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Spring Edition | Volume 2 | Issue# 3

March 2013

ABS CBN (Balitang America) Special Edition Inside PNAA: Value of BSN and Role of the RN Controversy CGFNS International Board of Trustees Officers Elected Snapshots of a Medical Mission

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This Holy Week, most Filipinos observe the passion of Christ as He was crucified and rose from the dead. In predominantly Roman Catholic Philippines, the morning of Easter (known as "Pasko ng Muling Pagkabuhay" or the Pasch of the Resurrection) is marked with joyous celebration, the first being the dawn "Salubong", wherein large statues of Jesus and Mary are brought together to meet, imagining the first reunion of Jesus and his mother Mary after Jesus' Resurrection. This is followed by the joyous

Easter Mass. The New Testament teaches that the resurrection of Jesus, which Easter celebrates, is a foundation of the Christian faith. The resurrection established Jesus as the powerful Son of God and is cited as proof that God will judge the world in righteousness. God has given Christians "a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead". Christians, through faith in the working of God are spiritually resurrected with Jesus so that they may walk in a new way of life. This year, Holy Week has taken a special meaning as we celebrate the election of the new pope, the new leader of the Catholic Church. He leads with humility and service to the poor. Habemus Papam! Pope Francis I is the first Jesuit and the first Latin American to be elected pontiff. But in these early days, Catholics are divided over how big a change Francis represents for the church. Four-in-ten Catholics say the selection of Pope Francis represents a “major change,” while a roughly equal number see his selection as “only a minor change” for the church. When asked about a list of possible priorities for the new pope, seven-in-ten Catholics say that addressing the

sex abuse scandal should be "a top priority" for Francis. U.S. Catholics as a whole attach less importance to other possible priorities on the list. But among Catholics who say they attend Mass at least once a week, roughly equal numbers cite “standing up for traditional moral values” and “addressing the sex abuse scandal” as top priorities for the new pope. By contrast, among Catholics overall 49% say that standing up for traditional moral values should be "a top priority" for Pope Francis. Roughly four-in -ten Catholics or fewer think that spreading the Catholic faith, addressing the priest shortage and reforming the Vatican bureaucracy should be top priorities for the new pope. One thing is quite clear about the election of Jorge Bergoglio as the Pope: the Church has opted for a relevant change in the profile of its shepherd. Beyond the fact that the traditional labels of conservative and progressive seem currently a bit outdated to describe the church representatives, truth be said that the Argentine Pope arrives to St. Peter´s chair after two Popes who oscillated between a conservative and a very conservative one. We can say that the attention to the poor has always been not only the mark of the current pope’s organization of the Church and pastoral action, but also of his own way of life. Now everyone is beginning to discover that he used public transportation and that he cooked for himself. But prior to this it wasn’t ‘news’; it was his everyday way of life. We might say that he chose a Franciscan way of life before he chose the name Francis. It is said that Providence always sends us the right pope for the right time. Benedict XVI, with his meek yet firm style, by standing against relativism as a philosophical and ethical vision. Francis is the first LatinAmerican pope, and in this people perceive a message of great newness, which is also tied to his experience of sharing life with the poor. The Church is mater et magistra – mother and teacher. Perhaps before she was more a ‘teacher’, and now she is more a ‘mother’. The message does not change; it’s the Gospel, but is articulated in a different ways, both in tone and style. Two Popes; a first in hundreds of years Our generation is blessed with a lot of firsts, in science, technology, now, in our spirituality. It is refreshing, and hopefully would lead us to renew our faith with stronger conviction. The Church has affirmed its new beginnings in this Easter season, its rebirth. Are we posed to do the same?




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CGFNS International Board of Trustees Officers Elected For more information, contact Jeanie Demshar 407-896-3261 CGFNS International, the largest credentialing organization for foreign-educated health care professionals in North America, is pleased to announce its 2013 Board of Trustees officers. PRESIDENT: Carol Bradley, MSN, RN, Senior Vice President, CNO, Legacy Health System, Portland, Oregon VICE PRESIDENT: Norma Lang, PhD, RN, FAAN, FRCN, University of Wisconsin School of Nursing, Milwaukee SECRETARY: Barbara Sanders, PhD, PT, Professor and Chair, Department of Physical Therapy, Associate Dean, College of Health Professions, Texas State University, San Marcos TREASURER: Edythe McClatchy Pahl, MBA, Denver, CO CGFNS International also welcomes new board members: Michael Bleich, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, Maxine Clark and Bob Fox Professor and Dean at the Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College, and Vice President for BJC Healthcare, St. Louis, MO Joseph Cabral, Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, North Shore-LIJ Health System, New York Sister Rosemary Donley, PhD, APRN, BC, FAAN, Professor of Nursing and the Jacques Laval Endowed Chair in Justice for Vulnerable Populations, Duquesne University School of Nursing, Pittsburgh, PA Sylvia Fung, PhD(hon), MS, MBA, RN, FAAN, Chief Nurse Executive, Hospital Authority, Hong Kong, as International Observer

CGFNS International Board of Trustees Members continuing to serve: Louise Fitzpatrick, EdD, RN, FAAN, College of Nursing, Villanova University Mary Foley, MSN, RN, Associate Director, Center for Research & Innovation in Patient Care, School of Nursing, University of California, San Francisco Sharon Goldsmith, PhD, CCC-Speech, President, Goldsmith International SP, Washington, DC Edythe McClatchy Pahl, MBA, Denver, CO Janet Hatcher Roberts, MSc, RN, Executive Director, Canadian Society for International Health, Ontario, Canada Barbara Sanders, PhD, PT, Professor and Chair, Department of Physical Therapy, Associate Dean, College of Health Professions, Texas State University, San Marcos “CGFNS International is fortunate to be governed by a Board of Trustees that is comprised of accomplished individuals representing many professions that willingly volunteer their time to fulfill CGFNS International’s vision and mission,” said Franklin A. Shaffer, EdD, RN, FAAN and CEO of CGFNS International. About CGFNS CGFNS International is an immigration-neutral, nonprofit organization globally recognized as an authority on credentials evaluation of the education, registration and licensure of nurses, health care and other professionals worldwide. For more information about CGFNS International, go to

EDITORIAL STAFF COMMENT To all our Colleagues in PNAA: Please be informed that we, the Editorial Staff, publish arti-

cles in our Inside PNAA newsletter accordingly as we receive them from chapters of the different PNAA Regions. Inside PNAA news is published bi-monthly on the 15th and 30th of every month. All submissions must have a “Title”, a “By-line” and photos in Word document.

