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PNAA: What we have achieved in the Last 2 Years and More to Come

posted May 16, 2014, 5:04 PM by Philippine Nurses Association of Georgia   [ updated May 16, 2014, 5:15 PM ]

Victoria Navarro, MAS, MSN, RN

President 2012-2014, The Philippine Nurses Association of America


With my term as 17th President of the Philippine Nurses Association of America (PNAA), Inc., nearing its second and last year, we as a team achieved a significant degree of collaborative work as adopted in the PNAA Social Construct.  Empowering collaborations and sustaining healthy communities within the construct have been nurtured and successfully implemented by our members. Our legacy to the next generation of PNAA members and the following collaborations:


a.     With the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) in the 1st Global Summit for Filipino Nurses deliberating and addressing issues affecting nurses around the world (January 2014) at the Manila Hotel, Philippines that culminated with the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement among all conveners: PNAA, CFO, PNA (Philippine Nurses Association), Inc., ADCPN (Association of Deans of Philippine Colleges of Nursing and ANSAP (Association of Nursing Service Administrators of the Philippines). 

b.     With the Philippine Embassy in the United States in events that affect Filipino-American citizens and permanent residents, i.e., the accidental death of five (5) Filipino nurses in a limousine fire in CA, slaying of a newly arrived Filipino nurse in Tennessee, courtesy calls with the Ambassador by Nurse In Washington Internship scholars.

c.     With the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) regarding the “English-only Rule” in the workplace.

d.     With a Barangay Health Center in Bacolod and possibly Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) to improve health outcomes of Maternal and Child Health.

e.     Philippine Regulatory Commission Board of Nursing on the required validation of Philippine RN license for application of US RN license by endorsement / reciprocity from foreign graduate nurses. With the Philippine Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) in facilitating and removing the burdensome requirements for Foreign Surgical and Medical Missions to the Philippines.

f.      With the Office of the Philippine Department of Health in providing input and subject matter experts and instructors in the development and implementation of nurse anesthesia specialty program to improve staffing for surgical cases in provincial hospitals.

International Non-Governmental & Humanitarian Agencies

a.     With Alliance for Ethical International Recruitment Practices with development and monitoring of Code of Conduct and development and review of educational modules for health care professionals seeking employment in the US.

b.     With Project HOPE in the deployment of disaster nurse-volunteers for the Haiyan Typhoon Relief in the Philippines and potentially Disaster Deployment Program patterned after the US Military Reserve.

c.     With the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) in another Haiyan Typhoon Relief Project to help protect displaced and orphaned children from malnutrition and human trafficking, as well as prevent water-borne diseases through proper sanitation.

d.     With the Migrant Heritage Commission’s work on Temporary Protected Status (TPS), allowing Filipino immigrants (nurses who entered legally) to work, possibly travel, and stay in the country and provide remittances to support Haiyan relief efforts.



a.     Establishment of a Student Coalition Program and sponsorship of students to attend PNAA Convention and Regional Conferences.

b.     Establishment of scholarship for nursing students of Filipino descent with a university in the north.


Regulatory Agencies

a.     With the California Board of Nursing, and Philippine Commission on Higher Education (CHED) in resolving the requirement for concurrency of clinical experience and theoretical instruction of nursing graduates from the Philippines as a requirement for RN licensure application in the State of California.


a.     With PBS News hour in a documentary expose of labor trafficking for RN employment in the US.

These collaborations have enriched PNAA and its confidence to attract the future generation to be members as we demonstrate our value to Nursing and the larger community.


Reference: Navarro, V., President’s Corner- nursing collaboration:  are we there yet? Journal of Nursing Practice Applications and Reviews of Research. 4(1), 4.