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The Heritage: PNASD Newsletter                                                                
Newsletter Editor: LTJG Trishia Carinio, NC, USN
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Featured Articles
  • PNASD on YouTube!
  • An Interview with our PNASD President, Dr. Ramira, on the Boutique Universities Consortium website
  • Depression in the Elderly
  • Her Love of Music Will Live on Forever in PNASD's Hearts: Pat Delos Reyes
Past Events
  • Mira Mesa 4th of July First Aid Volunteer
  • 36th PNAA National Convention in Hawaii
Upcoming Events
  • PNASD Family Picnic
    August 16, 2015 -- Mission Bay Drive
  • San Diego Black Nurses Association Health Exposition
    August 22, 2015 -- Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation
    Contact: Crisabel Ramos -
  • 3rd Semi-Annual Medical Device Packaging Conference
    September 24-25, 2015 -- Hilton San Diego Del Mar
  • Fil-Am Festival -- October 10, 2015
  • 10th PNAA International Nursing Conference
    January 26-30, 2016 -- Diamond Hotel, Philippines
  • 10th PNAA Western Region Annual Conference
    April 15-16, 2016 -- Chaparral Suites Scottsdale, AZ
  • More events and information to come
Featured Articles
PNASD on YouTube!
On June 4, 2015, PNASD attended the Board of Registered Nursing Meeting. Watch the video by clicking the link below. It should automatically forward you to 3:28:46.
Overcoming odds; becoming a Doctor in Nursing Practice

Maria Luisa Ramira, DNP, FNP-BC, CEN PNASD President 2014-2016 PNAA Chair of Education, Western Region Congratulations to PNASD President Dr. Maria Luisa (Merlie) Ramira on her recent interview that is posted on Boutique Universities Consortium website. Click the link below to read it!
Depression in the Elderly
Anna Soliven, DNP, CNS, RN

During the last PNASD business meeting on July 19, 2015, Dr. Soliven discussed elder depression and the common symptoms we have to watch for when we take care of our geriatric population. She further stated that depression is very common in late life, affecting nearly 5 million of the 31 million Americans aged 65 and older with significant depressive symptoms in older adults aged 80 and older. She also discussed the most common risk factors resulting depression in the elderly. She emphasized the importance of finding resources and community support to our elderly population. She also indicated that the Geriatric Depression Scale can be used to recognize early depressive symptoms with elderly.

Thank you Dr. Soliven in providing us in-service education on elder depression, 1 CE was offered to attendees.

(In-service picture L-R) Chona Lutap (Chair of BOD), Dr. Merlie Ramira (PNASD President), Dr. Anna Soliven (PNASD Member), Erlinda Mascardo (Chair of Education)

Her Love of Music Will Live on Forever in PNASD’s Hearts
Lourdes DePerio MSN RN

Pat Delos Reyes
PNASD Past President
In every gathering of friends from the Philippine Nurses Association of San Diego (PNASD), music became the center piece of entertainment, laughter, and relaxation for her friends. Pat Delos Reyes, Past President of PNASD is not shy to show off her passion for music, her love of singing, and playing the piano and accordion. Music gave her energy, solace, healing, strength and peace in her inner soul. Pat and Greg finds joy in seeing their friends singing along with them. Her love for entertainment through music, her big smiles and laughter notwithstanding the challenge she faced as she battled an illness kept her living the life she deserved as she provided these form of welcoming her friends wherever the occasion may be. Through her leadership in singing, brave souls belted their own soundtrack, pleasant or not to the ears, just to join in with the chorus of beautiful music that accompanies her favorite song choices. Through the sound of her music, it brought all friends together as one family, and one PNASD.

On July 27, 2015, the sad news came through while a group of us were in Hawaii representing PNA San Diego at the Philippine Nurses Association of America (PNAA) annual convention.  We were suddenly overcome with grief by the loss of Pat Delos Reyes, the Lady of Music, who had devoted her time to move PNASD to where it is now. We had enjoyed her strong leadership, her music, her warm heart and sense of humor.

