I feel honored and humbled to be the 17th President of such a prestigious organization as HANA. It is for me a thrilling and exceptional opportunity to serve the community alongside some of the most passionate and bravest nurses, Hana’s Executive Board members, as well as the dedicated Advisory Board. With such a robust team, I am confident that we will continue to fulfill the bold vision and mission of HANA of Florida.
Who could have ever anticipated that 2020 and 2021, “the Year of The Nurse and Midwife” would be such a challenging time? Nonetheless, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, nurses have exhibited courage, resilience and have risen to face these unforeseen circumstances with caring compassion, bravery, and innovative approaches. I am in awe when I reflect on all the adjustments and quick changes implemented in HANA due to COVID-19 while continuing to efficiently educate, care, and serve the Haitian community here and abroad.
I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge and express my sincere gratitude to the 2019-2021 Executive Board Members, the Advisors, and the members for their generous contributions and dedication to HANA’s mission and vision. I salute the extraordinary work of the outgoing President, Mme. Pauline Magiste, for her steadfast and remarkable Leadership during these most unprecedented and unforgettable years. I am also grateful to the past presidents who paved the way for what HANA is today. I pledge to honor your legacy by maintaining and building upon the great foundation that you have established.
My vision for the next two years as the 17th President of HANA of Florida is to Engage, Mentor, and Empower HANA nurses. Therefore, I will strive to facilitate programs that will include workshops designed to educate and enable nurses to identify and develop various leadership skills. This will allow them to reach their full potential and exercise a greater impact on the Nursing workforce, the healthcare system, and the social unit. I strongly believe that a knowledgeable leader is better equipped to formulate and set up services that promote access to quality healthcare and a pertinent response to the health needs of families in a more sustainable manner. The goal is to impact the population in the most effective ways, to close the gaps in healthcare disparities, while furthering the mission of the organization and lifting it up to greater heights.
I intend to collaborate closely with HANA International and the other HANA Chapters to maintain the legacy and reinforce the platform for national and international impact.
Ladies and Gentlemen, we are living in dynamic times! Therefore, HANA should and will embrace the rapidly changing technological landscapes of healthcare. John F. Kennedy once said, “Change is the law of life, and those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.” We, at HANA have the reputation of embracing change and we will continue to be futuristic in our approaches.
Once again, thank you for trusting me as the 17th President of this outstanding institution! With your continued support, I look forward to leading HANA with excellence, innovation, love, compassion, and commitment beyond all limits.
Rose Valcin, MSN, APRN, AGACNP-BC
President of HANA of Florida 2021-2023