Panel Discussion on the Experiences of Filipino Nurses in the United States

On the evening of October 19th, University Libraries hosted its first-ever nursing panel in honor of Filipino American History Month. Nerissa Balce, Associate Professor of Asian & Asian American Studies, moderated the panel.

Panelists included:

  • Sofia Reyes, Clinical Instructor, School of Nursing; Director of Simulation Education
  • Lani Blanco, Clinical Instructor, School of Nursing; Faculty Advisor for the Pre-Nursing Society
  • Maria Bune, Adjunct Faculty, School of Nursing; SBU Alumna

The panelists discussed questions such as: 

  • Why did you choose nursing?
  • Did your career choice or path change over time?
  • Did you join any Nursing-related clubs that helped jumpstart your career or help with networking?
  • What do you like about your job and what challenges do you face?
  • What has been your favorite job as a nurse?
  • Were you part of the nurses’ strike? Do you support it? 
  • How did COVID-19 impact your experience as a nurse? 
  • Would you become a nurse again if you had the chance?

There were 25 in-person attendees and 70 attendees on Zoom. Students and panelists enjoyed networking opportunities after the panel. 

On behalf of the University Libraries’ Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Accessibility Team, we thank our panelists, moderator, and attendees! 

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