Some of our close friends who had served as past Presidents of PNASD and friends who had known her for a long time, shared their sentiments and testimonial of how great Pat was, as a person, as a PNASD President, and a friend. Here are their own stories. Tessie Porciuncula states “Pat is a very committed and dedicated president of PNASD and stood by her convictions.  I was the Treasurer during her term with Josie Pantaleon as the auditor”. Cece Echon said   “Pat’s willingness to share her God given musical talents made PNASD shine at community events. She has been the Chair for PNASD’s Music and Entertainment Committee in the 90’s and later formed the PNASD Choral group and performed at the Philippine American convention and Exposition at Del Fair on October 18, 1998, a day I will always remember. We were all wearing Maria Clara.”  Maria Camilon also stated “I will always remember her steadfast dedication and devotion to the vision of PNASD. As a new leader, she was a constant voice of reason and inspiration as she continuously reminded me of the path PNASD had started and the mission to support and provide for our members as set forth by our leaders- the real PNASD Trailblazers.” Elvie Magsarili remembers “The picture frame I have of Pat delos Reyes is a picture of a Christian and professional woman who had a kind and loving heart for all who were blessed to cross her path. Her sense of humor was infectious especially when she opened the PNASD meeting during her term as President with “Magandang  Umaga Po sa Inyong Lahat”. This statement was always followed by laughter from the meeting attendees”. Vicky Berbano expressed her thoughts as” Words of wisdom, music, spiritual centering, passion for PNASD embodies our Manang Pat. I was fortunate to speak to her before going to Hawaii. I did not know it was my last good bye to this lady whom I admired since the year 2000. She spoke dearly of our organization and was a proud contributor of the PNASD Bulletin with Gerry Garcenila as the editor. Her love for music is what I will remember most. Now she will be joining all the choirs of angels, singing to us during the consecration of the Holy Eucharist. What a delightful memory! May her journey be joyful.  Rest in Peace, our 13th PNASD President”. Cris Ramos states “Though I became active in PNASD after her term, I’ve known her to have led the Philippine and US National Anthem in every Gala events. A great supporter of PNASD!” Erlinda Mascardo said, “Manang Pat recruited me to become a member of PNASD in the 90’s and had been active since. She motivated me always to do my best at work and had given me advice on how to attain a higher position as an educator at the Navy hospital. I will be forever grateful for all the help she has given.” Merly Ferrer stated “What I remember most was her love of music, her extraordinary voice that one cannot miss. She was very proud to share this gift to us through PNASD Choral Group in many unforgettable occasions”. Blanca Paloma also said “I remember Pat’s love of music, which she shared with PNASD through our choir and her love for small parties at her house after meetings. She has a very generous heart.” Arlin Ramira stated that Pat was a serious person, but always focused to the future of PNASD.” Chona Lutap acknowledged Pat’s major accomplishment “As the 13th PNASD President , Patria delos Reyes requested to change the name of our organization from Filipino Nurses Association of San Diego County to Philippine Nurses Association of San Diego County, Inc. The amendment was granted by the State of California on Feb 27 1991”. Great attestations from friends who knows her best. All these memories will be included in the archive of PNASD.  

Pat’s legacy as a great leader, loving wife to Greg who stood by her lovingly and religiously comforting her, mother and grandmother and her love for music will certainly be remembered forever.
As we say our good bye to Pat, I share this quote “May the road rise up to meet you, may the wind be ever at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face and the rain fall softly on your fields. And until we meet again, may God hold you in the hollow of his hand. “~Irish Blessing
Upcoming Events

Annual PNASD Picnic Day
Sunday, August 16, 2015 from 10 am until 3 pm

PNASD Chapter and PNASRC Subchapter

Cordially invites Family & Friends to the Annual Summer Picnic
De Anza Cove Picnic Shelter, Mission Bay

For those who have the white PNASD T-shirt with new logo, please wear it, or you can also wear the PNASD blue shirt or the PNASD white shirt, for photo shoots.
If you do not have those shirts, it's fine too, come and enjoy the picnic.

Entrees: Filipino/Mexican Dishes (provided)
(Picnic Sponsor: Sue Fortuno of Generations HealthCare)
  • Games
  • Line Dancing
  • 50/50 Opportunity Drawing

PNASD Attendees: Please bring appetizers and desserts
A-M - Appetizer
N-Z – Dessert

Address:  3000 East Mission Bay Drive,
San Diego 92109

From 1-5 South - Exit 22 Clairemont Drive/Mission Bay Drive. Turn left on Clairemont Drive. Turn right onto Mission Bay Dr. Drive approximately half a mile. Turn Left on De Anza Rd. Enter parking lot on left and look for a blue roof picnic shelter on your right with PNASD banner.

From 1-5 North - Exit 22 Clairemont Drive/Mission Bay Drive. Turn Right Clairemont Drive. Turn right Mission Bay Dr. Follow above instructions.

                                Vivian Sanderlin
                                PNASD Marketing

3rd Semi-Annual Medical Device Packaging Conference

September 24-25, 2015

On Friday, September 25 at 8:45, PNASD will be participating in the  SMALL GROUP DISCUSSIONS: ANSWERING TO THE HEALTHCARE PROVIDER CONCERNS.
As the healthcare landscape navigates towards a patient-centric driven industry, it is more important than ever that medical device manufacturers produce products that fit seamlessly into this model. Oftentimes the deciding factor for devices selected ends with the nurse or clinician choosing the most appropriate product for the patient. Ease-of-use, sterilization abilities and historical success rates are just a few examples of the elements customers evaluate in choosing a medical device. By inviting nurses and other clinicians to lead small groups and analyze packaging from medical devices provided by conference attendees, engineers will have the unique and valuable opportunity to receive first-hand feedback from healthcare providers.

