SALUTE to NURSES
The NURSING LANGUAGE:
Non-judgmental Understanding Respectful Supportive Empathetic
What could it be why nurses care? Why do they do special things?
Because Nurses know the languages of love: Patience, Service, Time, Sharing, Attention, Compassion, and Mercy.
In Search of:
Unsung Heroes of Nightingale Awards
This is an award bestowed to nurses who have served for over 30 years and above to recognize their special contribution in the practice of nursing. Longevity of practice is a defining factor in a nurse’s commitment to service. We believe that “Once a nurse, is a nurse forever”, and nurses who have served for a long time are already transformed in every way, be it in their way of caring, goodness of heart, kindness, gentleness, wisdom and dedication and that nursing has become their second nature and nursing is indeed, “under their skin” .
Guidelines and Criteria for the Awards:
Awardees may have one or two or all of these criteria, because we believe that nurses who have served the longest can no longer be doubted, but rather should be appreciated and recognized for their services.
· Must have been a nurse for over thirty years.
· Must have done something extraordinary in nursing service.
· Must be doing nursing service in any form in an effort to make a difference.
Candidates for the “Unsung Heroes of Nightingale Awards” may be nominated by anyone, family, friends, and colleague through a written format provided by The Nursing Office.Com (You may request for the Nomination form through firstname.lastname@example.org )
1. A certificate/plaque of recognition
2. Will be honored/featured in the upcoming book “Unsung Heroes of Nightingales”
3. Will be entered in the Unsung Heroes Roster in The Nursing Office. Com (www.thenursingoffice.com )
The First Annual Unsung Heroes of Nightingale Awards
Congratulations to our Unsung Heroes Awardees
The First Annual Unsung Heroes Awards was a success as we celebrated our awardees with a cultural theatrical show of Pandibulan(bathing by moonlight)produced by a nurse artist, Potri Ranka Manis, MA, RN, last May 1, 2010 at the La MaMa Theater in New York City.
Egna Martinez, RN: More than Skin Deep
While first impressions last, what about longtime acquaintances? I have known Egna for over twenty years and she has proven to everyone who she is, not only in nursing but as a person.
She works as Clinical Specialist on Wound Care. No wound is too small or too big for her clinical eyes, that she can clearly uncover a wound from under those dry dead skin and everything else from under a deceiving look of unstageable ulcers. For over 20 years, she has been taking care of our veteran’s wounds and ostomies. I cannot say how many patients she has healed, how many lives she has touched, but one thing sure is that, these patients love her so much, as the doctors, nurses and everyone she has associated with. You can feel the genuine warmth of the hugs and kisses she gets. She is a living angel, a nurse, a friend and colleague.
While she knows every layer of skin, her specialty, she gives special treatment to everyone that relationships are more than skin deep, extending to the soul and spirit.
GOOD NIGHT, NURSE
A Tribute to Ana D. Javellana, MSN, RN
"A life well-lived, a job well done, Goodnight, Ana"
A Tribute to Ana
I have known Ana for a very brief while since last year’s 30th PNAA Convention in Baltimore. Formerly a Floridian, a Filipino and a nurse, it was easy for me to establish a common ground with her. We celebrated our friendship over a quick lunch with pancit and pan de sal, while the rest came natural and cordial.
The news of her sudden death shocked me, as we were planning together the upcoming Miami Convention. I felt bad that my proposal would not get through; however, I did not despair. I feel that I have to do something for Ana. I became an instrument to do a press release about her death and the response among nurses was overwhelming. I communicated with her family, and asked Andy, her husband, to give me her Curriculum Vitae. It was not but a page but several pages, a book, detailing her accomplishments as a Director, Administrator, Leader, Mentor, Educator, Researcher, Author, Nurse Advocate, Community leader and good citizen, and foremost, a wife and mother. I was surprised to know who Ana was, how beautiful she was.
I asked some friends to write this tribute, but looking at her curriculum vitae, I cannot help but write it myself, because I want to give the best to celebrate her life. Who could have done all that in a lifetime short of retirement?
As a nurse, if I knew that Ana was a pot of gold, I could have tapped into her rich well of knowledge, skill and wisdom so that I myself would learn. It is my regret that I did not do it sooner, than the time we were amidst talks of how we could make the Miami Convention an “extraordinary” event for the South Florida Philippine Nurses Association and the PNAA in general. It is my deep regret that she did not wait to see what I have done for her. But what I know is that, it is an “extraordinary one”, something that will linger through the pages of time, not only for the nurses, but for the memory of Ana.
As a friend, I have done this tribute with the hope that Ana’s death will not be a sorrowful time, but rather a life celebrated. I wish that her loss will not discourage but rather inspire her Officers and Board of Directors to continue her leadership, but mostly, to ease the pain and bring comfort to her family and friends – that they may not see her around but feel her presence in everything they do, for true love never dies .
On behalf of The Nursing Office. Com, I would like to bestow on her, Ana D. Javellana, MSN, RN, the title of a Modern Nightingale, a nurse for every season and nation, for indeed she has done magnificence in the practice of her profession, her influence on shaping the practice of nursing and the future of Filipino nurses in America. We shall put her in our Nursing Hall of Fame to eternally celebrate her lifetime achievements in the line of nursing, her chosen profession, so that she will no longer be the unsung hero of Nightingale.
You, indeed had a well-lived life, a job well done. In our hearts, you will always be. Rest now, in peace. Goodnight, Ana.
Myrna D. Santos, MSN, RN