Two significant milestones occurred on May 30th, 2020. First, it was the day that SpaceX successfully launched two U.S. astronauts to the International Space Station since 2011. It was also the first time that we held our online Installation of Officers due to COVID-19.
This pandemic created a global tsunami, disrupting our normal ways of living. In 2019, the World Health Organization declared 2020 as the International Year of the Nurse and Midwives in recognition of the anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale, the founder of nursing. The year 2020 is when we were to celebrate ourselves and our contributions around the globe. However, the pandemic is not resulting in a jubilant celebration but a global recognition of the important work of what we do every day. Around 200 years later, we continue to embody the spirit of Florence Nightingale as we courageously battle and selflessly nurse our patients, friends, and family members affected by COVID-19. I would like to extend my deepest appreciation to each one for your important work.
I accept this responsibility as your incoming president of the Main PNAAZ Chapter but with mixed emotions. I am honored since it is a privilege to lead the Main PNAAZ organization and collaborate with the East and West Valley subchapters. I am also apprehensive since it will be a daunting responsibility. In addition to the stress brought by the pandemic, we have several challenges related to membership recruitment, retention, and engagement. But knowing that I am going to be working side by side with talented, dedicated, and visionary members, it excites and energizes me.
After careful reflection, my theme is, “together as 1 by reflecting, engaging, and making a difference,” in order to uphold the mission, vision, and goals of PNAAZ. My favorite quote is “Be the change that you wish to see in the world” by Mahatma Gandhi. So, just imagine what we can accomplish if we all work together as one to make a difference to benefit our patients, colleagues, nurses, PNAAZ, PNAA our mother organization, and our local, national, and international communities.
I look forward to working with you.
Erlinda Singarajah, PhD, RN, ANP-C, COHN-S President, 2020-2022