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Dr. Labrague's Research Impact is Recognized

posted Mar 9, 2021, 7:50 PM by BND Secretariat Support

Dr Leodoro J. Labrague, a nursing lecturer at Sultan Qaboos University, Oman, has recently received an h-index value of 28 from Google Scholar and other citation databases. The h-index classifies scholars, according to the number of extant papers that have been cited by other scientists and publications. The Google Scholar distinction refers to Leodoro’s papers published since 2013.

A high h-index value signifies leadership in the field and underscores the degree to which an individual’s research has advanced and inspired the work of peer scientists. In Labrague’s case, the h value means he has 28 papers that have each received citations 28 times, an extraordinary level of influence.
The h-index was developed by physicist Jorge Hirsch at the University of Southern California 13 years ago as a tool for assessing the impact of theoretical physicists’ research and was adopted as a rating tool by citation databases like Google Scholar, Web of Science and Scopus. A value of 20 is considered laudable for a scientist with 20 years of research; 40 is outstanding; 60 is exceptional.

Labrague’s research covers areas such as simulation, nurse practice environment, toxic leadership, caring sciences, disaster nursing, and more. As a reflection of his research and teaching influence, he was awarded the Outstanding Academician in 2019 and Outstanding Researcher in 2020 by his university.

Added to his prolific professional career, he holds two doctorate degrees, the Doctor in Management and Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Science. He also holds two certifications: Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare and another Certified Nurse Educator by the National League for Nursing. Moreover, he holds membership with the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing and the Beta Nu Delta Nursing Society.

We caught up with him recently. Dr Labrague offered his insights on his latest achievement, among others.

Now that you have reached an important milestone (2K citations), how has that changed your research projects? 

Although I am still focusing on research projects relevant to my profession (as an academician) and academic degree (being specialized in nursing management), in recent months, I embarked on conducting research that deals with simulation utilization in nursing education. With the increasing challenges (e.g., lack of quality clinical placement, shortage of nurse faculty) in nursing education today, I firmly believe that simulation is an important aid to address these challenges. I think my certification in healthcare simulation and nurse education is a big help for realizing these projects. Additionally, I am actively doing research projects that dealt with job conditions, work environment, and other organizational factors that greatly contribute to nursing retention/migration. In the coming years, I intend to increase the diversity of my research partners by encouraging more researchers from other disciplines to be part of my research projects

How has it helped you advance your career?  

Research impact, through citation, is an important indicator of career growth and advancement here in the Middle East. Most institutions in the region put much premium on research and citations during job promotion and retention. Increased citations also mean that your professional value increases, your research influence widens, and your research networks increase. Collectively, as an academician, I believe these are all useful when advancing a professional career. 
Any advice you might have for those students/professionals interested in nursing research.
Researching nursing is beyond beautiful. Do not underestimate the value of the research that you do or conduct. Even the simplest research could have a huge impact on our/your profession. Most importantly, make sure to communicate and disseminate the findings of your research through publication. Doing research is one thing, but publishing your research work is a big thing. When I say publishing, I meant publishing in reputable or ranked journals. One of the biggest mistakes many nurse researchers do with their papers is publishing in easy-to-published journals (mostly predatory journals) without the journal quality and credibility. Papers published in these journals, no matter how novel, no matter how impactful, will never get cited. In other words, it’s a total waste of knowledge  

JP Catalan elected as the new PNA Corporate Secretary

posted Feb 9, 2021, 4:45 PM by BND Secretariat Support

Beta Nu Delta Nursing Society is pleased to announce that one of its members was recently elected as the new Corporate Secretary of the Philippine Nurses Association.

Thirty-one year old Jed Patrick Catalan is concurrently the PNA Governor of the Caraga Region and a pediatric critical care staff nurse of Adela Serra Ty Memorial Medical Center. 

 A freelance lead consultant to various funded projects specifically on social-health innovations, health-caring leadership/equity and psycho-moral researches. Some of his research works were published and presented locally and abroad.

Before becoming a consultant, he was first an emergency room supervisor in the Tamparan District Hospital, Lanao del Sur in 2010. 2 years after, he was hired as an assistant professor of Mindanao State University – Buug Campus. In 2015, he became a Science Research Specialist of the National Telehealth Center in the University of the Philippines –Manila.

In 2009, he received his bachelor’s degree in nursing from the Mindanao State University – Main Campus, Marawi City, as cum laude. In his eagerness for specialization, a year after he pursued his master’s degree in nursing at the Liceo de Cagayan University majoring Nursing Administration with doubled specialization in Psychiatric Nursing. In 2016, he took his certificate on advance research e-courses in the University of Alberta, Canada. 

In his commitment for professional advancement, at present, he’s actively connected to various international and national organizations based in Australia, in Nigeria, and even in Surigao del Sur. 

