The Philippine Nurses Association of America, Inc. (PNAA) and the Philippine Embassy in Washington, D.C. co-hosted a virtual celebration entitled, “Pagdiriwang ng Kahusayan” (Celebration of Excellence) on 30 October 2020, to honor Filipino-American nurses named to the American Academy of Nursing’s 2019 and 2020 Class of Fellows.
The American Academy of Nursing (AAN) serves the public and the nursing profession by advancing health policy, practice, and science through organizational excellence and effective nursing leadership. The Academy and its more than 2,700 members, known as Fellows, create and execute knowledge-driving and policy-related initiatives to drive reform of America’s health system.
“Filipino-American nurses continue to provide important contributions to the healthcare system of the United States. In fact, the recently held White House Commemoration of Filipino-American History Month underscored the sacrifices of Filipino-American frontliners in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, highlighting that four percent of nurses in America are Filipinos, and one-third of COVID-19 nurse casualties is from the Filipino nursing community. It is indeed a very challenging year for the nursing profession and the healthcare community as a whole, and the role of Filipino-American nurses during this difficult time has never been more significant”, said Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose Manuel G. Romualdez in his opening remarks.
The Philippine Nurses Association of America, Inc. (PNAA) is a non-profit professional nursing organization representing 55 chapters with over 5,000 members. Its mission is to uphold and foster the positive image and welfare of Filipino-American nurses, promote professional excellence, and contribute to significant outcomes to healthcare and society through education, research, and clinical practice. PNAA is a member of the National Coalition for Ethnic Minority Nurses Association (NCEMNA) and an affiliate member of the American Nurses Association.