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Spotlight with Jofred Martinez: Antique's Emerging Nurse Leader

posted May 15, 2019, 9:04 PM by BND Admin

We recently caught up with this young nursing leader from Antique. Apart from his current job at the Department of Education as Nurse II, Jofred Martinez is an active member of his PNA chapter. 

Before DEPED, Jofred had a stint at St. Anthony's College (as a faculty member), the University of San Agustin ( as lecturer/reviewer) and Angel Salazar Memorial General Hospital (as an OR nurse). A proud nursing alumnus of the West Visayas State University, he obtained his MA in Nursing degree at the University of San Agustin and MA in Education at the University of Antique. He maintains membership with the Philippine Nurses Association, Beta Nu Delta Nursing Society, National League of Philippine government Nurses, among others.

You participated in the PNA Leadership Institute this year. Could you tell us more about this experience?

Beta Nu Delta Jofred
The PNA Nursing Leadership Institute, as one of Philippine Nurses Association, Inc. strategic initiatives under the PNA Roadmap 2030, is an advanced leadership program which is intensive and competency-based. The overarching goal of the PNLI is to strengthen the leadership capabilities of key nursing leaders in moving the governance and leadership of the Association to its preferred future. 

Handling the sessions during the PNLI were high-caliber health and nursing leaders in the country including PRC Commissioner, Dr. Jose Cueto, Jr., who gave us a stimulating discussion on "Positioning Nursing Leaders in Meeting the National and Regional Challenges of Health Care." Dr. Cora Annonuevo, a member of the PRC Board of Nursing facilitated a session on "Learning the Power of Transformational Leadership."   

UPCN Dean Shiela Bonito gave a presentation on "Leading Innovations in Attaining Health Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)" while Dr. Raymond John Naguit of the Youth for Mental Health Coalition, Inc. spoke on "Advocacy and Lobbying for Improved Health Care, Welfare and Development of Nurses and the Nursing Profession."

Also, the Department of Health's Undersecretary Roger Tong-an graced the ceremony where he shared with the group what his department is doing in improving the working conditions of nurses in the country.  

PNA National President Merle Salvani and PNLI Director Mila Delia M. Llanes facilitated the leadership institute.

Participating in the PNA Nursing Leadership Institute has equipped me with the skills in providing sustained leadership and mentorship to my fellow nurses not only in my workplace but to other nurses in my local chapter in the Province of Antique. The values I imbibed also enabled me to be a model of the desired qualities of a professional nurse and influence my fellow nurses to take a proactive role in promoting client's welfare and advocate for their rights.

It also provided me guidance and direction to develop potential nurse leaders in our locale to provide a positive image for the nursing profession. I also valued my role as an advocate of collegiality and promote mutual respect among nurses and other members of the health care team. Lastly, together with my fellow PNLI graduates, we will actively participate in the socio-economic and political arena to represent the cause of Filipino nurses and to better work standards for nurses and overall improve the quality of care we render our clients.

Drawing on all your experience, what advice do you have for nurses who aspire to work in a chapter leadership role?   
Beta Nu Delta Silvani and Marylou OngFor the past eight years, I have served the Philippine Nurses Association, Inc. – Antique in various positions and currently is serving as the Chapters' Vice-President for Programs and Development. Serving PNA and our fellow nurses require commitment and dedication on your part as a leader since officers do not receive remunerations for the services rendered. My passion for serving PNA is driven by my commitment and dedication to better the working conditions and improve the professional image of nurses in our locale.  

Spotlight with Cliford Kilat: Siquijor's Emerging Nurse Leader

posted Apr 12, 2019, 5:13 PM by BND Admin   [ updated Apr 12, 2019, 5:16 PM ]

In our member spotlight series, we invited Cliford Kilat to share his insights with us.

Cliford is a College of Nursing Faculty and a Research Associate of St. Paul University Dumaguete, Dumaguete City. He is currently a recipient of the Commission on Higher Education Department K to 12 Transition Program Scholarship and a candidate for Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing at Silliman University, Dumaguete City. 