Submission deadline is 3 days prior to publication. Please send your articles to your Regional Field Reporters or Contributing Editors: Western Region: Mel Carillo South Central Region: Ghie Alagano North Central Region: Manelita Dayon Eastern Region: Majuvy Sulse Majuv77@hotmail .com or Contributing Editor at Large: Ruby Godier at THANK YOU! Madelyn Yu (Chair) and Ferdinand Luyun ferdinand.luyun@

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ABS CBN (Balitang America) Special Edition Inside PNAA: Value of BSN and Role of the RN controversy Vivian Zalvidea Araullo Executive Producer Balitang America ABS-CBN International - The Filipino Channel 150 Shoreline Drive Redwood City, CA 94065 Ms. Araullo (Vivian), On behalf of PNAA, I appreciate that ABS-CBN is sharing information from our special edition of Inside PNAA during your Balitang America segment tonight. Thanks to Mr. Leo F. Jurado, Past PNAA President for linking me to your network. I can say with ‘humble’ pride that our organization, the Philippine Nurses Association of America, together with our nursing and healthcare colleagues in the Philippines, US and internationally, are approaching and managing this controversial situation thoughtfully and professionally. The goal is to educate our legislators (and the public as well) on the value of Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree as entry level for nurses and the role of the registered nurse particularly in our global environment. ……and I would like to invoke our Mission: As the official professional organization of Filipino-American 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. Sincerely Yours, Vicky Navarro Victoria B. Navarro, MAS, MSN, RN President 2012-2014 The Philippine Nurses Association of America 8303 Windfern Road Houston, Texas 77040 713-937-7416 Telephone 713-937-8720 Fax


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FLASH…! All PNAA Chapters: Cancer Initiative….Cancer Support Training Here’s a chance for you to start your own PNAA/ FCNA (Filipino Cancer Network of America) Initiative in your very own backyard. We are making it available for your members to be trained as Cancer support facilitators at the PNAA National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio on Thursday, July 25, 2013 from 1:00 -5:00 PM. PNAA Community Outreach Committee, Cancer Initiative has arranged for the premier facilitators’ trainer from Houston, Texas office of the American Cancer Society (ACS) to join us at the convention to conduct the much needed training. Diana Burkett, the Community Manager at ACS has been the leader of the Asian Cancer Council in Houston, Texas, a dedicated advocate for the Asians’ cancer support groups including our very own Filipino Cancer Network of America Metro Houston (FCNA-MH) from its inception in 2008. She has trained all our facilitators and is excited to extend her training expertise to all PNAA members who are willing to become cancer support leaders in their own chapters. These four hours training will be an eye opener to the participants. Diana will discuss the many services that ACS can offer to all cancer survivors and their caregivers in their own cities. She will provide examples of resources and cancer initiatives that your chapters can avail themselves of. She will discuss how to conduct a support group meeting, rules to follow including privacy laws, confidentialities, and proper decorum and how to effectuate a productive meeting. Training is coming to you, so please don’t miss this one time opportunity to jump start your chapter’s cancer initiative. If you want to make a big difference in your community in terms of cancer care and support, now is the time. Please see the flyer and register early! Space is limited, only 35 trainees are accepted so please don’t tarry, hurry and sign up. You’ll be glad you did!


RENAISSANCE CLEVELAND HOTEL PNAA CONVENTION CLEVELAND, OHIO Contacts: Cherry Sloan-Medrano Director 713-745-9729 Audrey Tupaz–Godoy 216-312-0510 Luz Tenefrancia-llasos 656-672-2999 Emma Cuenca


Calling all Nurses who want to lead their Chapters in the Cancer Initiative Trainer: Diana Burkett, Community Manager (American Cancer Society – High Plains Division, Houston, TX) Fee: $20.00 (Subject to PNAA Policy on payment/cancellation/administrative fees) Deadline: July1, 2013 – 5PM

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Snapshots of a Medical Mission By: Bessie E. Schiroky PNAA, BOD

The APPOF (Assn. of Philippine Physicians of Ohio Foundation), along with some PNAOhio nurse volunteers, brought its annual medical-surgical mission to Olongapo City this year. The missionaries served the people of the so called “Sin City” in the 1960’s and 70’s to what has become the “Model City” in the ‘80’s and 90’s up to present time. Our mission team, comprised of 16 surgeons,17 medical MDs, 9 anesthesiologists, 1 pathologist, 18 RNs, 5 med. techs and 27 volunteers, was hosted by the city Mayor, James Gordon, Jr. and his wife Anne. We travelled from Manila to Olongapo in two busses provided by the Mayor in the AM of Feb. 3. As election in PI is looming – I unfortunately belonged to the group riding a bus covered with political posters from top to bottom, front and back. So much about doing sight-seeing of the countryside! We arrived there at noon on Sunday and the surgical group visited the hospital. Dr. Mendoza, the Director of James L. Gordon Hospital, and his staff gave us a warm welcome. The medical group did sorting of all the drugs we brought there with us. This mission, it turned out, was the most organized collaboration with the locals I’ve seen. Our mission led by the PNAOF Pres., Dr. Jessica Jandi, Chairman, Dr. Armando Damian, and Over-all Coordinator,Dr. Menchie Damian, did a great job once again! Dr. Mendoza mobilized teams within the hospital to assist us in every way they can. The outcome was wonderful as none of the previous “glitches” in previous missions were encountered. Surgeries went smoothly with Pina, our PNAO President, and Maryann (assisting her hubby who’s a plastic surgeon) working in the OR. I worked in the PACU with 3 other RNs… we developed a very friendly working relationship with the PACU local staff and “nurse volunteers”. My heart went out to these “nurse volunteers” I tell you! I always made sure they got their meals and meriendas as they don’t get any compensation for working there… some have been doing it for a few years! What a sad travesty but this is another “controversial” topic to discuss at another time! There were 4 RNs who assisted the surgeons doing minor surgeries in the OPD. The other RNs worked in the supply room and pharmacy. The medical group (OPD, minor surgery and dental team) saw hundreds of patients in the OPD and alsospent a day seeing patients in San Antonio, Zambales upon the invitation of Mayor Estela Antipolo who happens to be an MD too.The mission ended on Feb. 8, Friday, with everyone fulfilling what they intended to do… to serve and make a difference in the lives of our poor kababayans. The mission

did 95 major surgeries, 194 minor surgeries, 362 dental cases and 593 ophthalmology cataract screenings. The medical group saw a total of 3,000 patients. Lots of unused supplies were donated to the hospital at the end of our mission. The unpretentious kindness and friendliness of the people of Olongapo City made very positive impressions on me. From the staff of the Court Meridian Hotel where we stayed to everyone in the hospital starting with Dr. Mendoza… their hospitality was palpable throughout our stay! For this – we say “maramimg, maraming salamat”! I believe we made a positive impression on them too as Dr. Mendoza said that “we were the most hard working medical missionaries he had seen”. I also want to mention that the James Gordon Hospital, like the rest of the city, made a great impression with its cleanliness… I haven’t seen a government/city hospital with such shiny floors before! In closing – I’d like to thank APPOF profusely for always welcoming the PNAO members joining the missions. Our spirit of bayanihan is sure alive and well…we look forward to working with you in the years to come. May God make this possible by keeping us all healthy, strong and of sound minds so that we may serve those in need much longer. Photos on next page



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Snapshots of a Medical Mission: Continued...

