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PNA of Tampa Bay inducts its new officers

INSIDE THIS ISSUE: Dream the dream comes to Tampa

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Pit Senyor

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Inaugural Address

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Farewell Address

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Keynote Speech

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Is it almost impossible to live a pure life?

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A dose of Broadway by the bay

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8th International Nursing Conference

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Editorial: Paradigm shift to become an engaged member

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Calendar of Events

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Bayanihan spirit lives on

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Membership Roster

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Membership Application Form

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The Philippine Nurses Association of Tampa Bay, Inc. held its 14th I n d u c t io n of Of f i c e r s a n d Channelside Dinner Cruise aboard the Yacht StarShip II last January 15, 2012. Ariel Zabala was sworn in as the President for the 2012-2014 term. In his inaugural speech, he stated his main purpose in joining the association by affirming on what he can do to help the organization. He also appealed to the attendees to support the forthcoming 2013 South Central Regional wherein Tampa Bay will be the host chapter. The list of new Officers, are as follows: Maribel Soriano, vicepresident; Maria Bautista-Smith,

Circle of Presidents: (R-L) Ariel Zabala, 2012-2014; Vicky Fabreo, 2010-2012; Geal Irvine, 2002-2004; Elena Garcesa, 2000-2002; Ed Taghap, 1998-2000, Joy Barlaan, 1992; and Dr. Liw Villagomeza, Founder, 1989-1990.

After-party picture. Officers and guests at the Yacht StarShip II, Channelside, Tampa.

s e c r e t ar y ; V i ct o ri a F a b r e o , treasurer; Mary Balunos, assistant treasurer; Jet Cabiles, PRO; and Rosie Satorre, auditor. The Board of Directors comprised of Nennette Apostol, Ning Bonoan, Elena Garcesa, Mila Germino, Cris Hermano, Julie Lindsey, Flor Magsakay, and Ana Resulta. The Advisory Council are composed of past presidents. They are Joy Barlaan, Tess Ebrada, Geal Irvine, Gwen Iyog, and Dr. Liw Villagomeza. The new set of officers was inducted by Joy L. Barlaan, MS, ARNP. Mrs. Barlaan was delighted Continued on p. 3


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Dream the dream comes to Tampa

Photo Courtesy of Straz Center

The Committee on Education and Scholarship would like to thank all the applicants . We will start accepting application for next year on October, 2012..

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A tot al of 62 members, officers, friends, co -workers, and family members witnessed the New 25th Anniversary Production of Les Miserables on February 11, 2012 at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, Tampa, FL. The proceeds from this fund -raising event will help finance the association’s Annual Scholarship Program. PNA of Tampa Bay has been helping struggling but deserving nursing students not only from the Philippines but also in the Tampa Bay Area. The musical is based on

Victor Hugo’s classic novel. It’s an epic and uplifting story about the survival of the human spirit. The audience were treated with glorious staging and dazzlingly re-imagined scenery especially the Javert’s suicide scene where he jumps off from one of the bridges in Paris. The musical includes the classic songs “I Dreamed a Dream,” “On My Own,” and “Do You Hear the People Sing.” An after–dinner show was organized by Julie Lindsey to extend the camaraderie at a nearby Cuban Restaurant to end the memorable night of fantastic music. AZ

2012 Scholarship Award The application for the 2012 Scholarship Award wrapped up last February 24, 2012. Out of 18 electronics applications, only four students have completed the process. They are all in the undergraduate program. Three of t hem hav e been prev iou s applicants and their age ranges from 17-20. The names and schools of the finalists are: Anna Lee Balingit, Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng

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Maynila; Riggie Niko Flores, College of Maasin School of Nursing; Dexter Lendio, UP Manila School of Health Sciences, and Melouvieve Jameel Meneses, Concordia College of Nursing. The Committee on Education and Scholarship is chaired by Ning Bonoan with Vicky Fabreo and Jet Cabiles as co-chairmen. The awardees will be announced during the Annual Nurses Week Celebration in May. NB


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PNA of Tampa Bay inducts its new officers to be back in the loop. In her keynote speech, she stressed the inherent trait of nurses and Filipinos is learning to endure no matter what comes our way. She reminded the attendees to remember three very important points to ponder which are: 1. Believe in yourself, 2. In every crisis, there’s always an opportunity, and 3. Take action.

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Afterwards, the Yacht Starship II cruised out of Ybor Channel into the Hillsborough Bay and Garrison Channel. Passengers viewed Bayshore Drive, Harbour Island, Davis Island, and Downtown Tampa’s Skyline while enjoying the sumptuous dinner. AZ

Meanwhile, Vicky Fabreo, immediate past president expressed her gratitude upon accepting the Leadership Award for the 2010 to 2012 term office. The invocation was led by Pastor Ray Bonoan followed by the Welcome Remarks from Maribel Soriano. Jet Cabiles acted as the master of ceremonies. The PNAA hymn was sang for the very first time as a way to end the short program.

