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Director Dino hailed as PRC’s 2023 Outstanding Professional of the Year in Nursing
Director Dino hailed as PRC’s 2023 Outstanding Professional of the Year in Nursing

By: Raymond Lumagsao


By: Raymond Lumagsao

Dr. Dino 2023 Outstanding Professional of the Year Awardee (OPYA) in the Field of Nursing

The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) recognized Our Lady of Fatima University (OLFU) Director of Research Development and Innovation Center Dr. Michael Joseph Dino as the 2023 Outstanding Professional of the Year Awardee (OPYA) in Nursing.

The honor was bestowed last 10 December 2023 at the Fiesta Pavilion of the historical Manila Hotel. This year, the PRC is celebrating its golden anniversary with the theme “PRC@50: Celebrating Milestones of Professional Excellence and Global Recognition.”

According to the PRC, “the OPYA is the highest award bestowed by the commission upon a professional who has exceptionally performed professionalism of the fullest caliber and has undertaken oneself with authenticity in the exercise of their profession as recommended by the awardee’s peers.”

As a globally renowned professional nurse, Dr. Dino carries impressive experience and expertise in the fields of health, technology, education, and research. He is the first Asian to win the Nurse in the Limelight Innovator Award given by Connecting-Nurses in partnership with the International Council of Nurses, Nurse Practitioner Healthcare Foundation (NPHF), Secrétariat International Des Infirmières et Infirmiers de l’Espace Francophone (SIDIIEF) and the Association Française pour le Développement de l’Education Thérapeutique (AFDET).

In 2013, Apple Inc. notably named Dino as one of the Apple Distinguished Educators which had earned his place in their Advisory Board for Asia and the Pacific from 2015-2017.

The nursing research expert is an alumnus of the Experienced Nurse Faculty Leadership Academy (ENFLA) of Chamberlain University in Indianapolis, Indiana for its 2018-2019 cohort.  He is also an ‘Excellence Awardee’ and ‘Distinguished Thomasian Alumnus’ during the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Alumni Homecoming 2019, a Gawad Vicente M. Santos Awardee for Leadership in 2019, and 2019 Emerging Nurse Researcher of Sigma’s 30th Nursing Research Congress held in Alberta, Canada.

Dino was also awarded by the Government of Bulacan as the 2019 Gintong Kabataan (Golden Youth) Professional Worker Category and one of the 2020 Global Nurse Leadership Institute Academy Scholars of the International Council of Nurses. He holds prestigious fellowships at the American Academy of Nurses (FAAN, 2022) in Washington DC USA, a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery (FFNMRCSI, 2022) in Ireland, and the Academy of Nursing Education (ANEF, 2023) in Washington, DC, USA.

The OLFU leader is a standout as a Top 10 in the 2023 Aster Guardians Global Nursing Award in London, United Kingdom. This selection is among more than 52,000 nursing stories submitted from 202 countries globally. He is Bett Asia’s Trailblazer in Inclusion Awardee for 2023. He is likewise known for his community projects including “Techie na, Healthy Pa sina Lolo at Lola Telehealth Project”, Care and Restoration of Infants through Breastfeeding and Breastmilk Banking (CRIB3 Crusade) in partnership with the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society in Nursing (where he served as the President of the Phi Gamma Chapter) and Advent Moms, and the “Hataw at Sigla para kay Lolo at Lola – Mixed Reality Technology Project” (Move and Groove for Older Adults).

Through the years, Dino has published numerous patents and papers in peer-reviewed journals on leadership, management, nursing, social science, humanoid robots, and the constructive integration of technology in education. He has more than a hundred high-impact publications and over 300 citations. He is one of the Top 10 nurse scientists on the global AD Scientific Index. His current research initiatives include an exploration of Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) technologies in healthcare. He is leading the Department of Science and Technology-Our Lady of Fatima University’s (DOST-OLFU) Multiple Applications for Reality Virtuality Experience Laboratory (MARVEL) with generous funding from the Department of Science and Technology–Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (DOST-PCIEERED).

As a global expert in nursing research, he is one of the Editorial Board Members of BMC Nursing (Springer Nature, BioMed Central). Dr. Dino is a renowned global speaker with an outstanding record of more than 300 speakerships including plenaries and keynotes in over 20 countries and 5 continents.

Dr. Dino is a proud graduate of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (2005) and Master of Arts in Nursing (2005, Meritissimus/Summa Cum Laude) at the Our Lady of Fatima University. He completed his Ph.D. in Development Studies at the University of Santo Tomas (2014, Summa Cum Laude), and is now a candidate for his second doctoral degree in Nursing at Johns Hopkins University, in Baltimore, Maryland, USA.