MANILA – Thousands of Filipinos involved in the nursing profession will meet in October to discuss the many contributions of the nursing profession not only in the country but also abroad.
"No matter where they are, Filipino nurses will always be strong catalysts for change,” said Philippine Nurses Association National President Dr. Roger P. Tong-An.
Working on the theme, "Filipino Nurses Contributing to Global Healthcare Outcomes," the 3-day convention aims to contextualize the roles and prominence of the Philippine nursing profession in promoting the development of global healthcare.
"Our contribution in the future of healthcare all over the world is not to be overlooked, but instead, celebrated!" said Tong-An.
The PNA admitted that the profession has faced many challenges in recent years, including the decrease in the demand of Filipino nurses here and abroad.
However, PNA remains confident that the world-class quality and global competence of Filipino nurses are the keys to beating the odds of the profession.
Dr. Tong-An describes the Filipino nurse as naturally caring in nature, apart from being hardworking, responsible, and resilient. These unique traits, according to Dr. Tong-An, make the Filipino nurses well-sought for in the global market even now.
"Our innate caring skills and diligence definitely give us the advantage, but we recognize that it is not enough given the ever-growing demand for globally competitive nurses. Hence, we are constantly working on several projects and activities that are meant to improve the knowledge and skills of Filipino nurses so they could keep pace with the global trend," said Dr. Tong-An.
PNA, the country’s primary association for nurses, has been pushing for the professional growth of Filipino nurses worldwide since its inception in 1922. With members and chapters here and abroad, the organization has stayed active for nearly a century, and was recently adjudged the 2014 Most Outstanding Accredited Professional Organization (APO) Award in Category A by the Professional Regulation Commission.
The convention, celebrated alongside the PNA's 92nd Founding Anniversary and 57th Nurses Week, will be held on October 21-23 at the Manila Hotel.