Dance the night away. Attendees enjoyed the entertainment on the lounge deck of Yacht StarShip II during the 14th Induction of Officers.

Pit Senyor! PNA TB sponsors a night of novena The PNA of Tampa Bay is one the proud supporters of the Sto. Niño Novena held every

January that coincides with the celebration of Sinulog Festival in Cebu. This year the chapter gathered together along with the devotees on January 11, 2012 at St. Paul Catholic Church, Tampa FL. The officers and members led the congregation in praying the Holy Rosary. A very inspiring talk was delivered by Maria Bautista-Smith on "Chastity."

Adora Rilveria, member (left) acted as one of the food servers during the Sto. Niño Novena sponsored by PNA TB on January 11, 2012 at St. Paul Catholic Church, Tampa, FL.

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Inaugural Address

by Ariel Zabala, RN, BSN, MN President 2012-2014

Greetings! It is with deepest pride and greatest pleasure to be honored as the 14th President of the PNA of Tampa Bay, Inc. I would like to thank all the attendees who spared their precious time to join us as we welcome the new set of officers for 2012-2014. Many years ago, I was just an active member of our local chapter in Manila. I remember one of my mentors saying that one day I will be on the podium to replace them. That prophecy has now become a reality. Because of this, I am forever grateful to those people who inspired and influenced me to be involved with professional organizations. “I am forever grateful to those people who inspired and influenced me to be involved with professional organizations.”

As the last year’s President-elect, I had the chance to attend Leadership Training and Continuing Education at Regional Conferences that served as a warm-up for the upcoming two-year term. Not only that I have learned a lot from the sessions and met a lot of truly engaged nurses from various parts of the South Central Region but what I enjoyed most is the opportunity to travel and see different places. Come 2013, we will have the chance to showcase the beautiful city of Tampa as we host the 13th PNAA South Central Regional Conference. In doing so, I would like to appeal for your generosity to support the chapter in this enormous task. I have not chosen a specific theme for my term but I would like to work around and continue what has been inculcated by our predecessors—the three V’s. Visibility, Vitality, and Viability.

Speech delivered during the 14th Induction of Officers aboard the StarShip Yacht II , Tampa , FL

As I embark on my two-year term, allow me to thank all the officers, members, and supporters of our organization. Please support our future projects and join us not only in numbers but to go above and beyond for the success of our chapter. My purpose in joining the PNA of Tampa has not changed since day one. I filled-out the membership form and asked, “What can I do to help the organization?” THE

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Farewell Address

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by Victoria Fabreo, RN, BSN, CPN Immediate Past President

To my Colleagues, Friends, and PNA Supporters, First of all, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to all officers and members who actively supported and unselfishly volunteered their time and talent to our organization to enable us to attain our missions and goals. Because of your involvement and participation, we were able to reach out to our community by rendering volunteer services to various civic and charitable organizations (Metropolitan Ministry and Feeding America), help and gave gifts to our military veterans, and expanded our financial scholarship to support deserving Filipino nursing students. Your participation and support to all these activities should be a source of pride for all members of PNA Tampa. The past two years as President of PNA Tampa was a humbling experience for me. It is a season in my life that I will always cherish and remember. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve. To our new incoming Officers and Board of Directors, I wish you all a very successful and satisfying term of office.

Keynote Speech

by Joy L. Barlaan, MS, ARNP Past President

It is my great pride, and yet I’m humbled, to be invited as your Inducting Officer and your inspirational speaker tonight. It is very wonderful to be back, connected back to the PNA. I’ve been away for a while, I have to confess, but I’m a member again, thanks to Ariel’s very convincing influence on me. I would like to begin by saying that we are now entering 2012, facing challenges, not only in the healthcare industry but also in our country and the whole world. I would like to ask you today, “What are those challenges that you are facing within your own work, personal life, and business?” I’m sure that there’s something waking you up at night. I know that we cannot isolate ourselves, because whether we like it or not, whether we realize it or not, we’re part of the whole system. Today, ladies and gentlemen, my friends, brothers and sisters, I’d like to just remind us of who we are. Then maybe, we will leave tonight, inspired to face these crises and challenges with something different to take on and take home with us. I would like to remind my colleagues, we are nurses. Second, we are Filipinos. There is one inherent trait I want you to know between those two. As nurses, we always have been trained and tested to do something, to take action with problems and crises. As Filipinos, those of you who have been born and raised in the Philippines, we’ve always been exposed to crises and hardships. As we endure, we always have this trait of agility, no matter what comes in Continued on p. 6


