Sr. Remy Junio of the Philippines to Address PNAA Executive Board at 26th Annual National Convention

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the co-founder of Global Scholarship Alliance Philippines and chancellor of the St. Paul University System will present the first ever ecologically sound solution to the global nursing crisis

Global Scholarship Alliance (GSA) today announced that Sister Remy Angela Junio of the Philippines will present GSA’s solution to the global nursing shortage to the Philippine Nurses Association of America (PNAA) on July 14, 2005. GSA founder and President of International Operations Todd Bol, and Vice President of Educational Program Development Steve Albert will co-present with Sister Remy.

The 26th Annual National Convention of the PNAA is scheduled for July 13-17, 2005 in Kansas City, Mo. Filipino nursing leaders from around the world will join together to talk about the challenges of the nursing profession, offer workshops for PNAA members, and discuss the opportunities facing a rapidly growing Philippine nursing population in the United States.

Sister Remy remarked, “The PNAA convention represents an important opportunity to educate Philippine nursing leaders from around the world about GSA’s exciting program to address the global nursing shortage. This program is like nothing the global nursing community has ever seen, yet it is one that is long overdue. ”

Participants in the four and a half year program receive full masters of science in nursing (MSN) scholarships to American universities and are eligible to work part-time at alliance partner hospitals during the period of study. Upon completion of the program and after contributing to the healthcare system locally, nurse scholars are required to return to their home countries for at least two years, where they will lead and train the next generation of nurses as clinical instructors, nurse leaders, or hospital administrators.

“The number of highly-skilled Filipino nurses in the United States is growing exponentially, and the opportunities for these nurses to advance their careers have never been greater,” commented Bill DeVille, GSA’s chief executive officer. “The innovative program from Global Scholarship Alliance offers Filipino nurses, as well as nurses from many other developing countries, a chance to grow their education and skills while also participating in the first program of its kind to replenish the world’s nursing leaders.”

GSA’s program also helps U.S. hospitals achieve their goals of maintaining safe nurse-patient ratios, increasing staff diversity and continuity of care, and reducing dependency on staffing agency nurses. The hospitals achieve these objectives within nursing union guidelines and without displacing positions that would otherwise go to U.S. nurses.

Cora Munoz, a nursing professor and GSA Alliance Partner, recently welcomed nine nurses to Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. She commented, “The program from Global Scholarship Alliance gives us a unique opportunity to address the nursing shortage in Columbus with a fully-funded, diverse class of students, while contributing to the healthcare system of a country on the other side of the world. These nurses will earn their master’s degree and save lives here, and return home better educated and more capable of improving their own communities. The program that Global Scholarship Alliance has put together represents a true competitive advantage for the Capital University and a socially responsible solution to the worldwide problem.”

Ensuring Quality

The Global Scholarship Alliance selection process ensures that only first-rate nurses are accepted into the program. GSA carefully evaluates educational transcripts, licensing board scores, work histories and clinical experiences, references, and background checks. Prospective nurse-scholars are required to possess a baccalaureate degree in nursing (a bachelor of science in nursing or an equivalent degree), a registered nursing license in their home country, two or more years of hospital experience, and must pass the U.S. nursing exam, as well as a language proficiency exam. The nurse-scholars are then hand-picked by representatives from the universities and hospitals through face-to-face interviews in the nurse’s home country. Those selected must also meet U.S. licensing and immigration requirements before arriving in America.

“The GSA nurse scholars we received represent some of the best nurses in India who are determined to improve themselves academically and professionally, and improve healthcare for their home country,” said Susan Sportsman, GSA Alliance Partner and dean of the College of Health Sciences & Human Services at Midwestern States University in Wichita Falls, Texas. “GSA offers a unique program that allows us to expand our nursing programs beyond traditional boundaries and create a unique and diverse learning environment. We look forward to their contributions in our classrooms, at our partner hospital, and back in India.”

Ernie Rosas, an officer of the PNAA and chairperson of the 2005 annual convention commented, “We are excited to hear Sister Remy’s presentation, and to learn about this unique opportunity for Filipino nurses in the United States and around the world.”

“Global Scholarship Alliance represents a coordinated effort to improve nursing here at home, and around the world,” stated Deville. “You can’t address the problem in one location, without an eye on how it impacts other parts of the world. What we offer is a long-term, financially sound, sustainable and socially responsible solution to the problem.”

About Global Scholarship Alliance

Global Scholarship Alliance partners with leading U.S. universities and healthcare organizations in an effort to improve nursing globally. GSA’s mission is to improve global nursing by providing scholarships and professional development for future nurse leaders and educators, building alliances between leading U.S. universities and hospitals, and fostering the equitable distribution of nurses throughout the world.

The company facilitates cultural exchange programs and provides scholarships to foreign nurses who seek professional development through the combination of a U.S. Masters of Science in Nursing degree and academic training in a U.S. hospital. U.S. universities and hospitals benefit from a long-term solution to declining enrollment and the global nursing shortage; and through the requirements of the program, Masters-degreed and U.S. hospital trained nurse-scholars return to contribute to the education and training of future nurses in their home countries. The company currently provides scholarships to nurses from a variety of countries including the Philippines, India, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Global Scholarship Alliance has alliance partnerships in Kansas, Ohio, New York, Minnesota, and Texas. More information is available at http://www.GlobalScholarship.net or by contacting Steve Albert, director of educational program development at 513-665-4544.

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