PNAA History

The Philippine Nurses Association of America (PNAA) was formed in response to the growing need for concerted effort to address the issues and concerns of Filipino nurses in the USA.

  • April 21, 1979 - Federation of Philippine Nurses Association (FPNA) was formally organized in New Jersey.

  • June 30, 1981 - FPNA became the National Organization of Philippine Nurses Association in the United States (NOPNAUS) in Los Angeles, CA.

  • June 20, 1987 - Name was changed to the Philippine Nurses Association of America (PNAA) in New York.

  • December, 1996 - First collaborative International Conference with the Philippine Nurses Association held at the Hotel Shangri-La EDSA in Mandaluyong City.

  • December, 1998 - Launching of the PNAA website and 2nd International Conference with the Philippine Nurses Association.

  • June, 1999 - First national meeting of the NCEMNA in Washington, DC. PNAA gained international and global recognition with its ground breaking initiatives and contributions. From the year 2000 up to the present, PNAA has emerged as one of the best ethnic professional organizations in the United States recognized by the American Nurses Association.

Some of the notable achievements:

  • Representation to the National Institute of Nursing Research in Bethesda, MD.

  • Launching of the PNAA Foundation in Chicago, Illinois and the publication of the PNAA Legacy.

  • Supported Nurse Relief Act and the establishment of Philippines as a US NCLEX - RN test site

  • Launching of PNAA Leadership Institute and NCEMNA Mentorship Program.

  • Got scholarship grants from AETNA, NCEMNA and NLN Development of ethical guidelines in the recruitment of foreign educated nurses

  • Development of procedural guidelines and policies in regards to Human Rights

  • PNAA Balik-Turo, PNAA Wellness Challenge

  • Representation at the National Health Institute (NIH)

  • Participation in Genetics and Genomics Task Force

  • Recipient of Philippine Presidential Awards

  • Launching of PNAA Journal and E-Balita and PNAA theme song Shine, PNAA Shine!

  • Promote activities to unify Filipino-American nurses in the United States and its territories.

  • Network with professional organizations and agencies to develop and implement educational programs relevant to nursing practice, research and education

  • Influence legislation and public policies which directly and indirectly affect nursing.

  • Participate actively in community activities.

  • Collaborate with organizations and agencies, both in the Philippines and United States to facilitate professional and cultural adjustment of Filipino nurses in the United States.

  • Develop and implement research programs focusing on the health care needs of Filipino Americans.

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