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bigger than where you are. To get out of your comfort zone, and see, “where can I go front of us, we always somehow make “lusot.” beyond this?” Then, and only then, can you be We can always surpass and overcome anything who you want to be. Because obstacles are that comes in our way. only for those who allow them to be. I’d just like for you to remember three Third, “take action.” A lot of people have things. First, “believe in yourself.” That’s a wonderful ideas, but only 5% of them cliché, but really, I want you to know who you succeed. What’s the difference between the are. Have you ever tried to ask two? The ones who have the “You don’t need to be successful, what your strengths and what idea, and the ones who take your weaknesses are? It is then you just need to be faithful.” action about it. Be faithful - Mother Teresa not only to yourself but to and only then, you will be great. The greatest successful people your plans and to your have failed but the strength that they have is commitment. Always make a timeline on knowing what their weaknesses. what you want to do. Mother Teresa once When I first arrived in the United States in said, “You don’t need to be successful, you ‘83, it was very hard to adjust. I cried every just need to be faithful.” Faithful not only to day. People couldn’t even understand my God but faithful to your own self. Don’t let accent. There’s a culture shock from Manila to anyone else say who you are. Only you, will New York City. I was alone in a big city. So, I know you who are. These obstacles, these tried to understand who I really was in a very crises and what you do about it will mold your strange place. Twenty eight years later, I’m own character. Dare to dream big, I would standing in front of you, calling this country never have even imagined that I would be my home. My family is here, I have my own where I am right now. By the grace of God business here, maybe because I believed in above all, I always believe that our plans are who I really am. I recognized my weakness, according to God’s will for us. Believe in your then strived and worked hard to believe in my calling, it’s not all about jobs, money, and business. Believe in your calling, that’s part dream. of who you are. Second, “in every crisis, there’s always an Let me close by saying, that it is truly my opportunity.” There are lots of opportunity in pleasure to be here amongst you. I would be the midst of crisis. It was when I was pregnant with my second child and was put on bed rest. happy to be a mentor to anyone who just like I couldn’t even go to work during the time so I me, would like to dream, because you need decided to start my own business to recruit someone to hold your hand. I’ve been there. nurses. I worked from home, in my bedroom I know that there are some of you that I making calls to the Philippines. It was when would also like to be mentored by and I hope my husband was laid off from work, that I that you would open your arms to me as well. decided to open my own home health agency. As one community, I know that the PNA of It was when I got so sick of going to school at Tampa Bay can be a catalyst of change in the USF in my Master’s program, and working industry and in our community. Enjoy the fulltime in ICU at Brandon Hospital, when I evening and God bless all of you. decided that I have to change something. And This Inspirational Message was delivered that’s when, again, I opened my other during the 14th Induction of Officers company. So, when there is an obstacle in on January 15, 2012. front of you, look beyond what you see. Those Transcribed by Zadkiel Zabala Jesuit High School 2015 obstacles are your stepping stones to think THE

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Is it almost impossible to live a pure life? by Maria Bautista-Smith, RN, MSN That is one virtue that is impossible to live by if we are without Christ. As I ponder upon this virtue chastity or purity, I wanted to look at how we define being chased or pure. This would most likely refer to a state of having no sexual relationship before marriage, if you're single. If you're married, being chaste or pure would be faithful to the marriage vows. However, there is also the state of having a pure heart. I wanted to look at what God's view of purity or chastity, so where else do we start but in the Holy Scripture, the book of Genesis. We know the story. God created man in His image and likeness. What are the likes of God, we might ask? God is Holy, so because He created us in His Likeness, He called us to be Holy, to live in purity, in perfect relationship with Him, to worship no other Gods but Him alone that is pure and un-adulterated relationship. However sin came in the Garden of Eden. Sin created that stain in our relationship with the Holy God. Because He is Holy, He cannot look upon sin. Sin separated us from our Holy God. So even in the beginning chapters of the book of Genesis, God fixed this problem of separation. The story unfolds that he sacrificed an animal to cover Adam and Eve of their nakedness, the shame of sin. I encourage you to read it in the first three chapters of Genesis. The apostle Paul said that all fall short, all have sinned. The stain of sin caused that impurity. Sin makes us hide, when we harbor sin in our heart, we are unable to see God. In Matthew 5, Jesus spoke to a multitude of people about how to live a life that is blessed. In verse 8, Jesus said, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” I go back to my first statement, it is almost impossible to live a pure life. That I refer to the state of one's heart, yours and mine. But as Chaste - Greek 53 ἁγνός (hag-nos') from the same as; properly, clean, i.e. (figuratively) innocent, modest, perfect, pure