The 10th PNAA International Nursing

Conference in cooperation with  the Philippine Nurses Association, Inc. and
Association of  Deans of Philippine Colleges of Nursing, Inc. -Lead Empower and Transform-Let’s Do IT!
January 26-30, 2016
Preconference Activities:
Tues:       Jan 26 PNAA Balik Turo
Wed:       Jan 27  Research Day, VENUE: TBD

International Conference Proper
Thu:    Jan 28 Conference Day 1 at Diamond Hotel
Fri       Jan 29 Conference Day 2 at Diamond Hotel
Sat      Jan 30 PNA GK at Piel, Bulacan Visit (optional)

                  Roxas Blvd, cor, J. Quintos St.

Inquiries!! Please email  to May Mayor, Chair , 10th International Conference @
Dr. Rey Rivera, PNAA Education Committee Chair for interest in podium and poster presentations.
Past Events
PNASD volunteered for the First Aid Booth at Mira Mesa
Fourth of July Celebration

To the Filipinos, July 4th was celebrated as our Philippine Independence until it was changed in 1962 to June 12th by then President Diosdado Macapagal. However, for the older Filipinos the celebration of the Philippine Friendship Day still remains as one significant celebration of our Philippine Independence.

Annually, the Philippine Nurses Association of San Diego County participates in the celebration by manning the First Aid Booth for the event. This event begins with a parade from Mira Mesa Blvd around New Salem and Camino Ruiz. Parking was challenging but Jessie DelMundo began the set up with Trishia Carinio and Maricel Dela Cruz (PNASD Scholar 2015). The music of the 96.5 KyXy booth inspired Trishia to work with Jessie and did the set up at a fast pace. Kaplan College volunteers assisted us in the blood pressure screening. Families trekked in the park after the parade. The weather was muggy but this did not deter the children playing in the Kids Zone.  Joining us was President Merlie Ramira, we welcomed the pastries and of course the pancit, lumpia brought by our Community Chair, Cris Ramos.  Chona Lutap, Elaine Soliven in focused discussion of our future events in one corner. Balzar Ramos (Cris’ son) and Andrew Del Mundo (Jessie’s son) helped PNASD with the first aid booth.


(Chona Lutap, Christine Eser & friend, Jessie Del Mundo, Vickie Berbano, Merlie Ramira, Cris Ramos)

We were expecting kids to come for first aid but other than band aid requests, they were playing safe sports. The adults however had been playing basketball vigorously; one gentleman had a gash in his bloody left eye cared for by our able nurses. Another gentleman was cut by his instrument while preparing to grill for his family.
I must say that “blood pressure" check maybe a very simple function of a nurse but what transpires during the discussion, depending on the result of the reading is one nursing function that covers nutrition, healthy lifestyles and suggestions carried on by Cris Ramos with such professionalism that truly sets us apart in our commitment to  the community we serve.

PNASD provided Blood Pressure Screening to 29 clients, First Aid treatments to 5 clients from minor cuts, health teachings and information on community resources as needed, and referral to an Urgent Care.  PNASD had a total of 28 volunteers from RN’s to Medical Assistant, nursing students, and high school students. Community service is a rewarding experience, indeed, in keeping your fellowmen conscious of their health.

Christine Eser (PNASD Scholar 2015) came to volunteer in the afternoon. This service to the community is one of our important focus that the volunteer hours provided by our members ensure our visibility as an organization. Dorothy Brown joined us after work to assist in our booth closure.

The fireworks was spectacular! For me, watching the eyes of the children glued to the sky, family bonding, the singing of “America the Beautiful” made me proud of our military, healthcare personnel, and people in all walks of life in the hope of a peaceful tomorrow. This will create happy memories of the 2015th 4th of July weekend.  


(Mitz Lee, Bari Vaz and PNASD Members)
(PNASD Volunteers)

(Chona, Merlie, Maricel and Trishia)
(PNASD Volunteers after the fireworks)

The 36th PNAA National Convention in Hawaii:
As told by the PNASD Delegates
PNASD Delegates attended 36th PNAA National Convention in Hawaii
Merlie Ramira, PNASD President

Aloha! Hawaii is the perfect gathering place for the 36th PNAA National Convention that was held at Hilton Hawaiian Village, Waikiki Beach Resort in Honolulu, Hawaii on July 22-26, 2015. PNASD has fourteen delegates who attended the event including representatives from PNA South Riverside County Subchapter, Benita “Beets” Valle, President-elect; Gina Cascolan, Treasurer, and Lieutenant Commander Glynn Cascolan, PNASRC member. PNASD delegates included Dr. Merlie Ramira , PNASD President; Vivian Sanderlin, President-elect; Chona Lutap, Chair of Board of Directors (BOD); Vickie Berbano, PNAA EB member; Erlinda Mascardo, Vice-President; Lorna Herce, Auditor; Elvie Magsarili, BOD; Rose Marie Ferrer, member;  Lourdes Deperio, BOD; Tessie Porciuncula, BOD; and Dorothy Brown, Parliamentarian, and PNASD Photographer.