“Jed adds to the depth of skills and knowledge on the PNA National at a time when it is carving out a strong, sustainable future for the national nursing association,” according to Jerome Babate, Society President.


Well, before you know it, the year that 'was' is almost over.

posted Dec 15, 2020, 7:30 PM by BND Secretariat Support   [ updated Dec 15, 2020, 7:38 PM ]

2020 is simply a year that challenged us all.  Our beliefs and priorities have been put to the test, but as a professional group we should be proud of how we have responded. 

A big thank you to our incredible group of supporters (webinar presentors, event partners, participants and sponsors) for their ongoing commitment to the Beta Nu Delta Nursing Society.   
So, it is with optimism for the future that we extend a wish to you, your family and friends for a safe and merry Christmas break.  

We will resume our events program in January 2021. 

Merry Christmas to all of you!

Dr. Ong, Dr. Salvani Appointed to the Board of Nursing

posted Oct 30, 2020, 5:06 AM by BND Secretariat Support

Leading nursing leaders from Visayas and Mindanao were recently appointed as members of the Philippine Board of Nursing.

Dr. Marylou Ong and Dr. Merle Salvani joined Dr. Elsie Tee (Chairperson of the BON) and Dr. Zenaida Concepcion.

Marylou Ong & Merle Salvani
Dr. Ong is a former dean of the College of Nursing, Cebu Normal University and immediate past national chairperson of the Philippine Nursing Association.

On the other hand, Dr. Salvani was a national president of the Philippine Nurses Association and a prominent nurse educator from Region 6.

The Philippine Board of Nursing is an administrative body under the Professional Regulation Commission that regulates the practice of nursing in the Philippines.

Both prominent nursing leaders are active members of the Beta Nu Delta Nursing Society.

"We join with our fellow Beta Nu Delta members in felicitating them as they undertake their new responsibilities", according to Jerome Babate, the Society president.


300 plus attended 2nd National Nursing Research Webinar

posted Sep 26, 2020, 4:59 AM by Je Babate   [ updated Sep 26, 2020, 5:01 AM ]

As many as 300 plus participants attended 2nd National Nursing Research Webinar (NNRW) held on 24 September 2020 via Zoom platform. NNRW is a flagship project of Beta Nu Delta Nursing Society in cooperation with the Nursing for Humanity, Visayas State University's College of Nursing, Zarate Memorial Fund and the Philippine Nurses Association-Caraga Region.

Dean Joel Acob, RN, DScN opened the virtual event emphasizing the event's theme “Knowledge Development in Nursing for a Better Health, Better Philippines”. Dr. Acob said that the "webinar envisions the latest updates of emerging topics in nursing and healthcare from our leading doctoral nursing researchers in the Philippines".

Nita Jane Carrington, RN, EdD, ANP, MSN, MBA, MPA, delivered her keynote speech. Dr. Carrington is a Professor Emeritus, Hawaii Pacific University.

Three experts from various universities in the Philippines served as presentors. Their researches were products of their doctoral research projects. 

  • Mignodel Morales, RN, DNM (The Perceptions of the Nurse Managers on the Patient Safety Culture and Safety Culture maturity Level of Selected Internationally-Accredited Hospitals in Metro Manila, Philippines)
  • Bonnibella Jamora, RN, DScN (Psychological Function, Productivity and Social Function Towards Self Worth)
  • Johnny Yao, RN, DM, DScN ("Aging Expectations: Elderly Vs Youthful Senior" which is based on his doctoral study "Theory on Aging Expectation and Attribution among Older Adults")
Prof. Faye Felicilda-Rivera, RN, EdD (Adjunct Faculty, American Sentinel University and Missouri State University) provided the closing remarks.

With such success at the 2nd webinar, the organizing team is already making plans for next year.

Conversation with the Chief Nursing Officers

posted Aug 31, 2020, 1:30 AM by BND Secretariat Support   [ updated Aug 31, 2020, 1:31 AM ]

Reimagining Nursing 2020 series took another level this month (14 August 2020) with a 'Conversation with the Chief Nursing Officers'. 

This virtual event organised by the Nursing for Humanity in partnership with the Beta Nu Delta Nursing Society, Filipino Nursing Diaspora Network, Journal of Health and Caring Sciences featured Dr. Rodolfo Borromeo (ANSAP National President and VP/CNO, Manila Doctors Hospital), Harby Abellanosa (CNO, Cebu South Medical Center), and Dr. Vilma Comoda (CNO, Southern Philippines Medical Center). 

True to its original intent, the event provoked a reflection on the role of chief nursing executives during the pandemic crisis, to identify lessons learned and best practices in prevention and response to COVID-19  

According to Jerome Babate, "The Reimagining Nursing series has examined the nursing service sector's adaptations to survive and thrive in a post-COVID world. What did their leaders do to manage such rapid and far-reaching change? ".

