From the desk of the President



Dear Friends,
I would like to wish you all a very happy, healthy and blessed New Year filled with love and peace!
Thank you for electing me as the 9th NAINA President. It is an honor and privilege to lead such a prestigious organization.
When you have a dream, you need to chase it. A new year brings us new opportunities and challenges. As we begin the new term in this New Year, I am very confident that, as a team, we will rise to the top as exceptional leaders and do great things as an organization. We can bring up emerging leaders among our young nurses through guidance, scholarship, mentorship, and role-modeling. My motto is ‘talk less, listen more.’ Life is an opportunity to learn something exciting and innovative, hence it is of utmost importance to be open minded. One’s mindset and emotional intelligence plays into their capacity to guide others successfully.
Keeping up with our mission and vision, we will take NAINA to greater heights through expansion of our technology and social media presence. Many times, conflict arises due to differences in opinion, but the way in which it is handled holds potential for further complications. The success of NAINA is largely driven by how we can make these differences in opinion align to achieve the goals of NAINA as a unified professional organization. The highest form of knowledge is empathy which requires for us to suspend our egos and live in another’s world.
NAINA’s success derives from the dedication and commitment of its members – not to mention the countless hours of selfless service and hard work. I applaud our NAINA leaders who worked tirelessly for NAINA’s growth since 2006. We promise that we will bring NAINA as one of the best ethnic minority organizations in the US. I believe that, with God on our side, all things are possible.
We will be planning all our events for this new term and will keep you informed along the way. I strongly encourage you to visit our website periodically for updates.
We look forward to your love, support and encouragement as we begin our new term. Using creativity and innovation, we will use our voices confidently to offer value to our profession and organization. There are no limits to what we can accomplish as a team. Even when facing adversity, we must strive to overcome and achieve greatness.
In the meantime, enjoy the holiday season. May God shower his abundant blessings on you and your family during this new year and always!
Suja Thomas
Thank You

Suja Thomas

Suja Thomas is currently working as Nurse Administrator at Stratton VA Medical Center and as Patient Care Administrator at St. Peter’s Hospital, Albany, New York. She brings over 23 years of leadership experience in hospital administration & education and more than 30 years of practice as a registered professional nurse. She worked as a Nurse Executive at St. Peter’s Health Partners, responsible for various different departments (Women & Children, Medical Surgical, Hemodialysis, Cardio Pulmonary, Pharmacy, Radiology, Nursing Administration, Laboratory, Education, Wound Care, Dietary & Respiratory).  She taught undergraduate nursing students for eight years at Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE University), Manipal, Karnataka, India. Additionally, she has worked as an Adjunct Faculty at Maria College, Albany, NY. She also works as CWOCN consultant in Acute Care Hospital.

She is a Board Certified Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner. Suja has been a member of the Sigma Theta Tau Delta Pi chapter since 2020 In 2016, she was honored with the Robert Scholar Award for Clinical Excellence. She also received the Transformational Leadership Award in 2014 for a research study conducted with the goal of reducing rates of back injury for health care workers through minimal lift program.

She is currently serving as Treasurer and founding President of Indian American Nurses Association of Albany (IANA-A).  On the national level, she also serves as Secretary of the National Association of Indian Nurses of America (NAINA) and has held various positions in the past 6 years.

Suja graduated from Father Muller College of Nursing (Kankanady, Mangalore), with Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and from Russell Sage College (Troy, NY), receiving her Master’s in Nursing Education. She graduated as Certified Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurse from Minnesota Metropolitan University through WEB WOC Nursing Education Program.  Currently she is pursuing her Post-Master’s in Nursing in Adult Health Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program at Russell Sage College,  Troy, NY.

Volunteering is her passion. She takes such responsibilities with utmost priority within any type of work and strives for the best quality and efficiency. As a community volunteer, she consistently goes above and beyond to reach out to whomever is in need and is willing to take on challenging roles with determination and confidence.