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Cup of Chai with Sam

Cup of Chai with Sam

By Sam Merchant
Indian Nurses perspective of being in healthcare, being healthcare leader and being in the frontline of changing policies and advocating for communities. A podcast bought to you by SAINA.
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Mother's Day Special 2021-2
In this podcast, we are speaking to Alfin Milton (Son) and Tressy Milton (Mother), two amazing SAINA members. Tressy has been a nurse for a long time and was born and bought up in India and migrated to the US to make life better for her family. Alfin decided to carry forward the family legacy of nursing by joining the nursing school and recently graduating. This is the story of Tressy sharing her legacy with Alfin, through this mothers day special episode. Hope you enjoy it.
32:47
September 15, 2021
APRN you should know...
Tessy Kadavil is excited to share her knowledge, skills, and leadership to bring SAINA along with the APRN forum to the next level of professional achievements and our contribution to the local community. She is an FNP practicing as a solo practitioner since 2005 with three employees excluding me. She has a dream of conducting community medical clinics to bring healthcare services to our medically underserved people. We at SAINA have contributed tremendously to the underserved and forgotten people in our city San Antonio, and she wants to continue that vision. She sees the struggles that licensed and certified APRNs deal with to find a suitable job for their qualifications, so this project can help thousands of people who suffer from illnesses and cannot afford the medical attention they need while also assisting APRNs and meaningful work. She quotes Mother Teresa, “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” as an organized body, SAINA can make many ripples to touch the lives of many medically underserved people in our community, and she believes the members could be the stones across the waters. I believe in the personal strength of each person I meet, and I always try to bring the best out of them. I am personally appreciated by my patients, families, and my coworkers for the guidance, which improved their knowledge and strength and reduced their weakness. I have a high rating of patients and their families the satisfaction of the care provided to them. I was recognized as a TOP NURSE PRACTITIONER in San Antonio in 2020 by Today’s Nurses Organization. I am proud to be an Indian nurse and believe we (SAINA) can change the lives of people in need in San Antonio. I think we (SAINA) and the APRN forum can address many licensed and certified APRNs’ unemployment statuses in our community. I am looking forward to working with the SAINA governing board to find a resolution. During this COVID-19 Pandemic, Tessy has significantly helped our Long Term Care Facilities with their needs of keeping their patients safe which now, more than ever, shows important service to the community. Ms. Kadavil is understanding of their needs and is very compassionate during their loved one's emergencies or end-of-life needs. Her ability to take charge of patient care plans, during this pandemic shows her leadership qualities with the Long Term Care Facilities and Families. We are excited about this interview with Ms. Tessy Kadavil.
51:34
September 15, 2021
Memorial Day Special
For more than 10 years, Valerie Rodriguez-Yu, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, has served in nursing positions at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). She is now Associate Director for Patient Care Services/Nurse Executive (ADPCS/NE) at the South Texas Veterans Health Care System, after being in the deputy role for three years. Based in San Antonio, Rodriguez-Yu is a key member of the executive leadership team, serving as senior nurse adviser and consultant, responsible for areas such as Nursing, Social Work, Sterile Processing, Chaplain Services, Recreation Therapy and Nutrition/Food Services for the South Texas system. Ms. Rodriguez-Yu earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Phoenix.  As part of her professional progression, Ms. Rodriguez-Yu gained certification as Nurse Executive-Advanced. Enrolled at Baylor University, Ms. Rodriguez-Yu is pursuing a degree in Doctor of Nursing Practice – Executive Nurse Leadership. She is also a 2016 graduate of VHAs Health Care Leadership Development Program. Ms. Rodriguez-Yu is a member of the American Organization of Nurse Leaders, American Nurses Association, and Texas Nurses Association. She is also an honorary member of SAINA 2021.
38:59
September 4, 2021
Mothers Day Special 2021-1
Interview with Jai Thomas (Past Treasurer of SAINA & Founding Member) and Arnold Thomas (Jai's Son) on the occasion of Mothers Day 2021. Jai is an RN for many years and Arnold has enrolled in Nursing school to walk on his mothers footsteps. This interview will focus on the theme of compassion on this mother day.
44:08
September 3, 2021
COVID-19 vaccine facts and fears
Listen to an engaging interview with Dr. Jackie Michael’s & Dr. Solymole Kuruvilla from NAINA (National Association of Indian Nurses of America) aired by Caravan radio station in North Texas. This is meant for community education.
56:29
April 23, 2021
Interview with an Indian Power Couple
Interview with Shinto Thomas and Saimol Thomas on their journey in Nursing and what makes them a power couple in San Antonio Texas.
42:49
April 1, 2021