To view the recording, click on the following link

Virtual Conversation with the Deans

posted Jul 27, 2020, 10:08 PM by BND Admin   [ updated Aug 31, 2020, 1:32 AM by BND Secretariat Support ]

Beta Nu Delta Nursing Society was an event partner of a virtual event dubbed as Reimagining Nursing 'Conversation with the Nursing Deans' scheduled last 24th July 2020.  

The objectives of the event included but not limited to provoke a reflection on the role of nursing deans during the pandemic crisis, to identify lessons learned and best practices in prevention and response to COVID-19  

This event brought together six deans to exchange ideas, among them were Prof. Aris Bungabong (St. Anthony College), Prof. Elmer Organia (Notre Dame of Tacurong College), Dr. Naima Mala (Mindanao State University), Dr. Jean Guillasper (Nueva Ecija University of Science and Technology) and Dr. Evelyn del Mundo (Cavite State University).

The event was organised by Nursing for Humanity with Jerome Babate and Dean Joel Acob as moderators. 

According to Jerome Babate, "It is envisaged that the virtual event has created a platform for our esteemed participants to reflect on new innovative strategies and recommendations to inform future engagement in the nursing education space".

To view the recording, click on the following link  

Another Successful Webinar...6th Edition to date

posted Jun 21, 2020, 2:46 AM by Je Babate

Beta Nu Delta Nursing Society continued its partnership in the hosting of the International Nursing Webinar Series. Recently, our 6th edition to date, we had Dr. Gian Carlo Torres as our presentor. 

Gian is an assistant professor at the University of Santo Tomas College of Nursing. He has been in perioperative practice since 2002 and has been a nurse educator and clinical faculty since 2005. He obtained his Bachelor of Science in Nursing (2002) and Master of Arts in Nursing (2008) from the University of Santo Tomas, and finished his Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (2018) from the University of the Philippines. As a graduate student he developed a tool that measures Preoperative Patient Readiness that has been published in the Journal of Perianesthesia Nursing (JOPAN). 

His recent presentation was derived from his PhD dissertation which focused on the mediating role of patient readiness for surgery in promoting positive surgical outcomes published in the Journal of Advanced Nursing. With his continued desire to advance his nursing scholarship, Dr. Torres has been given the chance to be a postdoctoral visiting scholar of Duke University School of Nursing (DUSON) in 2019. 


Rose Constantino is 2020 ANA Hall of Fame

posted May 8, 2020, 9:08 PM by BND Secretariat Support

Beta Nu Delta Nursing Society is honored to celebrate the extraordinary achievements of one of its members.

Prof. Rose Constantino, RN, PhD, JD, FAAN, FACPE was recently recognized by the American Nurses Association as its 2020 Hall of Fame awardee. ANA Hall of Fame inductees are selected because of their commitment to the field of nursing and their effect on the health and social history of the U.S.

Dr. Constantino's award embodies the anchors chosen to frame the Year of the Nurse: excellence, leadership and innovation.

According to the award's transcript, "Dr. Rose Constantino is an outstanding teacher and a powerful role model. She has engaged in local, state, national and international nursing organizations and other health-related organizations through direct patient care, impactful committee service and program development. Dr. Constantino’s distinguished service and exceptional leadership have guided and inspired peers and students."

The contributions of Dr. Constantino have had a significant impact on the health of citizens regionally and nationally; leading to changes in practice, leading back to improved public health.


State of the World's Nursing Report

posted Apr 23, 2020, 2:45 AM by BND Secretariat Support   [ updated May 5, 2020, 2:02 AM ]

Last 7 April, the World Health Organization (WHO) released a new report, The State of the World’s Nursing 2020, which provides an in-depth look at the largest component of the health workforce at 28 million headcount.

A number of findings identify important gaps in the nursing workforce and priority areas for investment in nursing education, jobs, and leadership to strengthen nursing around the world and improve health for all.  

Nurses are always at the forefront of fighting epidemics and pandemics that threaten health across the globe. 

Between 2013 and 2018, nursing workforce numbers increased by 4.7 million. But this still leaves a global shortfall of 5.9 million – with the greatest gaps found in countries in Africa, South East Asia and the WHO Eastern Mediterranean region as well as some parts of Latin America. 

The report’s message is clear: governments need to invest in a massive acceleration of nursing education, creation of nursing jobs, and strengthening of nursing leadership. Without nurses, midwives, and other health workers, countries cannot win the battle against outbreaks, and achieve universal health coverage.

In response, Beta Nu Delta Nursing Society supports call  to establish leadership positions including a government chief nurse and support leadership development among young nurses (such as the national association of student nurses). Effective leadership is required to lead and drive changes at all levels of the health system to realize the goals of the ongoing reforms in health care organizations.

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