Filipino fellows of elite US academy of nursing honored in DC

Filipino fellows of elite US academy of nursing honored in DC

/ 01:39 AM October 31, 2019

Filipino Fellows, from left to right, Mary Joy Garcia-Dia; Emerson Ea; Maria Danet Lapiz Bluhm; Jesus Casida; Anecita Fado; Elizabeth Fildes; Wilhelmina Manzano;  Priscilla Limbo Sagar; Rhigel Tan; and Joyce Trompeta. CONTRIBUTED

WASHINGTON, D.C.– A reception-ceremony honored the Filipino Fellows of the prestigious American Academy of Nursing, class of 2018 and 2019, on Oct. 26.

The ten outstanding Filipino American nurses are now among the American Academy of Nursing’s approximately 2,400 fellows who are nursing leaders in education, management, practice and research.


The ceremony was hosted by the Philippine Nurses Association of America (PNAA) and the Philippine Embassy.

The nine members of Class 2019 are Mary Joy Garcia-Dia, DNP, RN; Maria Danet Lapiz Bluhm, PhD, MSCI, RN; Jesus Casida, PhD, RN, APN-C; Anecita Fadol, PhD, RN, FNP-BC; Elizabeth Fildes, EdD; RN, CNE, CARN-AP, PHNA-BC, FIANN; Wilhelmina Manzano, MA, RN, NEA-BC; Priscilla Limbo Sagar, EdD, RN, ACNS-BC, CTN-A; Rhigel Tan, DNP, RN, APRN, GNP, ANP, PMHNP; and Joyce Trompeta, PhD, PNP. The tenth, Emerson Ea, DNP, PhD, APRN, CNE, was inducted into the Academy in 2018.


lauded the Filipino Fellows and all Fil-Am nurses for cultivating a positive image for Filipino immigrant nurses all over the world and helping to transform the US healthcare system. He also acknowledged the family members, mentors, colleagues and friends among the audience, for supporting the nursing leaders.

PNAA President Madelyn Yu leads the toast to the accomplishments of the newly inducted Filipino Fellows. CONTRIBUTED

“This positive image of Filipino nurses did not materialize overnight. It is a product of many, many years of solid performance and cultivating strong relationships within the healthcare community, and with patients and their families,” said Ambassador Jose Manuel G. Romualdez.

He said further: “Because we are celebrating Filipino History Month, we also recognize the achievements of past generations of Filipino immigrant nurses and think of ways to support those who are newly-arrived in the United States.”

“We invite you to join us in our mission to uphold the positive image and welfare of our constituent members, promote professional excellence, and contribute to the significant outcomes to healthcare and society,” said PNAA President Madelyn Yu as she led the toast to their exceptional accomplishments.

Yu and Romualdez conferred on the newest Filipino Fellows, an honorary sablay made of indigenous fabric and inlaid with indigenous design.

Arrangements for the program and reception were coordinated by the Philippine Nurses Association in Metro DC (PNAMDC), led by President Lourdes Careaga.

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