Beta Nu Delta 2008 Awards, Nursing Leaders' Nite

Friend of Nursing AwardeeGeneral Santos City, February 3 - Beta Nu Delta (BND) Nursing Society has awarded the Beta Nu Delta 2008 Friend of Nursing Award to Dr. Renato Diagan, MD, FPCS, the Chief Executive Officer at the R.O. Diagan Cooperative Hospital; and Chairman, Medical Mission Group Hospital Cooperatives Federation during the Society's sponsored Nursing Leaders' Nite held at the Family Country Hotel and Convention Center.

The Beta Nu Delta 2008 Friend of Nursing Award was established to recognize an individual or organization that is not eligible for regular membership but has impacted the chapter, the local nursing or health care community, and/or the health of people in a significant way.

The Society believes that Dr. Diagan has demonstrated a commitment to the ideals and purposes of the Society. He likewise demonstrated superior achievement and leadership in the field of medical work. Finally, we believe that he contributed to the long-term significance of the the nursing profession in the area.

He received the award from Darlene Dilangalen Borromeo, and Jerome Babate, both from the Beta Nu Delta Nursing Society.

Earlier, it was noted that Prof. Jerome Babate who is serving as the national president of the Beta Nu Delta Nursing Society is responsible in the organizing of this important nursing event not only in Mindanao but throughout the Philippines. Accordingly, Ms. Borromeo who is the president of Philippine Nurses Association of New Jersey said that Mr Babate "is spearheaded a nursing leadership program" and is touted by many nursing leaders in the country as the first of its kind.

In the same evening, eight (8) nurses were recognized for their leadership efforts in specialty areas:

Sr. Inspector Mary Chanette Espartero, RN was given an award in nursing administration in recognition of her initiative to building and sustaining a nationally-awarded female rehabilitation center in the country today. She is a ranking official of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) Region 11.

Belen Polintan, RN is cited for her long-years as an occupational health nurse which is close to four decades. Currently working at Dole Philippines, she is the oldest practicing occupational health nurse in the country today. She was once a chapter president of the Philippine Nurses Association in General Santos City.

Edna Togon, RN who is connected with the Department of Education (DEPED) General Santos City is a resourceful school health nurse. She is responsible in attaining good health status of a number of in-school children in the city. For that reason, the Society chooses her as its awardee in the school-health nursing category.

Sarah Manilay, RN is one of the few who dared the road less travel: Nurse Entrepreneurship. She was successful in making Golden State College as one of the fastest growing and largest higher educational institutions in the city in less than 10 years.

For many years, Charito Jocame, RN MAN is a nurse educator with the Doctors Clinic and Hospital School of Nursing. As its current dean, she is responsible in maintaining the first nursing and midwifery school in South Cotabato. She is cited for her incredible effort in nursing education.

Likewise, we give recognition to Helen Sestina, RN MAN who continues to propel Notre Dame of Dadiangas University College of Nursing as one of the top 20 nursing schools in the country today. Ms. Sestina is recognized for her efforts in nursing education.

Josefina Mosqueda, RN and Edna Togon, RN are recognized for their valuable contribution to public health nursing. Part of the reasons why we have these good public health situation in General Santos City and Sarangani Province. Both public health practitioners are presidents of their respective chapters of the Philippine Nurses Association and National League of Government Nurses.

Truly, the evening belongs to the hero and heroines of the health care sector in the SOCSARGEN area, according to the keynote speaker (Darlene D. Borromeo, RN, BC, FACDONA, FMNLI)

After the dinner and awarding ceremonies, members danced to the beat of 70's tunes with three male dance instructors leading the pack.