The purpose of the Philippine Nurses Association of Alabama is to provide an organization that will uphold the image and foster the welfare of the Filipino-American Nurses through evidence-based health care practices and continuing education.
PNAAL shall be an active chapter member in the promotion of the vision, mission and objectives of the Philippine Nurses Association of America.
The Philippine Nurses Association of Alabama shall be recognized as a leading professional nursing organization that is engaged in evidence-based, research-focused and culturally-competent practice in the state of Alabama.
The objectives of the Association shall be to:
Organize and actively participate in community health programs related to disease prevention, health promotion and maintenance.
Provide and coordinate educational programs designed to assist members in the acquisition and expansion of knowledge and professional excellence in nursing practice.
Collaborate and coordinate with other organizations and agencies, both in the Philippines and United States to facilitate the professional and cultural adjustments of Filipino nurses in the United States.
Formulate and implement strategies for acting on issues, legislation, and public policies which directly and/or indirectly affect nursing.
Provide mechanism for networking with other professional organizations and agencies in developing and implementing programs relevant to nursing practice, education and research.
Promote advancement of professional nursing through scholarship and achievement awards.
Promote a positive and active image of the organization, and unity among Filipino-American nurses in the state of Alabama and globally, in collaboration with the Philippine Nurses Association of America.
HOW PNA ALABAMA CAME INTO EXISTENCE
By : Mabel E. Otamias, BSN RN, MAN
In the early 2000, Birmingham experienced an influx of Filipino nurses when Princeton Baptist and Brookwood Baptist Hospitals hired nurses from the Philippines to work in their hospitals on specific contracts. Mr. Gabriel Sapalaran, a Filipino nurse and a resident of Birmingham saw their plight and was concerned for their wellbeing.
Between 2007 to 2015, a number of meetings and video conferences were done by Mr. Sapalaran and some Filipino nurses discussing the need the organize a local Philippine Nurses Association- the bylaws and rules to tailor to its future goals , membership fees , recruitment and geographical challenges. However, no formal organization was created.
In 2016, Dr. Sigrid Ladores, a long time dynamic PNAA officer and international researcher met Mr. Sapalaran thru the late Dr. K. Meneses. Energized by Mr. Sapalaran’s vision, she joined him and again ventured on the task of organizing a local chapter. After the two attended the 2019 PNAA National convention, Mr, Sapalaran approached Mrs. Mabel Otamias and shared with her this said long time vision. Networking continued between them.
Finally, on September 28, 2019, a formal launching of the Philippine Nurses Association of Alabama was held in the Nightingale Conference room at UAB School of Nursing. PNAAL became the 54th chapter to join the PNAA.
This chapter was established because of the countless hours, efforts and resources of those who have an unwavering belief in the value of Nursing and on how an organization can positively impact the Filipino nurse professionally in their practice of nursing care in the state of Alabama. This chapter is also grateful to the UAB School of Nursing for the use of its facilities, family members, sponsors and respected leaders of various professional Nursing Organizations.
This logo is edgy, modern yet classic in its presentation. The abstract lamp gives tribute to Florence Nightingale of the new millennium. The lamp forms the foundation of the nurse seemingly reaching out her arm to help and care for others with grace and resilience even under pressure .The flame with the Philippine and American flag colors guides all our actions and words. It reflects the principles of our nursing profession tempered by the blended Filipino-American culture of hospitality and inclusiveness. Our visual is drawn to the bold circle that is strong and determined much like the psyche of a Filipino nurse.