I am humbled to speak before a group of dynamic and brave leaders who have willingly accepted the challenge to serve our local PNA North Houston chapter, especially during these times of uncertainty. When I first decided to accept the challenge to be President-elect, I have envisioned in my mind, the many projects I wanted PNANH to undertake locally and globally. I was especially thrilled with the idea of travelling around the world doing medical mission trips with some of the other selfless members of PNA. I know exactly, which people to ask for help and invite to join in my crusade, including the doctors whom I work with, who have already willingly expressed their support. While our EB team members for 2018-2020, under the leadership of Dr. Ira Martin, had been hard at work for several months in carrying out the plans for what would have been our grand induction ceremony in an eleganat ballroom wearing our fancy dresses, COVID – 19 came and changed our lives , our priorities and our outlook in life in so many ways. Working in a COVID unit as a nurse practitioner, has initially made me scared and anxious. I feared for my own life, the health of my loved ones and all those around me every time I showed up to work. I was not only socially distant; I was trapped in my own world of worries and concerns. It made me realized my own vulnerability and powerlessness against and unknown enemy. For a moment, the world around me came to a standstill. I asked myself, should I continue to live in fear, or do I allow someone, greater than myself to take control over my life and fight the battles for me? The answer came clear when I met the first COVID patient, whom I intubated I few months back, during my rounds a local IPR facility. He was initially distant and cold, until we started talking about his experience and God’s faithfulness through the help of angels in the form of nurses and doctors all around him. Like Florence Nightingale, we are called to do a sacred work for the patients and our fellow frontliners here and back in the Philippines. Inspired by the wholehearted response of each of the members of the 2020- 2023 Executive Board of PNANH and their enthusiasm and willingness to give back to our PNA organization, I am ever more inspired to get the work going. Allow me to thank my family, especially my husband, children, parents, extended families and friends, for their never-ending love and encouragement. I thank the leaders who have come before me and the advisors for their trust and guidance. I thank everyone for the continued prayers and support for me and our organization. I truly look forward to a meaningful journey with you all in 2020. To God be the glory!!
June 2020 Myrah Joy Ubas, MSN, APRN, AGACNP-BC PNANH President 2020-2022