leader The Philippine Nurses Association of Gulf Coast Florida, Inc. celebrated nursing excellence last night, December 7, 2012 at Innisbrook, A Salamander Golf and Spa Resort in Palm Harbor, Florida. The Scholarship and C.A.R.E. Awards Committee awarded 5 deserving nursing students scholarship for $1000 each. The biggest scholarship money given to scholars in history since this PNA Chapter started 13 years ago. PNAGF also recognized 4 exemplary nurses for Clinical, Education and Community service. The highlight of the event was when the 5 scholars and 4 C.A.R.E. awardees spoke briefly how this award will impact their nursing career. It was indeed a grand celebration with 240 guests in attendance. A brief moment of silence was offered to the victims of the recent calamity in the Philippines, Typhoon Pablo. A video presentation showcasing PNAGF’s activities for 2011- 2012 was shown while the guests were having a delightful dinner. A comment was made by the Banquet Captain that he has not seen a group that loves to dance

such as this Philippine Nurses group. We heard mostly positive comments and praises for a successful eventful evening of PNAGF Celebrating Nursing Excellence 2012.

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South Central Region | Gulf Coast Florida


December 2012

PNAGF attends PNA Central Florida's Induction Ball By Cecile M. Santos-Medenilla, President PNAGF/SCR COP Forum Leader The Philippine Nurses Association of Gulf Coast Florida, Inc. President and members of the Executive Board graced the PNACF Induction of Officers for 20122014 at the Omni Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel in Orlando, Florida last December 1st, 2012. It was attended by some members of the PNAA EB and the founding President of PNAA, Dr. Clarita G. Miraflor. It was a grand celebration recognizing the accomplishments of the past officers and welcoming the new members of PNACF EB. It was indeed a memorable night to remember. Thank you Ghie Alagano and EB for a job well done. And welcome Rosie Antequino and EB to the SCR and PNAA family. Congratulations from your friends from PNAGF !

Pam Windle, PNAA RVP (SCR) and Cecile M. Santos- Medenilla, PNAA SCR COP Forum Leader.

PNASEF Picnic Pics

Northeast Florida Celebrates 4TH Filipino Pride Day By: Daphne A. Viray, PNANEF Pres. Elect 2012-2014 On October 6,2012, PNANEF joined in the celebration of the 4th Filipino Pride Day at Jacksonville Landing sponsored by the We Filipinos Inc. of Jacksonville, Fl. PNANEF is one of six local organizations receiving grant from the proceeds of this event to help fund its various community outreach programs. PNANEF provided the First Aid Booth as well as Health Screening with the help of some nursing students from local nursing universities. To boost fundraising efforts, there was also a food booth selling Filipino ice cream, mango juice and coconut juice. It was a picture perfect weather that day which allowed us to showcase once more our rich Filipino cultural heritage in costumes and native products as well as in songs and dances.

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Pasko na sa Georgia! By: Edison Villanueva Past President 2008-2010, PNAGA

"The Lord has come, let earth receive her king" Our hosts greeted us with joy, proclaiming "You are all welcome here"... We went to a caroling last night, some 50 miles away Along with some nurses and friends tagging along the way On our way there, it begun to drizzle, obscuring my vision I had to slow down to prevent any collision. The wipers are new .....thanks God it worked By the time we got there, the rain had completely stopped. Then we warmed our voices, while we waited at the curve. We waited outside for the rest

to show up (some members got lost). Then we assembled at the doorsteps, rang the bell and sang. "Joy to the world" rang out everywhere Even the neighbors, I'm sure heard us say

Then we gathered around the piano And heard the angelic voices of the sopranos The men were outnumbered, but no one said NO Peace and joy for the season is what we're bringing you tonight. "We are the Nurses of Georgia" here to light up your tree With our songs of Christmas, our laughter and good cheer..... "Oh! Magsaya at magdiwang , pagkat sumilang na ang hari nang lahat. Kaya't ating buksan ang pinto nang ating pagmamahal." MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL ! ! !

