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  • 01 Mar 2016 8:00 AM | Deleted user

    "Are you aware that poster presentations are considered evidence of your scholarly accomplishments, just like publications, podium presentations, book authorship, and research?"

    Be proud to showcase your research, evidence-based practice, quality improvement, or educational projects to our alumni.

    You may also present literature reviews or results of your community/professional services.

    You can likewise present your project proposal.

    The topic does not need to be related to our 2016 theme and all presenters do not need to be UP Nursing Alumni.

    ​Submit your abstract on or before July 15, 2016.

    • The abstract should be between 80-150 words, excluding references.
    • One behavioral objective should be identified.
    • The primary author will be notified via e-mail. Final acceptance will require your signed the faculty disclosure form and CV.
    • Presenters are responsible for setting up and taking down posters at designated times. Posters may be mounted on the wall or on a 3' x 4' (36 x 48 inches) freestanding display board.

    Please submit your abstract to:

  • 01 Mar 2016 7:00 AM | Deleted user

    Edmund J.Y. Pajarillo
    President, UPNAAI

    Hello UPNAAI Members, Associates, UP-PGH SN, and UPCN Alumni:

    Hope all is well with you and that you are gearing up for our 37th UPNAAI Annual Educational Conference and Business Meeting on October 14-15, 2016.

    This year's convention will be sponsored by one of our newly-formed chapters, UPNAA-Texas and will be held on a different time (different from our usual August convention) when we can enjoy what the Galveston-Houston areas of Texas offer.

    This year's theme is "Crossing and Closing the Gap: Nursing Then & Now." We hope that you will avail of this very interesting topic that will cover various gaps in nursing. One speaker will speak on gaps in nursing practice (with the different foci on education, quality and patient safety), the generational and culture gap (younger and seasoned nurses and nurses coming from various cultures), changes in health care reimbursement, quality improvement, patient-centeredness and interprofessional approaches, and advanced practice nurses (with more nurses functioning in advanced roles, i.e., nurse practitioners, nurse anesthetists, clinical nurse specialists, and nurse midwives). Each panelist will speak for 10 minutes. Once the four panel speakers complete their talk, we will open the floor for Q&A and discussion between all the speakers and the audience to gather concrete action plans to bridge these gaps and improve the practice of nursing. And of course our JV Sotejo Recipient will keynote and offer her summative remarks of the theme.

    We hope that even if you do not need CEUs anymore because you have retired or do not need to renew your license or certification, you will still attend this educational conference. The gaps that will be discussed apply to all nurses, young and seasoned, educated elsewhere or in the U.S., those who are of various nationalities, and those who may be tech-savvy and those who are not. We offer CEUs for the educational conference, as well as the poster presentations.

    Of course, we are also celebrating this year's jubilarians. Class jubilarians this year are from the following classes: 2011, 2006, 2001, 1996, 1991, 1986, 1981, 1976, 1971, 1966, 1961, 1956, and 1951. You will hear the accomplishments and projects of UPNAAI and will be entertained by the class jubilarians themselves.

    This year also, we have changed the format of the Dinner Dance, where you will have more time to dance than usual, and we will continue our new tradition of honoring the Gold, Emerald, Diamond, and Double Diamond class jubilarians with a jubilarian medallion.

    Our event fees and hotel rates are quite affordable. However, we have blocked only a few rooms and we encourage you to book your rooms and flights early. Rooms might go quickly so don't wait long. Let us know if they run out and we will request the hotel to open up more blocked rooms (if there will still be available ones). So please do not procrastinate.

    And as always, the Class of '68 continues its tradition of a bus tour commencing the Sunday after the dinner dance and ending the following Saturday. The bus tour is quite affordable and your fees include hotel accommodations, breakfast, and some entrance fees to tour attractions. This year, the tour will begin in Texas and end in New Orleans. For more information on the bus tour, contact Nati Matitu-Mercado at

    Attached is the registration brochure. Plan your schedule and register early. Should you have any questions, please course them through our email at

    If you lose this registration brochure, visit our website at or our Facebook page at

    Hope to see you in Texas. Network, socialize, reminisce, learn, and be part of our UP pride! Be part of UPNAAI. While this is a UP sponsored event, we encourage non-UP alumni to attend and experience our convention. It is awesome!!! See you all in Texas in October!

  • 01 Feb 2016 8:00 AM | Deleted user

    Edmund J.Y. Pajarillo

    Another chapter is added to the history book of UPNAAI with the election of the new set of officers for 2016-2017.