Synergy with other Organizations and Communities to Create Local and Global Collaborations A P P O



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Save the Date January 16-17, 2014 The Manila Hotel

20th International Nursing Convention and Global Summit By: Merlita Velasquez PNAA Executive Director Last January 31, 2013, I was tasked by President Vicky to collaborate and schedule a faceto-face meeting with our Philippine co-convenors, PNA, ADPCN and ANSAP. My gratitude to Erlinda Ortin, International Education Chair, through her “connections” got us connected and scheduled the date for the meeting at the PNA home office. In attendance were PNA President Noel Cadete, ADPCN President Elizabeth Roxas, Dean Carmelita Divinagracia, Dean Glenda Vargas, Cecille Laurente, Erlinda Palaganas, PNA Executive Director Leonardo Nuestro, Jr., Maristela Abenojar, Rhoda Reyes, Lenie Nolasco, and Gerelyn Reboroso. From the U.S. delagates are Linda Ortin, Remy Solarte, Nancy Hoff and myself. With much pride but humbled to report, that the collaboration was well done and successful with the support and acceptance from all convenors. Their committed engagement concerning logistics, conference structure and venue facilitated the crafting of the MOU to be signed by President of PNAA, PNA, ADPCN and ANSAP. The convention theme, “Solidarity for Global Health and Sustainable Social Action,”

was agreed upon, supportive and in sync with the global changes and economic downturn. Presentation by internationally known speakers are being worked on as of this writing by the Philippine and US counterparts. Progress and updates will be presented in succeeding reports.


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PNA Illinois celebrates its 56th Anniversary By: Beth Rosas, PNAA NCR VP PNA Michigan Last March 9, 2013 the new set of officers of PNA Illinois were inducted during their 56th Anniversary celebration with a formal luncheon and dance. This special event was held at The Mirage-Four Points Sheraton Hotel in Schiller Park, Illinois. It was attended by PNA Illinois members, their families, friends, civic leaders and nursing colleagues from other NCR chapters. Sofy Bole represented PNA Michigan; Bong Dayon, NCR COP came from PNA Indiana with Mattie Upano, Elena de Jesus and Precy Freeman; Gem Cubos from PNA Wisconsin; Beth and Ernie Rosas, PNAAF President from PNA Greater Kansas City and PNAA President Vicky Navarro Vicky Navarro, PNAA President, Beth Rosas, from PNA MaryVP North Central Region with Consul General land graced the Orontes V. Castro and Dr. Vivencio & Mrs. event as the Diony Battung. Keynote Speaker. The highlight of the event was the induction of the elected PNA Illinois officers for the term 2013-2015. Deputy Consul General Orontes Castro delivered a short speech before they were sworn in to office. He resonated the message of Consul General Leo M. Herrera-Lim who commended all PNA Illinois nurses for keeping alive the tradition of gathering together to celebrate friendship and solidarity and for organizing collective resources for the benefit of our “Kababayans” and our motherland. He also congratulated them for all their accomplishments as a professional organization in Illinois. This occasion not only highlighted the inauguration of the new set of officers but also marked the 56th year celebration and unification of PNA Illinois. PNA Illinois is one of the original 5 chapters of PNAA. The other 4 were PNA Jersey, PNA New York, PNA Michigan and PNA South California. Three of our past national presidents or AC came from PNA Illinois namely, Clarita Miraflor, Emma Nemivant and Marie Couper. Perseverance, fortitude and determination of past officers and advisors of this chapter to pass on a half century old legacy made this day more meaningful and memorable. PNA Illinois held a special election on December 22, 2012 led by Immediate Past President Remy de la Cruz

and Gloria Simon, Chair of Nomelec at the Hilton, Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois. Newly inducted President Imelda Cuevo delivered her acceptance speech and outlined her mantra, One PNAI: Empowered through strategic, collaborative and unified effort, a bridge to sustain nursing excellence for healthy communities which is in align with President Vicky Navarro’s platform for “Strategic and Synergistic Social Actions”.

PNA Illinois Executive Board Officers 2013-2015 President: Imelda Cuevo, RN, BSN President-Elect: Alma Jarumahom, RN, MSN/MAN, PhD, APN, CCRN; Vice President: Bryan G. Ranchero, RN, BSN, PHN, CCNC; Secretary: Bessie V. Baldovino, RN, BSN, Post Graduate; Corresponding Secretary: Nieva Panis, RN, BSN; Treasurer: Marilou Dangalan, RN, BSN; Auditor: Felicitas C. Vincoy, RN, BSN. Board of Directors: Maria Gema Esmalla, RN, BSN, MSN, PhD; Paz Fortez, RN, BSN; Geralden T. Gaden, RN, BSN, MSN; Julie M. Mejia, RN, BSN; Florence M. Palmaira, RN, BSN; Merly F. Perricone, RN, BSN; Lolita Ranchero, RN BSN; Teresita Q. Viloria, RN, BSN, MSN

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PNA Michigan Inducts New Officers By: Emma de Leon-Pacris, President PNA Michigan

PNAM President’s Message

I am proud to announce that the newly installed set of officers for the term 20122014 have been working diligently to meet the goals of their assigned committees so that we may attain our mission and goals set forth by our constitution and bylaws.

We have seen a flurry of activities during the last six months of the year 2012. After the last project with the Asian Center of Southeast Michigan namely the Asian Food and Health Expo in August, it was time to generate revenues for our chapter as well as for the Philippine Nurses Association of America Foundation (PNAAF). The volunteers for the Asian Food Expo received some grant money for actively working on this project. On behalf of the Philippine Nurses Association of Michigan I would like to extend my warmest and heartfelt gratitude for the unwavering support of our donors, sponsors, friends , colleagues and golfers so that the Golf Fundraising on September 22, 2012 may generate enough income to make PNAM a Platinum donor for the Founding Members Initiative ( FMI ) of the PNAAF. Half of the proceeds went to the PNAAF as a project of Annie Vista, PNAAF Executive Director and the other half went to PNAM’s contribution to FMI. Most of the PNAM’s share will remain with the PNAM for future projects and initiatives. My appreciation and thanks go to the following sponsors of the golf holes: Dr. Rosemary Aquiler- Angeles and Ferdinand Angeles, Drs. Clarina Pascual and Candy Catapang, Philippine Medical Association of MI (PMAM ), Kiel’s Tai Kwon Do of Jack and Hilda Kittinger, Dr. Sonia Fernando and Terry Brown, Benjamin and Anne Marie Garvin of Global Home Care Inc., Community Affairs Associatr. Bernie and Emma Pacris, Sergio and Ellen Dioso, Denis and Annie Vista, Maria Salud, Dr. Diane Deck and Michael Deck of Global Reliance Associates , Drs. Ascencion and Jimmy Calaguas, Drs. Edgar and Evelyn Altares, Drs. David and Ethel Villanueva, Danilo and Maria V. Nery-Sureta, Dr. Herminio and Erlinda Calderon, Jeff and Gloria Agnes Waltz of Retirement Investment Services, Pat Torrico, Randal Klee and AXA Equitable, the PNAM Executive Board members who shared the holes, Remedios Solarte, Carmen Perez, Remylin Bruder, Connie Sumalde, Teresita Covacha, Corazon Gabarda, Reglita Laput, Regina Mupas, Remy Doctor, Sally Pablo, Ninfa Lantz- Tan and Tita Salvani.