He holds membership with the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor of Society of Nursing Psi Beta Chapter, Beta Nu Delta Nursing Society, and International Association of Human Caring. He co-authored the Synchronicity in Human-Space-Time: A Theory of Nursing Engagement in a Global Community published at the International Journal of Human Caring.  He has presented his abstract paper during the 39th IAHC Annual Conference in Minnesota University and has participated in other international and local research forums

As the President of the Philippine Nurses Association Siquijor Chapter, he actively facilitates the concerns of the members and indulges the chapter into activities for personal and professional growth.  

How did you initially become involved with your PNA chapter, and what inspired you to grow your chapter's president?

Like many nurses, my involvement with the Philippine Nurses Association (PNA) was just merely for “membership” as part of requirements and credentials. However, last March 2017, I was asked by Dr. Marylou Ong, our PNA Governor of Region VII, to facilitate a meeting in Siquijor to reactivate the chapter. In good faith, I visited and sent letters to all the Rural Health Units and the Provincial Hospital. The election of officers was immediately done during the meeting of Dr. Ong and the nurses in Siquijor, and I was chosen to be the president of the chapter. I became the chapter’s president by appointment from Dr. Ong and the acceptance of the nurses in Siquijor. I accepted the responsibility out of obedience to Dr. Ong’s vision and concern for reactivating the chapter.  As the chapter’s president, it is my personal goal to facilitate our nurses’ immediate concerns (e.g., ID membership card, updates) and help acquire the Continuous Professional Development (CPD) Units through seminars and workshops. Thus, I can take advantage of my position to lessen the burden of our nurses, and strengthen the image of PNA to its members.


Both a participant and a moderator during the 2nd Sigma Asia Region Conference last August 20-21, 2018.

Being a young chapter president, did you have any prior experience that helped prepare you for this leadership position, and what have you learned during your time as chapter president that's helped you grow, personally and professionally?      

Having such a leadership position is a pleasurable and challenging one, and I never thought of becoming a leader in any prestigious organization such as PNA. Indeed, I am a novice leader of PNA. The acceptance of the nurses in the chapter and the people who give me their encouragement, affirmation, and support helped my response to the challenge. Moreover, my current educational journey as a scholar of Commission on Higher Education (CHED) provided me opportunities and experiences (e.g., exposure to experts and professional networking) that enhance my potentials in doing the things expected from me. More so, I believe that my passion and commitment in every given task enable me to take the position.

As I reflect on myself, I gain confidence in conducting seminars, and I become more resilient in every challenging situation that I encounter. Personally, the position humbles me in spite of our simple achievements of the organization with the current officers and members. With my limited capacity as an ordinary leader, I realize that active leadership with dynamic and strong support from my officers made all these little achievements.

I am working at St Paul University Dumaguete, which is an ocean apart from Siquijor Province, and I am glad to share that I have activated the chapter despite the distance. Professionally, I understand that nurses are willing to be empowered and still manage to enjoy their profession in spite of the burden related to workload, professional image, and professional value. However, I am sure that there’s more to be done and can be done. I learn that there are ways that we can help our colleagues. We need leaders who can share and relate their experiences and vision, leaders who act for the welfare of the common good, and I wish to be one. 

Receiving the Boykin and Schoenhofer Nursing as Caring Award during the 39th IAHC Annual Conference in Minnesota University last May 30-31, 2018

With the officers of PNA Siquijor Chapter after a seminar on Health for Older Adults attended by members and nurses from Negros Oriental Chapter last April 6, 2019.

Ray-an Talatala Grabbed 3-Minute Pitch

posted Mar 26, 2019, 9:19 PM by BND Admin   [ updated Mar 26, 2019, 9:34 PM ]

Ray-an B. Talatala won 1st place in the recently concluded 3-Minute Pitch to Policymakers Competition. This event was a parallel session of the Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (DOST-PCHRD) 37th anniversary held on 15 March 2019 at the Philippine International Convention Center, Pasay City.

Ray-an presented his completed research in a three-minute, one-slide presentation to a non-specialist audience based on set criteria. 