Highlights of the events included  PNAA Executive Board meeting, Circle of Presidents, Western Region Conference, Leadership Institute, Aloha and Networking Night, Education day, First time attendee reception, APRN Forum, Luau night, 5K Honolulu Walk/Run, General Assembly meeting, Gala night, Thanksgiving mass, and the PNAA Picnic.

(Merlie, Chona & Vivian)

(Jo, Merlie, Chona)
(Maria, Lorna, Vivian, Chona)
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
PNAA National Convention Planning Committee Dinner

Merlie Ramira

PNASD leaders and the planning committee were invited to an elegant dinner at the Pacific Club by Nancy Atmospera-Walch, PNAA Western Regional Conference Chair, and her husband. The dinner was attended by Tina Salvador, host of the PNAA National Convention and founder of PNA Hawaii, Ramon Sumicbay, President of PNAH; Dr. Letty Hermosa, PNAA President; Mindy Ofiana, Regional Vice President Western Region; Dr. Rey Rivera, PNAA Chair of Education; Mila Velasquez, PNAA Past-President and President of NCEMNA; Marianela Jacob, PNAH Education chair; Pete Reuben-Calixto, PNAAF Education Chair; and Dr. Merlie Ramira, PNASD President and Chair of Education, PNAA Western Region. What a splendid dinner! Thank you Ms. Atmospera-Walch for a great dining experience.

(Merlie, Mindy, Nancy & husband, Pete, Tina, Ramon, Marianela, Rey, Letty, Mila)
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
PNAA Executive Board Meeting

Vickie Berbano

Lead, Empower, and Transform, Let’s Do It, the theme of the current administration is centered on the Future of Nursing. We are encouraged to join the Campaign for Action and be involved to sustain the needs, health and well-being of the community that we serve. The Robert Wood Johnson Institute of Medicine (IOM) reports stated that the 900,000 baby boomers will be in full retirement by 2020.  The healthcare industry needs to prepare to take care of the aging baby boomers. Succession planning will be at the forefront as part of PNAA’s priority in response to the Nursing Action Coalition Network. The President encourages the different states to connect with Nursing Leadership of the state they represent. The Executive Board comprised of the President, Regional Vice-President’s (RVPs), Officers, Parliamentarian, Advisory Council, Board Members, and Committee Chairs.  Upon insuring a quorum motions, discussions, and approvals of all committee reports were done for presentation to the General Assembly.

Amendments and proposal to the current By-Laws were discussed to be shared with the General Assembly’s participation. A part of the agenda was the financial report given by Jeanette Livelo which was shared to the General Assembly after an extensive review of the Executive Board. The PNAA International Conference that will be held in Manila, Philippines on January 28-30 at the Diamond Hotel was also discussed. With the collaborative work between the Executive Board RVP’s and the Chapter Presidents Regional representative, we know that we will encounter challenges, but working together we will prevail. Onward to the next 37th PNAA National Conference which will be held in Washington, DC on July 2016. Mahalo!

Circle of Presidents (COP) Meeting
Merlie Ramira

COP meeting was led by PNAA President, Dr. Letty Hermosa, President-elect Dino Doliente III, the four Regional Vice-Presidents, Madelyn Yu, Romeo Devera, Mindy Ofiana, and Bessie Schiroky, and the COPPR from the four regions, Belle Villafuente, Mel Carillo, Michelle Cendana, and Elena De Jesus. There were informative discussions and exchange of ideas on current policies and procedures affecting PNAA such as PNAA Mission Statement and Goals, current structure of Executive Board, Process of submitting Amendments to the By-Laws, and National Election and Voting. Presidents and Vice-Presidents of PNAA Chapters attended the meeting. The group enjoyed the open forum and discussions and in having a “voice” to move forward the PNAA initiatives.

(COPs and RVP Western Region - Mindy Ofiana)
PNAA Western Region Conference
Glynn Cascolan, PNASRC Subchapter, Member
I attended my first PNAA conference in Honolulu, Hawaii and it was very interesting and eye opening. I was privilege to see and talk to the other western region members, and to see similar challenges that we face. The forum that was used was very intriguing. They have a stage and the format is like a talk show, were the questions was given to the PNA officers. They all have good input and understanding about our problems. I am looking forward to the next PNAA conference, and hopefully that our subchapter in Riverside will grow and be strong.

