blog posts Celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month! Sep 28, 2021 8:45 am by firstname.lastname@example.org Images Happy National Hispanic Heritage Month! Here at UHP, we take pride in the diversity of our students. We have so many Hispanic students at UIC and within UHP and want to make it a point to bring up Hispanic organizations and leaders in nursing which paved the way for nursing students across the country. DR. ILDAURA MURILLO-ROHDE, PhD, RN, FAAN Delete Edit embedded media in the Files Tab and re-insert as needed. Dr. Murillo-Rohde was the founder of the National Association for Hispanic Nurses. She first became a nurse in San Antonio, TX in 1945 after coming from Panama. Though San Antonio was a largely Hispanic city, she noticed a lack of nurses from this community. This set off a spark that urged her to work her way up the educational system until she ultimately obtained a doctorate degree from NYU and even received a Fellowship from the American Academy of Nursing. She then worked to create scholarships and awards to urge other Hispanic nurses to do what she did and achieve high education in nursing. Dr. Murillo-Rohde truly paved the way for nurses all over the world, but specifically those in the Hispanic community. She noticed the dire need for nurses who came from her community and used her own determination to uplift others. NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF HISPANIC NURSES: Illinois Chapter [NAHN-Illinois] NAHN is a "professional, voluntary and non-profit healthcare organization, dedicated to enriching the lives of Hispanic nurse individuals through the promotion of academic attainment, mentorship, professional development, and by actively reshaping healthcare in the Hispanic community." NAHN-Illinois was founded in 1986 by Jesusita Pedroza-Sepulveda, RN. She saw that there were increased healthcare needs in the Hispanic community and also noticed a lack of Hispanic nursing representation. That being said, she founded this chapter to provide people in her community with the needs to succeed in the nursing field. NAHN-Illinois provides support for students by providing scholarships for Hispanic-identifying nursing students, hosts nursing conferences each year for those in the nursing field, and even provide job postings and volunteering events. To get involved, please visit their website: https://www.nahnillinois.org/membership Delete Edit embedded media in the Files Tab and re-insert as needed.