Message from the President
November 26, 2020
Dear colleagues and friends,
On behalf of PNA Northern CA, I wish you and your family a Happy Holiday Season! There are many things we are thankful for this holiday season in spite of the Covid 19 pandemic. We are grateful that we are able to celebrate this holiday season with our family or friends even in just smaller gatherings. We shall continue to socially distance and wear masks to protect each other. We shall be hopeful that this pandemic will be over soon - that we can get together again and have our potluck and give each other big, warm hugs. In the meantime, please know that you are always in our thoughts and prayers.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, PNA Northern CA has focused its efforts in finding ways to keep our frontline nurses safe by donating PPEs. We raised funds and distributed mask donations (total of 6790) to 31 facilities in the Bay Area in April and May and donated face shields (total of 400) to 9 facilities in September and October.
We also distributed gift bags of snacks like energy bars, water & fruits to the frontline healthcare workers in October and plan to do so again in December.
In addition, we have been doing Daily Rosary since March and Peer-to-Peer support group since August. We also organized a webinar in November wherein Father Gerard Timoner, Master Order of the Preachers talked about spiritual health and healing for our nurses.
In the coming months, we plan to continue offering Peer-to-Peer support and provide education to help protect healthcare workers during this pandemic.
Emily Danuco, RN BSN
PNA Northern CA
Sept. 20, 2020
My first 100 days as PNANC President was full of SPARK
Your PNA Northern California leadership team has shown tremendous strength and resilience in the past 100 days of my Presidency. I couldn't have survived the past 100 days without them.
PNANC was created to help Filipino Nurses and that is as true today as it was 59 years ago. Our colleagues in the frontline need us more than ever so we, as PNANC officers are standing firm and will continue to honor our commitment to one another. This pandemic has affected us all, but we are all here to support each other.
I could not have asked for a better team of engaged leaders dedicating their weekend to make sure that every PNANC committees has meaningful, comprehensive, timely and realistic action plans during our 2-day strategic planning on August 29 and August 30.
Our Bylaws committee led by President Elect Igor Mocorro and Board Member Fe De Jesus are working on several changes to make sure we embrace inclusivity as we continue to promote the professional and leadership development of Filipino Nurses. Board Member Dr. Katherine Yago leads both Scholarship and Research committees. An updated scholarship application and budget was approved. Our Finance committee led by Marife Sevilla has successfully audited and balanced our financial records while the membership committee led by Igor Mocorro will intensify efforts towards membership engagement and retention in the coming months. Our Education Committee led by Elisa Ramirez and Adviser Pete Calixto worked hard in putting together an amazing educational program titled Adding Spark to the 2020 Year of the Nurse "Celebration of Heroism, Resilience and Healing". They have successfully secured a powerhouse line up of speakers and we are all looking forward to our first virtual Fall Conference on October 29.
Our Socio Cultural Committee Chair/Adviser Alicia Fortaleza and Covid Task Force Committee headed by Tess Estrin and Cherina Tinio spent countless hours finding ways to raise funds for projects like Face Shields donations, Rosary Donations, Care Packages for Front Line Nurses, Support Group, Daily Rosary and Grocery deliveries for Filipino Seniors/Veterans and Pasko ng mga Bayani. Many of the PNANC officers have personally donated several items for the Western Region Virtual Silent Auction to raise funds for the 2020 community outreach projects mentioned above. Our Covid task force has contacted our members personally by phone to see how they are coping and see how we can best support them during this pandemic. Advisers Araceli Antonio and Roger Bueno led our daily rosary since March and facilitated 5 weekly peer to peer support group.
All the hard work, time and effort put in by these PNANC leaders is truly admirable and the very essence of SPARK (Stories of People, Achievements, Resilience and Kindness). Some of us are working full time, busy taking care of patients while keeping ourselves and Families safe and healthy and then spend countless hours volunteering for PNANC. Our other officers who are retired nurses also have many competing priorities in life and continue to volunteer many hours to make sure PNANC's plans and goals are achieved. PNANC is all about doing what we can, with what we have, whenever and wherever we can. My first 100 days as President was made possible by all of them as well as by our members who continue to support PNANC.
Thank You & Mabuhay,
Emily Danuco, RN, BSN
PNA Northern CA