Lead, Empower, Transform, this is the theme for the 2015 Western Region Conference. The educational program highlight the origin of the PNAA as an organization. Current challenges and opportunities as an aspiring leaders were shared and explored through “storytelling.” Several PNAA past presidents shared their expertise and knowledge on different strategies to market ourselves in this competitive world of health care. Dr. Letty Hermosa, Pete-Reuben Calixto, Mila Velasquez graced the event. Jason Magabo Perez, MFA, writer, performer, professor and scholar from San Diego told the “Story of Leonora Perez,” a very emotional moving story of the many challenges of nurses in a foreign country. The break out session was spearheaded by Dr. Rey Rivera, utilizing liberating structure strategy on crowdsourcing; a very informative and engaging activity. The topic focused on “How Western Region become Visible as PNAA Leaders.” Mindy Ofiana, RVP Western region motivated the group and ended the conference with an inspiring music. PNASD President Dr. Merlie Ramira represented PNASD as the Chair of the Education for the Western Region and also member of the PNAA National Convention Planning Committee.


(Glynn & Gina Cascolan, Vivian, Merlie, Linda)

(Mindy, Merlie, Vivian, Linda)

(Jason Magabo Perez, MFA, Writer, Artist, Professor, & Dr. Merlie Ramira, PNASD President)
Thursday, July 23, 2015
PNAA Luau at Germaine’s

Lourdes DePerio, PNASD Board Member

After a long day of lectures at the Education event, four bus load of PNAA delegates where whisked away to the beautiful Germaine’s, one of the most authentic and popular luau sites in Oahu Hawaii including two of us from PNA San Diego, Dorothy Brown and husband Bob and my entire family came along to enjoy the experience. We were all entertained by our host in the bus who made everyone feel like a member of the Germaine “Ohana” (family). Upon arrival at Germaine’s we are greeted by the majestic beauty of the Pacific Ocean, as the beautiful waves hit the last tables of the open air dining area. The host made us walk barefoot in the thick sand and enjoyed the drinks available to all.

Before dinner started we were all invited to watch the “imu” ceremony, where the Kalua pig roasting since five o’clock in the morning in hot lava rocks, ti leaves and moist banana stalks was hauled out from the deep pit. As soon as the imu ceremony ended, the pig, pulled from the bone was placed in a big pan ready to be served at the dinner. The buffet style table was elegantly fixed with a variety of the island culinary specialties. The entire guest enjoyed the vast traditional Hawaiian food that had become an intrinsic landmark of the culture. Hawaiian meal will not be complete without the Poi the island’s staple equivalent to potato, prepared with pounded Taro root a nearly pudding like consistency. Alongside the poi bowl, is the Hawaiian Beef jerky, salted and aged to perfection, island style.

The Lomi Salmon, a tart salted fish salad with ripe tomatoes, onions, and tender chunks of salmon complemented the meal. Pork and beef combination surely left us feeling pretty full. Other food served were teriyaki chicken, chicken long rice (looked like sotanghon), mahi-mahi, fried chicken, green salad and dinner rolls. Of course, no luau would be complete without a taste of the Haupia, a vine-ripened sweet pineapple, roasted sweet potatoes, similar to custard and a gelatin.

After the dinner, the cultural show began. Every luau is highlighted by the traditional cultural dances. Traditional island costumes were very colorful, and impressive. The Hula, a hip swaying and graceful hand motion to the music of the island, topped the show along with the Samoan slap dance, Samoan fire-knife dance known as the “Tooth of Death”, Tahitian, Fiji and New Zealand. All these dances told a story of love, strength and power. Some of the PNAA delegates braved the stage and performed with the dancers. The luau concluded with everyone feeling the touch of Aloha spirit, feeling like a member of the Germaine‘s Ohana. As we say good bye to our host and to the rest of the audience, the Aloha ‘Oe song, to bid good bye was played and we all flashed the local hand sign “Hang Loose” or “Shaka”, a symbol of Aloha and local Hawaiian culture. Hawaii is truly the island of paradise, rich in culture and “Ohana”,   Ono food, beautiful waters and many more to enjoy. Mahalo!!

Networking Night, PNAA & PNASD Got Lei’d in Hawaii
Vivian D. Sanderlin, PNASD President-Elect

Philippine Nurses Association of San Diego joined the other 300 plus PNAA members who attended the 36th Annual Convention Networking Night. Upon arrival at the venue by PNAA members, they received the beautiful traditional Hawaiian welcome lei. The theme of the Networking night was “Honoring the Diversified Culture of Hawaii”. Each PNAA Region and its chapters prepared their own performance programs presented during that night.

