Nurses with ties to their Philippine Island heritage are participating in activities that show they know what it means to celebrate The International Year of the Nurse.
The Mary Johnston College of Nursing Alumni Association has a long-standing tradition of celebrating nurses, but 2010 includes a special focus, says alumna Georgianna Rose Tutay, RN, MS. After all, we do celebrate Nurses Week every year, says Tutay, who is the director of the MJCNAAs Michigan chapter, in the Detroit area.
But, she says, nurses this year also are recognizing Florence Nightingale, a nursing pioneer. Two events that honored The International Year of the Nurse and Nightingale were an afternoon tea and the MJCNAA international conference.Afternoon tea: Georgianna Rose Tutay, RN, from left; unnamed guest of Mayor Lawrence, Southfield Mayor Brenda Lawrence; Nina McCaulley, RN; and Van Ong, RN.
The Michigan-based group celebrated International Nurses Day on May 12 with an afternoon tea, a Nursing Fair and Open House at the Philippine American Community Center in Southfield.
Mary Johnston College of Nursing in Manila, Philippines, was founded in 1907 by Dr. Rebecca Parrish, with financial support from the US Methodist Womens group, according to Tutay. Today, it is affiliated with Philippine Christian University in Manila. During the celebration, a poster of the schools 2007 centennial anniversary was on display, including the schools Centennial Book, published in 2008.
Alumni and faculty wrote and published a book about the schools history, its mission, leaders and graduates, Tutay said.
Funds raised from the sales of the book will be used to help update the schools facilities in the Tondo, Manila, campus.
The groups celebration continued June 24 during the fourth annual MJCNAA International Conference and Reunion in Forth Worth, Texas. There, chapters from throughout the U.S. including Illinois, Hawaii, California gathered as alumni.
Tutay is encouraging other nurses to celebrate as well.
Go to the website 2010iynurse.net. Suggestions on how to celebrate this event are listed.