Pictured above are the PNAGA Carolers: Ed and Beth Villanueva, Patsy Puyot, Dolly Cambal, Pam Peterman, Mila Nagui, Rose Chua Tan, Grace Cabrera, Berna Bray, Teresa Lumapas, Lilia Hagler, Susan Dizon, Anita Granada and Merlyn Walker. Not in picture were Ping and Venus Soriano, Lorna Buntichai, Carmen Santiago.

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Eastern Region | New Jersey

| December 2012

New Jersey League of Nursing Awards New Jersey League of Nursing held its annual Awards night celebration on November 30, 2012 at Pines Manor, Edison NJ. The event postponed in November 2 due to Hurricane Sandy was attended by prominent leaders of healthcare institutions, schools of nursing and private organizations. Three PNANJ members were award recipients namely: Roseminda Santee, MA, RN, NEA-BC, CNE, Associate Dean, Trinitas School of Nursing served as a Major of US Army Nurse Corps, Reserve in a Combat Support Hospital, Visionary PNANJ members supporters headed by Phoebe Andes, Virgie Villanueva, Majuvy Sulse, Rose Rosales, Jackie Nurse Educator and Leader. She was among Baras, with Dr. Ed Pajarillo & Dr. Lucille Joel from Rutgers , new recruit Monina & 2 NJ Student Nurses Asthe first to receive Certi- sociation officers & senior students Kelly & Mark ( future PNANJ members). fication in Nursing Education (CNE) and instrumental in having all faculty certified -becoming the First nursing school in the country with 100% faculty CNE credentials in 2007. Her dedication and pursuit of excellence played a major role inthe school’s receiving the NLN Center of Excellence in Nursing Education award in 20082011 and 20112015. Dr. Gayle Pearson, DrPH, Assistant Dean, Center for Pro- Rose Santee receiving award from Dr. Gayle Pearson receives award Dr. Mark & Barbara Chamberlain fessional Carol Patterson, NJLN President. from President-Elect Patricia Castaldi. Development Rutgers University, is committed to life-long learning especially Educator and prided herself as Honorary member of PNANJ! with advancing utilization of technology. Dr. Barbara Chamberlain, PhD, APRN, MBA, CCRN, WCC, President of BJC Developed the much acclaimed Rutgers Consulting Services, served 9 years as Captain US Air Force Reserve Interprofessional International Technology (Mcguire Air Force base, NJ) Nurse Educator, Nurse Leader, Researcher, Inconference which is on its 31st year in ternational Speaker and most of all PNANJ Honorary member. On receiving 2013. Humanitarian, Visionary Leader, the award she commented “my first scholarship was from the League”.

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PNADVI Christmas Party & Induction of Officers

The Philippine Nurses Association of Delaware Valley, Inc. (PNADVI) held their induction of new officers at the Mandarin Restaurant in Cherry Hill on December 10,2012. PNAA Vice President Dino Doliente administered the oath of office to the new officers headed by incoming President Heidi Fernandez, Belinda Reyes, Marietta Paz, Felma Francisco, Ligaya Bayna, Jaime Paz, Delia Timonera, Aurora Polutan, Candie Honorio, Ester Reyes, Wilhelmina D’Dumo and Mela Chatto. FECGPI President Hermie Aczon and husband Dr. Ferdie Aczon attended and witnessed the event. Mrs. Aurora B. Polutan expressed her thanks and gratitude to the organization after serving eight years as president.