The Networking Program started with the Parade of Banners by all Regions comprising of Eastern, North Central, South Central and Western Regions, the PNAA Foundation, the Executive Board of PNAA, Advisory Council and the Host Chapter “The Royal Hawaiian Court” of the Western Region. PNASD President Dr. Merlie Ramira along with President-Elect, Vivian Sanderlin, held the PNASD banner showing the old logo and the new banner with its new logo. Benita “Beets” Valle, PNASRC President and Gina Cascola, PNASRC Treasurer also joined the parade. They paraded the banner from outside to inside of the room venue with people photographing the historical event. The National Anthems were sung by all, followed by the opening remarks by the Co-Chair of the event, Ms. Tina Salvador. Plated dinner consisted of dinner salad, rolls and butter, pork loin with carrots and asparagus as main dish and dessert.  Several performances were presented starting with a welcome by PNAH “I love Hawaiian dance and Hula Kuu Tita”. The Western Region presented their dance performances with a depiction of different cultures as Hawaii is one of the most racially diverse state in the US, everyone is a minority. Hawaii residents come from multi-ethnic background. PNASC performed the Japanese dance version, PNANC – Chinese, PNASD – American, PNAOW – Filipino, and PNAH – Hula Pearly Shells, were joined by all Western region dance participants at the end.

PNASD members who presented an American modern dance choreographed by Vivian Sanderlin are President Merlie Ramira, Vickie Berbano, Chona Lutap, Tessie Porciuncula, Lorna Herce, Linda Mascardo, Rosemarie Ferrer, Benita Valle and Gina Cascolan. They line danced to the Megahit tune of “All About That Base” by Meghan Trainor who are all about women who are carefree, feeling confident and just loving their body curves and image. PNASD dancers wore pink shirts, black pants and wore headbands with pink flowers. Everyone just danced and had fun. After the dance, PNASD Board of Director and mentor, Ms. Ludy DePerio, commented that “We are blessed to have leaders who can let their hair down and yet do a great job leading. We are PNASD strong and I am proud of all of you. When you were dancing, I felt like a doting mother, I had tears in my eyes. You made PNASD shine and brought PNASD forefront among other chapters. Great job all.”

It was a night to remember! One of the highlights of the program consisted of a Wedding Anniversary celebration blessing by Pastor Vergara to all the couples who attended the event and dancing to the tune of the Hawaiian Wedding song by all couples that were blessed. The Shine PNAA Shine medley was sung to end the program and the dancing by the guests ensued till midnight.

(PNASRC Subchapter – Benita Valle, President & Gina Cascolan –Treasurer)
(PNASD Dancing Ladies- Gina, Linda, Beets, Merlie, Rose Marie, Vivian, Tessie, Vickie, Lorna)

(Vivian & Merlie)

(PNASD Members – Dorothy, Gina, Beets, Lina, Tessie, Merlie, Lorna, Linda, Vivian & Lourdes & PNAH President, Ramon Sumicbay & President- Elect, Erlinda Ferrer)

(Vivian, Beets, Gina, Merlie)

(Dancing Ladies in Motion)

(Dancing Ladies in Motion)

(PNASD Members)
Friday, July 24, 2015
Education Day
Transforming Nursing through Leadership and Empowerment

Erlinda Mascardo, PNASD Vice-President, Education Chairperson

The Philippine Nurses Association of San Diego (PNASD), one of the Western Region Chapters of PNAA (Philippine Nurses Association of America, Inc.) attended the Educational Program which was held in Hilton Hawaiian Village in Honolulu, Hawaii last July 24th, with 14 PNASD delegates.

(PNASD delegates)

The theme for the 2015 PNAA Educational Program is Transforming Nursing Through Leadership and Empowerment. From the PNAA brochure:
Nurses, more than ever, play a crucial role in transforming the nation’s complex healthcare systems. This educational program highlights various scholarship endeavors of nurses’ leadership and empowerment in designing, building, and implementing and expanding the world of nursing science through Professional Practice, Research, and Innovations that improve the health and wellbeing of people and nation’s complex healthcare systems.
A short introduction and opening remarks by Reynaldo R. Rivera, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN past president of PNAA followed by a warm welcome from our current PNAA President Leticia Hermosa, PhD, JD, RN. The first presentation, The Future of Nursing: Leading the change and Advancing Health, was by Mary Boland, PhD, RN, FAAN. In her talk, she described the future of nursing with recommendations from the 2010 evidenced based report by the Institute of medicine (IOM). The IOM report recommendations focuses on the contributions nurses have on the delivery of care to improve the overall health in the U.S. population. She encouraged Millennials who are hungry to learn to seek mentorship and partners with other nursing association. She also encouraged them to get energized and engaged and to keep the organization going.
(Dr. Merlie Ramira, PNAA Chair of Education, Western Region & Dr. Rey Rivera, PNAA Chair of Education Committee)

