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An organization of nursing professionals in Arizona…

Our History
The Philippine Nurses Association of Arizona, Inc. is a non-profit organization open to all Filipino-American nurses and healthcare professionals. Founded on September 30, 2001, by a group of five visionary nurses: Marcie Abad, Yvette Beltran, Sally Bernardo, Stella Parry, and Beth Rose, it is our aim to utilize professional leadership, mentorship, and clinical expertise with the purpose of promoting the advancement and betterment of Filipino-American nursing practice and fostering positive image in the community.

On December 4, 2001, the Articles of Incorporation of the Philippine Nurses Association of Arizona were filed with the Arizona Corporation Commission. In February 2002, with the strong support from the 11th PNAA President, Pete Calixto, and PNAA Western Regional Liaison Officer, Linda Ascio, the Philippine Nurses Association of Arizona became the 28th Chapter of the Philippine Nurses Association of America. Three months later, on May 3, 2002, the first Founding Executive Board of PNAAZ, under the leadership of Beth Rose, Founding President, and Nelly Peterson, President-Elect, was inducted at DoubleTree Guest Suites Hotel, Phoenix, Arizona. This Inaugural day marked the hallmark of the VISION that came to REALITY and the PROMISE of tomorrow’s RECOGNITION, VIABILITY, LEADERSHIP, and EXCELLENCE of all Filipino nurses in the State of Arizona.

The main objectives of our organization are as follows: 1.) To welcome and assist the newly relocated Filipino nurses; 2.) To provide professional enrichment among members through continuing education; 3.) To participate in the socio-cultural programs and activities of the Filipino-American communities.


The mission of the Philippine Nurses Association of Arizona, Inc. is to support the principles of the Philippine Nurses Association of America (PNAA) in fostering education, research, and nursing practice and to promote unity and fellowship among Filipino-American nurses in Arizona.


The Philippine Nurses Association of Arizona envisions being the premier Filipino-American professional nursing organization of choice in Arizona.


  • Promote activities that will unify the Filipino-American nurses in Arizona
  • Collaborate with professional organizations and agencies in developing and implementing programs relevant to the nursing practice, education, and research
  • Participate actively in community activities that directly and indirectly impact nursing and health care

A Message from the President

One of my favorite quotes is by Aristotle on excellence. It says, “Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.”

Our 2022-2024 theme is PNAAZ EXCELS. Our theme will inspire all of us to keep moving upward, to never settle, and to strive toward our goals and aspirations.

The letters EX stand for Exemplary. Exemplary is defined as when something is the best it can be reaches the highest point. These next two years, exemplary is the standard we hope to achieve in everything we do as an organization. The next four letters stands for Collaboration, Engagement, Leadership, and Stewardship. I consider these the four pillars that will keep our 2022-2024 term strong.

The first pillar, Collaboration. I hope to continue in strengthening our partnerships with other community organizations and forge new alliances. The second pillar is Engagement. The greatest challenge is how do we influence new members to emulate the dedication shown by our founding leaders and long term members. The third pillar is Leadership. PNAAZ is poised to mentor young nurses and every member who is willing to reach their potential as future leaders of healthcare. Lastly, the fourth pillar is Stewardship. PNAAZ will continue the foundation of good stewardship in taking care of the human and financial resources entrusted to us.PNAAZ EXCELS gives me so much hope for our future as an organization. Looking forward to working with you to reach our 2022-2024 vision. Exemplary in collaboration, engagement, leadership, and stewardship! PNAAZ EXCELS!

Marinor Condes, MSN, RN, CMSRN President, 2022-2024