From the desk of the President

Agnes Therady RN, MSN, MBA, NEA-BC, FACHE, PhD


On behalf of the Governing Board of the National Association of Indian Nurses of America (NAINA), I am pleased to share this message with you. 

To all our members from our 16 chapters across USA, thank you for being part of this great association, you are the strength of NAINA.

It is my honor and privilege to serve you as the 7th President of NAINA, the foremost organization for all professional nurses of Asian Indian heritage in the US since 2006.

I was excited to meet so many of you during our outstanding 6th Biennial National Conference in October 2018 in Dallas, Texas.

A new year holds the promise of new opportunities and challenges. As we look to the future, I am confident that we can work together to improve our lives and that of others, innovate our practice, and rise to the top as authentic leaders and exceptional nurses. We will provide need-based, advanced continuing education, support nursing research and scholarly publication for our members who are interested to pursue these goals. We will also invest in our student nurses through scholarship, mentorship, career counseling and role-modeling. At NAINA, everyone matters.

True to our mission and vision, we will volunteer to promote the health and well-being of our communities because our communities matter.

The success of NAINA is largely driven by the dedication and commitment of its members, their countless hours of selfless service and hard work. I applaud everyone who contributed generously for NAINA’s impressive growth from its humble beginning in 2006 to where it is now. It is my sincere hope that we will continue to support and proudly preserve it as the professional organization of choice for all Asian Indian nurses in the US.

Looking forward to an exceptional two years of service to you.

Love and blessings!

Agnes Therady, RN
January 2019

Agnes Therady

Agnes Therady, MSN, MBA, FACHE, RN has been elected as the president of National Association of Indian Nurses of America (NAINA) for the term 2019-2020.

Agnes Therady is the current vice president and chief nursing officer (CNO) for Franciscan Health Central Indiana where she oversees all nursing-related operations and leads a team of nearly 1,500 nurses at hospital campuses in Indianapolis, Mooresville and Carmel. Prior to her appointment at Franciscan, Ms. Therady served the Cook County Health and Hospitals (CCHHS) in Chicago, the third largest public academic health system in the United States. As the health system chief nursing officer, she led efforts to redesign hospital-based nursing staffing models that saved around $3 million in annual salaries, organized a structured training and development program for correctional health nurses and a nursing leadership academy for the nursing management team at CCHHS. In the past, Ms. Therady served the US Federal government as the Associate Director of patient care services at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, and was associate chief nursing officer for Jesse Brown VA Medical Center in Chicago.  In addition, Ms. Therady held several leadership roles at various hospitals and health care systems in the US and in India. She has earned the distinction of board certification in healthcare management as a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE). Ms. Therady made the professional Indian nursing community proud when she was listed by Becker’s Hospital Review as one of the ‘health system CNO s to know in 2017’
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Agnes Therady received her BSN and MSN degrees from SNDT Women’s University, Mumbai and a master’s degree in business administration from Northern Illinois University. She currently is pursuing PhD in health care administration at Benedictine University and is expected to complete that work in 2019.

Ms. Therady served NAINA in the past in several capabilities, most recently as the Executive Vice President for the term 2017-2018. She was actively involved in the NAINA’s Aspiring Nurse Leader program. With her transformational leadership, NAINA expects to grow and reach new heights of professional excellence.