It is indeed a great honor and privilege to serve as the Philippine Nurses Association of Indiana’s President for the third time.
This time, we live in very difficult Circumstances because of the COVID-19 pandemic. This has significantly affected all of us nurses especially the front liners who have to deal with the threat of getting infected or even dying from the disease as well as worry about transmitting it to our families. On top of this, we have to deal with increased hatred among Asian Americans. Thus, my theme of “Be the Spark for Advocacy, Healing and Staying Healthy”
Matilde S. Upano, MSN, RN, FNP-BC
PNA Indiana President 2020-2022
PHILIPPINE NURSES ASSOCIATION OF INDIANA, INC.
A Chapter of Philippine Nurses Association of America
PNA Indiana is a membership organization whose mission is to promote professional growth and provide health information and educational services to the community.
MODERNIZING INDIANA’S LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS FOR FOREIGN EDUCATED NURSES: ADDING ADDITIONAL PATHWAYS TO LICENSURE
WHAT IS THE ISSUE?
Foreign-educated nurses (FENs) complete nursing education outside of the United States. Indiana’s registered nurse (RN) licensure requirements for FENs differ from those of nurses that completed their education in the United States. In addition to passing the NCLEX, the nationally-recognized prerequisite exam to RN licensure, FENs in Indiana are currently required to complete a second prerequisite exam: the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) Qualifying Exam. 1 The CGFNS exam is described as a “predictor” of NCLEX passage by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, and as such is a duplicative requirement. 2 The CGFNS Exam is only offered quarterly.3
WHAT CHALLENGES ARE ASSOCIATED WITH THE CURRENT PROCESS?
The CGFNS exam is a duplicative requirement that has a disproportionate, negative effect on FENs compared to domestic-trained nurses. Additionally, requiring passage of the CGFNS exam, which is only offered quarterly, could result in a substantial delays of RN licensure for qualified FENs in Indiana. This negatively impacts the economic opportunity of FENs (with up to 3 months of lost wages), and delays Indiana employers from filling high-demand nursing positions.
A Millennial’s Nursing Journey: Commitment and Compassion from the Heart
By Maria Regina Alib, BSN, RN and Mattie Upano, MSN, RN, FNP-BC
Maria, also known as Reggie to her family and friends, began her personal journey with PNA-IN Chapter when Mattie Upano, current President of PNA-IN invited her to become a member. Mattie made a positive impact in Reggie’s life when she was just starting her career, along with Reggie’s loving family who have been the source of her strength and her shoulder to lean on. Mattie encouraged Reggie to become actively engaged in PNA-IN, and Reggie eventually landed a position as Assistant Secretary.
PNA-Indiana Fights COVID-19 Hunger in Bacolod, Negros Occidental
Vicky Navarro called the PNAA North Central Region Circle of Presidents (COPs) to action at our May 6 meeting to contribute to the fight against COVID-19 in the Philippines. Recognizing the importance, PNA-IN immediately began to help with the Tulong-Sulong initiative. The initiative is a partnership between thePhilippine Humanitarian Coalition (PHC) and the National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA) that works through non-governmental agencies (NGOs) to distribute food in the Philippines during the crisis.
My Husband Survived COVID-19: A story of resilience and coping!
By Maria Leah Chua, MBA, MSN, RN
I am originally from Davao City, Philippines. I obtained a BSN degree from San Pedro College, Davao in 1994. I had a myriad of enriching nursing experiences: ER Nursing, School Nurse/Chemistry Teacher, Clinical Instructor in the Philippines and Psyche Nurse at Woodbridge Hospital Singapore. On May 15, 2006 my husband and I arrived in Indianapolis, Indiana. Along with 12 other nurses from the Philippines, we were recipients of ...
Michelle McKee: An Advocate in Action
By Mattie Upano, MSN, RN, FNP-BC
Kudos to Michelle McKee, MSN, RN, a PNA-IN Member and past MSN Scholarship Awardee who continues to show her commitment to Filipino nurses and to ensure diversity and better representation in the Indiana medical community. Since last year, Michelle has worked with Mattie Upano, President of the Philippine Nurses Association of Indiana, Inc. (PNA-IN) to advocate for more inclusion of Filipinos and Asian-Americans at IU Health.