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The Heritage: PNASD Newsletter                                    Happy Nurses Week 2015
Newsletter Editor: LTJG Trishia Carinio, NC, USN
If you have any interesting PNASD events/activities that you would like to be included in our future newsletter issues, please send articles with pictures with “The Heritage” or “PNASD Newsletter” in the subject line to Trishia (, Marlon (, and our President, Maria Luisa (Merlie) Ramira (  
Maraming Salamat!

Hello Current Members of PNASD, we are issuing you a challenge!

This year of 2015, the PNASD is striving to gain at least 50 new members into the PNASD before the end of this year.  

We are working toward our Association’s transition into a 503c tax status for our San Diego Chapter.   The PNASD accepts members who are of any race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, disability, marital or veteran status, or any other legally protected status. 

We are strongly encouraging each of you to reach out to a minimum of TWO:

Co-workers   -   Colleagues   -   Nursing students   -   Retired nurses
  • Both non-Filipino and Filipino nurses 
  • LVN – BSN – MSN – Ph.D. – DNP status
  • Any field of nursing practice
  • Anywhere in San Diego County
Provide them a hard copy membership form or this PNASD website link and encourage them to join.

We want to see an increased number of members and for all members to volunteer, attend business meetings, join committees, and attend our functions throughout the year.

Please keep track of what nurses you refer.  A special treat will be given to the current PNASD member who recruits the most new members!

Thank you to everyone,

Mollie Nunn, RN                       Merlie Ramira, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, CEN
PNASD member                       PNASD President 2014-2016, 
Past Events
PNASD Attended SD Black Nurses Scholarship Luncheon Award

The 39th Annual San Diego Black Nurses Scholarship Luncheon event was held April 11, 2015 at Bethel Baptist Church in San Diego, CA. The event was attended by Philippine Nurses Association of San Diego President Dr. Merlie Ramira, Vice-President Linda Mascardo and President-Elect Vivian Sanderlin. The theme of the event was “Hats off to Nurses” in which Ms. Inge Taylor, Mistress of the Event, started the program by showing the guests the significance of wearing different hats and acknowledged that nurses deserve “hats off” for their dedication and hard work in their chosen nursing careers. 

SDBNA President, Ms. Ethel Weekly recognized its members and community partners, National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN) and Philippine Nurses Association of SD (PNASD) during her thank you speech. After presenting awards to the deserving Scholars, a buffet lunch was served with cookies and ice cream for dessert. There was enough time provided to the guests after lunch to meet, greet and “get-to-know” each other. Dr. Merlie Ramira announced in a short speech about PNASD’s upcoming Leadership Spring Seminar to be held on April 25th at United States University and PNASD’s 41st Anniversary Scholarship Gala on June 20, 2015 to be held at Sheraton Hotel. 


L-R Front: Elvira Moon, Merlie Ramira, Renee McLeod
L-R Back: Inge Taylor, Lydia Stewart, Teri Kiresuk, Lisa Duncan, George Peraza-Smith, Vivian Sanderlin, Dale Parent, Erlinda Mascardo

L-R: Vivian Sanderlin, Michael Jackson, Merlie Ramira, Erlinda Mascardo
L-R: Lydia Stewart, Inge Taylor, Merlie Ramira

PNASD Volunteered at MANA Health Festival

L-R(front): Ycel DelaCruz, Helen Fabello; Cinthya Perez; LTJG Trishia Carinio; Carlota Quiban
R-L(back): HMCS Jerry Juan; HM1 Jessie Taborda

PNASD participated in MANA Health Festival Community event last April 11, 2015 Sweetwater Union High School Gymnasium 2900 Highland Avenue, National City, CA 91950 Health Screening Services from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Health Festival offered the following FREE services to enhance families’ health: Clinical Breast Exams and Mammograms, only for women 40+ years, low income, and uninsured or under-insured; Cervical Cancer Screenings, only for women who are low income and uninsured or under-insured; Other health screenings such as cholesterol and glucose (fasting may be required), blood pressure, body mass index, dental, vision, bone density/osteoporosis, STD and HIV testing, Hepatitis B and C screening; Vaccines and physicals, only for children 2 months to 18 years old who qualify, shot record required

HPV vaccines, only for women who qualify, 19-26 years old, low income and uninsured

PNASD volunteers included: Ycel DelaCruz, Helen Fabello, Cinthya Perez, Trishia Carinio, Carlota Quiban, Jerry Juan, Jessie Taborda, and Crisabel Ramos.

