Founders


The American College of Nursing was born from a coalition of health care professionals whose dream is to produce quality nurses who will serve humanity with great compassion and the highest integrity.

The founders of the American College of Nursing are Dr. Orilynn Tunacao Giron, MO, BSN, MSN, WCC and Dr. Laura Smith McKenna, PhD, RN, MFT.


Dr. Orilynn Tunacao Giron
earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Doctorate Degree in Medicine at De La Salle University, Philippines. When she migrated to the US, she went back to school in New York and became a Registered Nurse. She also earned her Master’s Degree in Nursing and Hospital Administration at the California University-Los Angeles. She is state board certified to train LVNs for Intravenous Therapy and Blood Withdrawal certification, and is also approved as a Continuing Education Provider. She is also a Certified Wound Care consultant and an NCLEX-PN/RN reviewer with 11 years of experience as an educator.

Dr. Laura Smith McKenna began her nursing career as a diploma graduate from Mercy Hospital School of Nursing in Watertown, New York. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree at Syracuse University in New York and a Masters’ Degree and Doctorate of Nursing Science at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. McKenna was certified as a Clinical specialist in Psychiatric Nursing by the American Nurses Association, and has acted as an item writer for the NCLEX-RN. She has over 30 years experience as an educator and clinician.

The founders collaborate with other members of the nursing profession who believe that quality education and training will provide direction to the profession in meeting the service mission within the health care system and a diverse society.

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