The Philippine Nurses Association (PNA) is holding its 2023 National Convention in Iloilo City again particularly at the Iloilo Convention Center (ICC) in Mandurriao district.
With the theme, “Gearing Up for Global Health Challenges with Renewed Vitality,” the convention kicks off today with around 2, 500 nurses from across the country in attendance.
It mainly aims to inspire and empower nurses with a renewed vitality to face these challenges head-on. The conference is also set out to increase awareness about the global health challenges that the world is facing in the new century.
By providing a platform for education, collaboration, and innovation, it seeks to reignite nurses’ passion and commitment towards improving the health and well-being of individuals and communities worldwide.
The event also coincides with the association’s 101st Foundation Anniversary and 66th Nurses Week Celebration.
According to PNA President Melvin Miranda, they have invited some distinguished speakers who could share their expertise and insights, while member nurses will also share experiences as well as challenges in their profession.
For one, Miranda said they are lobbying for the passage of Comprehensive Nursing Bill which seeks to address recurrent issues like salary and compensation and their working condition.
“And probably with the legislators who will be attending, this could be the platform to be heard about our call, this could be our voice,” said Miranda.
From the current different structure of implementation in terms of salary and compensation, he is hopeful that it will be unified through the Comprehensive Nursing Bill.
Miranda was joined by governors and officers of various regional chapters of PNA in the Philippines during a courtesy call at the City Mayor’s Office earlier today.
They were welcomed by Executive Assistance Maria Mathilde Treñas as the city mayor is currently in an official trip to South Korea.
Iloilo City played a very important part in the history of nursing in the Philippines. It is where the first training school for nurses was founded in 1906.
Currently, it is now known as Central Philippine University College of Nursing. (Iloilo City PIO)