    Elected President is Edmund J. Y. Pajarillo, BSN ’79, MPA ’90, MSN, PhD, RN BC, CPHQ, NEA BC; 1st Vice-President & Chair, Education & Research Committee is Erlinda Cruz Paguio, BSN’72, MA, RN, BC-ANP; 2nd Vice-President & Chair, Program Committee, Susan Vicencio-Garaygay, GN’68, BSN’70, MSN, RN; 3rd Vice-President and Chair, Membership Committee Marilou Torres Lacson, BSN’79, MSN, RN, CCRN; Recording Secretary, Dolores Alcantara Aponte, BSN’79, RN, CCM; Corresponding Secretary & Chair, Constitution & By-Laws Deborah-Anne Yambao Butuyan, BSN’89, RN; Treasurer & Chair, Finance Committee Norma Roa Serina, GN’61, RN (Retired); Auditor & Chair, Audit Committee Emma Gutierrez Catabui, BSN’73, RN; and Public Relations Officer Teresita Carambas Santos, BSN’79, MSN, RN.

    Members of the Board of Directors are Theresa Liboro Abad, BSN’81, MSN, RN; Merly Castillo Abrenica, GN’65, BSN, RN; Marlene Cataylo Chance, GN'75, MSN, PhD, EJD, FNP-BC; Randelle Ian Sasa, BSN ’05, MA, RN BC, CMSRN, CCRN; Ida Robillon Santos, GN’68, BSN, RN, LNHA; Gloria Amayun Smitka, GN’69, BSN '70, MN '78; and, Lachme Trivilegio Sullesta, GN’68 (Retired).

    The nine members of the Advisory Council for this term are Jesusa Santa Barbara Czach, BSN’79, RN, CCRN (Retired); Peregrin Camilon Francisco, GN’69, BSN’71, MSA, RN (Retired); Emerita Geluz Goodrich, BSN’74, MSN, GNP-C; Rhodora Maligalig, BSN 72, MSN, RN (Retired); Magdalena Ongkiko, BSN’73, MSN, CCRN; Merle Flores Borrero, BSN’67, RN; Lyvia Mendoza Villegas, GN’68, BSN’71, MA, FNP; Josephine "Josie" Francisco Villanueva, BSN’67, MA, RN-BC, NE-BC; and, Natalia Octaviano Matitu-Mercado, GN'68, BSN'69, RNC.

    This current administration was asked by President Pajarillo to participate in strategic planning, one of three important roles of non-profit organization officers (fiduciary and generative roles being the other two). Strategic planning makes sure that all the Officers, Board and Advisory Council (AC) members participate and come up with what they believe UPNAAI should be working on and how to course its direction in subsequent years. This meant conducting a Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities & Threats (SWOT) Analysis. The following short term goals were presented to the Officers and Board and were approved as the top three priority strategic initiatives that will be worked on for the next two years: (1) increase by 10% our current lifetime members by the end of 2017; (2) increase by 10% the attendance to our convention events by the end of 2017; and (3) enhance the use of Facebook and the UPNAAI website in disseminating information to the members, increasing visibility of the organization, and improving the public image of UPNAAI. While the following other goals did not rank in the top three, the Board will attempt to work on some of these short-terms goals, time and logistics permitting. These goals are: (4) build in new board orientation during the face-to-face convention to begin the acquaintance and early team building process; (5) foster the welcoming atmosphere to all attendees during the convention to encourage them to come back regularly; (6) increase by 10% new member volunteers in committees and events sponsored by UPNAAI; (7) establish at least another chapter on or by the end of 2017; (8) improve and facilitate the registration and check-in process during the convention events; (9) make the instructions on obtaining CEUs clearer; and, (10) establish a new category of membership.

    As far as long-term goals are concerned, the Board recommended and voted unanimously to work on the top five projects resulting from the SWOT analysis. These long-term goals are listed in the order of priority: (1) increase by 20% new lifetime members from the current number by 2020; (2) ensure proper and timely turnover of organizational responsibilities from administration to administration; (3) establish and implement a long-lasting plan that reaches out to UPNAAI's membership for sustainability by engaging members to actively participate in all or any of its sponsored activities, as well as encourage non-member alumni to join the organization; (4) maximize on the use of social media and the website to improve communication among members and potential members; and there are two goals tied at (5a) establish a leadership development program to facilitate succession planning, and (5b) use of appropriate current technology to update UPNAAI's antiquated processes that deter the efficient operation of its fiduciary responsibilities (financial reports, timely dissemination of information, etc.). Another initiative that did not make the top long-term goal is being included here and the Board will endeavor to also work on it if at all practical and realistic, given the time frame and resources. This is “to transform UPNAAI into a truly international organization by 2018."

    The blueprint of the work of this new administration has now been laid out. UPNAAI began as a social organization in the late seventies with only a handful of members. It has now grown to over 800 members, 4 chapters in the United States, and is working on establishing more, including those in other continents. The rules governing non-profit organizations have become much more stringent, and the Internal Revenue Service is determined to clamp down on non-compliant organizations because of the tremendous growth in numbers of non-profits over the past decade. With a strong, united, focused, ethically minded, and knowledgeable set of officers, board and AC members, I am optimistic and mindful that we will be able to accomplish our goals for the good of the members of UPNAAI. After all, UPNAAI is its members. We welcome suggestions and recommendations from our members, so together we can bring our organization to the next level and achieve more in the name of our Alma Mater!

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