Top: Outgoing Pres. Aurora B. Polutan with PNAA VP Dino Doliente and Incoming Pres. Heidi Fernandez. Below: PNADVI New Officers with their Husbands and Partners

A big “Thank You” to Aurora Polutan; indeed she displayed that tenacity and commitment that kept PNA DVI alive and a key part of the ER. Aurora and Wilhelmina D’Dumo with the assistance of ‘Affiliate Member’ Roger Polutan and ER leaders at the time put together a successful 10th Eastern Region Conference to remember. PNA DVI has always been represented in all ERCs and national conventions and of course their annual scholarship nursing program that has helped many 2nd generation Fil-Am students get their nursing degree. Welcome to Heidi Fernandez: we are all looking forward to your leadership and having met you in Williamsburg, I am confident that you will keep the flame burning and more. Sincerely Victoria B. Navarro, MAS, MSN, RN PNAA President

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Eastern Region | Middlesex County | December 2012

PNANJ-Middesex: It is more blessed to give than to receive By: Myrna Young, MSN, RN, CNOR, | President PNANJ, Middlesex Subchapter Saturday, December 15, 2012 was another busy but fulfilling and rewarding day for us, the PNANJ Middlesex Subchapter. We were scheduled to accomplish 2 community outreach activities in 2 different towns in New Jersey, Old Bridge and New Brunswick. Glenna Tan, our PRO, scheduled and coordinated the delivery of our food donation to the Food Bank in Old Bridge. "Rose" Food Bank Coordinator, was so excited to see us and could not thank us enough for our donation. Then right after, we went straight to Reformed Church in New Brunswick to volunteer our services to the Holiday Gift Giving event for the less fortunate kids of New Brunswick sponsored by Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and the New Brunswick Police Department. When we arrived at the venue, there were already over 500 kids not counting the parents patiently waiting to get in in this cold freezing weather. Teresa Damito, Board of Director, was responsible for coordinating our participation in this event. She also invited some of our member's kids to participate in the program. Some of the kids sang, one kid danced, some helped in distributing gifts, controlling traffic and some were part of the welcome committee. When we were distributing gifts to the children, our hearts sank when we found out that some of them did not even have a jacket. Envision a child in their thin, fragile body standing outside in the cold weather for at least an hour or two without a jacket. The event went on for almost 5 hours. The time spent doing this filled our hearts with joy. As the president of our chapter, I am so proud of our members for their generosity, commitment, and selfless attitude. I am happy to see that our member's participation in this endeavor is increasing. It used to be that only the officers participated. Now some of our members have joined us. It is such an awesome, awesome feeling to serve and give something back to the people who are less fortunate. Try it, I guarantee you you will like it.

Eastern Region | Bergen SubChapter

PNANJ – Bergen Subchapter Christmas Party and Fundraising Night 2012 is almost over and for PNANJ Bergen Subchapter Executive Board 2012-2014 is just the beginning of more things to come. Our EB is very dedicated to the organization and it shows. On December 9, 2012

our annual Christmas Party was held at Grand Chalet, Wayne New Jersey. The night was well attended by family, friends and subchapter members from, Morris, Essex and Somerset Counties. It was a fun night for everyone. Our EB perform Waka Waka dance and was enjoyed by everybody. We have Chinese Auctions, 50-50 and gifts for sale including work uniforms, Filipiniana dress and jewelry. It was a very successful fundraising event. PNANJ Bergen Subchapter EB is a dynamite group. On behalf of PNANJ – Bergen County Subchapter, we want to thank everyone who supported the event and special thanks to Majuvy Sulse President of PNANJ for being there and giving us words of wisdom. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all of us at PNANJ Bergen County Subchapter!

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E a s t e r n R e g i o n | N e w Yo r k | D e c e m b e r 2 0 1 2

PNAA, PNANY, PNANJ Participate the First Panunuluyan By: Vernie Bacolot, MS, RN-BC PNA-NY President 2012-2014 PNAA, PNA-NY and PNANJ in partnership with UPNEC, & UPAA-NJ sponsored the second night of Panunuluyan sa Konsulado last Friday, December 7, 2012 at the Philippine Center, New York. The PANUNULUYAN replaces the SIMBANG GABI which has been discontinued at the Philippine Center in compliance with a Roman Catholic Church sanction against celebrating Eucharist in non-churches or other designated places of worship. The PANUNULUYAN is a 3part event: a re-enactment of the Holy Family's attempts to land any lodging during the mandated Census -taking by order of Caesar Augustus; an Advent meditation facilitated by a homilist; and the traditional salusalo. The 2nd Night of the Panunuluyan was well attended with participants from the five (5) sponsoring organizations and other organizations. The celebration started with praying of the Holy Rosary led by the sponsoring organizations including Majuvy Sulse of PNANJ. The reenactment of the Holy Family was performed beautifully with Deputy Consul General (DCG) Ma. Theresa

