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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.


posted Oct 10, 2018, 11:22 PM by BND Admin   [ updated Oct 31, 2018, 2:15 AM ]

It is lamentable truth, hitherto, that schoolchildren from GIDAS (Geographically, Isolated and Disadvantage Areas) do not have access to quality, functional and child-friendly school-clinics, thus their health-education and other health-caring related needs are not met. This may have greatly contributed to the high mortality and morbidity rates among this age-group not only in the second district of Surigao del Sur, but also in other areas across the Philippines.

To address this problem, the Philippine Nurses Association (PNA) BIBAHILITA chapter initiated a project called NARSKWELA (Nurse Advocates Reaching School-Kids Who arE Living in GIDAs). With its triadic objectives: (1) to adopt a selected school-based clinics to children from the identified GIDAs in Surigao del Sur – District II; (2) to build quality and functional school-based clinics to children in GIDAs in collaboration with stakeholders and partners; (3) to care leaving no school-children behind in accessing quality healthcare services, the project aims to create connecting strands that will addressthe child health-caring inequities in these less fortunate communities. Furthermore, not merely to build clinics, it is a sustainable key tool to model correct health-seeking behaviors to children at their formative years since health is crucial for them to achieve their academic learning goals better in the future.

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​Last August 15, 2018, the project was launched at Mabog Elementary School, Sitio Mabog, San Roque, BisligCity, Surigao del Sur. Multi-health services were provided ranging from health and dental consultations, minor surgeries, to lecture series on relevant health education for teachers and pupils, then distribution of health/hygiene kits and feeding packages to 300 pupils. The chapter hopes to replicate this throughout the GIDAS of the district before 2022.   

Contributor: Jed Patrick Monter Catalan, DScN(c), RN Founder and Convener – NARSKWELA PROJECT President – PNA BIBAHILITA. He is a member of the Beta Nu Delta Nursing Society.

Jurado Receives New Jersey's STTI Award

posted Oct 3, 2018, 2:55 AM by BND Admin

 Leo Felix Jurado, Ph.D, RN, FAAN recently received  the Honor Society of Nursing's, Mary Anne Rooney Essence of Nursing Award presented by New Jersey Consortium Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI), the nursing honor society.  He has earned this prestigious award for his exemplary leadership and mentorship to others in the profession of nursing.

Leo Felix Jurado

Dr. Jurado is currently an associate professor of nursing at William Paterson University, and an adviser of the Filipino Nursing Diaspora Network.

In addition to this accomplishment, Jurado is a nurse educator, nurse administrator, advanced practice nurse, and community leader with three decades of professional nursing experience. He has served as president of the New Jersey Board of Nursing, president of the Philippine Nurses Association of New Jersey, and president of the Philippine Nurses Association of America (PNAA), and currently serves on that organization’s board as a Parliamentarian. He has received numerous awards that recognize his leadership and expertise in nursing education including the Nursing Excellence Award in Education from the New Jersey State Nurses Association and the DON exceptional leadership award from the Institute of Nursing. His research interests include foreign-educated nurses, health care disparities, men in nursing, and men’s health. He holds membership with the Beta Nu Delta Nursing Society, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, among others.

The Mary Anne Rooney Essence of Nursing Award, named in memory of a nurse leader, is given to an individual who demonstrates special interest and guidance to a colleague or a student. Those honored share resources with their mentees for their professional growth and development. This sustained mentoring relationship fosters talent, and develops nurse leaders through a personal connection of caring, inspiration, and encouragement to accomplish these goals.

Breakfast Meet-Up at Dumaguete

posted Aug 23, 2018, 3:04 AM by BND Admin   [ updated Aug 23, 2018, 3:11 AM ]

Joseph Andrew Pepito -- the senior executive officer of the Beta Nu Delta Nursing Society -- has convened a breakfast meet-up of BNDees last 21 August 2018.  
Breakfast Meet-Up
The members were attending/presenting during the 2nd Sigma Asia Region Conference held at Silliman's Bethel House  in Dumaguete City.

However, the meet up was held at a restaurant of one of the city's long standing hotels.

Dr. Rozzano Locsin, Dr. Jude Tayaben and Dr. Rudolf Martinez as well as Rhea Claudine Sun had informal chat on various nursing issues.

This event was also an occasion to reconnect with other members and provided an opportunity to strengthen networking base.

Deborah Lockhart is Friend of Beta Nu Delta Nursing Society Awardee

posted Jul 18, 2018, 3:03 AM by BND Admin   [ updated Jul 18, 2018, 3:21 AM ]

The CEO of the Australian Disputes Centre is the inaugural recipient of the Friend of Beta Nu Delta Nursing Society's Award. 
Deborah Lockhart
Deborah Lockhart is noted for her continuous support to the development of Filipino nursing community in Australia.

