Philippine Nurses Association

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Philippine Nurses Association
Philippine Nurses Association (logo).png
Full name PNA
Native name Pambansang Samahan ng mga Nars ng Pilipinas
Founded 1922
Members 368,589 (2005)
Country Philippines
Affiliation WHO, ICN
Office location Manila, Philippines

Founded on September 2, 1922 as Filipino Nurses Association (FNA) in a meeting of 150 nurses presided by then Anastacia Giron (Mrs. Tupas), the FNA was incorporated in 1924. The International Council of Nurses accepted the FNA as one of the member organizations during the congress held in Montreal, Canada on July 8–13, 1929. The FNA became the Philippine Nurses Association (PNA) in 1966, which was the same year that the office at 1663 F.T. Benitez Street, Malate, Manila was inaugurated.

President Carlos P. Garcia proclaimed the last week of October as Nurses' Week and authorized FNA to take charge of its observance in Proclamation 539 done on October 17, 1958.

President Fidel V. Ramos declared 1997 as the "Nurses Diamond Jubilee Year" under Proclamation No. 1060.

Today, there are a total of 368,589 licensed nurses (February 2005) in the Philippines and produces an average of 13,000 new nurses every year.

The PNA was awarded the Most Outstanding Accredited Professional Organization by the Professional Regulation Commission in 2003 besting 40 other professional associations and was five time nominee for the same award.

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