Philippine Nurses Association of Michigan


The Phillipine Nurses Association of Michigan is a professional nursing organization founded on October 14, 1972, in response to the plight of H-1 visa nurses. Our founder is Adoring Brillantes Tuanquin. The current president is Ms. Sonia Montano. The resilience, commitment and loyalty of officers and members to uphold its mission serves as energizing element to face challenging times.

PNAM is a founding chapter member of the Philippine Nurses Association of America (PNAA). The association and its members volunteer for community services locally, nationally and internationally; advocate for Filipino nurses with Human Rights issues; and consistently donate to the Philippine American Community Center of Michigan (PACCM) Fund.

Mission Statement: As a professional nursing organization of Philippine Nurses inMichigan, PNAM will uphold a positive image and welfare of its constituent members; promote professional excellence and contribute to significant outcomes to healthcare and society.

Brief Highlights of Activities and Accomplishments through the Years

  • Host of the PNAA National Conventions in 1985 & 1991
  • Co-hosted with PNAOhioand PNAIndianain 2000
  • Host of the PNAA North Central Regional Conventions in 2002 and 2007.
  • Pioneered the PNAA implementation of ELNEC Curriculum on End of Life Care in 2003
  • A member of COMON (Coalition of Michigan Organizations of Nursing) since 1989, to update on legislative issues affecting nursing and healthcare.
  • Offers educational programs with contact hours needed for RN license renewal.
  • Spearheaded the Removal of the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) Qualifying Examination inMichigan, signed into law by the governor in 2007
  • Participated in the survey on Healthcare Disparities Reduction among Asian Americans from May-September 2010, under the auspices of theAsianCenterof Southeast Michigan
  • Coordinated an Educational Cruise toAlaskain 2006 for its members and their families.
  • Published two books: Book I (2000) The Filipino Nurse: The Dream and the Promise that took five years to finish. Book II (2007) Living the Promise, a compilation of emotionally touching short stories authored by members.
  • PNAM publishes its newsletters biannually – a PNAA PRIDE Award winner (Professional Presentation, Relevance, Inspiring, Diverse, and Educational) in 1998, 1999, 2001, 2005, 2007, and 2008.