God sacrificed an animal to cover the nakedness of Adam and Eve, so did He sacrificed his own son, Jesus. Christ shed his blood. His death on the cross is the reality of what God did in the Garden of Eden. If we put our trust in what Jesus did on the cross as an eternal atonement for our individual sin, we are saved. God can look at us once again because Jesus washes all of us and we become pure again. As we are Maria BautistaSmith, secretary reflected on Chastity during the Sto. Nino Novena on Jan. 11, 2012.

sealed by the Holy Spirit and we seek Him constantly, He leads us and guides us. He also teaches us and chastise or purifies us. Then it is not as impossible as we would think, to live a life that is pure or chaste. Let us pray. Heavenly Father you called us to a life that is Holy because You are Holy. Every moment of our lives, we are constantly bombarded with temptations to veer off from that calling and path. Let your rod and your staff chastise us and sanctify us so we may return to you. Grant us the heart to seek you first, strengthen us to say no to anything that will mar or cause us to sin against you. If we do, we confess our sins and we trust in your promise of your in 1 John 1:9 that you are faithful and you will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Make our hearts pure so we may behold the Glory of God. Show us how to live a life that is pure in your eyes. I lift everyone here who may not have accepted your son, Jesus to be their Lord and Savior and allow the spirit to walk them in purity. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen.


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by Ariel Zabala, RN, BSN, MN Our busy schedules as nurses often call for a much-deserved break. One can travel to their favorite or dream destinations, see a movie to chill-out, a relaxing massage, a cruise to the Bahamas, or better yet to watch a musical on Broadway. PNA of Tampa Bay went Broadway without the plane ticket, a first of its kind fundraising event. It was an escape from the bedside or workplace to Mamma Mia! Tour in a night of pure music indulgence and Tampa, July 2011 almost three hours of carefree moment. Contributes to collective effort which has a significant impact on Chapter’s mission or goals. “Coming together is a The inception of this project beginning. started during the MasqueradeKeeping together is theme inspired Gala Night at the 11th SCR Conference in Brownsville, progress. Texas. Our then President-elect, Ariel Working together is Zabala was enjoying the exciting success.” show that the PNA of Texas - Henry Ford Cameron County, host chapter had prepared. He was transported on Broadway to hear and see the classic songs and numerous hits from the Phantom of the Opera, Miss Saigon, and Les Miserables. He was seated with a fellow attendee from Orlando who suggested that watching a Broadway Musical could be a unique fund-raising activity. Co-incidentally, Les Mis is coming to Tampa in February 2012. Happy and satisfied audience after In one of the monthly watching Mamma Mia! THE

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meetings, Ariel presented this idea to the Executive Board and everyone was in unison to have a get-go on this project after it has been approved and seconded that this definitely supports at least two of our Chapter’s goals In 2010, we sold cookies to augment our revenue on top of our Annual Halloween Party which has shown a steady decline in attendance as well as sponsors for the past few years. The project is something the association had never done before. We needed someone to liaise and act as a Group Leader. The President -elect was unanimously voted to be the Team Leader at this time. Builds effective collaborative relationships across different chapter’s committee to solve problems or reach agreements on a course of action by listening/ considering multiple perspectives. When this project was presented to the Executive Board, one of the officers, Ning Bonoan, suggested that we pilot it with Mamma Mia! The show was scheduled in July leaving us two months to prepare for the event. Others were skeptic that we will not have enough time. After a thorough discussion and pledge of support from other officers, it was unanimously agreed that we test the waters in order for us to have a dryrun on this undertaking. Due to time constraints, tickets were distributed at the venue. Some of the holders were jammed in traffic, therefore leaving us no choice to hand the ticket to the ushers. We


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realized afterwards that we should have had sent the tickets prior to the show since not all will be able to come on time. There were only 20 attendees to this event due to the short period of planning. It was suggested that we invite more people for our next project via collaboration to other organizations. Develops a partnership that seeks input and involvement of those affected by decisions. We kicked-off by contacting the Group Service Leader of the Straz Center formerly known as the Tampa Bay Performing Arts. The exchange of emails provided us all the information and logistics we needed to pull this project through. We had ten months to prepare and our team did not waste time. The hard work started as soon as the tickets were released. We constantly communicated and sought help with regards to promotion as well as meeting payment deadlines to be able to maximize all potential discounts for our group. Our contact person had helped us a lot with regards to planning and marketing the show. It was the start of our partnership and building strong rapport to the staff of the Group Service. We are looking forward for more fruitful years to work and collaborate with them. Works effectively as a team to successfully accomplish a task or meet a chapter’s goal that has an impact on nursing profession and/or community.