His research entitled, “C.H.E.C.K. Before You Burn: A Continuing Quality Improvement (CQI) Study on the Prevention of Electrosurgical Unit (ESU) Burns in the Operating Room (OR),” is about the importance of the safe use of electrosurgical units to prevent unintentional burns in the OR using CHECK, the protocol he developed in the study.

As part of his winning pitch, Ray-an who is currently a supervising nurse at Northern Mindanao Medical Center said "Nurses, being the heart and forefront of patient safety, have a proactive role in ensuring safe and quality patient care. Join me in my crusade in promoting burn awareness and raising the flag of patient safety. Say No to Burns. Be Burn Aware". Besting 11 other contestants, he brought along a certificate and a huge cash prize.

Beta Nu Delta Nursing Society is proud of its latest member's achievement.

Photo courtesy: Region 10, NorMinCoHRD

Dr. Diño To Receive STTI Research Award

posted Feb 21, 2019, 6:32 PM by Je Babate   [ updated Feb 21, 2019, 6:33 PM by BND Admin ]

Dr. Michael Joseph S. Diño, Director of Research Development and Innovation Center of Our Lady of Fatima University, will be awarded the prestigious Sigma Theta Tau International Society of Nursing’s Emerging Nurse Researcher Award in recognition of his lifetime achievements, contributions to nursing, and his mentorship of future nurse researchers.

Dr. Michael Joseph S. Diño is an active member of Sigma Theta Tau (STTI) Honor Society of Nursing, Beta Nu Delta Nursing Society, Philippine Nursing Research Society, among others.  

Dr. Diño will be receiving his award in the 30th International Nursing Research Congress happening on July 25-29, 2019, at the Telus Convention Center, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

The purpose of the award is to give recognition to nurse researchers who have contributed through their research to the profession, and whose work is influencing the practice, education, administration, research, and the utilisation of evidence in the field of nursing. 

Beta Nu Delta Nursing Society wishes Dr. Diño the best in his future endeavours and applaud him for his contributions to the nursing field.

Nursing Books Given to Sulu State College

posted Feb 21, 2019, 4:28 PM by BND Admin

Nursing books and journals have finally arrived in Jolo, Sulu after months of waiting.  

Dr. Charisma Ututalum and academic staff members at Sulu State College received the books.

Christian Pedrosa, a lecturer at the school of nursing at the Australian Catholic University's North Sydney campus initiated this book drive. The goal of this project is to provide Filipino nursing academics and students with the latest professional information they need to most effectively serve their communities.

This generous donation of books is going to make such an impact to our educators and students here,” said Dr. Ututalum, the first nurse to become president of the said state college.

The Australian chapter of the Beta Nu Delta Nursing Society coordinates this project. It is responsible for finding potential institutional recipients.  

Dr. Jude L. Tayaben Named Dean of BSU College of Nursing

posted Jan 16, 2019, 1:05 AM by BND Admin

Benguet State University has appointed Jude L. Tayaben, PhD, RN, as the new Dean of the College of Nursing. His appointment was effective 8 January 2019.

Dr. Tayaben succeeded Prof. Doris S. Natividad, MAN, RN, who was named Dean of the College of Nursing in 2012.

Dr. Tayaben joined Benguet State University in 2013 after a clinical stint at Kalinga Provincial Hospital. He obtained his BS Nursing degree at BSU and his Master's degree in Nursing at Lorma Colleges in La Union. He completed his PhD in Nursing Education from St. Paul University Manila in 2018. Dr. Tayaben holds membership with the Philippine Nurses Association, Mother and Child Nurses Association in the Philippines, Philippine Nursing Research Society, and the Beta Nu Delta Nursing Society.

“I am honored and pleased to be appointed as dean of the BSU College of Nursing,” said Dr. Tayaben. “Our College of Nursing is renowned for excellence and innovation in education, research and service. I look forward with excitement at the opportunity to serve there, helping the College to advance the science and practice of nursing, while continuing to produce world-class graduates.”

Christmas Greeting's

posted Dec 17, 2018, 8:19 PM by BND Admin   [ updated Dec 17, 2018, 8:24 PM ]

As 2018 draws to a close and the holidays begin, it’s time to look back and celebrate the year that was. The team at Beta Nu Delta would like to thank you for your support and wish you and your family a safe and festive holiday season.

