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President's Address

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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

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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.

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MEET AND GREET 

OCTOBER 9, 2021

 

JOIN THE PHILIPPINE NURSES ASSOCIATION OF INDIANA (PNA-IN) AND THE TRI -STATE FILIPINO-AMERICAN ASSOCIATION TO AN AFTERNOON OF FUN AND EXCITEMENT

 

WHERE: The American Legion

              Funkhouser Post # 8

                    6001 New Harmony Road

            Evansville, IN 47720

TIME:   4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

 

        CONTACTS: Chuchi Esteleydes (317) 460-3347

Violet Zly (812) 677-4543

   Mattie Upano (317) 319-7448

www.pnaindiana.wixsite.com

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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.

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PNA-IN SPARK: THE GAVIOLAS

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A Millennial’s Nursing Journey: Commitment and Compassion from the Heart

By Maria Regina Alib, BSN, RN and Mattie Upano, MSN, RN, FNP-BC

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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

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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

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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 ...

SPECIAL FEATURE

Michelle McKee: An Advocate in Action

By Mattie Upano, MSN, RN, FNP-BC

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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.

Standing on Her Shoulders: Ms. Victoria Navarro, MAS, MSN, RN 
By By Matilde Delos Santos Upano, MSN, RN, FNP

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In the late 1960’s, Victoria “Vicky’ Navarro was one of my nursing students doing clinical experience at the Medical Center Manila (MCM), Philippines where I was a Nursing Supervisor. Upon graduation in 1970 she proceeded to work in MCM as a Clinical Nurse at the Medical-Surgical Unit, OB/GYN, & Pediatrics. 

ASIAN FEST: CELEBRATE THE CULTURE OF CARING COMMUNITY
By By Matilde Delos Santos Upano, MSN, RN, FNP

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Despite the pandemic, there was a good turnout at the Asian Fest. For four hours we tested 54 participants. There was a steady stream at an average of 13 plus persons per hour. Our volunteers were only too happy to accommodate them, with PPEs observed all throughout. Some of us may have taken our masks off momentarily to enjoy a photo op specially with Indiana Governor Holcomb who towered over us! Not to worry, all of us have been vaccinated. 

DR. GOPAL KRISHNA, SAGAMORE OF THE WABASH AWARDEE & PNA-IN ALLY             
By By Matilde Delos Santos Upano, MSN, RN, FNP

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The Sagamore of the Wabash Award dates back to Indiana Governor Ralph Gates, who served from 1945 to 1949. Governor Gates was to attend a tri- state meeting in Louisville with officials from the states of Ohio and Kentucky. Aides to the governor discovered that the governor of Kentucky was preparing a Kentucky Colonel certificates for Governor Gates and Senator Robert A. Taft, who were to represent the State of Ohio. Thus, the Hoosiers decided that Indiana should have an appropriate award to present in return.