The Philippine Nurses Association of New Jersey (PNANJ) is the official chapter the Philippine Nurses Association of America (PNAA) in the State of New Jersey.
The PNANJ shall continue to uphold and promote the positive image and welfare of the constituent members, advance professional excellence, provide innovative leadership and contribute to significant outcomes to healthcare and society in the State of New Jersey.
On August 8, 1976, a small group of dedicated nurses from the Philippines founded the Philippine Nurses Association of New Jersey (PNANJ) as a non-profit professional organization to promote the intellectual, cultural, social, economic and personal well-being of Filipino nurses. PNANJ has become one of the professional nursing associations that are well-recognized for its achievement and participation in the state and national nursing agenda. The first subchapter was established in 1987 by Filipino nurses at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center.
Formation of hospital-based subchapters followed: St. Peter's Medical Center, Raritan Bay Medical Center, South Amboy Memorial Hospital, St. Michael Medical Center, Elizabeth General Medical Center, Irvington General Hospital, Bergen Pines Hospital, Community Medical Center, Jersey City Medical Center and Somerset Medical Center. As membership expanded and work-based subchapters proliferated, subchapters were reorganized to represent members within each county within the state. At present, there are ten subchapters formed; Atlantic/Cape May, Bergen/Passaic, Essex, Gloucester, Hudson, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, & Somerset.
PNANJ members were instrumental in the creation of the national organization, the Philippine Nurses Association of America (PNAA). As a chapter of the PNAA, it continues to provide key leadership role in the national organization. PNANJ is an active member of other Filipino organizations as the Federation of Philippine Societies of New Jersey and NAFFAA. The Association is closely involved with humanitarian and socioeconomic projects of the Philippine Consulate Office in New York City. PNANJ is a member of the New Jersey Coalition of Nursing Organizations and participates in the activities of the New Jersey State Nurses Association and the New Jersey Asian American Association for Human Services.
- Promoting unity among Filipino-American Nurses in the State of New Jersey.
- Developing, implementing and evaluating programs in nursing practice, education, research, and leadership that are relevant to the professional growth of its members and healthcare needs of the community.
- Providing and coordinating educational programs designed to assist members in the acquisition and expansion of knowledge, professional excellence, and nursing practice.
- Promoting advancement of professional nursing through scholarship, research, and awards.
- Facilitating professional and cultural adjustments of Filipino-American Nurses in the Unites States through collaboration with agencies and organizations in the U.S. and the Philippines.
- Organizing and actively participating in community health programs relating to prevention of diseases, and promotion and maintenance of health.
PNANJ is comprised of 10 subchapters representing almost each county all throughout New Jersey. These are professional Filipino American and affiliate nurses who have been providing the highest level of care statewide.