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President's Address

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.

Virtual Induction of 2020-2022 PNAIN Officers

Awards Ceremony and 21st Anniversary

Induction of 2020-2022 President Mattie Upano & EB By Mary Joy Garcia-Dia, PhD, RN, FAAN PNAA President 2020-2022

 

If you wish to make a scholoraship donation, please send a check to PNA-IN. Mail to Eleanore Wilson, Treasurer 10003 Oakleaf Way, McCordsville, IN 46055

APRIL 24, 2021

SATURDAY, 12-2 PM ET

 

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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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Goal and Mission: 4th Annual Health Screening

PNA -Indiana hosted this years’ 4th Annual Health Promotion and Wellness screening at the International Festival held at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. On a busy Saturday of November 9, 2019, with all the events happening in the area, we were able to accomplish our mission by helping 76 participants get their free HgbA1C and Cardio lipid tests in our effort to screen for diabetes and heart disease. Volunteers from Indiana Philippine Medical Association provided medical consults.

20TH PNA Indiana Luau Anniversary Celebration

On August 17, 2019 PNA IN celebrated its’ 20th year founding anniversary at the Latvian Community Center in Indianapolis, Indiana. It was a night full of fun, dances, foods, lots of prizes and gifts.  It was well attended by our families, friends, officers & members of Indiana Philippine Medical Association (IPMA), Philippine Association of Medical Technologists (PAMET) of Indiana, Barangay Club of Indiana, (BCI) and our colleagues from Indiana University Health (IUH) at Ball Memorial Hospital...

PNA-IN Proudly Presents: Kaylee Ann Thompson, Recepient of 2019 BSN Scholarship / Education Grant

Before beginning her nursing program, Kaylee was invited by the Gaviola family to participate in the free PNA-IN health screenings at the International Festival in November 2016. About an hour into the day, she felt a strong passion for promoting health in the community. Many of the patients she assisted in screening that day were eager to learn more about how to better their health but they said that no one had really ever taught them about it before.

PNA-IN BSN Educational Grant Awardee: BRIANA GABRIELLE “GABBY” MARAMBA

Gabby is a senior nursing student at Ball State University (BSU) in Muncie, Indiana. She will graduate in the Spring of 2019 as a Bachelor of Science in Nursing major with a minor in Psychology of Human Development with a focus in infants and children.  Upon graduation she plans to pursue a career in pediatric or neonatal nursing.  In the future, she intends to obtain a Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP) degree

In Recognition of A PNA-IN Board Member and Scholarship Committee Chair

PRESWINDA “PRESSY” FREEMAN, BALL STATE UNIVERSITY (BSU)

BOARD OF TRUSTEES’ “CLINICAL LECTURER HONORATA OF NURSING”

PNA-IN is proud to congratulate Pressy Freeman, PNA-IN-in Board Member and Chair of Scholarship Committee on her prestigious award on her retirement as  “Lecturer Honorata of Nursing”  from Ball State University’  (BSU) as endorsed  by the Director of the School of Nursing, College Dean, and Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and the BSU Board of Trustees effective July 1, 2019!

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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

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 ...

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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.

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