SAN ANTONIO INDIAN NURSES ASSOCIATION
SAN ANTONIO INDIAN NURSES ASSOCIATION
Mr. Missam Merchant is a Hospital Supervisor at University Health in San Antonio TX, which is a level 1 trauma center with 1051 licensed beds. In his role, he is responsible for the Centralized operations team, Bed planning, and EPIC grand central clinical implementation. Mr. Merchant is a healthcare executive with more than 15 + years of progressive leadership experience in coordination of patient care, quality, efficiency improvement, and managing clinical operations with fiscal responsibility. Though he is a leader at work, he is an educator at heart. Teaching and Mentoring is his passion. Mr. Merchant is an Independent Certified Speaker, Coach, and Teacher by the John Maxwell Company. Mr. Merchant is the current President of the San Antonio Indian Nurses Association (SAINA). He holds 6 very prestigious national certifications from ANCC and AACN and he loves to teach nurses strategies to succeed in getting certified. Mr. Merchant is an independent consultant with MED-ED and is also a TeamSTEPPS master trainer for the Department of Defense. Mr. Merchant is the Board of Directors for many nursing and non-nursing boards. Mr. Merchant is currently Pursuing a DNP degree from Abilene Christian University. Mr. Merchant has presented nationally and internationally on various nursing topics.
Mrs. Regina Karakkatt is a proven health care leader. She became instrumental establish Nursing Skill Development Program to improve essential nursing skills among new hires and ongoing nurses across all nursing departments. In-turn it helped hospitals to attain a sustainable quality patient care outcome. In this rare opportunity, Mrs. Regina became an influential model for new hires and ongoing employees to reassess and reestablish their care delivery skills.
As one of the other rarest opportunities, Regina got selected to Tenet Management Academy (TMA) to learn Healthcare Management. Regina and her team conducted research on "medical supply chain" in the Baptist Health System and submitted recommendations for improvements.
Mrs. Regina is skilled in coordinating doctors and nurses for efficient and effective nursing care. In her leadership role as shift supervisor and manager, Mrs. Regina streamlined her talents in resource utilization, budgeting, process and procedure improvement, and employee engagement.
Mrs. Regina won several nursing awards. Daisy Award (2013), Excellence in Professional Nursing Practice Award (2016), Exemplary Professional Practice Award (2019), Bravery Award (2020) are a few to mention. In 2019 and 2020, she was nominated to the Best 25 Nurses of South-Central Texas award. She has 25+ years’ experience and a very versatile.
She is an accomplished RN with many years of business and nursing experience. She is certified as a Professional coder and risk adjustment coder and due to this expertise works as a senior clinical nurse consultant with Well med Company since 2019. She has excellent organizational skills and is a capable leader in her role as a Sr. Clinical Coding Nurse Consultant, she drives consistent, efficient processes and shares best practices in a
collaborative effort with Providers and Market Team, designed to facilitate achievement of goals set for HCC Ratio, HCC Covered Ratio, and HCC Percent Covered. She has MSN in Informatics from GCU in 2017 and is currently enrolled in DNP program at Maryville University. She is excited to see where this education will take her in her career.
Pretty has been a constant supporter of SAINA since its inception and chairs the membership committee as well as been volunteering with SAINA since its origin. She also Volunteers at the San Antonio blood bank and Red Cross. She believes that hard work and a correct mindset can allow you to achieve the unachievable. Her future goal is to be in a progressive leadership position to influence the healthcare of the community. If given
the opportunity to become VP, Pretty will provide support to the executive board and the governing board in strengthening SAINAs image in the community and support the membership community and the fundraising committee to create a strong foundation in 2021-22 term.
Alfin Milton is an RN and the Treasurer position at SAINA. He is a Compassionate Intensive Care Registered Nurse with experience in Surgical Trauma at a Level 1 Trauma Hospital. He is Service-Oriented with organized and proactive in nature. Proficient in handling emergency situations. Recently Graduated in December 2019 with a Bachelor of Science In Nursing, University
Of Texas Health Science Center – San Antonio. Currently working as a Critical Care Nurse at Surgical Trauma ICU, UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL – SAN ANTONIO, TX. He provides quality care to patients in the STICU, evaluating quality care to patients in the intensive care
unit, evaluating the patient’s conditions, administering treatment, and providing constant support during recovery. His daily duties include monitoring vital signs, prescribing medication for each case, assisting doctors in providing physical assessments, and administering treatments while ensuring the proper functioning of ventilators, cardiopulmonary support, and other life support equipment. Alfin has
several accomplishments under his belt. He is the current Chair of Social Programs at SAINA. He was the President of International Nursing Students Association – UTHSCSCA in 2019, Vice President of Society of Aspiring Nurses - Northwest Vista College 2017 and
has Worked with Treasurer and faculty advisors to set and create budgets and meetings for Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society – 2017 and The National Society of Leadership and Success- 2016. He has volunteered countless hours with the University health system and San Antonio Foodbank as well as SAINA. His leadership goal is to help the community in need and serve and develop his leadership skills.
Mrs. Amy Thomas is making a difference working in the research and outpatient clinic at VA hospital for the past 7 years. Her past career experience includes telemetry, med surg, and renal departments. She has obtained her Masters in Nursing Education from Texas Woman's University. She is an active member in several VA committees, including serving as the Evidence-Based Practice committee secretary. She has been very involved throughout the VA, especially with the Pathway to Excellence journey, poster presentations, education fairs, etc. Also, she has taught several courses for TEAMSTEPPS and an EBP Workshop Course. Over the past 2 years, she has provided continued support to SAINA as the Professional Development & Education Chair and worked behind the scenes for the 2019 Annual Conference. Her goals for SAINA includes continuing support, encouraging professional advancements for all members, promoting new learning opportunities, fundraisers, and many more activities over the next 2
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