Become a Nurse Program

Becoming a nurse has become easier, at least when it comes to search for programs and schools of nursing across the nation. Thanks to the courtesy of one nurse leader, Tamara B. Dolan, RN, MSN, OCN. Tamara is an oncology-certified nurse with two decades of nursing experience. You can read more of her blog on


For a complete guide on starting a nursing career, pursuing advance practice and advocating nursing as a profession, please visit


It is not only comprehensive, but certified and accredited as well by The National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing's Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).


Nursing as a booming career # 1

If you're compassionate and caring, you may want to look into registered nursing as a career option. The U.S. Department of Labor reports that this field will need to increase their workforce by 19 percent, or 526,800 new jobs, from 2012 to 2022. That's right: over half a million new jobs.

Why it's booming: As the population ages, they will have more medical problems and will need more nurses to take care of them, says the Department of Labor.

And this is no task for medical equipment. Taking care of someone and curing injuries is pretty hard to automate, Cook says. "If we go into a hospital, the diagnostic capability (of equipment) is pretty limited. Nurses are needed to interpret the results, to give them meaning. Nurses provide the human factor and interaction between whatever the data, injuries, or symptoms are."

How to get started: To prepare for this career, you have a few options. The Department reports that you can choose one of three career paths: a bachelor's degree in nursing (BSN), an associate's degree in nursing (ADN), or a diploma from an approved nursing program. From there, you'll need to get licensed.


Succession Planning

In our efforts to help resolve nursing shortage, we will develop programs to encourage and invite others into our profession and become nurses so that we may prepare them fully as we pass the torch of leadership to become the next generation of nurses.

Photo courtesy of Mila M. Josue, RN

Nursing Assistant Training

By Mila M. Josue, RN


The Philippine Nurses Association of North California (PNANC) led by past president Cherina Tinio, partnering in Sagip Kapamilya of America of ABS-CBN Foundation USA and American College of Nursing of Concord, CA.  recently announced the 2nd batch of the Sagip Kapamilya Scholarship Nursing Assistant Training (NAT) Program for this year.


Launched last May 15,2009, the program aims to help those who have recently lost their job, a chance to recover by offering free tuition fees toward the NAT certificate of completion.


"Sagip" meaning rescue is the "bayanihan" way of caring and giving back to the community through volunteerism by nurses in teaching, management and follow-up for NA career placement.


The first pilot SKS NATP scholarship project 2009 was a great success that majority of the graduates are now working and some are enrolled in the nursing program. Such story of tenacity, hope and compassion, of giving from the heart and making a world of difference to our "kababayans"(countrymen) is truly inspiring.



First Batch of NAT Graduates

 Nurses: Caring for a Healthier Tomorrow


More than ever, nurses are the one of the major issues and focuses in healthcare and industry both here and abroad; the passage of HR 4601, the National Nurse Act of 2010 calling for a National Nurse and our role in Caring for a healthier tomorrow. We are gaining significant momentum as professionals. This is indeed a compliment and empowerment to us and yet on the other hand, a call of a challenge to us in caring for the international community. How big and how important can this challenge be? Do we have an answer for that? Yes, we do, and yes, we will!

More Power to the Hands that Care. You are the Global Nurse. You are the World. Be Proud of the things you do. Live it up!

Let’s celebrate with all our pride. Let us be seen, let us be involved, first within us and then to the world.