(Dr. Letty Hermosa, PNAA President, PNASD Delegates and friends)


(PNAA Speaker, Dr. Mary G. Boland and PNASD members)

Susan Murray, MBA, the second speaker, had her topic on Lead, Empower and Transform. She discussed the changes in healthcare involving the role at the bedside and leadership positions. Because healthcare is changing rapidly, she encouraged nurses to stay up to date in providing quality care at the bedside and participate in any process improvement initiatives. She pushes nurses to new roles in leadership position. She mentioned the HEDIS (Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set) and Oryx measurements as evidenced–based clinical indicators to improve healthcare outcomes.
The mid-morning session was the Fire Chat with Filipino Nurses Researchers. The initial speaker was Francisco Conde, PhD, APRN, AQOCNS, FAAN. He addressed the audience on Barriers and Facilitators of Prostate Cancer Screening Among Men in Hawaii. He concluded that barriers to prostate cancer screening participation and misconceptions about prostate cancer need to be addressed with culturally relevant interventions. His findings provide a foundation on interventional strategies for future prostate cancer research.
The next researcher was Riza V. Mauricio, PhD, RN, CCRN, CPNP-PC/AC, on Exploring the Comfort Experience of Adolescents with Metastatic Cancer. Her study analyzes thirteen ethnically diverse adolescents, most of whom have progressive cancer. According to her report, there were “distorted body image, shock from the diagnosis, uncertain future, and isolation from friends.” The speaker emphasized providing comfort to these adolescents. Comfort provides hope, motivation, and willpower to live.
The last researcher Gloria Lamela Beriones, PhD, RN, NEA-BC: Adaptation Experiences of IEFN- (Internationally Educated Filipino Nurses) Employed in the United States. In her presentation, she identified three phases of adaptation: pre-arrival dreams and motivations, followed by reality reflected aspirations prior to leaving the Philippines, and the actualities of initiating practice in the U.S. According to her research, one of the adaptation strategies was observing and listening to others such as preceptors, co- workers, and educators. Ms. Briones concluded that during the adaptation phase nurses found a balance between overcoming barriers and contributing to the U.S. nursing workforce positively.
After the Fire Chat with the researchers, there was a Q&A (Questions & Answers). One of the posed questions involved how to encourage RNs to go into Nursing Research. An answer was we need support from the hospital for research such as the clinical ladder program.
There was a nice lunch break, and at this time, nurses had the chance to see the display of high quality poster presentation and exhibits. They were very impressive. It was towards the end of the program when the winners were announced. One of the authors is maybe a relative of mine who won a prize for her poster presentation.
The afternoon session was even more exciting with Mary Joy Garcia-Dia, DNP,MA,RN: Innovations in Healthcare. She presented the Internet of Things: Tracking of Health Records. Everything we do now, pertains to informatics; there’s Telemedicine and Telehealth. She mentioned the role of Healthcare providers using these trends in delivering healthcare services. She strongly believes that innovation is the way to go. People are given the opportunity to play an active role in their healthcare from home.
The last speaker was Cole Edmonson, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE: Leadership Extremes and Provoked InnovationS (LEAPS). The objectives to his talk were to demonstrate leadership principles in extreme situation and discuss the role of innovation in evolving situation. His focus was on innovation and included Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Dr. Edmonson is the CNO from Texas Health who had the first case of Ebola. He spoke about how teamwork made them the most talked about in healthcare.

(PNAA Speaker, Dr. Cole Edmonson and PNASD members)

In summary, this was a very successful educational program full of information from excellent and dynamic speakers. It was so inspiring and highlighted various scholarship endeavors of nursing leadership. The PNASD would like to share our experiences from this educational program with CEUs (Continuing Education Unit) in Hilton Hawaiian Village.  It was inspirational to meet all the highly skilled nursing and healthcare professionals with strong leadership skills and management experience.

