The National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN) was founded in 1975 by Ildaura Murillo-Rohde, PhD, RN, ND, FAAN.

In 1974, a group of Hispanics who were members of the American Nurses Association (ANA) met during the ANA Convention in Atlantic City with the intent to establish a Hispanic Nurses Caucus of ANA, since it was felt that ANA was not being responsive to the needs of Hispanic nurses. The group included Esther Coto-Walloch (California), Hector Hugo Gonzalez (Texas), Mimi Gonzalez (New York), Carmen Janosov (Puerto Rico), Berta Mejia (Connecticut), Janie Menchaca Wilson (Texas), Ildaura Murillo-Rohde (Washington), Herlinda Quintero (California), Sally Roybal (New Mexico), and Henrietta Villaescusa (California).

The group agreed to think about the concept and discuss it at the next ANA convention. In 1976, when the group met during the ANA Convention in San Francisco, the plan shifted and instead, they agreed to establish the National Association of Spanish-Speaking Spanish-Surnamed Nurses (NASSSN).  Ildaura volunteered and she was charged with incorporating NASSSN.  She incorporated NASSSN in Washington State in 1977 where, at that time, she was employed as Associate Dean of the School of Nursing at the University of Washington at Seattle.

“There may have been others that attended these embryonic meetings but I do not recall their names clearly,” said Hector Hugo Gonzalez, PhD, VR-RN, one of the founding members and a past-president of NAHN.  “Vaguely, I remember that the following may also have attended:  Eloisa Tamez (Texas), a male nurse (first name Fernando; last name unknown) who worked at the VA Hospital in Oklahoma and last, a nurse named Josephine Baca (New Mexico),” added Hector.

In 1976, the organization became the National Association of Spanish-Speaking / Spanish-Surnamed Nurses, which was renamed as the National Association of Hispanic Nurses™ in 1979.

NAHN launched its official professional peer reviewed publication, Hispanic Health Care International (HHCI) at the 27th Annual Conference held July 2002 in Miami, Florida. HHCI is bilingual journal (English and Spanish) and is published four times a year.

Who are our Members?

The National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN) represents the interests of the over 110,000 Hispanic/Latino Nurses in the US. With over 3,000 active/inactive members, NAHN, is a non-profit professional society committed to the promotion of the professionalism and dedication of Hispanic nurses by providing equal access to educational, professional, and economic opportunities for Hispanic nurses. Our members embody the nursing profession at all levels–from clinicians to university professors and administrators. Their specialties span all the medical fields, from generalists to nursing specialists.

Types of Memberships:
  1. General (previously Full and Associate): For any nurse licensed in the United States and its jurisdictions and who is interested in helping to solve the healthcare problems and support the healthcare needs of the Hispanic community
  2. Affiliate: For non-nursing health care professionals interested in solving problems/needs of Hispanic/Latino/a nurses
  3. International Associate: Licensed Hispanic/Latino(a) nurses licensed not residing in the US or its jurisdictions
  4. Emeritus (previously Retired): For Hispanic/Latino/a US-licensed nurses 62 years or older who are not employed full-time in nursing
  5. Student: For Hispanic/Latino/a students enrolled in a RN, LPN/LVN program full time (Proof Required: current transcript+ or letter from nursing program leading to licensure)
  6. Corporate Members
National Benefits

As a member of NAHN™, you have a voice in national issues impacting the health care of Hispanics. All members are eligible to participate in NAHN™ activities, to be candidates for NAHN™ elected positions, and participate in the election of NAHN™ board members. Benefits of membership include continuing education, professional networking, and leadership development.

  • Reduced rates as some of NAHN Corporate Members educational facilities, including Walden University and Excelsior College.
  • Reduced registration fees at annual conference
  • Continuing Education Unit (CEU) opportunities at the national conference
  • Subscription to the NAHN™’ quarterly journal, Hispanic Health Care International (HHCI)
  • Quarterly electronic newsletter
  • Scholarship opportunities for students
  • Awards for community service and education excellence
  • Chance to serve on NAHN’s board and committees
  • A forum for nurses to analyze and evaluate the health care needs of the Hispanic community
  • Opportunities to disseminates research findings and policy perspectives related to Hispanic health care needs to local, state, and federal agencies in order to impact policy making and the allocation of resources
  • Networking other Hispanic health care professionals
  • Supporting national health care initiatives as a united force
Chapter Benefits

Local chapters provide members with the opportunity to the address issues impacting health care of Hispanics at the local and state levels. Benefits of chapter membership include local continuing education, professional and social networking.

  • Local awards and scholarships
  • Regular meetings to discuss local community issues
  • Chapter newsletter to keep up-to-date on local activities, events, and job opportunities
  • Local and regional networking opportunities
  • Chapter events including local conferences, leadership training and networking receptions
  • Student nurse mentorship programs