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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.