Established in 1995, the University of Santo Tomas Nurses Association International, Inc. (USTNAI) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit professional, charitable, educational, religious, civic organization, and a unifying force for all nursing organizations of the University of Santo Tomas outside the Philippines. Since its inception, the mission has recently evolved towards advancing the nursing profession through advocacy, services, education, and research.


As the USTNAI is transitioning towards a more relevant governance structure, the following reflects the current thinking and the strategic trajectory for the organization as it defines and clarifies its mission, vision, and values:

  1. Identify and determine growth opportunities through development of business innovation models and strategic partnership and alliances with other organizations.

  2. Enhance professional development of members and potential members through education, research, scholarship, and awards program initiatives.

  3. Establish outreach programs geared for health promotion and maintenance, disease prevention and humanitarian welfare.

  4. Partner with similar organizations whose core values reflect diversity, equity, inclusion, anti-discrimination, and dignity for all.

    A brief History of ustnai

    The University of Santo Tomas Nurses Association International (USTNAI) was originally known as the University of Santo Tomas Nurses Association of America, "USTNAA".  The following timelines detail the pivotal events of the USTNAI History:

    • February 10, 1995 - Twenty (20) Thomasian nurse leaders from across the United States held a caucus at the Stardust Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada while attending the Philippine Nurses Association of America (PNAA) national convention. The Thomasian Leaders reached out to all UST nurses in the United States resulting in the foundation of the UST Nurses Association of America (USTNAA) as a national organization.

    • July 8, 1996- the first set of USTNAA officers were elected and inducted during the PNAA convention in San Francisco, California.

    • February 21-22, 1997- UST Houston hosted the first successful USTNAA inaugural grand reunion. This Annual gathering has since been referred to as the “Grand Reunion” for over a decade.

    • September 2, 2011 – USTNAI was approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing as a continuing education provider (CEP) . Since then, the organization has been providing learning experiences to enhance the knowledge of the registered nurse in the practice of nursing in direct and indirect patient care. USTNAI has instituted annual education conferences designed to enhance professionalism of nurses and promote the delivery of care of the highest quality and compassion.

    • June 3-4, 2019 – ‘Alay ng Puso’ was launched as USTNAI’s flagship program for medical, surgical, dental, and humanitarian welfare service to the underprivileged, underserved and most vulnerable individuals, groups, and communities geared towards health prevention, promotion and support. In collaboration with other nursing, professional and community organizations, USTNAI  successfully completed its first community outreach program in Jomalig Island in Quezon Province, Philippines.

    • September 8-11, 2011- the first National Convention and leadership Summit was held in Houston, Texas. Subsequently, the yearly gathering has been known as the “Annual Convention and Leadership Summit”

    • July 31, 2012 – the USTNAI website was officially launched as the organization’s identity on the internet and in the digital world.

    • August 3, 2013- At a General Assembly meeting in Chicago, Illinois, the UST Nurses Association of America (USTNAA) was unanimously renamed, UST Nurses Association International, “USTNAI” to be inclusive of our Thomasian nurses and alumni at the international scene.

    • August 12, 2015- The US Department of the Treasury determined USTNAI exempt from federal income tax under Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Section 501 (c)(3).

    • September 26, 2020 – In conjunction with its 25th year anniversary celebration, a virtual fundraising campaign , ‘Save our Students’ was successfully instituted to raise funds in order to provide financial assistance to nursing students who were affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Since 2015, USTNAI has promoted and established scholarship programs for the students of UST College of Nursing. Additionally, along with this campaign, the new USTNAI Executive Board induction was conducted in an all-virtual ceremony. This Board represents a cross-section spanning  five decades of Thomasian Nurses.

    The USTNAI has experienced significant growth over these years and currently transitioning towards a transformative organizational change to stay relevant and be as responsive to the members and the entire organization it serves and represents…

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