Her first order of business will be to hug her dog, Bentley, she said Friday.
She invoked God and science in expressing gratitude for her ongoingrecovery from a disease that has no established cure.
"I feel fortunate and blessed to be standing here today," she said. "Throughout this ordeal, I have put my faith in God and my medical team."
Later Friday, President Barack Obama met Pham in the Oval Office and gave her a big hug.
Prayer sustained her, and she thanked people around the world who prayed for her, Pham told reporters Friday at a National Institutes of Health hospital in Bethesda, Maryland.
The nation saw a cheerful and composed Pham, dressed in a bright turquoise top and matching necklace, when she strode to a bank of microphones moments after Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said she was free of the virus.