Taken in front of Carol Morsani Hall at the Straz Center after watching Les Miserables on Feb. 12, 2012.

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Right after the tickets were released, a flyer was sent via email to the officers for posting at their workplace. We also sent communication to the Philippine Cultural Foundation, Inc. requesting our flyer to be posted in their website to invite other cultural and professional organizations. As a result, we have guests not only from the hospitals where we work as well as attendees from the PNA Gulf Coast and the Philippine Performing Arts Company. As another campaign strategy to boost the number of participants, an event was made via our Facebook page. We also placed a link to our own website at http://pnatampa.com/ Accepts accountability and responsibility in helping to advance the goals of the chapter and/or SCR Priority Focus Teams’ goals. The team worked hard in promoting and selling tickets to patrons. We did not rely solely from the electronic marketing campaigns in placed. We also did face to face invitation while others have known that we are selling tickets by word of mouth. The follow through was the most challenging especially with regards to meeting deadlines with the ordering of ticket and remitting of payments. Through our diligence, we were able to qualify for the early bird rate in which we got an additional 5% discount on top of the group rate discounts. Continued on p. 13


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8th PNAA International Nursing Conference: Leading and Engaging the Global Workforce by Ma. Milani Zabala, RN, BSN, MN, RNC

Jet Zabala, PRO was the lone representative to the conference held in Manila

5 Key Points of Engagement

Know them Grow them Inspire them Involve them Recognize them

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Homecoming is even sweeter when spent with tender, loving, and caring group of people. This is how I spent the official first day of my long awaited Philippine vacation --- attending the 8th PNAA International Conference. I have been away from home for seven years, but this particular visit is special as I am representing the PNA of Tampa Bay, Inc. Chapter to this conference. I have been a lifetime member of PNA and have always attended chapter and national conventions back then. Never in my wildest dream that one day I will be coming home to be a delegate of not only a different chapter but from another part of the globe. I was so delighted to meet old faces and make new friends and connections throughout the world. Day One: January 26, 2012 The conference held on January 26-27, 2012 at the EDSA Shangri-La Hotel in Manila kicked off with welcome remarks from PNAA President Reynaldo Rivera, PNA President Teresita Barcelo, and ADPCN President Elizabeth Rojas. Dr. Rivera stressed on the manager’s pivotal role as a driver of engagement and as a result could improve staff performance and retention. Getting the staff involved through shared governance encourages a highly engaged workforce. He gave five key points to promote engagement among staff: know them (town hall meetings, satisfaction surveys); grow them (mentorship programs); inspire them PHILIPPINE

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(share stories); involve them (empower and recognize intergenerational difference); and recognize them (awards and recognition). He emphasized the positive impact it creates to patient satisfaction when you have satisfied employees. Future of Nursing Joyce Fitzpatrick focused on the October 2010 Institute of Medicine (IOM) Report on the Future of Nursing. She mentioned that the IOM together with the health reform is the best chance to transform the system to improve care and that nurses are in the best position to affect these changes. The President of Health Futures Foundation, Inc., Dr. Jaime Galvez Tan shared the latest trends and issues confronting the State of Health Care Delivery in the Philippines. Dr. Galvez Tan presented statistics that will continue to pose challenge to the health care profession. He shared that nurses continue to seek employment abroad and that doctors become nurses for the same reason. He added that under the Ninoy Aquino administration, only 2.5% of the national budget for 2012 was allotted for health. The Aquino H e a l t h Ag e n d a, K a l u su g an g Pangkalahatan is aimed to target the seven poorest regions, promote private-public partnerships, and access to essential medicine. Stories of Engagement Ms. Archiel Bugas spoke as a migrant nurse professional and discussed the traits that helped her in


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working and living away from home. These traits as follows: assertiveness, perseverance, being industrious, manners, therapeutic communication, and desire to pursue education. Meanwhile, Dr. Emerson Ea presented the outcomes of acculturation among Filipino RNs in the US. In his presentation, he enumerated health issues that affect the general well-being and health of immigrant RNs such as depression, unhealthy lifestyle, obesity, and cardiovascular disease, and norepinephrine increase with increasing years in the US. Global Workforce Engagement Dr. Ahmad Aboshaiqah described the challenges that Filipino RNs faced while working in their country. He cited Arabic language, working with diverse workforce, homesickness, and the evidence-based practices as major obstacles. He recommended the concepts of evidence-based practice, health care quality and patient safety, cultural competent care and communication, and emotional intelligence in nursing practice be strengthened in the nursing curriculum. On the other hand, Ms. Victoria Navarro captivated the participants on the impact of US recession on the engagement of Filipino RNs in the US. She highlighted several indicators of Filipino RNs engagement such as increase in employment retention, higher education, and the rise of nurse entrepreneurs. She mentioned that the national unemployment will continue to stimulate increase in hospital RN employment resulting in no RN shortage in the hospitals, and nurses becoming older in the nursing profession. Best Practices for Promoting Exceptional Staff Performance through Engagement Ms. Pamela Windle stressed that an important aspect to patient safety is the work environment of nurses. She pointed out that the US has a higher rate of committing mistakes compared to the UK and Australia despite all the safety measures that were in place. She challenged the practice in making