(Vivian & Merlie)
Saturday, July 25, 2015
5K Honolulu Walk/Run
Merlie Ramira & Vivian Sanderlin

President Merlie Ramira and President-elect Vivian Sanderlin woke up early to join the 5K Walk/Run that started at 5:30AM. They joined the PNAA walkers and runners with a Zumba warm up, then proceeded with the walk around the lagoon. Of course there were competitions and at the end of the 5K, winners were announced. Congratulations to all winners, and for those who did not win, try again next time in Washington, DC in 2016.
(Vivian & Merlie)                                                             (Merlie, Mindy & Vivian)
(Mel Carillo, PNASC President & Merlie Ramira, PNASD President)                    (Myrna, Merlie, Vivian, Katherine)

(Western Region 5K Attendees)
General Assembly Meeting
Elvie Magsarili, PNASD Board Member
There were eleven delegates from PNASD Chapter who attended the General Assembly meeting. Roll Call was done at the onset of the meeting and again in the afternoon session. It is a must to be present at these meetings because the delegates are given a chance to have their voices heard and also to vote on important issues that were presented. The delegates were also informed about PNAA activities' highlights through reports given by President Leticia Hermosa, and also from the PNAA Committee Chairs. Our very own PNASD Board Member, Vickie Berbano who is also member of the PNAA Board of Directors reported for the Ethics Committee.

Dr. Leticia Hermosa also spoke on the future of nursing, about the importance of collaboration with other nursing organizations, and the need to replace those nurses who are retiring by the year 2020 and that now is the time for the succession planning for the new generation of nurses. Part of this transformation is when those of the old generation have to let go and have the new generation move forward. PNAA members were invited to give comments on proposals to assist in updating the PNAA By-Laws and other issues as well. 

The San Diego delegates were: President Merlie Ramira, Vickie Berbano, Chona Lutap, Ludy DePerio, Vivian Sanderlin, Tessie Porciuncula, Erlinda Mascardo, Lorna Herce, Dorothy Brown, Lina Mabanta and Elvie Magsarili. PNASD received a plaque from PNAA Membership committee for Second highest membership in the Western Region.

(Rachelle & Merlie)

(Elvie Magsarili, Vickie Berbano, Lourdes DePerio, Chona Lutap, Tessie Porciuncula, Dorothy Brown, Vivian Sanderlin, Merlie Ramira)

(Ramon Sumicbay (PNAH President), Mel Carillo (PNASC President), Merlie Ramira (PNASD President), Sally Wee (PNACC President), Erlinda Gonzalez (PNAO President))

Gala Night
Chona Lutap, Chair Board of Directors
With only 2 hours to prepare for the Gala night after the General Assembly meeting, the beautiful PNASD ladies paraded with their handsome escorts, D. Manny Porciuncula and Tony Mabanta beaming beside them. The motif for the evening was Filipiniana.  The Rondalla, “Banda Kawayan” and picture taking kept the delegates busy while waiting for their table assignments. Our President, Dr. Merlie Ramira, Vivian Sanderlin, Vickie Berbano, Lourdes DePerio, Tessie Porciuncula, Linda Mascardo, Lina Mabanta, Rose Marie Ferrer and Chona Lutap headed the PNASD gala attendance. The table setting was adorned with a Hawaiian motif, standing table card with a small Macadamia nut packet, the programme, and a copy of their Fil-Am News Courier, Tina Salvador, the PNAH founder, as Innovative Nursing Leader was on the front page.

The program began with the Parade of Colors, followed by the National Anthems, Invocation, Welcome remarks and the PNAA President’s address by Dr. Letty Hermosa. PNAA Executive Board, including PNASD’s Vickie Berbano was recognized. PNAA Nursing Excellence was awarded to deserving recipients, with our very own, Ludy DePerio as a member of the Committee announced the awardees in their field of expertise. The Induction of the PNAAF new term of office introduced and swore in Merlita Velasquez as the new President.

The Dignitaries of Hawaii included, Philippine Representative, Mr. Romy Pachola and Hawaii Mayor Representative, Mr. Romeo Garcia gave proclamation to Dr. Letty Hermosa, Pete Calixto, Mila Velasquez, and to Jason Perez. City Councilman, Joey Manahan also had a short proclamation to the PNAA leaders and members. Last but not least, the Consul General of Hawaii, Gina Aurora Lim presented a short speech.

One of the highlights of the night was the Nightingale Bequeathal Ceremony where the PNAH President Ramon Sumicbay gave the lamp to Washington, DC President Lorna Seidel as the host of the next National Convention Host in 2016. The entertainment consisted of the PNAH and friends, dances, which included, Philippine’s Rigodon, the Hawaiian Hula dance rendition of  “How Great Thou Art”, and the Aloha Oe (Goodbye). The exquisite and successful Gala night ended with the closing remarks by Perie Danao, PNAH Executive Director, and the singing of Shine PNAA Shine.
Thank you PNA Hawaii for a memorable event!

(Chona, Jo, Vickie)                                                                (Rachelle & Merlie)

(Vickie, Lina, Merlie, Chona, Linda)

(Vickie & friend)

(Vickie, Lina, Jo, Merlie, Chona, Linda)

(PNAA Chapter delegates)

(Lourdes DePerio – PNAA Excellence Award Committee member)

(Chona, Vivian & Merlie)

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, 

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