The PNAM supported the Bicol Association, NAFFAA, PMAM, The Filipino Star News, FILAMCCO, APIA Vote and Kahirup by giving these organizations ads, plus several PNAM members attended their activities. PNAM also gave donation of $125.00 to the Philippine Medical Association of Michigan for their Golf Fundraising the proceeds of which were earmarked for their Medical Mission. The PNAM sent donation to the victims of Typhoon Sendong in the Philippines through the Kababayan Emergency Preparedness Fund ( KEPF ) of the Philippine Nurses Association of America ( PNAA ). The summer picnic on August 22 was an event to remember for not having the lechon but instead slabs of ribs and roasted chicken saved the day, thanks to the persistence of Rem Mandap in making the vendor responsible for not fulfilling the order. Although the picnic was meant to be a fun filled occasion, we took the opportunity to raise funds by holding a raffle event and food sales. The General Assembly Meeting was also held at this venue. We had the picnic at the Veteran’s Memorial Park in Warren with Fe San Agustin’s help. Thanks to you Fe. Several members of PNAM attended the free Educational Conference on Stroke Symposium at Crittenton Hospital on September 15, 2012. PNAM members are encouraged to attend these seminars offered by different organizations To next page

On December 15, 2012, PNAM was bestowed an Excellence Award by the Filipino American Community Council of Michigan ( FILAMCCO ) during the Rizal Day Celebration for its outstanding contributions to the community. The event at Petruzzelo’s Banquet and Conference Center was a tribute to the Philippine Hero, Dr. Jose Rizal. The PNAM President Emma de Leon- Pacris and members took center stage to accept the plaque.


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PNA Michigan Inducts New Officers — Continued for professional growth and development. The citrus fruits fundraising culminated on November 12, 2012 and the bowling event on November 17, 2012 which generated a sizable sum for our financial viability. I am commending the chairs of these committees namely Teresita Covacha, Sonia Mawilai, Concepcion Sumalde and Carmen Perez for a job well done. Executive Board members volunteered and donated prizes. Thank you to Ryan Rosario, FILAMCCO President and Willie Dechavez, NAFFAA Michigan Chair who came to support our fundraising.

the Newsletter Committee, Maria Wolfinbarger, incoming Editor-in-Chief, Valerie Grobbel, Leonor Mandap, and Amy Risvold, Advisor, who is presently the Acting Editor-inChief. Thank you for your commitment and loyalty to PNAM. I would like to recognize the members of the Executive Board for all your efforts, time and resources in performing your assigned responsibilities above and beyond what your role calls for. Thanks to Martha Cabarios for accepting the Treasurer role. Thank you to Remedios Solarte for the mentoring of Ninfa Lantz- Tan in her role as Education Committee Chair. Thank you to Grace Ramirez, Agnes Rayos- Rabino and Carmencita Ford-Fleifel for joining the Education committee.

The Christmas party held on December 7, at The Fuji Restaurant was a success.Thanks to Trinie Alair and Leonor Mandap for coordinating the exchange gift/pollyana and registration and Nina McCauley for arranging the venue. There was sumptuous food and the exchange gift was exciting. After the General Assembly Meeting, a community singing of Christmas carols and a surprise number gave the event a meaningful gathering of members for camaraderie, solidarity and posterity among friends and relatives enjoying the spirit of Christmas. My appreciation goes to Becky Tungol and Tony Kho for leading the community singing. PNAM participated at the Rizal Day celebration on December 15, 2012 held at Petruzzelo’s in Troy, Michigan. It received an Excellence Award for its outstanding community outreach projects and its commitment in fostering the welfare of its constituent members and services to the healthcare community. I take this opportunity to congratulate the Executive Board members for their commitment to serve this organization. Thank you to the members and friends who came to support the PNAM table, Leonor and Rem Mandap, Evangelos and Mary Roselie Koutsavdis, Trinie and Romy Alair, Offie and Ed Neate, Dr. Olan and Linda Jareunpoon, Vicky and Joe Atillo. PNAM continues to maintain its visibility, viability, and vitality by actively advocating for its membership engagement, member recruitment, community partnership, education, practice and research. Recognition of its member accomplishment and awards provide a sense of inclusiveness and support for professional development. Thank you to all the committees for striving hard promoting our goals and mission as an official professional organization. Congratulations to the new members of

On behalf of the Executive Board I would like to extend my best wishes for a joyous holiday season. This has been a tumultuous year and I am hopeful as we enter 2013 that great things be ahead. We wish the best for our membership, sponsors, family and friends. And for our Executive Board, we are hopeful for a continuing legacy that reflects their many contributions to PNAM’s history and successes.

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Young Hearts By: Manny Ramos, MSN, RN Chairman, Education Committee PNACF, Board of Directors

Have you tried teaching elementary kids lately? If you haven’t, try it sometime and you may be in for pleasant surprises. That was how the PNA of Central Florida (PNACF) members felt when they taught “Healthy Kids” to the students at Killarney Elementary School in Winter Park, Florida last February 22nd. PNACF was invited by Gigi de Jesus Kidary, the newest member of PNACF, to participate in her Killarney Health Heroes Program, a grant funded project to enhance learning about health and wellness with focus on prevention of childhood obesity. The program was funded by the United Health Heroes Grant. PNACF was glad to reach out to the younger population of the community, an infrequent opportunity that the organization eagerly embraced. This community outreach was very fitting to the observance of American Heart Month in February.

Manny Ramos, Ofelia Manaoat, and Ghie Alagano of PNACF were welcomed at the school by Coach Z, the Physical Education teacher at Killarney. The PNACF team was led to the outdoor covered arena where they taught “Healthy Kids” during each class period to students from K to 5. “I was surprised at how attentive and engaged the students were, especially the Kindergarten and first grade kids!” remarked Ghie, Executive director of PNACF. Indeed, the students were very active participants in the discussions and learning activities that day. There were lively discussions amongst the students about different kinds of fruits and vegetables that they need to include in their diet. The students came up with numerous examples of different fruits and vegetables categorized by color except when it came to blue, for which the only response was blueberries! Is there any other? To next page


Young Hearts (Continued) The students learned to compare their resting heart rate from their active heart rate, which the latter the students counted after running three laps around the court. The students were engaged in the discussion about staying healthy by engaging in sports, playing games, or exercise for at least one hour per day. Ofelia, an ICU nurse and the Corresponding Secretary of PNACF, referred to as Miss O by the students, was very patient in assisting the kids learn how to locate their radial pulses, count their pulses for 15 seconds, and multiply it by 4 to get a pulse rate. Miss O, Ghie, and Manny had their hands full when it was time to help the kids listen to their apical pulse using stethoscopes lent by Valencia College. Manny, who teaches Nursing at Valencia College, had to quickly adjust his teaching strategies to suit the much younger learners. Nonetheless, he had fun facilitating the learning activities such as “Bloodflow thru the Tubes”, a relay comparing blood circulation through healthy and narrowed blood vessels; “d’ Cup over – flows”, a discussion of better food choices and what happens to excess calories; “Pump Your Fist”, a simulation of how the heart is at constant work and the importance of exercise to maintaining health. It was a fulfilling day for the PNACF members and they realized that it is as much fun and challenging to teach kids as it is to teach adults. PNACF appreciated the opportunity to participate in preventive health teachings, especially to the young hearts! Now, if only they would eat more veggies…

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PNAGF Valentine’s Dance Party By Cecile M. Santos-Medenilla PNAGF President/SCR COP

The Philippine Nurses Association of Gulf Coast Florida, Inc. pre- Valentine’s Day Party was held last February 9, 2013 at the Cabaret Dance Club in Palm Harbor, Florida. It was exactly 4 weeks in preparation for this fund raising initiative spearheaded by PNAGF Ways and Means Committee Chair, Merly Santos- Llanto. There were about 95 guests in attendance who danced the night away. The guests were welcomed by PNAGF President, Cecile M. Santos- Medenilla. She thanked them for coming and supporting the

fund raising event. She also thanked the donors of the Gift Baskets for raffles and the sumptuous desserts brought by PNAGF EB and friends. She invited the members to renew their membership and for non- members to join. She announced the SCR Conference hosted by PNA Tampa Bay on May 3-4, 2013 and the PNAA National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio on July 2428, 2013. We recruited 2 new members and a few guest picked up application forms. Guests were happy to bring home nice gift baskets they won in the raffles. Beautiful long stemmed roses were also available for sale for the gentlemen to give their dates. The guest enjoyed winning door prizes and the chocolate covered pretzels for giveaways. The guests danced while the President’s niece Marydin sang “Through the Years.” They were also entertained by the PNAGF’s Scholarship Committee Chair Don Bronto who sang ‘Sa Piling Mo.” There were nothing but positive comments heard among the guests that night. Everyone had a great time and expressed to have a repeat dance event soon. It was indeed a successful PNAGF fund raising initiative for this year 2013.


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An Open letter re: Typhoon Pablo By: Elsie Barlow PNAGF Board of Director 2012- 2013 New Port Richey, Florida December 4, 2012 was the most unforgettable day for my family, relatives and friends from Davao Oriental. It was the most devastating typhoon that ever landed in Davao Oriental. We never had experienced any natural calamity like a typhoon in my place. Typhoon Pablo hit my beautiful place, an area surrounded with beautiful white beaches and coconut trees, with terrible force. It was indeed a beautiful paradise to us before this storm. Watching the news from the television, the devastation caused by typhoon Pablo was overwhelming. All the houses had no roofs. The coconut trees were all destroyed by the high winds. Our place became chaotic. So many Photo: people died from the terrible storm. I am so lucky that all my family and relatives survived. It was not easy for me to watch the news and to see how my countrymen suffered. I was very helpless at first. I didn’t know what to do in order to help them. I had so many ideas in my mind about how to help my people. As a nurse, I wanted to go home and serve my countrymen. I wanted to volunteer as a nurse to help the wounded and the sick. But it was not realistic at all. So I decided to talk to my Phillippine Nurses Association Gulfcoast, Florida (PNAGF) President Cecille M. Santos- Medenilla about my idea of raising money. Without hesitation, Cecille sent the message to all the Executive Board of Directors of PNAGF. I received overwhelming support from my organization which surprised me a lot. I never thought that this organization would be so supportive. I was so thankful to my PNAGF family for being there. I raised more than $2,000. I sent the money to my sister and she bought mosquito nets, slippers, toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, can goods, rice, sugar, coffee, milk, clothes and tarps. These were just small things, but they meant so much to the people who were victims of this naturally calamity. The people in my town were so happy to receive the goods from the PNAGF. I was very happy that despite the distance I was able to help them in my own little way. Thanks to the generosity of my colleagues from PNAFG, our neighbors, my co workers, and friends. They are a God send to me. I would not have been able to materialize my plan without their help. God Bless PNAGF! Photo: PAGASA Weather Service

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PNA Nevada Elects Executive Board By: Helen Ymson Edited by: Mel Carrillo PNAA WR Field Reporter/Contributing Editor On February 9, 2013, PNA Nevada’s newly elected Executive Board were inducted at the Gold Coast Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. They will be serving a 2-year term from 2013-2015. PNAA Western Regional Vice President, Mrs. Lourdes Nisperos and her husband Mr. Arturo Nisperos represented on behalf of PNAA President Vicky Navarro. Mrs. Nisperos was the guest speaker for this momentous event. PNA Nevada also had their Annual Valentine's Fundraising Dinner and Recognition of March of Dimes Awardees. The dinner dance was a success and well attended by 300 guests. President Helen Ymson, R.N. Vidaflor Braganza, R.N. Vice Pres., Sonia Villamor, R.N. Corresponding Sec. Maybelene Chevez, R.N. PRO, Lina Stone, R.N. Auditor, Malou Richard, R.N. Assistant Auditor, Angelita Cortes, R.N. PRO, Louvie Dizon, R.N. PRO, Fenina Encabo, R.N. Recording Sec., Virgilia Jacala, R.N. PRO, Juliana Buensalida, R.N. PRO, Pure Hidrosollo, Assist. Treasurer, Belen Gabato MSN, R.N., Mary Betita, MSN, FNP, APRN, BC, Parliamentarian, Efren Bolor, R.N., Samuel Mangayaay, R.N. PeaceOfficer, Jeanette Manuel, R.N., Peace Officer, Cristy Sampal, R.N.

Advisory Board, Amelia Abello, R.N. Pres.-Elect, Sergio Abello, R.N., Rolando Jacala, R.N. Peace Officer, Tish Smyer, President, Nevada State Board of Nursing, inducting officer.


Helping Hands By: Madonna Deocares PNAOW President 2012-2014 On February 28, 2013, Nine PNAOW members had their freeclinic and medical relief mission in two barangays of Cuyapo and Nueva Ecija, Philippines. PNAOW members provided health screening under the supervision of Dr. Ronald Esteban. During the event, blood pressure medications were given to those who presented with severe high blood pressure Medical relief goods were distributed to 250 less fortunate families in the area. PNAOW was there to help. On March 1, 2013 PNAOW members visited Nazareth Valley, home for the children in General Tinio, Nueva Ecija, Philippines. During their visit, our PNAOW members helped to prepare packed lunches for145 children. Our members also provided supplies of chewable vitamins and bed linens. If that wasn’t enough, chocolates were also handed to them as a welcome treat. It was great to see the children SMILE and know that we made a difference. Edited by: Mel Carrillo, RN, BSN, NEA-BC PNAA Western Region Field Reporter/Contributing Editor Email:

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“Empowering Minority Nurse Leaders: Breaking the Concrete Ceiling” By: EL Ortin, PNASD President The Philippine Nurses Association of San Diego Country, Inc. will co-sponsor a conjoint seminar on “Empowering Minority Nurse Leaders: Breaking the Concrete Ceiling” on May 11, 2013 at the Scripps Mercy Hospital West Auditorium. This conference is being developed through the cooperative efforts of top minority nurse organizations in San Diego namely the San Diego National Nurses Association of Hispanic Nurses and San Diego Black Nurses Association. Mary Dickow, MPH, Statewide Director of California Action Coalition as keynote speaker will discuss the “IMPACT OF MINORITY NURSES ON THE FUTURE OF NURSING”. The seminar will also highlight a panel presentation entitled “BEATING THE BARRIERS ON THE WAY TO THE TOP” by top nurse leaders notably (1) Jose Alejandro, PhD, RN-BC, MBA, CCM, FACHE, President, National Association of Hispanic Nurses; (2) Reverend Deidre Walton, JD, MSN, RN/ PHN, President, National Black

Nurses Association, Inc. and Lourdes Nisperos, MSN, BSN, RN, Vice-President, Western Region Philippine Nurses Association of America, Inc. Other well-known speakers include: (1) Dr. Ora Valentina Robinson, Assistant Professor and Assistant for Programs, CAL State University who will talk on EMPOWERING MINORITY NURSES, OVERCOMING ROLE CONFLICT and Pilar De la Cruz, MSN, RN, Director, School of Nursing, United States University on PROMOTING OUR FUTURE NURSE LEADERS . This event will be held in collaboration with the Association of California Nurse Leaders, California Institute for Nursing and Health Care and the United States University. For interested party, please log on to www. to register. For details please see flyer below.


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PNASC’s Leverage: A Cause through Dancing By: Mindy C. Ofiana MSN, RN "We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give." - Winston Churchill Philippine Nurses Association of Southern California, Inc (PNASC) began the spring season with a fundraising effort, “Dance for a Cause”, on March 16, 2013 at the Philippine Village in Eagle Rock, CA. Remember the revolving silver ball on the ceiling? The lighted dance floor? The music of the Bee Gees and Village People (courtesy of Randy DJ)? Try hard to forget. It was Disco/Ballroom Night for PNASC! Looking around it was easy to see that the affair combines all the traditional ingredients of good food, good drinks, a cheerful ambience and guests arrayed in their dancing attire. With such a combination, it simply was “What a night!” All proceeds go to the organization’s work providing nursing scholarships, community and medical outreach locally and globally, and leadership development. Thanks to the dedication shown by our Executive Board and Advisory Council, members and friends of PNASC, we surpassed our fundraising goal. Everyone’s involvement has been tremendous and is a testament of our commitment to our mission and vision. For making all this possible, special thanks go to Linda Absher, PNASC Chair, Ways and Means Committee, Victoria Nidoy, Vice-Chair and members, Tonette So, Peachy Meteoro and Elsa Zeta-Cabatan for their organizational skills and leadership, for staging such a terrific event. PNASC would like to thank Megaworld International led by John Q. Salas for sponsoring our event. In charity, there really is no excess.

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PNAMD: Celebrates its 10th Anniversary Proud and Strong By: Sonia T. Neumeier, MBA, BSN, Ret. /AN PNA Maryland An excerpt from the PNAA theme song states, “Stand proud, tall and strong, shine PNAA shine. We will show our dedication, our commitment to the community, our excellence to our profession. We dedicate this to the next generation”. Indeed, true its guiding principles, the Philippine Nurses Association Maryland Chapter (PNAMC) celebrated its 10th Anniversary proud and strong in March 2, 2013 at the Sheraton Hotel in Towson with over 300 in attendance. Among the guests, were nursing leaders from John Hopkins, Mercy and University of Maryland and various other health care institutions? The inspirational speaker was His Excellency Jose L. Cuisia, Jr., the Philippine Ambassador to the United States. Established in 2003 at height of Filipino nurses recruitment by major health care institutions in the United States, PNAMC became the 30th chapter of the Philip-

pine Nurses Association of America (PNAA). PNAMC’s mission is to provide and uphold the image of FilipinoAmerican nurses, foster the welfare and contributions of Filipino-American Nurses in Maryland. Visionary leaders Vicky Navarro and Dina Krenzischek with some founding members realized the importance of establishing an organization to connect the nurses’ contribution to the community and to pass on the legacy to the next generation. It provided linkages to various communities and other professional organizations. Since its inception, its dedicated leaders and members solidified its legacy exponentially, locally and globally. PNAMC hosted two conventions: 9th Eastern Regional in Baltimore and the 30th PNAA National Convention in 2009, a milestone unsurpassed by any PNAA chapter in the US. In 2007, Governor O’Malley recognized PNAMC as the recipient of the “First Annual Foreign Educated Nurses Best Practices in Recruitment and Management”. In 2010, PNAMC marked its first international Nursing Outreach Program in three underserved villages in Davao, Philippines, followed by the donation of the mobile clinic in 2011. In 2012, again, PNAMC hosted its 2nd Nursing Outreach in Bakun, Banquet and conducted a nursing seminar at the St. Louis University School of Nursing. Guided by its dedicated leaders, PNAMC will continue to carry on the legacy to the next level. The PNAA theme song will reverberate for many generations, “Stand proud, tall and strong, Shine PNAA shine”.


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Raritan Bay Medical Center Nurses Professional Organization Day update By: Myrna Young PNANJ Middlesex County Subchapter

I would like to give you an update on PNANJ Middlesex County subchapter’s participation on the Nurses Professional Organization Day at Raritan Bay Medical Center in Old Bridge on Friday, March 8, 2013 from 1pm to 6 pm. Despite of the bad weather, snow was coming hard & very poor visibility on the road, there were 6 of us who were able to join this important event for Raritan Bay Medical Center. Some of us came from the night shift and did not have an opportunity to take some zzzzzzz (nap), some of us took personal day and others were off and changed their personal schedules to attend and represent PNANJ. Listed below are the people who went: 1. Teresa Damito ( she brought her son with her because there was no one to baby sit for him) 2. Jay Layug ( off from work & recovering from a car accident) 3. Jessa Manalastas ( came from the night shift, no sleep) 4. Teresa deVries ( rearranged her schedule and appointments) 5. Liz Stefanowicz ( one of our members, was off that day) 6. Myrna Young ( took a personal day from work) Our goals were to network with our members and non-members, share with them the PNANJ activities, accomplishments, benefits of becoming a member, get them to know us, recruit and encourage them to get actively get involve with PNANJ. It was a successful event. We enjoyed networking with our kababayans. We were able to recruit one new member on the spot and several of them claimed they will mail their membership applications to Marsha.

Anyone who stopped by our table did not leave without a membership application, a copy of our PNANJ calendar of events, the PNAA position statement on Cynthia Villar, flyer for the PNAA annual convention in Ohio, our subchapter’s list of accomplishments and PNANJ Middlesex subchapter’s EB contact information. We proudly displayed our banner, our posters on benefits of becoming a member, PNANJ & PNANJ Middlesex county subchapter’s Executive Board and our goals and objectives. Several nurses showed interest in becoming active. We have about 3 or 4 key people there to serve as our contactmpeople and I promised them we will hold future meetings with them to strengthen our relationship and get them involve actively with PNA. We were once again requested to participate in their Nursing Professional Day on Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at their Pert Amboy branch. This is from 9am to 5pm. Jay Layug is off that day and has already signed up to represent us. We need more people to volunteer to join her. Please let us know if you are interested. I would like to thank Jessa, Teresa (x2), Liz & Jay for joining me in this wonderful experience. It is such a pleasure to have members of our organization you can count on and willing to go that extra mile.