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the shift in thinking process --- that is, from “Who made the error? to “What happened?” Ms. Dina Krenzischek addressed the role of evidence-based practice (EBP) and the role of staff engagement and its subsequent impact to the nursing profession. She outlined the common barriers to EBP which includes time factors, limited access to literature, lack of confidence in staff’s ability to evaluate evidence, limited interest in scientific inquiry, inadequate research resources, and limited authority to change practice. She stressed the leadership role in strategic planning that support the EBP. Diaspora Strategies for Engagement Secretary Imelda Nicolas talked on the balance of maximizing development and minimizing the costs of international migration. Estrella Dizon Anonuevo put a positive light that migration can bring to the country of origin’s rural development. She passionately presented PINOY Wise (Worldwide Initiative for Savings Investment and Entrepreneurship) to encourage migrant workers to invest in rural development campaigns. May Mayor gave an overview of the PNAA’s Balikturo and Faculty Mentoring Programs. The aim of which is to “teach back” to local Philippine schools and hospitals on various health topics. Patricia Pittman shared her current research findings on labor and immigration problems and issues confronting foreign educated nurses who worked in the US. She presented the Alliance for Ethical International Recruitment Practices, a non-profit organization that aims to make better the status and conditions of foreign recruited nurses. Creating a Culture of Engagement To close day one, Annabelle Borromeo emphasized the key points in staff engagement such as promoting a healthy and safe working environment, ensuring that every role counts, supporting personal development, enabling involvement in decision making, and delivery of great management and leadership. Continued on p. 12


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8th PNAA International Nursing Conference Day Two: January 27, 2012 The second day of the conference started off with John Peabody’s keynote address on the Quality Improvement Demonstration Study (QIDS): Leading and Engaging in Policy Making--- Improving the Health of Children in the Philippines. He mentioned that the leading causes of child deaths in the Philippines remains to be pneumonia, diarrhea, and malnutrition. He stressed that expanded insurance coverage improves health outcomes, and subsequent impact on poverty alleviation. Engaging the Global Nursing Workforce through Quality Education This topic was delivered by Patricia Licuanan, Chairperson of Philippine Commission on Higher Education (CHED). The proliferation of nursing schools remains to be the one of the biggest challenges and with a very poor performance in the Nursing Licensure Examination, the lowest rate reported from 2006-2010. Other issues that affect the nursing workforce were: unemployment and underemployment, contractualization of work, non-compliance with nurse-patient ratio, fees for on-the-job training and internship programs, false volunteerism, and screening for board exams. She shared various actions being undertaken by the CHED to address these issues. One of which is the immediate phase out of nursing

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schools that perform poorly in the board exams. CHED’s chairperson evoked a scare among the US RNs who are currently sending their relatives to nursing schools in the Philippines. Engaging Clinical Nurses through EBP Ms. Riza Mauricio spoke on the global challenges in the care and management of asthma while Ms. Maria Rogado outlined the evolution of critical care nursing and stressed on “high-tech—high-touch” care. Transforming Healthcare Perry Francisco addressed the issues on nursing regulation and practice. She discussed how these issues affect education and training internationally. Leticia Hermosa spoke on engagement and collaboration between academia, practice, and government entities. She focused her discussion on how a centralized clinical placement works and how hospitals can share best clinical practices among each other to improve clinical practice. Best Practice Mary Joy Garcia Dia lectured on how the information technology (IT) improves patient care and promotes the effective delivery of health care among the healthcare team. Marie Ortaliz shared how family presence during resuscitation could impact the experiences of family members based on evidence-based research. Gloria Beriones spoke on Strengthening the Voice of Clinical Nurses through Shared Governance. She highlighted the four guiding principles of partnership, equity, accountability, and ownership and how all these lead to quality outcomes and patient and staff satisfaction. Personal Reflections and Learnings of an Engaged Leader Ann Scanlon McGinity closed the second day. She enumerated the following leadership characteristics: consistent integrity, cherish


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diversity, search out excellence, compassion and commitment, open to contrary opinion, communicate effectively, mature, manage energy not time, vulnerable to skills and talents of others; intimate with the organization and how it works, storyteller, sees the broad picture, and business literate. Closing engagement reception was held at the Ayala Museum sponsored by the Ayala Land. I particularly enjoyed this event as I had the chance to mingle with the delegates in a more socially enjoyable and relaxed atmosphere. The experience was well worth the miles that I traveled and the money that I spent. The organizers definitely did a marvelous job!