The award was presented during the 2nd International Nursing Symposium on 14 July 2018 in Sydney, Australia. The Friend of Nursing Award is the highest honor Beta Nu Delta Nursing Society bestows on an individual who serves as an advocate for nurses and the nursing profession who is not a nurse but works to promote the profession of nursing.

An excerpt from her nomination reads:

“Deborah contributes to the long-term significance of the Filipino nursing community in Australia by extending moral and material support to during the International Nursing Symposia. She speaks about the impact Filipino nurses are making in this country and worldwide and has demonstrated an appreciation for them."

Violeta Lopez is STTI Nurse Researcher's Hall of Fame

posted Jul 18, 2018, 2:21 AM by BND Admin   [ updated Jul 29, 2018, 2:46 AM ]

Professor Violeta Lopez, PhD, RN, FAAN will be inducted into Sigma Theta Tau International‘s Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame at the 29th International Nursing Research Congress in Melbourne, Australia on 19-23 July 2018.

Violeta Lopez 
The International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame was founded in 2010 to recognize nurse researchers who have achieved significant and sustained broad national and international recognition for their work, and whose research has impacted the nursing profession and people it serves.

Jerome Babate, President of Beta Nu Delta Nursing Society, said: “Dr. Lopez is a beacon for the Filipino nursing profession and nursing research globally. I am delighted to have her contributions to nursing research merit this significant recognition. Her award represents a sustained level of achievement in nursing research, which has had international impact on the profession, patients, and communities. As one of our members in the Beta Nu Delta Nursing Society, we celebrate her achievements, and I offer my personal congratulations ".

“What an amazing recognition and well deserved award for Dr. Lopez,” said Joseph Andrew Pepito, the Society's senior executive officer. “Her research and expertise is invaluable to the field of nursing and to the Filipino nursing.

Sulu State picks Dr. Charisma Ututalum as new president

posted Jun 29, 2018, 3:34 PM by BND Admin   [ updated Jun 29, 2018, 3:41 PM ]

The Board of Trustees of Sulu State College has recently appointed Charisma Samparani Ututalum RN, EdD as the college's incoming president.

When asked about her initial reaction upon hearing her appointment: "Tears showered down my face because this journey to this presidency was not easy", according to Dr. Charisma. "I almost gave up but as I have looked at our students and our faculty they gave me hope to fight and finally I ended up on my seat as president".

"We have known Dr. Charism for the last four years and respect her wisdom and insight immensely. She is a brillian synthesizer. She demonstrates depth and breadth that are greatly needed in the field of nursing and higher education", according to Joseph Andrew Pepito, Senior Executive Officer of Beta Nu Delta Nursing Society of which Dr. Charisma is an ardent member.

Indeed she is ripe for an important post with a strong educational and working backgroun. Dr. Charisma gained her Doctor of Education major in Educational Management (2009), Masters in Public Administration (2002) at Sulu State College, and her BS in Nursing and Masters Degrees in Nursing at the Ateneo De University, Zamboanga City. She also received her Master in Development Management (MDM) degree from Asian Institute of Management.

Her management skills spread from being the Chief Nurse of Sulu Sanitarium (2004-2005) to Dean of the College of Nursing (2005-2012) and Vice President of Sulu State College (2012-2014). She is frequently invited to various lectures, symposia, as a resource speaker on stress, VAWC and leadership. 

Jerome Babate, the Society's president said on Dr. Charisma's appointment: "It would be a great joy for us to see this talented woman in a position which would allow her to share her great gifts with others."

Jelyn Sunga-Guadalupe Passed the Bar Exams

posted May 21, 2018, 10:56 PM by BND Admin   [ updated May 21, 2018, 10:57 PM ]

A new lawyer from the ranks of Beta Nu Delta Nursing Society.

This time, Jelyn Sunga-Guadalupe who graduated from Cor Jesu College in Digos Citymade it. She was among the 1,724 who passed the bar examinations out of the 6,748 who took the exams, a 25.5-percent passing rate—lower than the 59.06 percent in 2016 and 26.21 percent in 2015.

When asked about how it feels that she is now in the ranks of nurse-lawyers, "it so surreal. I prayed so hard for this. I feel I can better serve the community now but I will still be a nurse. Once a nurse, forever a nurse", she said.

Jelyn Sunga-Guadalupe
It was cheers and jubilation to the Society and also for the nursing profession since Jelyn was among many registered nurses who passed the tough legal examinations.

Does her nursing degree prepare her for the rigorous legal studies? "Definitely yes! I could not think of a better preparatory course in law school than nursing. Nursing taught me to be alert, focused under pressure. It developed my habit for reading and most of all to stay awake during holy hours", she further said.

Jelyn is a product of St. Alexius College in Koronadal for her BSN degree. Prior to her legal studies, she worked as a volunteer nurse for 2 years at South Cotabato Provincial Hospital and a staff nurse at Mindanao Medical Center. She likewise worked as part-time reviewer at St. Louis Review Center and a review facilitator of St. Alexius College.

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