Top Fil-Am nurses share success stories as leaders

By Jon Melegrito/ US Bureau – Inspired by the life of Florence Nightingale – the 19th- century nurse who helped revolutionize the nursing profession – three Filipino American nurses recalled their climb to success and challenged their peers to not simply be content as bedside nurses, but to also become leaders capable of changing the workplace.

Health care reform, they all agreed, has posed threats to the profession that need to be addressed. Among them: the stress and strain placed on nurses with bigger patient loads resulting in diminished care for patients.

But Obamacare, they pointed out, has also offered opportunities for nurses to make improvements in the same way Nightingale pioneered and pushed for higher standards and quality care.

“Nightingale did a lot to change society’s approach to treating the sick,” said Lorna Imperial Seidel, a geriatric nurse practitioner and president of the Philippine Nurses Association of Metropolitan Washington, D.C. (PNAMWDC). “She was a strong advocate of personalized care, one that looks after an individual’s mental and physical health. She was ahead of her time.”

Seidel is co-author of a book, “Lead, Empower, Transform: You Can do it,” along with Jeanette N. Livelo, a nurse director at Massachusetts General Hospital, and Leticia C. Hermosa, a nurse attorney in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and president of the Philippine Nurses Association of America (PNAA).

Launched at the opening day of the PNAA national convention held here recently at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, the book describes the personal and professional challenges faced by the authors during their respective careers.

They were introduced by the moderator as “successful, influential and accomplished women from the nursing industry” whose “blended talents detail the importance of becoming exemplary and contemporary leaders in today’s fast paced world.”


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