PNASD member selected as one of the United States Military representative to prestigious United Nations Workshop

Delegates to the 137th United Nations Humanitarian Civil- Military Coordination Course, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. PNASD member Major Marissa Marquez, USAFR Nurse Corps, is on the first row, 3rd from right.

Congratulations to Major Marissa Marquez, PNASD member, on her selection as a delegate to the 137th United Nations Humanitarian Civil- Military Coordination held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  

When an emergency or natural disaster creates humanitarian needs, many countries deploy their military or civil defense organizations to respond. Bilateral support to disaster- affected States can also be provided through the international deployment of foreign Military and Civil Defense Assets (MCDA). When local and international humanitarian organizations are also involved in that response, it is essential that they can operate in the same space without detriment to the civilian character of humanitarian assistance.

It is for this reason that United Nations Humanitarian Civil- Military Coordination (UN- CMCoord) facilitates dialogue and interaction between civilian and military actors—essential for protecting and promoting the humanitarian principles, avoiding competition, minimizing inconsistency and, when appropriate, pursuing common goals.
UN-CMCoord delivers a coherent and consistent humanitarian approach to military interaction, enhancing a broad understanding of humanitarian action, and guiding political and military actors on how best to support that action.

It helps to develop context- specific guidance based on internationally agreed guidelines, and it establishes humanitarian civil-military coordination structures, ensuring staff members are trained to make that coordination work. UN- CMCoord is essential in complex emergencies, where the involvement of MCDA in humanitarian assistance may have serious consequences, and could impact the perceived or actual neutrality, impartiality and operational independence of the overall humanitarian effort.

At Our Last PNASD Business Meeting

Lynn Novencido, MSN, RN, CNS gave information on Stroke Updates during the PNASD Business Meeting on April 19, 2015 that was held at Sharp Spectrum. 1 CE was provided to the nurses. Lynn works at Sharp CV as Ortho and Stroke Specialist.

Photo: L-R Merlie Ramira, Beets Valle, Lynn Novencido, Erlinda Mascardo.

Thank you to everyone who joined us at Cocina Del Charro this past Saturday, May 2!
Photos and a story to come in our next newsletter.

PNASD-USU Partnership in the Spring Seminar 2015: A Successful Event

Lourdes E. DePerio MSN RN

About a year ago, the Philippine Nurses Association of San Diego (PNASD) and United States University (USU) decided to form a collaborative plan to hold the 2015 Spring Seminar with the theme “Changing Nature of Leadership.” When all the final details were sorted out, the seminar was held on April 25, 2015 at USU and was very well attended by 112 nurses including 31 nursing students and 6 LVNs, and 12 vendors who exhibited their products to the delight of the audience. This was such an unimaginable outcome experienced by the organization and one to celebrate as a validation of a great networking, collaboration, and marketing strategies by dedicated members. USU provided a great venue and food for breakfast and lunch, a service thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated by the participants. Two wonderful ladies, Jennifer Martinez and Irma Carillo, provided a strong support and other needed assistance during the day of the seminar. They made themselves accessible to answer questions and requests. Sarah McAndrews coordinated the lunch.

