In line with letter from the International Council of the Nurses ( I.C.N. ) to organize nurses according to interest groups, the Philippine Nurses Association gave a call to Pediatric nurses of different hospitals and agencies to organize for collective action to attain some objectives:
This call to organize was spearheaded by Miss Erlinda L. Ortin, then the PNA Vice President for Planning. Several clinical practitioners and nurse educators representing 16 hospitals and schools of nursing attened this first meeting. The then present Pediatric Nurses and some integrated Maternal and Child nurses felt that the organization would be complete without their Maternity nurse counterparts, the letters haing been out to the Pediatric Nurses only. The invitation to join the organization was thus extendede to both Pediatric as well as Maternity nurses after extensive discussions on the pros and cons of the matter. The resultant group finally decided to be called MCNAP, thus the Maternal and Child Nurses of the Philippines was formally born.
An Ad Hoc committee was formed representing different groups/agencies/schools after which different working committees were formed. Soon the Committee and By Laws under the leadership of Mrs. Delia De la Rama came up with the first draft of the Constitution and By Laws. Campaign for involvement was solicited among various hospitals and schools e.g. San Juan de Dios, Quirino Memorial General Hosp. Rizal Provincial Hospital, U.P. College of Nursing, U.S.T., M.C.U. Lungsod ng Kabataan, AFP, V. Luna, P.G.H. among others. A logo Contest was launched to promote the MCNAP as well as to come up with an official logo design for official communication and with an official logo design for official communication and mascot.
The first set of MCNAP officers inducted on April 2, 1981 follows:
President – Mrs. Yolanda Yanes (MCU)
Vice President for Operations – Major Estellita Galutira (V. Luna)
Vice President for Planning – Mrs. Guia Caliwagan (Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila)
Secretary – Miss Lourdes Asprec (PGH)
Treasurer – Miss Alita Conde (UST)
Auditor – Mrs. Delia De la Rama (UP College of Nursing)
PRO – Miss Concesa Oandasan (Lungsod ng Kabataan)
By April 2, 1981, MCNAP had their first Lecture Series with Dr. Aurora P. Tiu, Chief of Mental Feeding Program speaking on “Analysis of Child-Rearing Patterns in the Philppines” and Mrs. Carolina Llamanzares, Chairman of PNSI discussing “Approaches to Psycho-emotional Problems of Filipina Children”. There were 94 who attended this lecture series held at the MCU auditorium.
A seminar workshop on Natural Childbirth was held last Sept. 24, 1981 at the V. Luna Medical Auditorium with a raise in participants to 250 nurses. The resouce person, Mrs. Sybilla Green-Doross explained and demonstrated Natural Childbirth techniques after which a film was shown about families involved in actual sessions in the different phases of childbearing and childbirth.
Since then, MCNAP has envisioned itself to be a strong and viable organization to elevate the standards of Maternal and Child nursing through continuous provision of safe quality care, education and training, research and management.
What MCNAP does
To be a recognized specialty organization, with solid national presence, producing PRC-BON-certified maternal and child nurses by 2020
To set the standards of Maternal and Child Nursing Practice in the Philippines and lead in the wholistic development of members
To uplift maternal and child healthcare in the Philippines by: