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Entering the new era of health care

11th South Central Regional Conference

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Nurses Weekend of Reflections

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President’s Message

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Alaska Sawyer Glacier Cruise

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World Dragon Boat Racing Championships

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Resolving Nursing Shortage

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32nd PNAA Annual Conference

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Editorial: The future of nursing, a call for higher education

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Calendar of Events

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Spotlight: Mary Balunos

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Membership Form

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by Mary Balunos, MSN, ARNP The Philippine Nurses Association of Tampa Bay held its Annual General Assembly at the Florida Hospital Tampa (former University Community Hospital) on November 5, 2011, It was attended by the organization’s officers, advisors, and members. Every year, PNA Tampa hosts an educational program to benefits its members and provide CEUs discussing relevant topics in today’s nursing field.

Ning Bonoan started the event by providing a Basic Life Support class to PNA members who needed to renew their CPR training. During this time, members were also able to renew their membership and pay their annual dues. Each member brought a dish to share and a potluck lunch was served. The guest speaker, Joy Barlaan, MSN, ARNP provided a continuing education unit through her discussion of “Now Entering the Continued on p. 3

Past President Joy Barlaan, MSN, ARNP (seated 3rd from the right) acted as the guest speaker for a one hour free CEU offering during the Annual General Assembly held at Florida Hospital Tampa on Nov. 5, 2011.


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Professional Engagement: A key to Making a Difference by Ariel Zabala, RN, BSN, MN

Top to Bottom: Education Day, Networking and Gala Night attended by Ariel Zabala, president -elect during the 11th SCR Conference in Brownsville, TX.

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I had the privilege to represent our chapter in the recently concluded 11th South Central Regional Conference held at Holiday Inn Hotel, Brownsville, Texas on Mar. 25-27, 2011. Paperless Conference The host chapter, PNA Cameron County initiated the Go Green campaign by not printing handouts. They encouraged participants to bring laptops and open the link via their website during the conference. Please visit the host chapter's website if you want to see the topics discussed during the convention, http:// pnatcc.com/ For the first time, the host chapter made it mandatory to wear a conference T-shirt. Business Meeting Each chapter prepared a presentation to discuss their "State of the Chapter's Affairs." I prepared a PowerPoint Presentation highlighting our campaign on visibility through our Social Media Triangle (none of the 11 chapters and 1 sub-chapter is on Twitter, yet). I also s h o w c a s e d T h e P h i l i p p i ne Nightingale and challenged the

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region to grab the PRIDE Award in the National Conference. Finally, I present ed ou r Scho l arship Program based from the report submitted by Ning Bonoan, Chairperson of Scholarship Program. Networking Night The program was dubbed as M exi can N i ght . W e w ere transported to Antonio's Restaurant. We were entertained with Mexican music and dance. It was followed by presentation from each chapter. “The Atrevidas” of Rio Grand Valley Chapter romped away with the grand prize. They featured a collection of dance numbers they presented from previous conferences and ended with a medley of Lady Gaga songs. Second place went to Gulf Co ast Ch apt er w it h t he ir interpretation of a Philippine folk dance, “La Jota Moncadena.” The Metro Houston chapter came third with their Project Runaway, a parade of Nursing uniforms from Nightingale era and ending it with a futuristic dress. Gala The gala night's theme was Masquerade Ball. The host chapter prepared production


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Participants to the South Padre Island Beach Clean-up Drive. One of the fun activities during the 11th SCR Conference in Browsnville, TX held on March 27, 2011.

musicals such as Phantom of the Opera and Evita and a homage to Lea Salonga. They also made a slideshow entitled, In Memoriam to honor and pay tribute to the three leaders from the region whom we lost in 2010. The evening's highlight was the awarding of the very first SCR Teamwork Recognition Award. I received a plaque of appreciation on behalf of the PNA Tampa Community Team submitted by Geal Irvine, advisor as one of the nominees. There were ten nominees which

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New Era of Health Care in the US: Do not be left behind.”

were trimmed down to five before they announced the top three winners. Gulf Coast Chapter won the award with their Scholarship Program. First and second runners-up were Central Florida’s Revival of Chapter and Metro Houston Nurses Runway Fashion Show, respectively. Our president, Victoria Fabreo also received a certificate of appreciation for her exemplary service and leadership. Virginia Alagano, president of Central Florida accepted the symbolic plaque as the next chapter host for 2012. 3k Walk/Run The event was held at South Padre Island beach. I finished second overall and was awarded with a trophy. Afterwards, we were handed black bags to pick-up litters along the beach and was rewarded with a small bag and calendar from the city. Next year’s events will be led by our president-elect Ariel Zabala, RN, MN. All of the members are looking forward to the following General Assembly’s educational opportunities.

All were amazed by the changes we have seen in the health care system throughout the years. Mrs. Barlaan chose a great topic by discussing the past, present, and future changes that will be expected in the upcoming years of health care. All of the members who attended received one contact hour. A brief question and answer was welcomed by the guest speaker after her presentation. The assembly closed by planning the PNA Tampa’s future events in the upcoming year. The yearly program reminds its member of the great benefits of being an active member and the networking opportunities available to fellow Filipino nurses.

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Ning Bonoan (left), Board of Directors, volunteered to teach Basic Life Support during the Annual General Assembly held at Florida Hospital Tampa on Nov. 5, 2011


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Victoria Fabreo, president (top) presided the Business Meeting while Stephen Weik (bottom) of Westshore Financial Group gave advice on money matters.

Nurses’ weekend of reflections On May 14-15, 2011, the PNA of Tampa Bay celebrated Nurses Week with the theme, "Nurses’ Weekend of Reflections" at the DaySpring Episcopal Conference Center, Parrish, FL. The first day commenced with a business meeting presided by President Victoria Fabreo and the chapter's five nursing scholars were announced (three from the Philippines and two from Tampa, FL). A short talk was presented by Stephen Weik, financial representative from Westshore Financial Group on wealth maximization, retirement planning, and investment services. Ning Bonoan, chapter Chairperson of Education and Scholarship took the group to a four hour CEU on the topic, "In Search for Holistic Wellness as We Reflect on the Nightingale DNA Within Us." She did a combination of lecture forum and personal and group reflection presentation followed by an outdoor activity, commune with

nature. The activity concluded with recital of the Nightingale's Pledge as a remembrance of our commitment to the profession and a blessing of the hands facilitated by Rev. Fr. Rey Bonoan. To complete the concept of holism, a healthy dinner was served. A fellowship followed after in the community area by the cabin where the officers and members played games and danced the night away while some continued to work on counting the money earned from the piggy banks. After a restful sleep, the group went for a morning walk and meditated via the Stations of the Cross. The Spiritual Reflection and Service was given by Geal Irvine, past president and Victoria Fabreo. The second day ended with a breakfast before the group departed and checked out. It was a very meaningful and refreshing weekend for those who graced the celebration. MMZ

Ning Bonoan (right) presented a four-hour CEU entitled "In Search for Holistic Wellness as We Reflect on the Nightingale DNA Within Us," as part of the Nurses Week Celebration held at DaySpring Episcopal Conference Center, Parrish, FL, May 14, 2011. THE

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by Victoria Fabreo, RN, BSN, CPN

Greetings to all my colleagues, fellow officers, and members of PNA Tampa. My two years as President of our organization will be winding down in a few months. When I started out my term, my main goals were to make PNA Tampa a visible organization that will reach out to our community and to invigorate our members to get involved in all activities of our organization. I am proud that we have members who always rise up to answer the call of service and enable our organization to reach its goals. I am also encouraged by some officers who have shown their unstinted loyalty and dedication by giving their time and talents. Their undying support is what has continued to make our organization viable and visible. When all of us believe that we can make a difference, even small ways will enable us to accomplish our goals. We should continue to create good memories about our organization. We should not let traditions and usual practices hamper us to improve and grow as an organization. The journey for me is not about any success at the end of my term but it is about what I have learned and imparted to make us all proud to be a member of PNA Tampa. Blessings to all.

Alaska Sawyer Glacier Cruise

A way to raise fund and still have fun by Gealdina Irvine, RN, BSN, MSHSA, CPHQ It all started as an idea during one of the PNA-Tampa meetings while the officers were discussing the financial status of the organization. Through the herculean effort of Cris Hermano, she coordinated the cruise aboard the Rhapsody of the Seas by Royal Caribbean. PNA-Tampa was very grateful to Educational Opportunities Travel Agency for their donation of $50 per person to our organization who signed up for this trip. The weather was excellent! It was sunny, clear, crisp, just a bit cold but not too cold. The glaciers at Juneau, Skagway, and Tracy Arm Fjord were just beautiful and some were iced blue. It is sad to say that the floating icebergs were small since it was summer and also because of the global warming. There were lots

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of places to see on the ship’s itinerary. In Juneau, we did the City Tour and went up to White Summit Pass over 3, 200 ft high and crossed the Canadian border. There were no houses, just surrounded by nature at its best. We went on the tram to climb another mountain. It was very beautiful at the top to see the Juneau downtown and its surrounding areas. We again joined in the City Tour of Skagway where the population is only 800. We visited a very old cemetery with colorful stories about the dead gold prospectors in the past, witnessed school of salmon spawning against the current, and climbed some more mountains. In Tracy Arm Fjord, we saw some more glaciers. This time, it was closer, bigger, and

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Compilation notes of witnesses to the spectacular event.

Jose Ijalo, one of the paddlers and Ariel Zabala, president-elect at the 10th IDBF World Dragon Boat Racing Championship, Tampa, FL.

Maribel Soriano, VP and Ariel Zabala, presidentelect sporting their Dragon Boat T-shirt as they support the Philippine Delegation to 10th IDBF World Dragon Boat Racing Championship, Tampa, FL.

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The 2011 World Dragon Boat Racing Championships: A Show of the Bayanihan Spirit This Bayanihan spirit was exemplified by the Filipino-American community of Tampa Bay during the 2011 World Dragon Boat Racing Championships held in Tampa, Florida from August 2nd to August 7th when they rallied together and began a grass roots effort to support the Philippine Dragon Boat Federation Team (PDBFT) of 20 athletes and 6 coaches and managers. Due to a l l e g e d p ol it i c al t u rm o il , corruption and false reports by individuals within the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC), the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) and the Philippine Canoe-Kayak Federation (PCKF), the Philippine Dragon Boat Federation was stripped of their monthly living stipends, training/travel funds and their recognition as a Philippine National Team. With grit determination, sacrifice and the desire to defend their International Dragon Boat Titles, they were able to procure sponsorships from Philippine Airlines and Cobra Energy Drink for flights to Tampa and lodging expenses for half of their team, enough to compete in the small boat races. The PDBFT would have to forgo defending their standard dragon boat titles. Through the generosity of the USA Dragon Boat Team and several dragon boat clubs, they were able to race in the PHILIPPINE

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Championships using borrowed paddles. Having arrived safely with a skeletal crew of 26 members, they were short on food supplies, money and moral support. They were only able to bring with them some canned foods, instant noodles and rice. At the Opening Ceremony of the 2011 World Dragon Boat Racing Championships, the PDBFT met several members of the local Filipino -American Community. After hearing of their plight, the Filipinos of Tampa Bay rallied around their “kababayan” or fellow countrymen with Gail Gutierrez spearheading the effort. Philippine Cultural Foundation, Inc. President Roger Caculitan disseminated the call for “Bayanihan” to all the FilipinoAmerican organizations within the Tampa Bay area. Several key individuals worked daily and tirelessly in order to assist, raise funds, and support the Philippine Dragon Boat Team. That night, a “Support Philippine Dragon Boat Federation in Tampa” Facebook page was created for the sole purpose of organizing a grass roots support system which included team supply needs, race schedules, race u pdat es, new s, ev ent s, and miscellaneous information. The following day, the team received bottled water, sports drinks, canned salmon, canned sardines, corned beef, energy bars,


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bread, peanut butter, snacks, fruits, boiled eggs, home cooked meals and rice cookers. Together, the Filipino-American community and the PDBFT were able to raise money through private donations and PDBF Team Shirt sales to afford meals and drinks for nine days, shopping money for each athlete, and a trip to Busch Gardens, as well as luncheons, dinners, and shuttle services. On August 4th, the first day of races, Filipino fans gathered in support branding red, blue and yellow in honor of the PDBT. They were rewarded with a gold medal victory in the 1000 meter Premiere Open Men’s Division Small Boat Event. With news of the PDBT spreading throughout the Filipino channels, the next three days were filled with growing crowds of proudly chanting Filipinos eager to cheer their beloved team across the finish line first. Everything culminated on Sunday, August 7th, as the PDBFT and its staunch supporters held a moment of silence just before the start of the 500 meter Men’s Division Small Boat Event. A horn blared across the channel as the dragon boat teams pounded their drums and their beats echoed off the buildings in erratic tempos. A cloud of mist rose from their paddles and engulfed the pack as the PDBT led in the front. The Filipino fans broke into cheer, as a rhythm came over the crowd and they began chanting, “PHI-LAH-PEENS!…PHI-LAHPEENS!” The atmosphere intensified and exploded in celebration as the PDBFT crossed the finish line in First Place. The Filipino fans were giving each other hugs, high-fives, laughing, crying, and basking in the glory of victory. A sense of pure jubilation could be felt within their ranks, as they gathered for the final Award Ceremony and traded stories about their experiences with the Team. Athletes and supporters alike, beamed with pride when the PDBFT received their gold medals. As the Philippine National Flag was being raised, the entire Filipino community joined Cara Gutierrez in singing Lupang Hinirang while everyone else stood back in silence and admiration. THE

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The following day, Monday, August 8th, several individuals headed by Ann Bartlett and Ferdian Jap sponsored, organized, and prepared a banquet luncheon at the Bayanihan Arts & Events Center to recognize and honor the PDBFT and all the volunteers who had taken part in supporting the team. It was followed by a shopping trip and a celebration steak dinner sponsored by the Philippine Cultural Foundation, Inc. and hosted by Clem & Roland Lazaro. On Tuesday, August 9th, the PhilippineAmerican Association of Tampa Bay took the PDBFT to Busch Gardens where they were able to relax and finally enjoy the city. Lucy Bautista, Roque & Emma Barrido, and the Lazaro’s kindly provided their lunch and transportation. After an exciting and rainy day of rides, shows and sights, Dr. Jonathan & Aileen Alvior hosted a farewell dinner party for the PDBFT where they were promised a donation of carbon fiber paddles by generous and loyal supporters. Finally on Wednesday, August 10th, after several days of newly shared experiences with their kababayan, the PDBFT boarded their plane and returned to the Philippines amidst a frenzy of proud Filipinos welcoming their Champions home. Although their homecoming has been filled with television appearances, news interviews, awards, accolades, recognition, and much needed celebration, the future still remains unknown for the PDBFT. Differences with the POC, the PSC and the PCKF have yet to be resolved in order for them to be united, once again, and officially represent the Philippines under the banner of the Philippine Dragon Boat Federation. After all is said and done, the 2011 World Dragon Boat Racing Championships and The PDBFT, through their hardships back home and here, enabled the local Filipino Community to rise up to the call of Bayanihan and support their fellow kababayan in their time of need with food, supplies, donations, leisure, moral support, and lasting friendships. The FilipinoAmerican Community of Tampa Bay should

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be proud that they were able to show the world on an international stage that the Filipino Bayanihan spirit is very much alive and can accomplish anything. - Mel D. Allego It was such a wonderful experience watching our Philippine delegates go to the medal stand, getting their gold medal, looking as the flag being raised up while the Philippine Anthem is playing. It was such a proud moment. Besides the monetary contribution, PNA Tampa members donated candies to our delegates. I attended the medal ceremony on Sunday and gave bags of candies for their “pasalubong” to their families in the Philippines. I also gave them five shirts, one Tampa Bucs jersey, three Tampa Lightning shirts, and one Gator shirt. My friend said they wore it right away to show their enthusiasm with these unexpected gifts from PNA Tampa. Most of the athletes came from poor families who are fishermen and some are from the Philippine military. At the Barrio Fiesta held at the PCFI, the female athletes, since they are done with their race, sold some jersey shirts to help fund their trip to this event. - Maribel Soriano The Philippine Nurses Association of Tampa Bay cordially invites you to see

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Maribel Soriano, VP with the crowd cheering for the Philippine Team on 10th IDBF World Dragon Boat Racing Championship, Tampa, FL.

Those who missed it really missed a phenomenal win by the Filipino team who came in 1st, the Aussies were 2nd, and the 3rd place going to Japan beating out USA, Canada, Russia, Germany, China, Trinidad/Tobago, etc. The Filipino team won five gold and two silver medals. I am so proud of them. It is so moving, I had tears in my eyes during the awarding ceremony and singing of "Lupang Hinirang." Those who came to PCFI on August 8th showed their support and appreciation for this team and gave them recognition and honors for winning the race. The team’s shirts and other souvenirs sold so fast as other foreigners were also snapping them being the champs. Well, I just wanted to share my experience this afternoon in the company of our CHAMPIONS. - Julie Lindsey

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Resolving Nursing Shortage Influencing the Future of Nursing and Health Care by Maria Caridad B. Arnobit, MSN, RNC-NIC, PCRN The recruitment of nursing has been one of the major in demand professions in the United States and around the world as a result of nursing shortage. Ways to help resolve short staffing in the hospitals and other health care facilities is one of the major challenges we all face. I for one have experienced the adverse effects of short staffing in my years of nursing practice. Short staffing has shown detrimental effects to patients and nurses. This issue of short staffing in the hospitals has always been associated with potential risk for safety in patient care and nursing practice safety. As a result of this staffing shortage, patient outcomes and quality of patients care are affected. The projected nurse-staffing crisis will continue to rise in critical areas when the aging population will retire resulting to higher rates of staffing shortage (Buerhaus, 2000). The nursing shortage estimated in the year 2020 will reach to one million by the year 2020 in which 50 states will experience nursing shortage in varying degrees (Scott, 2006). The shortage of nurses in staffing the hospital was estimated by the Federal Government to rise up to 29% or 800, 000 (Alpasch, 2000). Nurses have asked, “Why other nurses leave bedside nursing?” “What have we done to help resolve this issue?” “Why such a staffing shortage?” and “Where have all the nurses gone?” These questions are so familiar to all of us. Nurses recognize the difficulty of staffing their units and keeping up with the demand of work in patient care as presented in every level of patient acuity. We all know that certain skill levels of nurses exist in different nursing units. The mixture of that nursing skill levels resulted to better patient outcomes. Therefore, nursing management

must seriously consider evaluating nurses’ level of training, flexibility and level of nursing practice, and expertise when delegating patient assignment. Serious consideration of this matter will help ensure the deliverance of quality care to our patients. It is crucial that management educate, mentor, and motivate the next generation of nurses to promote commitment in the nursing profession. This nursing shortage has also brought negative effects to the nurses’ health and patient care outcomes. It was even associated with morbidity and mortality rates in the hospital related to break in the norm of procedures. Nursing shortage are likely related to resignation in relation to aging population of nurses who are facing their retirement, higher turn-over rates related to over-stressed, and mandatory overtime related to short staffing. These reasons accounts to unreasonable patient – staff ratio, no flexibility with scheduling, low pay and no work incentives, no opportunities for growth and adequate support for educational training, and advancement. The working environment is stressful that allows less time for training which results for the new nurses to be overwhelmed. Moreover, critical consideration on patient assignments also takes the lead as to why nurses leave. The evaluation of patient’s acuity level is necessary in making up assignment. Furthermore, staffing shortage has resulted to higher demands of mandatory overtime and staffing nursing personnel’s resulting to spending longer time at work and less family time. Because of less family time, it affects the nurse’s communication and bonding of the nurse to her/his own siblings. This is making the nurse less involved and less effective in assuming her dual and multi- role at home and at work (Scott, 2006). Moreover, longer working hours results to health crisis

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among nurses. To name some of the common medical conditions that nurses can develop are gastric ulcers, sleep disorders, heart attack, and depression (Mion, 2007). In addition, inefficiency, unsatisfactory nursing care, and frustration from nurses are reflected with their behavior, outlook, and attitude towards work. Sleepiness, irritability, increase anxiety, and negative attitudes are the results of exhaustion (Reanim, 2007). Nurses are also prone to medical errors due to inability to focus and lack of vigilance to patient safety (Scott, 2006). On the contrary, the autonomy style in management is a major concern of nurses, too. Adopting a shared governance style of management along with effective communication and rapport in the team is a great way to build a holistic team that will surely help retain nurses and decrease turnover or resignation resulting to a decrease rates of staffing shortage and improved patient outcomes. Proposals presented by different surveys and research suggested ways on how to resolve staffing shortage to meet the hospitals’ issue on short staffing. Among the solutions presented talks about the recruitment of nurses overseas, the collaboration of nursing school and the hospital, the provision of structured and informative orientation process to help nurses adapt and guide in their nursing practice, and increase pay for nurses to help improve and maintain retention (Nelson, 2006). I strongly agree that the adaptation of the aforementioned methods will help resolve shortage of staffing. Moreover, I would like to emphasize the development of a more cohesive collaboration among the team in policymaking and policy decisions. The provision of higher salary and incentives given to the nurses will help increase retention along with the provision of working flexibility to balance family and work is important. I also believe that the recruitment and immigration of qualified nurses from other countries will help decrease nursing shortage in United States. THE

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As a nurse coming from a different country, my parents always say that the best gift that they can give me is my education. I sincerely believe in that! At this point in my career, valuing education is a gift from my parents. It gives me the opportunity to make a difference not only to myself but also to the people that surrounds me. It gives me the freedom, the vision, and the mission that has sent my path towards my personal and professional goals. I believe that education is a powerful tool, a key to help resolve nursing shortage. For me, this is a way to touch lives and make a difference. I also believe that engaging myself in education and in the academia has paved the way for me to help build the next battalion of nurses for the coming generation. I am an advocate of our nursing profession as I continually encourage and motivate both the experienced and inexperienced nurses to continue and advance their education to achieve their maximum potential. Knowledge through education is a powerful tool. Nurses should start within themselves in order to train and precept new nurses or inexperienced nurses. My personal philosophy is that, knowledge if not shared is useless. Continuing education and training are crucial in this profession. Let us keep ourselves abreast with the new evidencedbased practices and get involve in education. I have indulged myself in education because I know that in educating the inexperienced nurses, I will be able to contribute in ways to prepare the next generation of nurses. The next step is to engage ourselves to train, precept, and mentor nurses. We need everyone’s input and contribution in training inexperienced nurses. Let us build a team of competent, efficient, and effective nurses. In order to attain this goal, we, as experienced and educated nurses must take a role in this matter. I urge you my colleagues, my coeducator to put up the armor and be an active participant in educating and training the next generation of nurses who will be taking care of us. Moreover, nurses, leaders, and educators

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in the nursing profession, let us motivate our students and preceptees to continue on the legacy so that in time they will also be motivated to educate, train, mentor, and precept their orientees. On the contrary, the United States government together with Immigration Officers, and the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) should cut the requirements for English Proficiency Tests. The need to pass four-part English tests where curriculum and medium of instruction is English must be lessened. We all know that our nursing curriculum in the Philippines and possibly to other countries was based from the United States and that our medium of instruction are all in English. The State Boards of Nursing and the CGFNS should reconsider revamping this English test and consider lowering the immigration costs and shortening the length of waiting time and processing of qualified nurses to join the work force (Stankus, 2005). Although, I believe that there is still a need for us Filipino nurses to take the NCLEX-RN examination due to difference in environmental practice and to comply with the requirements of each Board of Nursing (BON) in the USA. In addition, the state’s BON must provide a country assignment to one of their personnel to facilitate faster and efficient processing. Filipino nurses applicants wait for at least one year to process nursing eligibility here in the United States. On the other hand, I would also propose that the employers pay for the immigration expenses. In return, Filipinos and qualified nurses from other countries must adhere to a term of contract in fairness to the employer. The educational background and advancement of nurses from other countries may have or can be a ground for developing good leaders due to cultural diversity and experiences. From an economic point of view, it is expensive to recruit nurses from other countries, but to have the assurance that a hospital can have full-time and a lengthy time of nurse coverage is a great help to the

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economy. I do agree on this matter. Hiring and re-hiring, training and re-training nurses within United States will even pile up twice if not thrice the costs of international recruitment. The provision of a short, solid, and well-structured program of orientation with different approach provided for an experienced and that of inexperienced RNs will help decrease frustration amongst the preceptor and orientee. By keeping them abreast with the new evidence-based practices and providing them knowledge and training, nurses will be able to perform and develop their full potential towards achieving quality and safe patient care. The management together with the Federal, State, and Local governments should look into increasing wages to compensate nurses who are also sacrificing their health and family in rendering services in the community as a way to motivate and encouraged them to fulfill their tasks (Nelson, 2006). It is important for the public to join efforts in addressing the nursing shortage because it is essential to the improvement and delivery of quality patient care. References: Alpasch,G., (2000). Another nursing shortage wake-up call. Critical Nurse. 20(6),8. Retrieved on November 27, 2011 from the web http://proquest.umi.com Buerhaus, P., Stagier, D., & Auerbach, D., (2000). Implication of aging registered nurse workforce. 283, 2948 – 2954. Retrieved on November 28, 2011 from the web http://www..med.gov Hodges, J., & Hansen, L.(1999). Restructuring a competency -based orientation for registered nurses. Spectrum Health, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA. Retrieved on November 28, 2010 from the web http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/ Loquist, R., (2002). State boards of nursing respond to the nurse shortage. Nursing Administration Quarterly, 26(4), 339. Retrieved October 28, 2011 at ProQuest Nursing & Allied Health Source from the website, from the web http://proquest.umi.com Reanim, A., (2007). Risk for safety: which stakes? Retrieved on November 28, 2011from the web http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/ Nelson, J, & Folbre, N., (2006). Why a Well-Paid Nurse is a Better Nurse. Nursing Economics. 24(3), 27-130. Retrieved on November 26, 2011 from the website http://www.medscape.com/ Scott, L.D., Rogers, A.E., Hwang, W.T., & Zhang, Y.,(2006). Effects of critical care nurses' work hours on vigilance and patients' safety. 15(1), 30-37. Retrieved on December 27, 2011 from the web at http://www.pub.med.gov/ Stankus, M., (2005). A note to the global nursing community on the recent publication by the California Nurses Associations "Code to Promote Ethical Practices for the International Recruitment of RN's."Retrieved on December 28, 2011 from the website www.NurseImmigrationUSA.com Stanton, MW. & Rutherford, M.W., (2004). Hospital Nurse Staffing Issue and Quality of care. Research and Action. 14, 4-29. Retrieved on December 28, 2010 from the website http:// www.ahrq.gov/


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32nd PNAA Annual Conference

Engage and make a difference PNA-Tampa President Victoria Fabreo, Gealdina Irvine, advisor, and Flory Magsakay, auditor attended the 32nd PNAA Annual Convention in San Francisco, California last June 28th to July 3rd, 2011. The theme for this year's conference "Engage and Make a Difference" was spearheaded by PNAA President Dr. Rey Rivera. The chapter host, PNA of Northern California (NC) did an excellent job in making this conference a worthwhile event for the attendees. Traditionally, PNAA annual conventions combine educational programs with fun activities that make participants feel ready to face the challenges of the nursing profession after leaving the conference. Leadership development is one of PNAA's priorities in all of their conferences and the tools they provide for each of the chapter representatives are adaptable to all levels and specialties in nursing. On June 30th, the Leadership Institute Session's theme was "Roadmap to Engagement" and included topics such as "Behavior of Engaged Leader," "Benefits of Engagement," and "Roadmap to Engagement and Engagement Behavior." Dr. Rey Rivera set the tone of this theme with enthusiasm. The attendees discovered how individual engagement can make a difference in their own profession and the communities they served. In the afternoon, the American Heart Association educators offered the “Train the Trainors’ program to the chapter leaders who are committed in implementing the Healthy Heart, Healthy Family (HHHF) program in their communities. They provided the tools necessary on how to reach out to the communities and teach a healthy

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way of life and prevent heart disease. On July 1st, the day started with topics such as the “Challenges and Opportunities for Nursing Leadership,” “Quality Improvement Demonstration Study,” “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act,” “Ramifications of Federally Mandated Electronic Medical Records (EMR) Implementation to Clinical Practice,” “Management of Adult Patients Requiring Sedation and Analgesia,” “Analyze Curricular and Pedagogical Implications for Educating Nurses,” and “Current Global Guidelines for Asthma Management.” The keynote speaker, Wilhelmina Manzano talked about her personal reflections and learnings as an engaged nurse leader. There were also poster presentations on Climate Change, Infectious Disease, Nursing Governance, Surgical Options in Heart Failure, Anesthesia Awareness, and The Journey to Magenta for Barnes-Jewish Hospital. There were also vendors presenting the latest in technologies and current therapies, hospital recruiters, representatives from different colleges offering different nursing programs from baccalaureate degrees to doctorate in nursing, and companies offering different items used by nurses and other personal products. On July 2nd, PNAA continued the tradition of the Wellness Challenge 5k Walk/ Run and most of the attendees were up early to face the challenge. After breakfast, the General Assembly (PNAA members only) meeting started with discussions on the changes on the by-laws, financial reports and chapter reports with each one abiding by the Robert's Rule of Parliamentary Procedure.

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The day concluded with the Gala Night. Besides the dancing which everyone enjoyed, there were awards handed to each chapter. The announcement of the scholarship recipients and the PRIDE award winner was the highlight of the evening. On July 3rd, the last day of the PNAA conference and after the religious services, PNA NC hosted a picnic celebration but unfortunately the PNA Tampa attendees were unable to attend due to personal commitments with their families and relatives in California. Nevertheless, all three of them were quite enthusiastic and more than happy to report their PNAA conference experience to the PNA Tampa members when they came back to Tampa. They were all ready to face the challenges of their nursing profession and the running of PNA Tampa organization. GI

The Alaskan Cruise

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more iced blue and the air seems a lot fresher. Words and pictures are not enough to describe this spectacular beauty of nature. In Victoria, BC, flowers abound with over 1600 hanging baskets in most of the lamp posts. We went to the second oldest Chinatown in North America where we had lunch, went shopping, and saw gorgeous houses along the

PNA of Tampa Bay officers, members, and their family as they enjoy the 7-Night Alaska Sawyer Glacier Fundraising Cruise.

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Participants to the educational program “Prevention of Norovirus Infection” aboard the Rhapsody of the Seas, Aug. 5, 2011

bay. I presented an educational program entitled, “Prevention of Norovirus Infection” for 1.5 contact hours. It had been reported in the media about the spread of this infection on cruise ships so this was a relevant topic for the participants. To show how serious the cruise ships are in their efforts to halt the spread of norovirus, Royal Caribbean placed anti-bacterial hand sanitizers at the ship entrance and in their dining rooms. They made it mandatory for all passengers to use them. At the cruise ship, there was plenty of food and the head waiter granted our request for pork “adobo” and “sinigang na hipon” in one of our dinners. Thus, the waiters received good tips from our table. There was line dancing everyday where Cris, Wilma, and Adora couldn't help to miss those moments. There was karaoke night almost every day and yours truly sang bravely enough knowing that I will not see those people again. Then, there was the Quest Game for adults only where my hubby participated. It was too racy to even describe it here. It was an excellent tour and I will go back again. For those who did not go, you have just missed an opportunity of a lifetime but as the saying goes, “There’s always a next time.”


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The future of nursing, a call for higher education The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as ObamaCare which was signed into law on March 23, 2010 requires individuals to maintain essential health insurance coverage. Insurance companies are being required to provide preventive services, thus the call for provision of primary care and wellness programs are imperative.