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PNA-NY Successfully Completes Half Day Educational Program “Excellence in Long Term Care” By: Vernie Bacolot, MS, RN-BC PNA-NY President 2012-2014 PNA-NY completed its first educational program for 2013 last March 16 at Goldwater Specialty Hospital & Nursing Facility, Roosevelt Island, New York. One of the agenda for PNA-NY Executive 2012-2014 is to promote excellence in all areas of nursing practice among the membership, hence this half day educational program covered the following topics: Ventilator Dyssynchrony, Transition to Care, Heparin-induced Thrombocytopenia, and Polypharmacy. Janet Cuaycong, MS, BSN, RN-BC, RAC-CMS, Director of Nursing, Gouverneur Nursing Facility, Marie Ortaliz, BSN, RN, MS, CCRN, President of Marie Ortaliz Center, Inc., Davy Diongson, MPA, RN, Director of Quality Management, Elderplan, Inc., and Warly Remegio, MS, RN, CCRN-CSC,CMC, Assistant Director of Nursing, Medicine and Rehabilitation at Bellevue Hospital Center delivered their presentations with great expertise. All participants were highly engaged and wished they have invited more nurses to attend.

Vernie Bacolot of PNA-NY Receives Woman of Achievement Award By: Edmund Mercado, BSN PNA-NY Board Member 2012-2014 On March 24, 2013, the Pan-American Concerned Citizens Action League, Inc. (PACCAL) celebrated Women’s History Month honoring the achievements of the FilipinoAmerican Women in various fields of endeavor. Vernie Bacolot, MS, RN-BC, President of PNA-NY, Inc. was honored to receive the award for Woman of Achievement for the Nursing Profession. Vernie is well deserved of the recognition. She has demonstrated many years of commitment and dedication to the nursing profession in her nurse educator role and as an executive member of PNAA and PNA-NY.

Rey Rivera, Susan Gador, Edmund Mercado, and Marie and Romy Ortaliz attended the event in support of Vernie Bacolot. The celebration was held at Ramada Hotel, Newark, New Jersey.

Thanks to PACCAL for the recognition and Congratulations to all the awardees!

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“Workplace Safety in the Health Care Setting" By: Vicky Javier Subchapter President-Elect & Education Chair

The Bergen, Essex, Hudson, and Union sub-chapters of the Philippine Nurses Association of New Jersey, Inc. hosted their first collaborative Education Day on Saturday, March 23, 2013 from 8am-1:30pm, at the renowned Jersey City Museum located at 350 Montgomery Street, Jersey City, NJ. This educational event entitled, "Workplace Safety in the Healthcare Setting", featured three distinguished and dynamic speakers who broadened the audiences' knowledge and understanding of workplace safety in various settings, infection control, and workplace violence. The first speaker was Rita Smith RN, DNP. She is the Senior Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer at Jersey City Medical Center in Jersey City, NJ. She methodically discussed various risks and safety initiatives necessary to maintain the Caregiver's Health. (Most Rev.) Benjamin M. Evans, DD, DNP, RN, APN, PMHCNS-BC followed as our second speaker. He is the President of HealthStat Consulting LLC, Consulting Psychiatric Advanced Practice Nurse at Consumer Friends, Inc, as well as an Assistant Professor of Nursing at William Paterson University, NJ. He dynamically illustrated various safety scenarios and methods for awareness in regard to Workplace Violence in the Behavioral Health setting. Maureen Spencer RN, M.Ed.,CIC culminated as our third speaker. She is a Corporate Infection Preventionist at the UHS of Delaware, Inc. a subsidiary of Universal Health Services in King of Prussia, PA. Maureen discussed Infection Control in various health care settings and vividly enlightened us with numerous circumstances where infection control could be compromised. She raised the awareness of every clinician to be mindful of potential safety risks and opportunities on how we can improve. The event was attended by 50 PNANJ members from Bergen, Hudson, Essex, Union, Somerset, Middlesex, and Morris subchapters, peers, and nursing students from Essex County College. The notable attendees from our honorable PNANJ E-board included Majuvy Sulse, Belle Villafuerte, Sally de la Merced, Jackie Baras, Mae Guzman, Emy Pierrel, Arlin Fidellaga, Minda bathan & Nellie Sun. As part of the new 2012 NJSNA requirements, the planners measured the effectiveness of the education session offered. The attendees were given identical pre-evaluation and post-evaluation tests. After the conference, the planners graded and tallied the scores. Compared to the average pre-evaluation results, the post-evaluation results yielded favorable average score, indicating a positive educational outcome. The impressive Museum venue was generously provided for by Rita Smith and by Jersey City Medical Center. The guidance and expertise of Mae Guzman and Arlin Fidellaga as

Lead Planner and Education & Planning Chair respectively were instrumental for the four subchapters to successfully plan this event. The subchapter representatives were: Grace Vickerie, President (Bergen); Victoria Javier, President-Elect and Education Chair (Bergen); Senen Cabalfin, President-Elect (Hudson); M. Melanie Swanson, President (Essex); and Resy Dilag (Union). In celebration of our culture, a traditional Filipino breakfast feast was enjoyed by everyone, including longsilog, pancit, pandesal, assorted sandwiches, fresh fruits, and arroz caldo. The food was donated by the Rivertan Financial Group and by Mobility Consulting and Contracting Co. The education day, in spite of all the planning challenges and deadlines, ended with a sense of understanding and commitment that safety in the workplace is the joint responsibility of the entire workforce of a good healthcare organization. Open the door to safety: awareness is the key!

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PNANJ Hudson Subchapter Fundraising at Crowne Plaza, NJ By: Majuvy Sulse PNANJ President The Hudson Fundraiser Party on March 8, 2013 at Newark Crowne Plaza Hotel was a huge success in spite of yet another snowy weather. CEO of Jersey City Medical Center (JCMC), Mr. Joe Scott, Councilmen Rolando Lavarro & Steven Fulop and other Jersey City officials were present to support this first fundraising event. They served irresistible sumptuous Filipino dishes pre dinner that one could easily succumb to on a Lenten Friday night: dinuguan & puto, Chicken arroz caldo, embutido, shangai, spaghetti, fish, palitaw, brazo de mercedes and many more. Fe Saquibal, JCMC Supervisor, Subchapter adviser and Event Chair, jokingly commented "we feed you with all Filipino foods just like you came to Jersey City so you'll come again next time". The dancing was great with Line dance tutorials and lots of new dance moves on screen so you can dance on your own pace. Armand, another JSMC supervisor and the nights’ favorite, entertained the audience with old time favorite hits. As PNANJ President, I was tasked to give a welcome message. After giving a very brief history of Hudson County & their accomplishments, I touched on the most heated topic: Congresswoman Villar's statement on Filipino Nurses and the nursing profession. I shared the comments of Ambassador Cuisia, who we met in MD last week and the PNAA Position Statement. After my address, several nurses approached and thanked me for giving light into the issue. They are pleased that they belong to this organization and that PNAA made a prompt and appropriate response. Having said this, I urge everyone to please disseminate the Special Edition of “Inside PNAA” to our constituents, colleagues both here and abroad. They are hungry for information and we need to feed them the correct information. Kudos to Madelyn & Ferdie for such a "special" edition and to Vicky Navarro & her team for the "Rapid Response".

