During the Nurses week of 2020, the National Association of Indian Nurses (NAINA) released a survey to find the Diaspora of Indian Nurses and their contribution to the United States health care system. The survey came around and caught the attention of a couple of nurses in an Indian NP WhatsApp group in Arizona. Many Indian Nurses seek to join an organization, yet none was present in Arizona. Gradually, a group of like-minded people, inspired by the survey, collaborated about forming a state chapter for NAINA in Arizona. Though many of the nurses were distressed due to the pandemic, when approached with this idea the response was astonishing! More than 100 nurses, under 10 days assembled in a virtual platform! Though COVID 19 separated us through social distancing, the Arizona Indian Nurses felt the need to come closer than ever. As the enthusiasm grew, more nurses heard about the group, and the numbers grew rapidly to 140! In July 2020, Year of the Nurse, Arizona Indian Nurses Association (AZINA) formed with the purpose of empowering all nurses of Asian Indian origin for their personal and professional growth while contributing their best for promoting a healthy Arizona. AZINA also intended to make the Asian Indian nurses more visible as leaders of healthcare systems nationally and internationally.
- To organize all Indian nurses together for the development of each member thus form a group that is stronger and visible and at the cutting edge of practice, education, and research,
- To provide health awareness to community groups in ethnic minority and socially, spiritually and economically under-served communities.
- To provide nurses and health care professionals as volunteers to assist in health screening programs and to provide health information.
- To provide access to information to the people among socially, spiritually, and economically under-served populations and ethnic minorities, who are interested in careers in nursing and health care.
- To conduct, analyze and publish information to increase knowledge and awareness of the health care needs of ethnic minorities.
- To participate in conferences, workshops, seminars and forums to increase the health knowledge of ethnic minorities as well as socially, spiritually and economically under-served populations.
- To present seminars, workshops, and forums on health and nursing programs for members of the community, especially ethnic minority communities and socially, spiritually and economically under-served communities.
- To collaborate with various ethnic minority populations to provide needed health and community services when a health crisis exists.
- To improve the image of the nursing profession through empowerment and knowledge sharing by conducting conferences and virtual workshops.