Dely Po Go, RN, BSN, MSN, DNP, is the only Filipino woman to be awarded the 2010 Best 50 Women in Business by NJBIZ, a business publication of the New Jersey Business and Industry Association.
Po Go is the owner and president of Nursing Network LLC, a healthcare services company in Clifton, N.J., and the CEO of AVTECH Institute and Allied Health, a school for licensed practical nursing in South Plainfield, N.J. She also is on the board of trustees for the Bridges to Success, a community service for the homeless.
My fathers advice is the best business/career advice I have received, which is, Always stay focused and listen exceptionally well. Live simply, love generously, care deeply, speak kindly, leave the rest to God, Po Go said.
Pursuing higher education is important to Po Go. To be effective as a CEO and president, I need to keep myself current, she said. In addition, I feel as though I can become more, that is, I can develop a higher level of thinking and communication.
Having moved to the U.S. in 1988, Po Go and her family chose New Jersey as their home state, and she began her nursing career in the U.S. working in a nursing home and then at St. Josephs as an OR nurse. It wasnt long before Po Go became a one-person small business administrator, sending nursing staff to nursing homes, adult day care, detox units and assisted living facilities. As manager, CEO and secretary, Po Go did not advertise, but rather dedicated herself to networking, and in 11 years, Nursing Network now has more than 500 nurses on staff. In its third year, AVTECH, an LPN program, has graduated more than 80 nurses.
Wanting to serve the homeless, Po Go joined Bridges to Success, which provides job counseling, connection to community programs and counseling for veterans in need. The program has faced countless obstacles because of zoning rules, a lack of funding and the not in my backyard attitude of some residents. The stories about the military men and women who return to the U.S. and are homeless have touched my heart, and I wanted to do something, Po Go said.
Helping those in need is not a new experience for Po Go. Over the years she has participated in the Healing the Children program through Saint Josephs Medical Center, where she has traveled with surgical teams to Morocco, Panama and the Dominican Republic. Whenever someone calls me and asks for help, that makes my day. I have a sense of fulfillment when I help someone in need, whether it be a friend, a nurse, a veteran or someone who has just arrived here from the Philippines, Po Go said.
Po Go is the recipient of the 2010 Henry Becton Dickinson Scholarship, the Woman of Peace Award in 1999 by the Womens Federation for World Peace and the Best Nurse Entrepreneur in 2001 by the PNA-NJ. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, the New Jersey Business and Industry Association, the Philippine Nurses Association of New Jersey, the Healing the Children Association and the Maharlika Fraternity and Sorority.
Currently studying for her doctorate in nursing practice at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, N.J., Po Go completed her masters of science in nursing at FDU. She attended Silliman University in the Philippines and earned her BSN degree, and is the 2010-11 president of the Silliman University Alumni Association of New York-New Jersey.