I have faith that soon we will all discover the value of the PNA of Tampa Bay in our professional and personal lives. I know that our individual lives are bustling with busy-ness surrounding work, family, church, & community activities. I understand that we have multiple competing priorities and oftentimes attending PNA Tampa functions is scribbled at the bottom of the list. My ardent hope is that we put PNA on top of the list at least 3x a year – in May when we celebrate Nurses’ Week; in November when we hold our General Assembly; and in the month of our individual “PNA Membership Anniversary”. In doing this, we break barriers and work on building our relationships toward a solid local PNA family.
Our local PNA is connected to our region, the South Central Region (SCR), consisting of 15 chapters in Florida, Georgia, Texas, and Tennessee. SCR, under the leadership of our SCR RVP, Dr. Gloria Beriones (TN) is part of the wider PNAA. Mrs. Madelyn Yu is the PNAA president for 2018-2020. These connections offer us the benefit of representation, a noteworthy benefit of being a member.
In the first issue of Keeping In Touch, I introduced to you our members who are serving as officers for the 2018-2020 term. This time, I would like to give you a more in-depth introduction of myself. I am a 1980 BSN graduate of the St. Luke’s College of Nursing, Trinity College of Quezon City; and a 2005 MS in Academic Role/Nursing Education and 2009 Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing graduate of the University of South Florida. I am currently the Director of Professional Development at Florida Hospital Connection LTAC and I am affiliated with USF and South University-Tampa as Adjunct Faculty. My expertise is in critical care, teaching, and career advisement.
I have served PNA Tampa since its inception in 1989 starting my service as the founding president. I feel very honored to lead our organization and I am very excited to share with you the jewel that it is! So, I enjoin you to participate in the upcoming local and regional activities (details of these activities are in separate e-mails):
Liw Villagomeza, PhD, RN, CCRN-K
President, PNA of Tampa Bay