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Jet Zabala, PRO and Dr. Rey Rivera, PNAA President during the 8th International Nursing Conference held in Manila, January 26-27, 2012.

A dose of Broadway by the bay Creates environment that promotes communication, trust, cooperation, and respect for differences. To evaluate our project, we invited participants to send us their feedback from the show and to give us some thoughts on their experience. “Beyond enjoying the show is the joy of seeing my colleagues and friends from PNA. Thank you for always inviting me.” - Joy L. Barlaan “My participation helped our fundraising event. It did not only raise our funds but increase the awareness that we, as an organization are united to achieve our goals, and it will bring others to our organization. This activity is worth my time and effort. It helped our organization, gave me some refresher and a break from my routines. I had great time dining with my friends afterwards. I will participate in this activity again. Thank you.” - Tess Ebrada “I enjoyed the show very much (Les Mis is one of my faves). We made good money and had fun at the same time. Indeed this is a smart way of raising funds! I wouldn't hesitate to attending another occasion.” - Nennette Apostol “I like the whole theme of it. Hope it brought good $$$ to the organization.” – Gwen Iyog Places team goals above personal goals in achieving a distinctive result or

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innovation. Due to the success of this project, we decided to continue this endeavor for the next season of Broadway shows that are coming to Tampa. To be fair in the selection process of which shows that have the most appeal to viewers, we sent a survey electronically not only to our officers but to all our members as well so they could have a voice in the decision-making. Seventy percent of our members participated in the said survey. Sister Act and Wicked are the two shows in which we are all excited to see this December and January, respectively. We have already submitted the form and we will wait for the date of the release of tickets. Conclusion This project had brought not only revenue ($1024 for Les Mis and $300 for Mamma Mia!) but also joy to our members and supporters. As we gather around before and after the show, you could feel the excitement and enthusiasm of our members and guests. This is our way of promoting the positive image of nurses in our community by our visibility in events involving the appreciation of arts. Finally, to keep the team spirit alive, Julie Lindsey, one of our Board Members organized an after-show dinner in a nearby Cuban restaurant to extend the camaraderie among team members.


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Editorial

Paradigm shift to become an engaged member

The Philippine Nightingale The Official Newsletter of the PNA of Tampa Bay, Inc.

Vol. XXI Fall/Winter 2011

Ma. Milani Zabala Editor-in-chief

Ariel Zabala Associate Editor

Ning Bonoan Maria Bautista-Smith

Victoria Fabreo Zadkiel Zabala Contributors

Gealdina Irvine Advisor

THE

The PNA of Tampa Bay, Inc. has seen a steady decline in membership for the past few years. In fact, the chapter is trying to keep the numbers to a mere 30 just enough to meet the minimum criteria of becoming a viable chapter. Where are the rest of the Filipino nurses in the Tampa Bay area? This question has been a puzzlement for those who are actively involved in promoting the mission and vision of the organization. Often, the first question encountered by a recruiter from a potential member is, “What are the benefits of joining the organization?” Fair enough, a $40 membership fee can be a lot in tough times but the list of the benefits definitely outweighs the fee. In some instances, nurses are surprised that such an organization exists. In doing so, they join upon learning that there is a group of Filipino nurses in their area of work. This is where the three V’s, Visibility, Vitality, and Viability—the mother organization’s motto comes into play in relation to attracting more members to join in. First, the chapter has been actively participating in the sociocultural activities in the community. With the advent of social media, the organization has its own website, Facebook, and Twitter accounts to promote the activities and inform the basic “What we do,” as a group. As for Vitality, although there are only few active and engaged members, the chapter has survived and continued to meet its goals. It is a well-known fact that only 17% are engaged in any given group or organization. As the number of member increases, it follows that there will be more engaged members. With the little amount that goes to the chapter after remitting the $30 to PNAA, membership fee does not really contribute much for the chapter to maintain its viability. There is much needed creativity to raise funds to be able to encourage members to participate and gain their support. On the national level, Dr. Rey Rivera’s campaign for the 5 key points of engagement (know them, grow them, inspire them, involve them, and recognize them) is truly a legacy for local chapters to embrace and guide the leaders to attract more members. The old adage, “Ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country,” requires a paradigm shift with regards to recruiting members. Instead, we ask, “What can the PNAA and local chapters do for you to achieve your fullest potential?” AZ

