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. 

A five-member (Dr. Elizabeth Simon, Leena Alappatt, Densy Johnson, Shaimole Francis, & Toby Abraham) panel discussion on “Providing Safe Quality Healthcare for All: Workplace Challenges & Solutions” moderated by Lisa Augustine was well received by the participants. There were presentations on “Early Diagnosis and Management of Acute Ischemic Stroke” by Varsha Singh and Rinta Thomas and “Strategies for Effective Communication” by Beena Benny. 

The felicitation remarks were given by Hon. Aney Paul, NAINA Advisory Board member, Vimala George, NAINA President-Elect, and Thangamani Aravindan, NAINA Souvenir Committee Co-Chair. The Vote of thanks was delivered by Usha George, Secretary of Indian Nurses Association of New York (INA-NY). The Mistress of Ceremony, Ajita Kuriakose, held the floor together at all times. The tireless efforts of NAINA Conference Education Chair, Beena Benny, and Education chair, Rachel Koshy, along with seminar planning committee, added to the great success of the program. The President expressed her sincere thanks to Beena Benny for obtaining ANCC contact hours for the participants through Montefiore. NAINA acknowledge the generous support of the sponsors—Genetech, George Joseph—MetLife, Walden University, Thermo Scientific, Santhigram, and Covidien who made it possible to conduct this seminar.

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