Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose Manuel G. Romualdez together with the PNAA honorees. (L-R first row seated): Mr. Frank Shaffer, Ambassador Jose Manuel G. Romualdez, PNAA President Dr. Gloria Briones, Consul General Iric Cruz Arribas; (L-R second row) Mr. Fidelindo Lim, Mr. Marlon Saria, Mr. Jasper Erwin Tolarba, Mr. Edmund Pajarillo, Ms. Bernadette Jao, Ms. Nancy Atmospera-Walch, Ms. Joan Miravite, Mr. Dalmacio Flores , Mr. Michael Joseph Dino; (L-R third row) Ms. Mary Magee Gullatte, AAN President Mr. Ernest Grant, and Dr. Leo-Felix Jurado.

29 OCTOBER 2022

WASHINGTON D.C. The Philippine Embassy in Washington D.C. and the Philippine Nurses Association of America, Inc. (PNAA) hosted the “Pagdiriwang ng Kahusayan” at the Embassy’s Quezon Hall on 29 October 2022, in honor of the Filipino nurses who will be inducted to the American Academy of Nursing Class of 2022.

“To our honorees, I applaud you for all your hard work and sacrifices. Being a part of this prestigious institution bears responsibility. I hope that you use your position and capabilities to empower your fellow healthcare professionals and your respective communities.” said Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose Manuel G. Romualdez in his welcome message to the honorees.

In his speech, Dr. Ernest Grant, President of the American Nurses Association, also recognized the fact that it is a well recognized “truth” that the Filipino American nursing community have made and will continue to make positive contributions. He went on and said “this speaks of the extraordinary impact and influence that your community has brought over generations of nursing and healthcare professionals in our country.”

The program concluded with a toast to honor the fellows led by PNAA President Dr. Gloria Briones. 

Academy Fellows are nursing’s most accomplished leaders in education, management, practice, and research. These year’s eight Filipino Fellows to the Academy are: 1) Nancy Atmospera-Walch, DNP, MPH, RN, LNHA, MCHES, CCHN, CMC; 2) Michael Joseph Dino, PhD, MAN, RN, LPT; 3) Dalmacio Flores, PhD, ACRN; 4) Bernadette Jao, DNP, RN, PMH-BC; 5) Fidelindo Lim, DNP, CCRN; 6) Joan Miravite, DNP, RN, FNP-BC; 7) Edmund J. Y. Pajarillo, PhD, RN BC, CPHQ, NEA BC, ANEF; and 8) Jasper Erwin Tolarba, EdD(c), DNP, MSN, M.Ed., RN, CGNC, FACHE.

The American Academy of Nursing (AAN)  serves the public and the nursing profession by advancing health policy, practice, and science through organizational excellence and effective nursing leadership. The Academy and its more than 2,700 members, known as Fellows, create and execute knowledge-driving and policy-related initiatives to drive reform of America’s health system.

PNAA is a non-profit professional nursing organization representing 55 chapters with over 4,500++ members in the United States. Their mission is to uphold and foster the positive image and welfare of Filipino-American nurses, promote professional excellence, and contribute to significant outcomes to healthcare and society through education, research, and clinical practice. ###

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Ambassador Romualdez welcomes the guests and honorees during the 2022 Pagdiriwang ng Kahusayan
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Toast in honor of the 2022 Filipino Fellows to the American Academy of Nursing
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