PNANJ with Councilmen Rolando Lavarro & Steven Fulop

Phoebe Andes in the house keeping up with dance moves

Hudson County President Isabel Pitao, Pres-elect Senen Cabalfin, Fe Saquibal & other EB

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Congratulations to Cecilia Alvarez from By: Majuvy Sulse Dear Cecilia: It is my pleasure to inform you that you have been named a 2013 NY/NJ Nursing Excellence regional FINALIST in the Patient and Staff Management category, one of six (6) categories of Advancing and Leading the Profession; Clinical Care, Inpatient; Education and Mentorship; Home, Community and Ambulatory Care; Patient and Staff Management; and Volunteerism and Service. Sincere congratulations on this wonderful honor! As a regional FINALIST you are among 30 nurses (5 in each category) from the NY/NJ region who will be honored at our Nursing Excellence GEM Awards on Wednesday evening, June 5, 2013 at the Glenpointe Marriott in Teaneck, NJ. At the event, one nurse in each category will be named a regional WINNER, and those six (6) will move on to our national program representing this region. The six national WINNERS will then be announced in the fall. In the next few days you will be receiving a FINALIST PACKET with details about the GEM Awards, as well as a request for information verification, bio and photograph release, and the photo we will need from you. Please follow all directions in the FINALIST PACKET carefully, and return as requested to Asama Khan in our Events department. Any questions you have may be directed to Asama at: 1 (800) 868-8944, ext. 5, or you can email her at:; she will be happy to assist you. We look forward to seeing you and celebrating with

you on June 5th, and congratulations once again on being selected a NY/NJ 2013 regional FINALIST. You have much to be proud of! Best wishes, Eileen P. Williamson, RN, MSN Senior VP & Chief Nurse Executive Office : 631.298.7648 Mobile: 516.967.9809

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PNAPA’s successful Mardi Gras 2013 was fun filled and the most attended in years. Held at the beautiful Radisson Hotel in Trevose it was a gathering of families and friends. Kudos to President Lyn Javier and her officers for a job well done!

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INDUCTION OF OFFICERS Saturday, April 6, 2013 Hilton Springfield 6550 Loisdale Road Springfield, VA 22150 Attire: Formal Ticket: $65 Prepaid $70 at the Door

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Silicon Valley Global Forum & Technology Leaders Awards 2013 Where the Titans of Silicon Valley meet Diaspora Leaders from over 60 countries Dear IdEA Subscriber, I'm writing to invite you to the Silicon Valley Global Forum & Technology Leaders Awards 2013, (#SVGF13) which commences with a launch reception on May 14 at the SVG Accelerator, Downtown San Jose & Conference & Awards on May 15 at the Computer History Museum, Mountain View, Silicon Valley. The Event is a two day executive gathering that highlights the significant economic, political and commercial trends affecting global technology industries. The Forum features the most innovative companies, eminent technologists, influential investors and journalists in keynote presentations, panel debates and private company CEO showcases. The goal of the Silicon Valley Global Forum & Technology Leaders Awards 2013 is to identify the most promising entrepreneurial opportunities and investments in the global tech industry. Please click on the link to view our event brochure which contains the details of our prestigious Diaspora Sponsorship package. Please let me know if you would like to participate as a Diaspora sponsor - I would be delighted to work with you to make this happen. Whether you are looking for new investments, strategic partners, or clients, this event is unparalleled in the power of its program and audience. For more information on sponsorship opportunities, group rates or to purchase tickets over the phone, please contact: Shannon Ramirez at +1 (408) 380.7200 or by e-mail at

We are also making available a very special Super Early bird offer - $250 for the first 250 attendees to register (Standard Admission price $495). We have an incredible line up of speakers that we will be announcing shortly and below are some of the topics we are planning to cover: · Investment · Innovation · Technology in Education and the importance of computer studies & coding in the curriculum o We feel very strongly about computer studies & coding in children’s education and we strongly support Diaspora Networking · Female Technology Leaders to see Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaking at the Annual IdEA Global Diaspora Forum 2012 in Washington, D.C. Attendees like you are a key reason why our Conference has become the premier annual gathering for the world's technology leaders. As in previous years we expect the conference to sell out quickly, so we encourage you to take a moment now to secure your seat. Purchase your ticket today to save $245.00 off the standard admission price! We appreciate your support and look forward to seeing you at the Silicon Valley Global Forum & Technology Leaders Awards 2013! Best wishes, John Hartnett Founder & CEO SVG Partners 189 W. Santa Clara Street, San Jose, CA 95113 +1-408-380-7222 - Office +1-650-575-0826 - Cell

PNANJ provider status renewal By: Amelia Mae Guzman, RN, MSN, CCM The new standards for the provision of Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) went into effect on January 1st, 2013. The changes are noteworthy for measuring quality outcomes related to professional development. Learner satisfaction, increase in knowledge, change in behavior/attitude over time and learning of new skills are some of the indicators for learning. Approved Providers have the responsibility of demonstrating that such changes occurred as a result of the CNE. Included in every CNE application are methods to measure learning. Acceptable also are quality outcomes i.e. infection rates, fall rates or some quantitative measure of an indicator in a facility. Because PNANJ only plans and coordinates single events to a varied audience of nurses, most of these methods are not applicable. This

poses a challenge because the choices are much fewer. There were also changes in the biographical data form for planners and speakers. The Conflict of Interest form is much more extensive with narratives on how potential /actual conflict(s) was/were resolved. The Approved Provider Unit renewal was extensive and intensive as each standard required an example of how the standard was met. Meeting the standard is one thing but showing how the Provider Unit meets the standard is another. This renewal required so many man hours that the Lead Nurse Planner for PNANJ, Amelia “Mae” Guzman MSN,RN,CCM commented “it took the Merry out of her Christmas”. This comment was not far from the truth. The renewal passed with flying colors and will be in effect until 3/2016. PNANJ as a Provider Unit plans and coordinates an average of 40 contact hours a year.

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Teresa DeVries | Regional Finalist, Volunteerism; Charge Nurse, RWJUH. Teresa is PNANJ Past President of Middlesex County Subchapter to the Regional Finals for Nurse Excellence in Volunteerism.

Community Events Dear Kababayans and Friend: 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 FilipinoAmerican 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 Filipino-American teachers to the Philippines to teach in resource-challenged schools. Thank you for your time and cooperation. Philippine Consulate General, New York

| Regional Finalist, Patient and Staff Management, Past President, PNANJ Bergen County Subchapter. She is Director of Nursing Informatics and Clinical Services, NYU.

UTMB Health - EBP National Conference, April 25-26, 2013 Please invite our Texas members to attend this conference in upcoming events. Bring your colleagues to listen and dialogue with experts in “learning, launching and leading� EBP and promoting a culture of innovation.

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