PHILIPPINE NURSES ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA, INC.
An organization responsive to Filipino-American nurses' needs and a positive force in the world arena of nursing
covid-19 monthly updates
Over the weekend the US Food and Drug Administration and Centers of Disease Control and Prevention put an end to the pause in the use of Johnson & Johnson COVID 19 Vaccine following incidents and reports of blood clots in a small number of cases. The US FDA and CDC authorized the resumption of the J&J vaccines.
As the government is trying to improve the vaccine roll-outs with 1,271,808 already (3.30.2021, John Hopkins data) fully or partially vaccinated, the improvement in the downward trend of cases we see this month might be short-lived. Yesterday, the CDC Director emotionally warned Americans of an “impending doom” as COVID-19 cases rise within the 45 states (WBZ4). America may face the fourth surge because of the easily transmissible variants! Despite the three vaccines already on deck, we are not off the hook yet.
Year 2020 had been extremely difficult globally due to coronavirus pandemic. It has been the most challenging year ever in the history of our organization, our nursing profession and the healthcare arena. We dedicate this campaign to our nurses, the frontliners who for their hard work, dedication, and compassion to the profession they sworn in to protect but put themselves and families at risk in the process of protecting others.
The PNAA COVID 19 Task Force hopes everyone had a wonderful Christmas, although we celebrate in different ways than we normally would. As we close the year 2020, all of us would take a few deep breaths and think that there is no way to describe what the “Year of the Nurse and Midwife 2020” has been like in the healthcare field, nursing, and community unless we lived it ourselves. A Big Resounding HOPE of the coming of a safe, healthy New Year 2021 is what we aspire for.
The PNAA COVID 19 Task Force (C19TF) sincerely hope finds you all in good spirit and health. On behalf of the C19TF, I bring you all updates of what is going on in our PNAA chapters and around the country. We are looking forward to navigating this “new normal” landscape together and appreciate for taking care of yourselves and stay safe.
The PNAA COVID 19 Task Force (C19TF) has actively been working since its inception thru the leadership of Dr. Mary Joy Garcia-Dia. I am honored to continue the good work as the current Chair of the C19TF. Together with my Co-Chair Ramon Sumibcay, we have worked diligently in collaboration with other PNAA Committee Chairs in meeting the goals set forth by the task force.
PNAA in collaboration with NCEMNA published an article addressing impacts of COVID-19 to Ethnic Minorities from an Organizational Perspective in Journal of Transcultural nursing.
Culturally Congruent Health Care of COVID-19 in Minorities in the United States: A Clinical Practice Paper From the National Coalition of Ethnic Minority Nurse Associations
Our PNAA COVID-19 Task Force continues its work since its official establishment on April 3, 2020. To date, members of our task force are also working with our PNAA Committee Chairs, who have COVID-19 related initiatives. There are three major categories that the task force committee are tracking and monitoring:
This is our biweekly updates in lieu of the weekly mail since we started in March 2020. The curve of reported cases is slowing and going downwards, but we must remain vigilant and continue to monitor the surge in other parts of the country. Please refer to Appendix A for details of what is happening at the local chapter, and we continue to thank all the Presidents and RVPs for compiling the information.
This is our 7th week of providing updates to everyone. Moving forward, we will start sending updates every two weeks as the majority of us are keeping abreast of the latest COVID-19 information at the State level’s media and local news outlets. PNAA, as an affiliate organization of the American Nurses Association (ANA), recently received COVID-19 resources that members may avail. Data is powerful, and we would like to share this infographic from ANA based on its survey of 32,000 nurses:
Debbie Accad, 72, a clinical nursing coordinator for the Detroit VA Medical Center, died from complications of the coronavirus on March 30. Celia Yap-Banago, 69, a “fireball” of a nurse who worked for 40 years at a hospital in Kansas City, died last week. Both women were just weeks away from retirement.
This is our 6th week of providing updates to everyone. We apologize if we are delayed in putting this report together. COVID-19 has affected many of us at a personal level, and our report may not capture all the chapter’s efforts, hard work, and activities. Please check your State’s COVID-19 official website for the latest and most accurate information and feel free to email us directly if you have any questions.
This is our 5th week of providing updates to everyone, which coincides with the COVID-19 containment timeline when some States like California and New York have initiated the stay at home recommendations. We hope that you continue to find the information helpful.
When I attended nursing school several decades ago in the Philippines, our teachers often reminded us that nursing isn’t simply a career. It’s a calling. Today, this sense of mission is sustaining us through the worst health care crisis we’ve ever witnessed.
We are going into our 4th week of providing updates with the help of our chapter presidents together with our RVPs and COPRs. We cannot thank you enough for your diligence in sharing this critical information. This is one of the ways that we can connect and understand what is truly going on in your backyard, aside from the information that we receive in the local news.
I would like to take this moment to personally thank you for your hard work during these unprecedented times. The majority of our Executive Board are fulfilling frontline work overseeing daily operations to respond to patient care and staffing needs, huddles with management to communicate changing CDC and hospital guidelines, and stepping up to the plate working at the bedside at their hospitals or facilities.
PNAA continues to monitor the COVID pandemic across our chapters. We appreciate our RVPs, chapter presidents and members who continue to provide first-hand information and pulse on what is happening on the frontline. So, what has happened since my last update a week ago and how are our chapters doing and coping with COVID?
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) initially reported to the World Health Organization (WHO) on December 31, 2019, is a novel coronavirus identified in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. On January 30, 2020, WHO declared the COVID-19 outbreak a global health emergency.
PNAA is doing its due diligence in monitoring updates on COVID-19 issued by the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We take this pandemic situation seriously, and we conducted an emergency meeting to assess how this situation will affect our organization’s upcoming 41st National Convention that will be held on July 1-5 in San Diego, California.
The decision to cancel the NCR Conference was not made lightly. After much discussion and consideration, the PNAA Executive Board have decided to cancel the NCR Conference as healthcare organizations are actively managing the response to COVID-19 in their communities.
PNAA is cognizant of the travel advisories that have been issued by the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to address the newly discovered coronavirus. As an organization, we recognize the pandemic impact to public health and the directives from academic and healthcare organizations in taking precautions to protect its workforce by suspending international business travels along with domestic travels to conferences or large gatherings.