On March 17, the National Association of Indian Nurses of America held its annual pre-conference seminar at the Royal Palace in White Plains, N.Y. The day featured the theme “Nurses: Dare to Make a Difference.” NAINA Education Chair Rachel Koshy, RN, MSN, NP-C, welcomed more than 130 attendees from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania.
Then NAINA President Solymole Kuruvilla, PhD, ACNP, BC, SAFE, spoke about the many benefits NAINA members enjoy, such as their membership in the Asian American/Pacific Islander Nurses Association and National Coalition of Ethnic and Minority Nurse Associations, and thanked nurses for making the event possible. Kuruvilla also reminded the audience to register for NAINAs third Biennial Educational Convention Oct. 5-6 at the Tarrytown (N.Y.) Westchester Marriott. The conventions theme will be “Nurses at the Forefront of Healthcare Revolution: Challenges and Opportunities.”
Kathleen Flaherty, RN, EdD, CRRN, CNE, professor of nursing and chair of the undergraduate nursing program at Concordia College in Bronxville, N.Y., delivered the keynote on “Authentic Caring and Healing Presence in Nursing Practice,” which elaborated on Jean Watsons caring model.
A five-member panel — Elizabeth Simon, Leena Alappatt, Densy Johnson, Shaimole Francis and Toby Abraham — discussed “Providing Safe Quality Healthcare for All: Workplace Challenges & Solutions.” Lisa Augustine moderated the panel.
Varsha Singh and Rinta Thomas presented “Early Diagnosis and Management of Acute Ischemic Stroke” and NAINA Conference Education Chair Beena Benny presented “Strategies for Effective Communication.”
Felicitation remarks were given by Rockland County (N.Y.) legislator Aney Paul, a NAINA advisory board member; Vimala George, NAINA president-elect; and Thangamani Aravindan, NAINA souvenir committee co-chair. A vote of thanks was delivered by Usha George, secretary of the Indian Nurses Association of New York, and Mistress of Ceremony Ajita Kuriakose held the floor together.
The efforts of Benny, Koshy and the seminar planning committee added to the success of the program. Kuruvilla thanked Benny for obtaining ANCC contact hours for the participants through Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, N.Y. Seminar sponsors included Genetech, George Joseph, MetLife, Walden University, Thermo Scientific, Santhigram and Covidien.
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