Highlights of our accomplishments this year include the co-sponsorship of the 2nd International Nursing Symposium in Sydney, and the 2nd Mindanao International Nursing Seminar in Bukidnon with the Central Mindanao University. We also celebrate the honors bestowed on Prof. Violeta Lopez who was inducted to the STTI's International Hall of Fame.

We look forward to continuing to celebrate our members' accomplishments throughout 2019 and sharing our highlights and insights with you.

Wishing you and those dear to you a safe, happy and healthy new year.

Beta Nu Delta Nursing Society Team

Please note, we will be closed for business from Monday 24 December 2018, and will reopen in the new year on Wednesday 7 January 2019.

Dr Laurence Garcia honoured as Distinguished Educator

posted Nov 14, 2018, 3:07 PM by BND Admin   [ updated Nov 14, 2018, 3:18 PM ]

Dr Laurence Garcia of Cebu Normal University recently honoured as one of the National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence (NHCGNE) inaugural Distinguished Educators in Gerontological Nursing Program (the Program). This prize recognizes the leadership of nurse educators working with students, faculty, providers, and older people in diverse settings. He is the lone recipient from the Philippines and one of the only 2 from Asia. The awarding was held at Northeastern University, Bouve College of Health Sciences, School of Nursing, Boston on 13-14 November 2018. 

"I offer this recognition to my gerontological nursing students, the Research Institute for Ageing and Health, Cebu Normal University, and all the older people we are bound to serve", Dr. Garcia said.

Dr. Garcia is the current director of CNU's Research Institute for Ageing and Health. He is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Philippine Nurses Association and Beta Nu Delta Nursing Society.

The NHCGNE is a specialty organization dedicated to optimal health and quality of life for older adults. The organization builds upon the legacy of The John A. Hartford Foundation, which represents the gold standard of excellence in gerontology. It is a collaboration of national and international nursing schools and institutions that have demonstrated the highest level of commitment to the field of gerontological nursing. Its members are more likely to achieve success because of the strong collaborative relationships that they build through access to over 300 gerontological nursing leaders, and because of the potential for rapid development of their programs through access to cutting-edge best practices in faculty and curriculum development.

CMU Hosts 2nd Mindanao International Nursing Seminar

posted Oct 31, 2018, 7:18 PM by BND Admin   [ updated Oct 31, 2018, 7:19 PM ]

The College of Nursing of Central Mindanao University and the Beta Nu Delta Nursing Society together with the Central Mindanao University Faculty Association are jointly organizing the 2nd Mindanao International Nursing Seminar slated on 7-8 November 2018 at Musuan, Maramag, Bukidnon. 
No lesss than, Johnrich Randall Levine, DNP, MSN, MHA, MPA, RN from MD Anderson Cancer Center Houston, TX will serve as the resource speaker. 
He will speak on "Reinventing Education Strategies through the Wheels of Adult Learning". In 2012, the first edition of this seminar was held at the College of Nursing, University of Mindanao with Prof. Violeta Lopez, RN, Ph.D as the inaugural speaker.


Cindy Leigh at 2018 Balik Scientist Confab

posted Oct 31, 2018, 2:30 AM by BND Admin   [ updated Oct 31, 2018, 7:17 PM ]

Dr. Cindy Leigh spoke recently at the  4th Balik Scientist Program Annual Convention held on 26 October 20181 December 2017 at the Philippine International Convention Center, Pasay City. She highlighted her academic collaboration including mentoring and research initiatives with her host institution, De La Salle University Dasmarinas

Cindy is currently affiliated with the Australian Catholic University as an honorary fellow. Recently, she is connected with the Filipino Nursing Diaspora Network and the Nursing for Humanity, both based in Sydney, Australia.

She is by far one of the only 3 nurses who were recipients for  Balik Scientist program.

With the theme “Balik Scientists: Catalysts for Global Innovation and Competitiveness,” the event served as a venue to celebrate important milestones for the program.

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