Beatrice “Bea” Ramos-Razon is the driving force behind the free RN NCLEX Review Class Program held at the FilCom since 2001. For more than a dozen years, Bea and her colleagues at Nursing Advocates and Mentors, Inc. have been helping nurses, many of whom trained in the Philippines, prepare to pass registered nurse exams needed to practice their profession in Hawaii.
Bea’s heart, smarts, and solid experience back her passion to help her fellow nurses. She holds RN licenses in Hawaii and Washington and is the first nurse from both states to be inducted in the Academy of Fellows of the National Association of Directors of Nursing administration for Long term Care. Bea also was selected as 2004 Nurse Administrator of the Year by this national association.
Bea grew up in Angeles City, Pampanga. She received a full scholarship for the University of the Philippines’ School of Nursing. After graduating in 1973, she came to Hawaii and worked at St. Francis Medical Center and Pali Momi before relocating to Washington State. While heading nursing teams at Sequim, Tacoma, Seattle, and Bremerton health and long-term care centers, she also founded and headed the Filipino Nurses Association of Puget Sound.
Bea returned to Hawaii in 1998. She served as director of Nursing at local long-term facilities, including Avalon, Hale O Aloha, and the Convalescent Center of Hawaii and resumed her advocacy work for Filipino nurses and nurses’ aides. She is the executive director of the Filipino Certified Nurses’ Aide Association of Hawaii. She led the Hawaii Association of Directors of Nursing Administration Long Term Care and is the organizing president of Nursing Advocates and Mentors, sponsor of Filcom’s RN NCLEX Review Class Program. She is certified director of Nursing Administration, and a quality assurance reviewer, approved RN evaluator, and Nurse Aide Training Program instructor for the State Department of Human Services.
Bea currently teaches at the Kapiolani Community College Nursing Department.For her service to the community, especially to immigrant nurses, Bea has been recognized by State and City officials, Filipino groups in Hawaii, and the University of the Philippines Alumni Association.