INA-NY is flourishing under the leadership of president Sosamma Andrews. Contributions made by INA-NY to the nursing profession and to the community is much appreciated. Since it’s inception in 2004, in the words of the founding president Dr. Aney Paul, INA-NY has grown and created an image of compassion, courage, creativity, and commitment to the nursing profession. In 2010, INA-NY had its continued presence in NAINA, the parental association with three of its members in NAINA governing board: Dr. Aney Paul as a member in the Advisory Board, Sosamma Andrews as the Chapter President, and Dr. Solymole Kuruvilla as the Chair of Research and Grant Committee.
INA-NY conducted educational seminars, health fairs, charity work and other programs to empower its members and contributions were made to the community including to the nursing students in India.INA-NY started its term working to towards achieving the goals it set, but the board soon realized the need to extend themselves to grab the opportunities to broaden their awareness of global issues and take actions to meet the demands of the time. After Japan’s devastating Tsunami, INA-NY raised fund to support NAINA the victims. Help was also extended to the families of nurses killed in the AMIRI Hospital FIRE N Kolkata, India on December 9, 2011. INA-NY president Sosamma Andrews along with NAINA Secretary met with the families of those two nurses and expressed condolences and rendered the donation.
Another proud moment for INA-NY is when its own founding president Dr. Aney Paul was elected as the County Legislature OF Rockland county, the first Indian woman to hold that title!2011 – painted new pictures in the history of INA-NY. Dr. Solymole Kuruvilla, the secretary of INA-NY was unanimously elected as the president of NAINA which provided multiple opportunities for INA-NY to grow and contribute to the profession and community locally, nationally, and globally. INA-NY considered it as its great privilege to host the NAINA pre-conference educational seminar in March of 2012 with contact hours which was attended by nearly 150 nurses.
INA-NY also hosted the 3rd NAINA biennial educational conference under the leadership of INA-NY’s own Dr. Kuruvilla in Westchester Marriot, Tarrytown, NY with the theme, “Nurses at the Forefront of Healthcare Revolution: Challenges and Opportunities”. INA-NY president Sosamma Andrews being the convener, the conference committee had many of our members managing the education committee, souvenir, Fundraising, and many more. INA-NY had its greatest presence in NAINA Governing board: Dr. Solymole Kuruvilla, President, Toby Mathew, Conference Treasurer, Beena Benny, Education committee chair, and chapter president Sosamma Andrews. INA-NY demonstrated its commitment, hard work, and meticulous performance which was applauded by its nearly 300 attendees. INA-NY won the prestigious Chapter Excellence Trophy of NAINA for the term 2011-2012.