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@hobiecute: They provide a small financial assistance? I've never heard of it, but that's good.
@spongebob6286: Yes, you're right, it's not cheap. I will be registering this Monday and we were informed that we have to pay 1,800 pesos! That's why I want to know what exactly do we get by joining PNA.
I've been an Rn for 17 yrs but I'm a PNA member maybe for 3-5 yrs only..At first you don't have a choice during our oath taking back in 1992 they are telling us that we can't get our license processed if your not a PNA member. I think that was the only reason i registered.when i was working as Public Health Nurse I didn't get any notice or letter from them informing members about the seminars or anything new for the members benefit not even a single journal received... PNA are very active only on collecting membership due and selling raffle tickets .. I decided to stop my membership, I'm just waisting my money. I was a member of national leauge of government nurses when i was working in local health unit for 13 yrs. in NLGN they offer scholarship grant for members. I can't see any importance of being a PNA member up to now.
The main problem with the PNA is the lack of leadership and I think we lost it in the midst of the brain drain. A lot of excellent nurses left the country in search of, well, a better future, as everybody would say. Stagnation and a lack of creativity puts the entire organization to the brink of apathy and uncertainty.
There have not been any new strategy on how to fulfill the objectives of the group. We have been weakened. Social responsibility is virtually unknown and there are not many projects that will help to bring about a social change to our community and country. We have not been active lately in our endeavor and I am speaking as a group because, one way or another, we have been a part of it and we all let it down.
Do you believe that we can still make a difference?
This still holds true until now. We were asked by the PRC to go to the PNA office first to pay for the oath-taking fee (a whooping Php1,400) plus the annual registration fee (P400).
Still a money making association..Instead of helping to upgrade the nursing profession. what a shame. But atleast they have a nice building for thier office, thanks for the members that keeps on paying thier annual fee.
One of the benefits that PNA offers is legal assistance to those nurses that have legal cases. It's ironic though that nurses wouldn't be able to get into legal trouble (nursing job related) if they are not employed at all. It's a pity that being the organization that should be taking care of nurses, it seems that they don't think of measures that will make the lives of neophyte nurses bearable. I suggest that instead of collecting a 400 peso annual membership fee, they should categorize it between the employed and unemployed. Knowing that most hospitals require PNA membership, they could make the jobless nurses' expenses more manageable by at least lowering down their fees to a reasonable level, as these nurses don't have a choice but to become a member in the hope that it would aid them in their job hunting. One more thing, please correct me if I'm wrong, if you became a member by let's say August 2009, should it expire by August 2010 and not December 2009? Otherwise, they should prorate the membership fee. PNA please take care of us nurses, as you are our colleagues and you should feel the crisis we are in right now. We'll always be proud to be part of the prestigious organization as you are, but please let us feel that it's worth it, especially that you have plans of putting up a party list for nurses. The money you are collecting from neophyte nurses and how much you are returning to them in terms of value is a reflection on how you would manage the resources including the power that you may have once the nursing related partylist is a reality. So better start small and prove your worth.