Greetings of a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a Prosperous New Year 2023 to all PNAA colleagues across the country, families, friends, fellow nurses in the U.S. and around the world. The PNAA and its 52 chapters and almost 5,000 members joyfully celebrate the season with love, peace, joy, and gratitude. Let me have this opportunity to thank all the chapters for their many contributions in advancing the professional growth of their members and in promoting the health and well-being of the people in the communities they serve.
We the PNAA … Our United Voices: WE CARE have been on the go since July 2022. Did you know? On July 11, 2022, the PNAA and Dr. Leo-Felix Jurado, PNAA Past President and Executive Director 2022-2024, were honored at Gawad Alab Ng Lahi, the Philippine Consulate General in New York, New York. The extraordinary contributions to the nursing profession, people, communities, and the world span decades and continues to influence and transform lives. I want to express my sincere gratitude to all 21 PNAA Past Presidents, officers, and members whose passion, commitment, and dedication brought the PNAA premier status to where it is now. My sincere appreciation to the Executive Board and Committee Chairpersons for their profound dedication and forward thinking that promote and advance the mission, vision, and goals of PNAA and its constituent members.
A Blessed and Productive New Year 2023, full of significant PNAA Programs for the advancement of PNAA and its constituent members which include but not limited to: 1) “Camp Aruga” Leadership Boot Camp 2) “Kabalikat” Emotional-Well Being Program; 3) “Patnubay sa Pagtatagumpay” Mentoring Program (P3); Human Rights and Global Affairs Committees Education Series on International Nurses’ Recruitment; 4) Task Force Future of Nursing 2020- 2030: Health Equity and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; 5) Task Force on Climate Change and People’s Health; 6) Partnership with Asian Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF); 7) Partnership with Alzheimer’s Association; 8) Partnership with National Coalition of Ethic Nurse Associations (NCEMNA); 9) Partnership with Asian Health Coalition (AHC); and 10) Partnership with ALL IN as Tier I Collaborator.
I wish all of you a blessed and peaceful New Year 2023.
Gloria Lamela Beriones, PhD, RN, NEA-BC
Philippine Nurses Association of America, Inc. (PNAA)