On November 9, Terry Bustos ’13 and Denice Calub ’14 attended the Philippine Nurses Association of America (PNAA) 15th Eastern Regional Convention in Williamsburg, VA.
Bustos and Calub had the opportunity, through the KILN program, to attend the convention, network with nurse leaders, participate in group meetings and presentations, interview members about their professional experiences, and gain advice and experience that will help them throughout their careers.
Rolando Perea, Connell School of Nursing Diversity Advisory Board member and PNAA cabinet member, said that ‘because of the students' participation, it has mobilized our organization to establish a Nursing Student Committee. I will be working with the Education and Practice Committees and forward a formal proposal to make this happen. I will make sure Terry and Denice will be the first ever members of this new committee. This is a historical moment for PNAA. “
Bustos said of her experience, “Attending the 15th Eastern Regional conference of the Philippine Nurses Association of America (PNAA) in Williamsburg, VA proved to be an excellent learning experience and gateway for my professional career. As a senior nursing student, the “real world” is fast approaching with questions about the NCLEX, graduate school, and choosing a specialty reverberating in my mind. I could not have thought of a better time to be part of such a convention. Talking to nurse leaders from all over the east coast provided me with a lot of insight about which direction to take. Each nurse I spoke to offered support, advice and excitement that I would be soon joining the nursing workforce. I found the PNAA members from New Jersey to be particularly helpful and accommodating as we discussed employment opportunities around my hometown.”
As the official professional organization of Filipino-American Nurses in the United States of America (USA), PNAA will uphold the positive image and welfare of its constituent members; promote professional excellence and contribute to significant outcomes to healthcare and society. Learn more about PNAA