The program began with opening remarks from the PNASD President Dr. Merlie Ramira followed by Dr. Renee McLeod, Dean of USU College of Nursing. Her message was the future of leadership, is now. The key elements to leadership is having a global understanding of health care, cutting edge curriculum, emerging nursing roles, and patients driving their own care. She then introduced Dr. Steve Stargardter, USU Provost, replacing Dr. Tim Cole, as the keynote speaker. His message on leadership is to “keep your eyes wide open and be aware of what you are getting into, and make a difference”. He took excerpts from General Collin Powel’s Eighteen Lessons of Leadership to close his remarks. Following this speaker, Dr. Pablo Velez, CEO from Sharp Hospital addressed the audience on Trends and Competencies for Current Emerging Leaders and emphasized these key points: have a vision and strategy; inspire and motivate others; team work, communication skills, be authentic and understand conflict management and understand emotional intelligence as a key factor to enhance critical thinking. Ms. Gemma Rama-Banaag, CEO Paradise Valley Hospital spoke about Positive Feedback: the Green light of High Performance. According to Ms. Banaag, the greenlight formula includes Equity which means feedback should fit the talent, Experience that is, having the knowledge and wisdom, and Engagement to get them more involved, feel valued and important, and empowered. Leaders must focus on the employee’s strengths and build on those qualities. The next speaker was Cathy McJannet, Director of Nursing and Health Occupation Programs, Southwestern College. She addressed the millennials in the audience, asking them the question “Are they ready to lead?” Millennials are the “me, me “generation, technology driven, all about bottom line, and may not stay very long in a job. We need to recognize their potentials as leaders and give them a chance to be leaders and provide a supportive environment. They need to improve communication skills, be flexible and be open. She stated instead of “Think outside of the box,” “Get rid of the box”.

Captain Dale Ramirez from the United States Navy Nurse Corps began his presentation on Complexities and Opportunities in Leadership across the Continuum with a selfie photo of the audience and certainly a great ice breaker which the audience thoroughly enjoyed it. He spoke with great enthusiasm, was entertaining, animated and empathetic in his delivery. Key points he emphasized as a great quality of a leader is the ability to inspire and commit to excellence. Lead to inspire. He also shared the U.S. Navy’s core values of Honor, Courage, and Commitment, a mantra to live by. Ms. Mildred de Castro, RFNP MSN showed her expertise and impressive knowledge of the CMS Nursing Five Star Rating … Updates and Improving Outcomes 2015. She articulated the three domains that determine a five star rating quality and they are health inspection outcome, staffing rates, and quality measures. She shared lots of core measure data and numbers for nurses working in nursing homes to understand so they can work towards the achieving the five star rating status.

The last part of the program was the panel discussion on Positioning Yourself for the Future. Lt. Col. Doris Aceron began by saying “listen and learn from others, identify your own strengths and weaknesses, possess good skill sets, have a purpose and vision, take risks, be optimistic, network and mentor”. She shared a quote from an author Robert Green Leaf, “Servant Leadership begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first, then conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead. Jose Samson, MSN FNP, Operation Samahan, shared his clinical experiences from a clinical nurse position to management. His message to position yourself in the future is to do a self-assessment, build a good resume, develop skills and knowledge, volunteer for extra assignments, know the company you are applying to, and be technologically up to date. Dr. Dixie Galapon, from Union of Pan Asian Communities (UPAC), discussed mental health as a social stigma. She encouraged nurses to be more astute in recognizing signs and symptoms of mental illness and know how to manage them. She shared the mental health services offered by the different clinics locally.

Leadership and social media was discussed by the nursing students Arbert Nazareno, a DNP student from USD and Ariane Luzano, a nursing senior from SDSU. Arbert discussed social media as an everyday tool and resource used by majority of millennials. He advised safety precautions when using social media, be aware of what’s going on around you, create a revolution of how we communicate with others. Employers are using social media to search for potential and qualified employees. Ariane Luzano, talked about what it takes to succeed. She discussed the importance of having the qualities of caring and empathy, diversity of experience, autonomy, and ability to think critically and getting involved. Great to see students sharing their own experiences.

