More than 300 members of the National Association of Indian Nurses of America (NAINA) gathered on October 5-6 at the Westchester Marriott in Tarrytown, NY, for the third biennial national convention, “Nurses at the Forefront of Healthcare Revolution: Challenges and Opportunities.” Motivational speaker, Stuart Robertshaw, EdD, JD (Dr. Humor), President and CEO of the National Association for the Humor Impaired, began the keynote speeches on the healing power of humor by demonstrating strategies to enhance humor and laughter for positive effects on well-being.

Suzanne Bakken, DNSc, RN, FAAN, FACMI, Professor of Biomedical Informatics and Director of the Center for Evidence-based Practice in the Underserved at Columbia University School of Nursing, reminded participants that “just as all nurses influence the health of their patients, Indian nurses can do so through NAINA’s leadership while keeping their unique identity.”

Guest speaker Susan B. Hassmiller, PhD, RN, FAAN, Senior Advisor for Nursing at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Director of the RWJF initiative Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, reviewed key issues of the IOM’s report on The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, which, when implemented, will advance the nursing profession’s success in providing better health care for all Americans in a transformed health care system. “Nursing is about doing; it’s a role essentially the same as Florence Nightingale’s, as we look back to go forward,” said Hassmiller.

At the conference, nurses had the opportunity through a variety of breakout sessions, presentations, and networking to share and gain knowledge that will enhance them personally and professionally and enable them to better provide high quality patient care.

The Hon. Kevin Plunkett, Deputy County Executive of Westchester County, NY, inaugurated the Gala Night, which was marked by festivities including native dance presentations, awards to nurses and scholarships to nursing students, and the installation of new NAINA officers for the 2013-2014 term. NAINA president Solymole Kuruvilla, PhD, RN, ACNP-BC, NYSAFE, offered full support to them and to president-elect Vimala George, MSN, RN, ANP-C.

In 2006, NAINA was established with the primary goal of identifying the unique professional, social, and cultural needs of all nurses of Indian origin/heritage and to optimize their contribution to the health and well-being of our citizens. To learn more about NAINA, visit www.nainausa.com.


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