LOS ANGELES—For the past six months, the Armenian American Nurses Association (AANA) has excelled in serving the Armenian community. On April 24, 2015, AANA collaborated with the Armenian American Medical Society (AAMS) and Armenian Relief Society (ARS) and provided emergency care to our citizens at the “March for Justice” walk where 160,000 community members participated. Dr. Zarmine Naccashian, President of the AANA, is cognizant of the efforts and time spent by members to serve the community.
In December of 2014, AANA celebrated its 25th anniversary at the Phoenicia restaurant. Over 150 nurses and friends of the Association attended the event that marked the landmark of a quarter century of service. These services spanned from providing health related screenings to students, volunteering at health fairs and providing first aid assistance at multiple public events. In addition, many dignitaries from the Armenian community were present, such as Ara Najarian and Ardy Kassakian (City of Glendale), Father Vazken Atmajian (Armenian Prelacy). Moreover, Salpy Akaragian, RN-BC, MN, was recognized as the Founder and First President of the Association in 1989, and for receiving the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. Furthermore, the anniversary was celebrated with an outstanding speaker, Dr. Isabel Kaprielian-Churchill who reviewed her book “Sisters of Mercy and Survival, Armenian Nurses 1900-1930” and shared with the audience the role of Armenian nurses before and after the Genocide. She elaborated on the education status of nursing then and their contribution to their local communities.
In March of 2015, at the Armenian International Medical Fund’s gala dinner, members of the AANA were honored for their remarkable professional support to cochlear implant project in Yerevan, Armenia. At the occasion, all the members were acknowledged and special recognitions were given to current president (Dr. Zarmine Naccashian), president elect (Elizabeth Zoryan, RN), and past presidents (Rose Baroutjian, RN, Mary Konyalian, RN, MSN, Kohar Kesian RN. MSN and Rosine Der-Tavitian, RN, MSN, MPH).
The 4th International Medical Congress will take place in Yerevan, Armenia. The education committee is working diligently in collaboration with the Armenian Nurses Association (ANA) in Armenia to coordinate a pre-conference nursing workshop on July 1st. Ten AANA members will travel to Yerevan and will present topics relevant to their clinical specialty. Members are ANA in Yerevan are eager to meet the nurses from US. Extensive efforts are spent to keep the channels of partnership linear and open between the two organizations.
The second week of May is considered the Nurses Week in honor of Florence Nightingale’s birthday who is considered the founder of the professional nursing. Plans are underway to celebrate Nurses’ Day on May 14 at Glendale Adventist Medical Center Auditorium at 7 pm and recognize nurses for their humanism and their spirit of volunteerism to humankind. As Dr. Naccashian stated, “I am grateful to each and every member of the AANA for their dedication and commitment to make the world a better place.”
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