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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

Two significant milestones occurred on May 30th, 2020. First, it was the day that SpaceX successfully launched two U.S. astronauts to the International Space Station since 2011. It was also the first time that we held our online Installation of Officers due to COVID-19.

This pandemic created a global tsunami, disrupting our normal ways of living. In 2019, the World Health Organization declared 2020 as the International Year of the Nurse and Midwives in recognition of the anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale, the founder of nursing. The year 2020 is when we were to celebrate ourselves and our contributions around the globe. However, the pandemic is not resulting in a jubilant celebration but a global recognition of the important work of what we do every day. Around 200 years later, we continue to embody the spirit of Florence Nightingale as we courageously battle and selflessly nurse our patients, friends, and family members affected by COVID-19. I would like to extend my deepest appreciation to each one for your important work.

I accept this responsibility as your incoming president of the Main PNAAZ Chapter but with mixed emotions. I am honored since it is a privilege to lead the Main PNAAZ organization and collaborate with the East and West Valley subchapters. I am also apprehensive since it will be a daunting responsibility. In addition to the stress brought by the pandemic, we have several challenges related to membership recruitment, retention, and engagement. But knowing that I am going to be working side by side with talented, dedicated, and visionary members, it excites and energizes me.

After careful reflection, my theme is, “together as 1 by reflecting, engaging, and making a difference,” in order to uphold the mission, vision, and goals of PNAAZ. My favorite quote is “Be the change that you wish to see in the world” by Mahatma Gandhi. So, just imagine what we can accomplish if we all work together as one to make a difference to benefit our patients, colleagues, nurses, PNAAZ, PNAA our mother organization, and our local, national, and international communities.

I look forward to working with you.

Erlinda Singarajah, PhD, RN, ANP-C, COHN-S President, 2020-2022