Dizon-De-Vega who played the part of Mary, Edmund Pajarillo as Joseph, Lolita Compas as the narrator, and Edmund Mercado, Ramon Mariazeta and Ricky Santos as innkeepers, and Rosemarie Gadioma as the emcee. The celebration continued with the Prayer of the Community led by Vernie Bacolot followed by liturgical reading and reflection by Fr. Legaspi. The celebration ended with the traditional salu-salo at the Philippine Center lobby where everyone enjoyed some of the Filipino dishes like pancit, chicken adobo, vegetable lumpia, banana roll, and puto. The Panunuluyan certainly helps bring out the best of

the Filipino spirit and our unique tradition in preparing for Christmas! Thanks and Congratulations to PNAA, PNA-NY, PNANJ, UPNEC, and UPAA-NJ especially to Leonie Mariazeta for coordinating the event!

Committee Report


To PNAA EB, Cabinet, AC and Family, It is with pride and pleasure to give you a snapshot summary in a pie-graph the accomplishments of the “PNAA Office” since its inception last September 2012, four months to date. The office had been used mostly as a repository of important PNAA documents. The staff had been busy filing, organizing and tagging these documents for easy accessibility. In addition, the Office had managed to coordinate the first F2F Strategic Planning among the EB and cabinet members during the successful ERC at Williamsburg, VA last November 9-10, 2012. The office procured personalized metal ID pin for each of the EB members paid for by PNAA while a laminated clip-ID was provided to the cabinet members, courtesy of the PNAA Executive Director. Also, a Duo-diary pocket calendar was given to the EB and cabinet members as a holiday love-gift from President Vicky Navarro and Executive Director Merlita Velasquez. Same gift was mailed to the AC-past PNAA Presidents. So far, there had been few calls received, some from “sales/advertisement” and others are after-office hour calls from PNAA members.

The Waiting Room

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December 2012

The Conference Room

The PNAA Community is encouraged to utilize and support the office. Give us a call or email us your concerns and we will connect you to someone who can give you the right answer and direction. From the PNAA Office to yours – Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Prosperous, Health Year! Merlita Velasquez PNAA Executive Director 2012-2014

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Committee Reports |

The Membership Campaign and the BODs By: Romy DeVera, Jenny Aying, Bessie Schiroky, Al Espinas, and Grace Diaz-Font Contrary to the usual role of being the Committee Chairs from the past PNAA administrations, the 2012-2014 Board of Directors (BODs) namely; Romeo DeVera, Jenny Aying, Bessie Schiroky, Al Espinas, and Grace Diaz-Font transformed into an entity of a “fivein-one” PNAA force. Vicky Navarro, the incumbent PNAA President, believes that there will be more synergy and strategy from five leaders of various leadership backgrounds if given a common task to exemplify the value of working as one. The Board of Directors has been involved in the membership campaign since they took their oath of office. The purpose of the membership campaign is to review and describe the value of the PNAA as a professional nursing organization through reorientation and selfawareness among the active members. The Board of Directors designed a survey with eleven questions to determine how the members perceive their membership to the PNAA and their membership to the other professional nursing organizations. Comparisons of the benefits and engagement of the members of PNAA and the other professional nursing organizations were made and we are looking into the expectations of the members on what more benefits their PNAA membership should offer in the future. The survey questionnaire went through a series of revisions with the able guidance of Marlon Saria, Research and Evidence-Based Committee Chair and with the approval of the PNAA Executive Board. The results and interpretation of the ongoing survey questionnaire will run through January, 2013 and are being reviewed on a weekly basis. In addition to the survey, the BODs paid tribute to the thirty three years of PNAA success and highlighted the future of the PNAA by putting together an audiovisual in a PowerPoint format entitled “The Past, The Future, and The Promise”. The audiovisual will complement the survey to focus on the PNAA value as a professional nursing organization. The BODs will reach out to the PNAA members during each regional conference, will do presentation related to the survey, and show the PowerPoint audio-visual tool. The initial presentation of the survey and the PowerPoint took place at the 15th Eastern Regional Convention in Williamsburg, Virginia with Bessie Schiroky, Grace Diaz-Font, Jenny Aying, and Romy DeVera presenting. Next year, the Board of Directors will travel to the Western Regional Conference in April, 2013 and the South Central Regional Conference in May, 2013 to continue the on-going membership campaign. The BODs will continue to support the initiatives of our President, Vicky Navarro, and we request the cooperation of everyone in answering the brief survey questionnaire by clicking on this link Together, we could make PNAA adjust better to the changes that the future holds for ourselves and our nursing profession. See you all soon at the regional conferences!

