By: Maria Danet Lapiz Bluhm, PhD, RN, MSCI

Greetings to all members of the Philippine Nurses Association of San Antonio (PNASA) and the community!

It is with great honor that I accept the position of President of this highly esteemed non-profit professional organization that has been in active existence for more than 25 years. I would like to thank all PNASA members who voted for me. Most importantly, I would like to thank my hubby, Dr. James Michael Bluhm, who supported the decision to run for this office. Both of us know that with the honor comes great responsibility.

For the past years, PNASA has continually shown its commitment to its members, the nursing profession, and the community of San Antonio. I would like to thank the immediate past President, Dr. Nelson Tuazon, and all past Presidents for having kept the tradition of service and community involvement of PNASA through continuing education offerings to nurses, education scholarships for nursing students, health screenings, participation in various non-profit organizations’ activities such as 5K walks for the Lymphoma Society and the American DiabetesAssociation, and being on the Board of key community organizations including the Asian American Chamber of Commerce, to name a few. The goal of my tenure is to sustain these initiatives and to ensure better participation and engagement of PNASA members.

I believe that the core to the success of any organization is its membership. The same message is echoed at the national level by our newly minted Philippine Nurses Association of America (PNAA) President, Mr. Dino Doliente. At his inaugural speech in Washington, D.C., Mr. Doliente introduced the mantra of his administration: “iPNAA. Innovate. Inspire”. The 3 simple words of Dino’s mantra carry such weight and significance that it should be echoed in our local chapter: “iPNASA. We are PNASA. Innovate. Inspire”. To this end, we will endeavor to increase and engage the membership by improving communication through various innovative channels using the social media, our website and other relevant apps. A monthly online newsletter will be provided to keep members abreast with the latest PNASA and PNAA news and activities. We aim to collaborate more with nursing administrations of different healthcare systems and elect PNASA ambassadors for each system who can be the point of contact to reach out to current and potential PNASA members so that we can be more attune to the needs of our constituents.

We hope to inspire future and new nurses through a mentorship program that would pair them with experienced nurses. This mentorship would help ease the path of the mentees as they transition to their professional roles and the nursing career ladder. As PNASA has done in the past, we will continue providing high quality continuing nursing education courses as well as scholarship to nursing students. We welcome students and new nurses as members of PNASA standing committees. As