How should Hospitals celebrate Nurses?


As the biggest workforce in healthcare and the most trusted to care in the community, hospitals celebrate their nurses on Nurses Week, May 6-12, 2011.


While nurses felt their appreciation on these special days, there are comments and buzz in the air: “We need more than these mugs and cakes, water bottles and pens…” Nurses are very simple people and easy to please, just give them these gifts and they will be alright.


Yet, nurses are the most valuable part and asset of healthcare, serving 24/7, 365 days a year. They are professionals, trained for the highest level of care, they deliver their excellence in clinical practice, they are tired, and they need to be conserved as dear as endangered species.


Hospitals should change their culture in the way they look at nurses. They should take care of their nurses 24/7, 365 days a year. If they will only think of ways to lead change and improve healthcare and get the most from the nurses’ full extent of training and education.


And this is how hospitals should appreciate and celebrate nurses: promotion to the next level of practice as Clinicians. Let nurses lead change and advance health.  This is the future of nursing.




March for Women


Women have come a long way; from the time she was taken from Adam’s ribs to the twentieth century when she joins the lists of statesmen. (Remember names like Indira Ghandi and Corazon Aquino?)With all the things that women do from her home to the community and to the world, there is no doubt that behind every successful man is a woman and the world will never be the same without women.


National Women’s History Month grew from an effort to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of women in American history. In 1980, the first Presidential Proclamation calling on the American people to remember the contributions of women was issued by President Jimmy Carter. In 1987, March was declared as Women’s History Month and March was declared National Women’s History Month.


This year 2011’s theme is, “Our History is Our Strength”. Let us not only recognize the important contributions women have made throughout our history but capture and tell the stories of the women behind them. Let them be our role models and inspirations. Let us pass on this great history to our children because definitely, history will repeat itself.


Let us gather the women and change the world. We are the women behind all men, in one way or another. And you, have your own contribution.



SOHO 2011 Film Festival, NYC

Top Photo:

Production Team of "Get Real: Wise Women Speak"

Bottom Photo:

Director Joni Steele Kimberlin and The Modern Nightingale Editor, Myrna Santos


Get Real:

Wise Women Speak                   

Documentary, USA, 80 minutes


Recently featured in the SOHO International Film Festival,NYC, April 15, 2011, this film features extraordinary women, including Jane Fonda, Della Reese, Marianne Williamson, Susan L.Taylor, and others, who are using their time and talent to benefit the world. Nobel laureates, indigenous elders, artists, grandmothers, scientists, activists, and educators speak about their journey to the wise woman years and the inner fire that propels them to make the most of their wisdom and experience and make the world a better place.


Nurses Highlight Philippine Independence Day Parade

New York City, June 6, 2010

As the Philippines celebrate its 112 anniversary of Independence, Filipino-Americans in the East Coast celebrate with the biggest crowd carrying the torch of nationalism and display of Philippine heritage in the most cultural city of the world: New York.

Leading from the Parade’s Grand Marshall is Mr. Benjamin H. Santos, RN, with his wife, Dr. Zenaida Santos and an entourage of nurses from the PNA of New York, headed by Leonila Mariazeta, (President); University of the Philippines Nurses of the East Coast newly formed body headed by its president, Tatess Abad; Philippine Nurses Association of NJ led by Marley Nicolas, Philippine Nurses Association of America led by Leo Jurado;   University of Santo Tomas Nurses, and Kinding Sindaw headed by its tradition bearer and founder, Potri Ranka Manis, RN.  

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Rising to the Challenges of Being a Woman


The 7th Annual Asian American Women’s Health Symposium -”Rising to the Challenges of Being a Woman” designed to help community health care providers learn more about issues affecting Asian American women living in New York City was held on June 17, 2010 at the Asian American Research Institute at CUNY, NY and was well attended by health care professionals, health educators, social service providers, individuals and students from the community.

The symposium is a joint health education venture of the 4 women dedicated to raising awareness of health issues affecting women and ensuring that all women receive high quality, culturally competent health care: Henrietta Ho-Asjoe, Center for the Study of Asian American Health, Institute of Community Health and Research-NYU Langone School of Medicine; Anita Redrick McFarlane and Daisy A. Vasquez, Symposium Consultants and Rebecca K.F. Sze from Charles B. Wang Community Health Center.

This year’s symposium focused on cultural and communication differences within generations and youth discrimination, teen suicide, diabetes, hepatitis B or HIV/AIDS in pregnancy, menopause, osteoporosis and lupus as well as a panel on what Asians may expect from Pres. Obama’s health care reforms. Councilwoman Margaret Chin made a significant appearance and gave a heads up view on the current state of Asian Americans in NYC.

Behind the scenes:

           Why TV shows about nurses and doctors do not capture reality

HawthoRNe”, “Nurse Jackie”, “Grey’s Anatomy”, “Mercy” has something in common. While they portray doctors and nurses in action, they forget the details as in real time. These heroes cannot do whatever they want. What about the rules and regulations, the policies and procedures, they have to be mentioned, so that the public will understand how we professionals work and practice behind these scenes.