December 2012

KILN students attended PNAA From: Connel School News Submitted by: Rollie Perea, Chair Ways and Means Committee, PNAA On November 9, Terry Bustos ’13 and Denice Calub ’14 attended the Philippine Nurses Association of America (PNAA) 15th Eastern Regional ConvenBustos and Denice Calub with Madeline Yu at tion in Williams- Terry the recently held Eastern Regional Conference. burg, VA. Bustos and Calub had the opportunity, through the KILN program, to attend the convention, network with nurse leaders, participate in group meetings and presentations, interview members about their professional experiences, and gain advice and experience that will help them throughout their careers. Rolando Perea, Connell School of Nursing Diversity Advisory Board member and PNAA cabinet member, said that “because of the students' participation, it has mobilized our organization to establish a Nursing Student Committee. I will be working with the Education and Practice Committees and forward a formal proposal to make this happen. I will make sure Terry and Denice will be the first ever members of this new committee. This is a historical moment for PNAA.” Bustos said of her experience, “Attending the15th Eastern Regional conference of the Philippine Nurses Association of America (PNAA) in Williamsburg, VA proved to be an excellent learning experience and gateway for my professional career. As a senior nursing student, the “real world” is fast approaching with questions about the NCLEX, graduate school, and choosing a specialty reverberating in my mind. I could not have thought of a better time to be part of such a convention. Talking to nurse leaders from all over the east coast provided me with a lot of insight about which direction to take. Each nurse I spoke to offered support, advice and excitement that I would be soon joining the nursing workforce. I found the PNAA members from New Jersey to be particularly helpful and accommodating as we discussed employment opportunities around my hometown.” As the official professional organization of FilipinoAmerican Nurses in the United States of America (USA), PNAA will uphold the positive image and welfare of its constituent members; promote professional excellence and contribute to significant outcomes to healthcare and society.

Executive Board


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Executive Board 2012-2014

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Community Updates and Events | December 2012

In Memoriam


Lucena Torres Laeser April 15, 1955 – December 17, 2012 Lucena Torres Laeser (Lucy) was born on April 15, 1955 and left this world peacefully on December 17, 2012. Lucena was a resident of Tigard, Oregon and is survived by her husband Thomas L. Laeser, and her sister Ceferina Torres Pellejera, brothers in the Philippines, Jhym, Nick, Erwin Torres in Virginia. Her father Remigio C. Torres (deceased). Fel & Nita C. Sayco, (Uncle and Aunt) in Virginia and Anching Vergara (Aunt), and family in California. “Once diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer in 2011, she spent her last year traveling to visit relatives in the Philippines and attended her cousin’s wedding in Hawaii. Her pain is now in the past, but her love and heart lives on.” In 1978 Lucy graduated from M.V. Gallego Foundation Colleges in the Philippines with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and in 2006 she received her Master of Science in Nursing from University of Phoenix. Lucy worked for more than 36 years as an RN; she worked at Maryview Medical Center in Portsmouth, Virginia for 17 years, moved to Oregon and worked at Blue Cross Blue Shied as a Senior Underwriter. Lucy later worked in the IV Department at Providence Portland Medical Center and worked there for 11 years until 2011.