It was indeed a very successful seminar packed with information from excellent speakers. This event could not have been such a great success without the hard work of Jay Larrosa Chair, Education committee and his co-chair Erlinda Mascardo. The following members, Cece Echon, Chona Lutap, Vicky Berbano, Perly Aguinaldo, Vivian Sanderlin, Elvie Magsarili, Lorna Herce, Cyndi Caluza, Filipinas Reyes, Trishia Carinio, Tessie Porciuncula, and Hilario "Jun" Noveno provided a strong support to keep the program organized and moving in a smooth fashion. These are the team of members who continuously commit their services to make every PNASD event a success.


Thank you, Dr. Ramira, for your leadership and making the unthinkable happen and thank you USU for your partnership with PNASD.

Our Vendors
Upcoming Events!
Join us at the Asian Cultural Festival!

The Asian Cultural Festival will be held on Saturday, May 9, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. It is recognized by the City and County of San Diego as the biggest celebration for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.


We showcase many aspects of the festival including art, culture, food, business, entertainment, and more. Your support of this event will show the diversity, unity, and uniqueness of the San Diego API community!

If you would like to volunteer in our First Aid booth, please contact Cris Ramos at Maraming Salamat!
Mitz Lee, Co-Chair of D6 Night Market Team is inviting us to an event!
The D6 Night Market Team is proud to announce its inaugural year in Mira Mesa, San Diego. Featuring diverse and exotic food, a craft beer garden, a food truck gathering, multi-cultural performances, contemporary entertainment, and fun for everyone - the D6 Night Market is here to officially kickoff the start of summer in San Diego.

The D6 Night Market will be on Saturday, May 30, 2015, with festivities beginning at 4:00 p.m. and continuing throughout the night until 10:00 p.m., at Mira Mesa Community Park (8575 New Salem St, San Diego, CA 92126). The park is located 2.5 miles west of Interstate 15 at the intersection of Mira Mesa Blvd and New Salem St - across from Mira Mesa High School, one block east of the Mira Mesa Mall.
This fun, family-friendly public event is FREE to all visitors and guests!

“D6” refers to the six great neighborhoods that make up San Diego City Council District 6: Clairemont, Kearny Mesa, MCAS Miramar, Mira Mesa, Rancho Peñasquitos-Park Village, and Sorrento Valley.
We are excited about the tremendous goodwill and energy this event will produce!

Applications are currently being accepted for vendors, performers, sponsors, and volunteers. Application forms are available online at
The 5th Annual Mabuhay Festival -  celebrating culture & diversity will be held on Saturday, June 13, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Kimball Park in National City. The Mabuhay Festival fosters a sense of community and promote pride in the Filipino cultural heritage;  builds collaboration and cultural understanding among the Filipinos and the Filipino-Americans – youth and elderly alike; promotes empowerment in the community of diverse strengths and backgrounds! The Filipino Americans represent the largest Asian group in San Diego County, celebrating to honor the 117th Philippine Independence Day in the community. 
The Mabuhay Festival program will include participation from our honorable public officials, various groups representing businesses, civic organizations, local government, educational institutions, public agencies and nonprofit organizations showcasing arts and crafts, local talents, and trade. It will feature the Mabuhay Bayani Honorees, the Mabuhay Scholarship, the Salute to the Filipino American Military Honorees, and Corporate “Maraming Salamat” Recognitions. It will also feature the Miss Mabuhay Philippines, the Mabuhay Cup Golf Festival, the Mabuhay Singing Star, the Filipino American Business of the Year Honoree, the Paradise Valley Hospital Health & Wellness, and the visit of the miraculous Our Lady of the Rosary of Manaoag from the Philippines.

Flyer by PNASD member, Dorothy Brown

Please Save the Date: June 20, 2015!
PNASD’s 41st Anniversary Scholarship and Excellence Awards Gala
On Saturday, June 20, 2015 PNASD will be hosting its 41st Anniversary Scholarship and Excellence Awards Gala. The gala will be from 6:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m at Sheraton Mission Valley, 1433 Camino del Rio South, San Diego, CA 92108. Our theme will be ”Recognizing our Filipino and Multinational Cultures."