PHILIPPINE

NIGHTINGALE


FALL/WINTER

2011

Calendar of Events

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

June 9

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

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

October 13

Metropolitan Ministries Time TBA Array of volunteer opportunities High School students earn volunteer hours www.metromin.org

November 3 General Assembly Time, venue, and theme TBA Drawing of Raffle Tickets December

Pasko 2012 & Christmas Party Date and time TBA PCFI Grounds, Tampa, FL

Garcesa, Elena Germino, Mila Geronca, Ernie Hermano, Crispina Irvine, Gealdina# Iyog, Guinevere Lindsey, Julie# Lim-Dy, Marlen Magsakay, Florinda Martinez, Janette Marquez, Amy Morris, Elizabeth

List is up to

Resulta, Anatalia Rilveria, Adoracion Satorre, Rosie Smith, Maria Soriano, Maria Talon, Maria Theresa Tupaz, Nannett Zabala, Ariel Zabala, Ma.Milani *New #Lifetime

Bayanihan spirit lives on One of our long time members and a former member of the Board of Directors had an emergency surgery in February, 2012. Jet Cabiles, PRO spearheaded the initiative to extend help and support from all the

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July 11-15

Membership Roster Abinader, Mildred Apostol, Nennette Barcelos, Darlene Erin* Bonoan, Unidad Buchanan, Maria Combs, Lorna Covarrubias, Roy Dionson, Lorna Durias, Maria Carmela Ebrada, Tess Fabreo, Victoria Garay, Wilma

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members and officers of the organization. She paid a visit at the hospital and brought her a small plant and a get-well card. Meanwhile, Geal Irvine, advisor, wrote a letter of appeal to all Filipino VA nurses to

donate their time to our member due to longterm illness. As a result, of the donation, our member will be paid until April 30, 2012 Let the Bayanihan spirit lives on and please continue to pray for her speedy recovery. AZ

date as of January 31, 2012. Members who renewed after this time will be submitted on May 31, 2012.

Please join the Ad Hoc Committee for the 13th PNAA South Central Regional Conference in 2013. PNA of Tampa Bay, Inc. is proud to be the Host Chapter for this event.


Philippine Nurses Association of Tampa Bay , Inc. (501C organization 85-8015082191c-6)

PNA-Tampa Bay, Inc. Officers 2012-2014

President Ariel Zabala Vice-President Maribel Soriano Secretary Maria Bautista-Smith Treasurer Victoria Fabreo Assistant Treasurer Mary Balunos PRO Ma. Milani Zabala Auditor Rosie Satorre Board of Directors Nennette Apostol Ning Bonoan Elena Garcesa Mila Germino Cris Hermano Julie Lindsey Flor Magsakay Ana Resulta

Membership Application Form MISSION STATEMENT: PNA-TAMPA is a non-profit, professional, educational, and community-service oriented organization whose purpose is to uphold the positive image and welfare of its constituent members, promote professional excellence and contribute to significant outcomes to healthcare and society. GOALS: Unify Filipino-American Nurses in the Tampa Bay area. Develop, implement and evaluate programs in nursing leadership, practice, education and research relevant to professional growth of its members and healthcare needs of the community. Promote a positive image of nursing to the community through health programs and projects, independently or in collaboration with other local, state and national nursing and other allied health organizations Participate actively in socio-cultural activities of the Filipino-American community. To encourage, assist and support worthy causes as determined by the Executive Board. Date: ___________ ( ) New Member ( ) Renewal

Last Name:______________________________ First Name: _____________________________ Middle Name:____________________________ Date of Birth: ____________________________ Employer:_______________________________ School of Nursing _________________________ Degree Attained: _________________ Year Graduated:_______ Other Degrees: ________________________ Address:_____________________________________________ Home Phone: _______________ Work Phone: _____________ Cell Phone: _________________ Fax no: ____________ E-mail: _____________________ Please indicate which committees you are interested in: ( ) Bylaws ( ) Publication ( ) Education & Scholarship ( ) Nominations and Elections ( ) Membership ( ) Awards ( ) Budget and Finance ( ) Community Service ( ) Socio-Cultural ( ) Ad Hoc:

Referred by: _______________________ www.pnatampa.com

Visit our website:

Membership Fee $40

Advisors Joy Barlaan Tess Ebrada Geal Irvine Gwen Iyog Liw Villagomeza

Make check payable to: PNA of Tampa Bay, Inc. c/o Victoria Fabreo, RN, BSN 17759 Oak Bridge St, Tampa, FL 33647 e-mail: que.vic@verizon.net PNA-Tampa website: pnatampa.com

“Thank you very much for your interest and payment�

2011 – Fall/Winter  

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