The Philippine Nightingale The Official Newsletter of the PNA of Tampa Bay, Inc. Vol. XX Spring/Summer 2011

Ma. Milani Zabala Editor-in-chief

Ariel Zabala Associate Editor Mel Allego Maria Arnobit Mary Balunos Victoria Fabreo Julie Lindsey Maribel Soriano

In this light, the nursing profession which constitutes the largest workforce and can provide basic wellness services is called to the forefront to respond to the challenges to make this Act's objectives a reality. But the question remains, “Is the nursing profession ready for this?” In 2008, The Institute of Medicine on the Future of Nursing conducted a two year initiative to address this question. They had arrived at four key messages as follows: nurses should practice to the full extent of their education and training; nurses should achieve higher levels of education and training through an improved education system that promotes seamless academic progression; nurses should be full partners, with physicians and other health care professionals, in redesigning health care in the United States; and effective workforce planning and policy making require better data collection and information infrastructure. In the local scene, one of the largest hospitals in Tampa Bay has started encouraging nurse managers to be master’s prepared to assume the leadership role. This was just phase one of this hospital's initiative to promote a higher education among nurses. The plans are underway to make each and every nurse in the said hospital a Bachelor of Nursing degree holder. As a local chapter, the PNA of Tampa Bay supports aspiring nurses who wish to complete their Bachelor's and Master's degrees by awarding scholarship grants annually. Last year was the chapter's first time to give a grant to a student in the master's level.

Contributors

The PNAA also supports the same mission to encourage higher education among Filipino nurses by offering scholarships to any member who wants to pursue post-graduate studies.

Gealdina Irvine

This health care reform will definitely transform the nursing profession and may pose a challenge among nurses to look beyond the realms of bedside nursing and gaze into a broader horizon in the areas of education, practice, and research. Many have started their journey to respond to this change yet others are still out to find out. MMZ

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Calendar of Events

Family Christmas PNA Tampa Party 6PM-11PM Northwood Lake Clubhouse Wesley Chapel, FL Tess Ebrada (813) 391-2236

December 17 Pasko 201 1 sa Tampa Bay 3PM-10PM, Admission $3 PCFI Grounds, Tampa, FL www.pcfitampa.org January 7

Feeding America Tampa Bay 8:30AM to 12NN Food Bank volunteers needed High School students earn volunteer hours feedingamericatampabay.org

January 15

PNA-Tampa Channelside Cruise and Induction Ball 4pm- 8pm Yacht Starship II 603 Channelside Dr. Tampa, FL 33602 www.yachtstarship.com

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February 11

Les Miserables PNA-Tampa Fund-raising Event 2PM, Straz Center, Tampa, FL www.strazcenter.org

March 30 to April 1

PhilFest 2012 PCFI Grounds, Tampa, FL Volunteers needed for First Aid Booth, Tickets Sales, and PNA TB Pavilion www.pcfitampa.org

May 4-6

12th PNAA South Central Regional Conference “Keep the Flame of Engagement Burning Through Collaboration and Teamwork” PNA of Central Florida, Host Chapter Walt Disney World Dolphin, Orlando, FL valagano@yahoo.com

July 11-15

PNAA 33rd National Convention “Engage, Transform, Celebrate!” Marriott Rivercenter, San Antonio, TX www.mypnaa.org/33rdconvention

Spotlight

Mary Balunos, MSN, ARNP Mary Rose Balunos is one of the PNA-Tampa scholars and currently passed her ARNP Board certification. She also finished her Master’s Degree in Nursing from the University of South Florida. She currently works at Tampa General Hospital (TGH) in the Pediatric Medical-Surgical Unit since May 2006. Mary loves working with children and this is one of the reasons she majored in the Family Practice program. Mary is the youngest daughter of Ogie Gullett who is also a nurse at Neonatal ICU TGH and a clinical instructor at Hillsborough Community College. Like mother like daughter, indeed! Mary started as a nurse technician at TGH and continued on to become a nurse practitioner. She is a preceptor to nursing students and graduate nurses and achieved the Clinical Nurse Ladder Level III. She was given different awards as an exemplary and diligent nursing student namely: Ginger Oliver Scholarship Award 2008 and 2010, TGH Scholarship Recipient 2009, PNA Gulf Coast Chapter Scholar of the Year 2008 and PNA Tampa Scholar of the Year 2009.

Her spirit of volunteerism is part of her life and she devotes her time to different Mary Balunos accepts her causes close Scholarship Award during the to her heart. Nurses Week Celebration held at These are DaySpring Conference Center, March of Parrish, FL, May 14, 2011 Dimes, Glitz and Sticks, Ronald McDonald House, Heart walk and Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Tampa Bay. Mary is a role-model to upcoming new nursing graduates and nursing students. She has shown through diligence and perseverance in trying to attain a higher degree in nursing will always be possible as long as you continually follow your dream, know different financial resources, and always keep a positive attitude in the face of different adversaries in life. GI


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