An invitation to undergraduate and graduate nursing students!

The Philippine Nurses Association of San Diego County, Inc. (PNASD) offers scholarship awards to nursing students currently enrolled in a National League of Nurses (NLN) or Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredited school of nursing.

Deadline submission date is May 15, 2015.

Submit your award nomination applications by May 15, 2015.
PNASD Excellence Awards Nomination 2015 Form

Category I: Clinical Nurse of the Year
  1. Nominee must be a current member of PNASD.
  2. Must be currently practicing in a clinical field of nursing for at least three (3) years.
  3. Must have significant and/or meritorious contributions to the practice of nursing.
Category II: Nurse Administrator of the Year
  1. Nominee must be a current member of PNASD.
  2. Must be currently practicing in a field of nursing and must have occupied the position of Administrator, Director, Supervisor or Manager for at least two (2) years.
  3. Must have demonstrated innovative and/or significant contributions to leadership practice in any healthcare setting.
Category III: Nurse Researcher of the Year
  1. Nominee must be a current member of PNASD.
  2. Must be currently practicing in a field of nursing for at least one (1) year.
  3. Must be a principal investigator or co-investigator of a research study.
  4. Must have been recognized for significant contributions through research to the practice of nursing in general, and to PNASD in particular within ten (10) years.
Category IV: Nurse Educator of the Year
  1. Nominee must be a current member of PNASD
  2. Must be a faculty in a School or College of Nursing or Nurse Educator in a healthcare setting.
  3. Must have been recognized for a significant contribution in the field of nursing education.
Category V: Community Service
  1. Nominee must be a current member of PNASD
  2. Must have been recognized for a significant contribution in enhancing the image and the quality of life for Filipino community at large.
Category VI: Nurse Entrepreneur
  1. Nominee must be a current member of PNASD
  2. Must be engaged in a health-related enterprise.
  3. Must have a significant contribution to the professional and personal growth, socio-economic well-being of the person(s) through employment opportunities.
Category VII: Advance Practice Nurse
  1. Nominee must be a current member of PNASD
  2. Must be currently practicing in Advance Clinical field of nursing with the role of either as the Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA), Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS), Certified Nurse Practitioner (CNP), and Certified Nurse Midwives (CNM).
  3. Must have made significant contribution through development of innovative ideas and programs to improve patient care, nursing practice, health promotion and disease prevention.
  4. Must have been recognized for meritorious contributions to the practice of Advance Clinical nursing, including, increasing health care access, participating in health fairs, author in publications or journals, volunteering, initiating programs, participating in research that has contributed to nursing practice.
Category VIII: Informatics Nurse
  1. Nominee must be a current member of PNASD
  2. Must be currently practicing in a field of nursing informatics.
  3. Must have significant contribution in clinical system development, implementation and/or optimization towards advancing the health status of patients/consumers and/or uniquely applied clinical systems tools and techniques impacting clinician workflow/productivity in general.
Philippine Nurses Association of America, Inc. (PNAA) Updates:
Convention Schedule Released!

PNAA Western Regional Conference
36th PNAA National Convention


36th PNAA Annual National Convention, July 22-26, 2015 @ Hilton Hawaiian Village, Honololu, Hawaii. Please register by June 15, 2015. Visit for information.

The nomination for the PNAA Nurse Excellence Award is now open. A new award category was created: Perpetual PNAA Award to a member who had made an indelible contribution or outstanding achievement  to PNAA. Here are the related links:
PNAA Nursing Excellence Award Nomination form
PNAA Nursing Excellence Awards Timeline
PNAA Awards Committee Scoring Tool

Tina Salvador, the Immediate Past President of Hawaii would like to find out from our chapter who will be attending the conference, the date that you will be arriving and departing, if you will stay at Hilton Hawaiian Village or other hotels, or if you are celebrating your wedding anniversary. Please let our President, Merlie Ramira ( know as soon as you can. Please share this information to other members.

Our 2014-2015 Corporate Sponsors


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