Washington, DC — The Philippine Embassy and the Philippine Nurses Association of America (PNAA) co-hosted a reception and ceremony in honor of the Filipino Fellows of the American Academy of Nursing, class of 2018 and 2019, on 26 October 2019 at the Carlos P. Romulo Hall of the Philippine Embassy.
The nine members of Class 2019 are Mary Joy Garcia-Dia, DNP, RN; Maria Danet Lapiz Bluhm, PhD, MSCI, RN; Jesus Casida, PhD, RN, APN-C; Anecita Fadol, PhD, RN, FNP-BC; Elizabeth Fildes, EdD; RN, CNE, CARN-AP, PHNA-BC, FIANN; Wilhelmina Manzano, MA, RN, NEA-BC; Priscilla Limbo Sagar, EdD, RN, ACNS-BC, CTN-A; Rhigel Tan, DNP, RN, APRN, GNP, ANP, PMHNP; and Joyce Trompeta, PhD, PNP.
Emerson Ea, DNP, PhD, APRN, CNE, was inducted into the Academy in 2018.
The ten outstanding Filipino-American nurses are now among the American Academy of Nursing’s approximately 2,400 fellows who are nursing leaders in education, management, practice and research.
Ambassador to the United States Jose Manuel G. Romualdez lauded the Filipino Fellows and all Fil-Am nurses for cultivating a positive image for Filipino immigrant nurses all over the world and helping to transform the US healthcare system. He also acknowledged the family members, mentors, colleagues and friends among the audience, for supporting the nursing leaders.
“This positive image of Filipino nurses did not materialize overnight. It is a product of many, many years of solid performance and cultivating strong relationships within the healthcare community, and with patients and their families. It is therefore important, especially because we are celebrating Filipino-History Month, that we also recognize the achievements of past generations of Filipino immigrant nurses and think of ways to support those who are newly-arrived in the United States,” the Ambassador said.
“I am pleased to note that most of the honorees are paying it forward, so to speak, by being involved in the training and education of the next generation of nurses in the United States. And being accepted into the American Academy of Nursing will present even more opportunities for these excellent and hardworking nurses to contribute to the advancement of the nursing profession for the benefit of the broader community. I trust that the 2018 and 2019 class will join their predecessors in helping transform the US healthcare system for the better,” he further added.
“We invite you to join us in our mission to uphold the positive image and welfare of our constituent members, promote professional excellence, and contribute to the significant outcomes to healthcare and society,” said PNAA President Madelyn Yu as she congratulated the Filipino Fellows and led the toast to their exceptional accomplishments.
Ms. Yu and Ambassador Romualdez then proceeded to confer to the newest Filipino Fellows, an honorary sablay made of indigenous fabric and inlaid with indigenous design.
Arrangements for the program and reception were coordinated by the Philippine Nurses Association in Metro DC (PNAMDC), led by President Lourdes Careaga.