The National Association of Indian Nurses of America (NAINA) held its 2012 pre-conference seminar on March 17, 2012, at Royal Palace, White Plains, New York, with the theme “Nurses: Dare to Make a Difference.” Rachel Koshy, Education Chair, gave a warm welcome to over 130 attendees from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania. In her presidential remarks, Dr. Solymole Kuruvilla expressed her gratitude to all the nurses for making this event possible and spoke about the many benefits NAINA members may enjoy along with their membership benefits in AAPINA and NCEMNA. Dr. Kuruvilla also spoke about NAINA’s upcoming third Biennial Educational Convention on October 5 and 6, 2012 at the Tarrytown Westchester Marriott in New York, and the attendees were reminded to register early. The forthcoming conference will highlight the theme “Nurses at the Forefront of Healthcare Revolution: Challenges and Opportunities.” 

Dr. Kathleen Flaherty, Professor/Chair of Undergraduate Nursing Program at Concordia College, New York, delivered the keynote speech on “Authentic Caring and Healing Presence in Nursing Practice,” elaborating on Dr. Jean Watson’s caring model. 

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