Nursing Scholars of the Year 2012

Barbara Delgado

Nathan Foronda

Western Governors Univ. MSN Leadership & Mgt.

Keiser University Associate Degree in Nursing

Britney Roepcke

Meian Santos Florida Gulf Coast Univ. Masters in Anesthesia

C.A.R.E. AWARDS 2012

Education Galen College of Nursing Faculty Member

A Prayer and viewing service will be held Thursday, December 20, 2012 at the Cornwell Colonial Chapel located at 2911 SW Town Center Loop, Wilsonville, OR 97070, PH: 503-683-1177

Sheila Flores, RN

Clinical Staff Nurse St. Anthony’s Hospital

Jenelyn Chipelo, RN

Analisa Bailey, RN

“Your PNAA family is saddened to hear of your passing; we pray that you are now at peace with the Lord in heaven". Please sign our online guest book at: Keywords=laeser&SiteId=14687&NavigatorId=469201

University of South Florida MSN Leading to ARNP

Galen College of Nursing Asso. Degree in Nursing

Lucy was a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Past President and current Advisor to the Philippine Nurses Association of Oregon and Washington Chapter (PNA-OR/WA), Past Assistant Secretary to the Philippine Nurses Association of America (PNAA). Lucy was a member of the Resurrection Catholic Parish in Tualatin, Oregon.

Funeral Service will be at the Resurrection Catholic Parish located at 21060 SW Stafford Road, Tualatin, Oregon, 97062 on Friday 21, 2012 with a reception following service.

Teresita Hardin

Clinical Staff Nurse

Community Service

Bay Pines VHAHCS GI—Endoscopy Nurse

Bay Pines VAHCS Medical ICU Nurse Manager


Community Events | November 2012

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Upcoming Events March 19-20, 2013 — The 10th Annual National Conference Asian American Pacific Islander Nurses Association Theme: “Global Health: Nursing in the Future- Research, Education, and Practice” Venue will be: Hale Koa Hotel, 2055 Kalia Road, Honolulu, Hawaii 96815 Deadline for abstract submission: November 1st (Thursday) 2012, 5 p.m. (EST) More info, contact: Merle R. Kataoka-Yahiro, Dr.P.H., MS, APRN, Associate Professor, AACN Leadership for Academic Nursing Program Fellow, Asian American Pacific Islander Nurses Association, Secretary (2010-2012) University of Hawaii at Manoa School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene, 2528 McCarthy Mall, Webster 409, Honolulu, HI 96822 Ph: 808 956-5329 | Fax: 808 956-3257 Cell: 808 349-8309 | Email:

Community Events Dear Kababayans and Friends If you know anyone interested in reaching out and gaining experience teaching in the Philippines in 2013, kindly share with them this innovative new program launched by Young Filipino -American leaders in the United States. Spearheaded in the East Coast by Mr. Michael Vea and Ms. Angela Lagdameo, both of whom were chosen among the first batch of 10 Filipino American Youth Leadership Program delegates by the Philippine Embassy in Washington D.C. The program aims to bring 10 FilipinoAmerican teachers to the Philippines to teach in resourcechallenged schools.

Please save the date: March 2, 2013. We’ll be delighted if you can grace our event with your presence.

2nd Collaborative International Conference The PNAAF is cordially inviting you all to join us for our exciting and educational 2nd Collaborative International Conference to be held in the beautiful and progressive City of Bacolod, Negros Oriental. This year’s Conference is co-Sponsored by the Association of Deans of Nursing Colleges & Universities, Region VI. Please disseminate the attached brochures ASAP to your Regional COP's and Chapter Presidents. Colleagues, come and join us and experience the hospitality of our people in Bacolod City, you will be up for a surprise. Ernie Rosas, RN BSN, President 2011-2013 , Philippine Nurses Association of America Foundation,

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