Mercy Yang, BSN, RN

HNA Sac Chapter President

My name is Mercy Yang and I am the Sacramento chapter president. The previous two years as president for this role has enhanced my leadership skills and development. I am committed to providing leadership guidance for the Sacramento chapter and continuing to grow the network of nurses to help meet the goals of HNA’s mission, vision, and values.

One of my goals consists of increasing member participation through volunteer opportunities with local organized groups. Another goal is to establish a scholarship fund for local nursing students. Lastly, I hope to expand our collaboration with Hmong Youth and Parenting United to educate the Hmong community in health and wellness.

I am detail oriented with excellent communication skills and an aptitude for leadership. My experiences as a nurse have allowed me to lead and support my fellow colleagues through difficult situations. I will continue to bring valuable skills and leadership qualities to the Sacramento chapter that would continue to make me a wonderful addition to your association.

I look forward to having the opportunity to grow this chapter and continue promoting health and wellness to our community.

Mang Vang, MS, RN, CRNA

HNA Sac Chapter Vice President

My name is Mang Vang and I am honored to be Vice President of the Hmong Nurses Association Sacramento Chapter. I have been a registered nurse since July 2002 and have been a certified registered nurse anesthetist since January 2009. I am a CRNA at UC Davis Medical Center. I understand how demanding our professional lives are, from the long hours we work to the compassionate care we provide to our patients. Not only do we have a high stress, demanding profession, but also a family we tend to. Our abilities to juggle and conquer our professional and personal roles demonstrate our leadership abilities, dedication, and passion.

As Vice President, I hope to assist the Hmong Nurses Association in helping our members gain a more favorable work/life balance. By finding work/life balance, we can help decrease the rate of burnout and stress and maintain patient safety. I hope in the near future, with the help of current and former officers and members, HNA can develop meetings and support groups for members via zoom and/or in person to address any work/life stressors, promote a positive mental health, and offer support to the members. As the number of covid 19 cases decrease and the state slowly opens up, I want HNA to be more involved in volunteer services. We have busy work schedules and have family plans, especially with spring and summer upon us. I have been unable to participate in many events due to work and family obligations. But, we have dedicated and outstanding members who can represent us at events. I hope to have more representations.

Every organization needs some form of fundraising. I hope we can establish an annual spring and fall fundraising event. Achieving this feat will be difficult, but I hope with member engagement, we can help propel our organization to achieve its mission.

I believe in promoting and having a healthy mental health among ourselves in order to not only care for ourselves, families and patients but also have job satisfaction. Through HNA, our members can pay it forward through community service. By promoting member engagement, we can strive to be leaders within communities, be mentors to future nurses, and be role models to the youths.

Foua Moua, BSN, RN

HNA Sacramento Chapter Secretary

I was raised in Fresno, California and recently moved to the Sacramento area to be closer to family. I received my Bachelor of Nursing from West Coast University, Ontario campus in August 2014. After passing the boards, I returned to Fresno and started working at Clovis Community Medical Center for a total of 6 years. I spent five years on the Cardiovascular Progressive Care Unit (CPCU). I was one of the few nurses who filled in as charge nurse and took step down patients as well as float to ICU to assist in patient load. I spent one year on the Float team in which I floated to different units (ED/Post-partum/Med-Surg/CPCU) to assist with patient care. I am currently working as a staff nurse at Mercy San Juan in Carmichael, CA on the telemetry unit. I also fill in as charge nurse and precept new nurses. Along with working bedside to provide excellent patient care and patient safety, I teach at Gurnick Academy, Fresno Branch. I have been a clinical instructor for over 2 years.

Working bedside with patients has given me compassion and empathy for the sick, but also drives me to teach the future nurses about patient safety and patient satisfaction. Being able to watch nursing students in the clinical setting develop confidence in their skills, bedside manner, seeing them critically think and link disease to the nursing process and potential outcomes has been rewarding. It makes me so proud to see them grow within the program and to see them graduate.

I have been a member of Hmong Nurse Association since 2018, first in the Fresno Chapter and currently in the Sacramento Chapter. I am honored to be Secretary of the Hmong Nurse Association, Sacramento Chapter. I am eager to see HNA grow and connect Hmong nurses around the Sacramento region with networking and professional development. I plan to continue supporting other Hmong nurses and nursing students by being a positive influence and supportive mentor.

2020 has shown us how resilient and strong nurses can be. It has pushed us to breaking points, physically and mentally. It has been the toughest year in my nursing career, but I can look back and see how much I have grown and how it made me a better nurse. I believe HNA is an organization that has supported each other in development and empowerment. I look forward to seeing HNA expand and grow in membership. I continue to speak about HNA and the goals and visions it has for the Hmong nurses in the community. It has provided an outlet of resources, support and encouragement to nurses and nursing students. I look forward to continuing to grow it.

Diane Mua-Xiong, RN, MSN, PHN, CCRN-K

HNA Sacramento Chapter Treasurer Nominee

My name is Diane Mua-Xiong. I have been a nurse for 18.5 years and spent my entire career at UC Davis Health System. I have worked in various departments: Orthopedic Trauma, Surgical ICU, Post Discharge call center, and Interventional Radiology. I am a Professional Development Specialist/Nurse Educator for the Center of Professional Practice of Nursing in my current role. Nursing is my passion for taking care of patients to precept students, new graduate nurses, and experienced nurses. Most importantly, I am dedicated to educating and training nurses.

It is my core belief and value to commit and give back to the community. I have participated and volunteered in various events in the community and my local church. I especially enjoyed influencing and inspiring young Hmong adults to look at nursing as a career option. As a first-generation Hmong nurse, it is crucial to help and teach the Hmong elders about health disparities. I continue to seek opportunities in the Hmong Community; therefore, I am interested in the position of treasurer in the Hmong Nurses Association. My diverse nursing background and my rich involvement in the hospital and community make me a perfect fit for the treasurer position. I am confident in fulfilling the role and responsibilities of a treasurer.

I am a positive and highly motivated person, and I can offer guidance and leadership to the HNA committee. I look forward to the opportunity to work and grow as your next treasurer. Thank you for your time and consideration for this position.

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