The National Association of Hispanic Nurses is an association that exists to advocate for the rights and work in the best interests of Hispanic nurses across the country. According to its website, the association has the following mission and goals:
NAHN is committed to advancing the health in Hispanic communities and to lead, promote and advocate the educational, professional, and leadership opportunities for Hispanic nurses.
- Provide a forum for nurses to analyze and evaluate the health care needs of the Hispanic community.
- Promote the safety and the quality of health care delivery services for the Hispanic community
- Identify barriers in the implementation and delivery of health services to Hispanic consumers and recommend appropriate solutions to local, state, and federal agencies.
- Develop, test, and promote culturally sensitive models of intervention that provide effective nursing care for Hispanic communities.
- Disseminate 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.
- Disseminate research findings related to Hispanic population to increase awareness of the specific health care needs of Hispanics.
- Advocate for policy changes and perspectives- related to Hispanic health care needs- to local, state, and federal agencies in order to impact the allocation of resources for the Hispanic population.
- Collaborate with, and provide assistance to, other Hispanic health care professionals in meeting each other’s established goals.
- Represent in voice and action the number of licensed Hispanic nurses in the US.
- Serve as consultants in providing culturally sensitive services to Hispanic consumers (patients, nurses, and students).
- Identify barriers to quality education for Hispanic nursing students and recommend appropriate solutions to state, local, and federal agencies.
- Promote the recruitment and retention of Hispanic students in nursing education programs, in order to increase the number of bilingual and bicultural nurses who may provide culturally sensitive nursing care to Hispanic consumers.
- Advance the educational, professional, and leadership skills of Hispanic nurses in order to increase the number of Hispanic researchers, administrators, and educators.
Membership benefits from the National Association of Hispanic Nurses can be divided into two categories:
- National Membership Benefits
- Chapter Membership Benefits
National Membership Benefits
As a member of the Chapter Membership Benefits, you will “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”.
nN addition to this guarantee of advocacy you will be eligible for reduced rates at some of educational facilities that the National Association of Hispanic Nurses affiliates itself with. These include:
- Chamberlain College of Nursing,
- Jacksonville University School of Nursing, and
- Excelsior College.
In addition you will receive reduced registration fees for the National Association of Hispanic Nurses annual conference. This is a significant benefit as the annual conference provides nurses with a number of resources that directly impact their jobs and that allow them to advance their careers in the nursing industry. Among other benefits, the conference offers Continuing Education Unit (CEU) opportunities. Members of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses also receive a subscription to the National Association of Hispanic Nurses’ quarterly journal which is called “Hispanic Health Care International (HHCI)”. This journal is full of important information relating to the causes the National Association of Hispanic Nurses stands for. Information is distributed to members through the association’s quarterly electronic newsletter. Because the National Association of Hispanic Nurses understands that not all nurses have the opportunity to study further in the field, there are a number of scholarship opportunities for students available through the association. The National Association of Hispanic Nurses aims to ensure that as many students as possible are able to achieve their dreams. The association also takes it upon itself to hand out awards for community service and education excellence to encourage this type of behaviour in the future.
Other benefits include:
- 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 Membership Benefits
The following Chapter benefits are available:
- In addition to the awards and scholarships mentioned above, there are a number of local awards and scholarships available for members of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses.
- Regular meetings are held in each of the chapters to discuss local community issues.
- Each chapter has its own chapter newsletter to keep up-to-date on local activities, events, and job opportunities thereby increasing the opportunities for nurses in that chapter to enhance their careers.
- Chapter provide nurses with local and regional networking opportunities.
- Chapter events including local conferences, leadership training and networking receptions are available to the nurses who choose to belong to these chapters.
- Student nurse mentorship programs are also available through the chapters of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses.
Types of Memberships
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”.
If you want to be a general member with national membership and chapter membership you will be eligible to pay $125 for one year or $225 for two years. If you only want to be a national member with no local chapter membership, you will have to pay $100 for one year or $175 for two years.
“For non-nursing health care professionals interested in solving problems/needs of Hispanic/Latino/a nurses”.
Affiliate members who want to have both national and local chapter membership will have to pay $100 a year, while affiliate members who only want national membership only have to pay $75 a year.
“Licensed Hispanic/Latino(a) nurses licensed not residing in the US or its jurisdictions”.
International associate members who want to have both national and local chapter membership will have to pay $100 a year, while international associate members who only want national membership only have to pay $75 a year.
Emeritus (previously Retired)
“For Hispanic/Latino/a US-licensed nurses 62 years or older who are not employed full-time in nursing”.
Emeritus members who want to have both national and local chapter membership will have to pay $90 a year, while emeritus members who only want national membership only have to pay $75 a year.
“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)”
Student members who want to have both national and local chapter membership will have to pay $40 a year, while student members who only want national membership only have to pay $30 a year.
These are businesses who wish to belong to the association. The fee for national membership is $5,000 a year.
The association also operates at a local level through its many chapters. Membership with a local chapter improves your chances of participating actively in the association’s activities. Here is an alphabetical list of the chapters available. More information about each chapter can be found by following the links at http://www.nahnnet.org/NAHNChapters.html.
- Angeles del Desierto (Yuma, AZ)
- Atlanta, GA
- Broward County, FL
- Brownsville, TX
- Corpus Christi, TX
- Dallas, TX
- Denver, Colorado
- Eastern Washington
- El Corazon de la Tierra, MO
- El Paso, TX
- Girasol (Wichita, KS)
- Greater Orlando, FL
- Greater San Jose, CA
- Hartford, CT
- Houston, TX
- Imperial Valley, CA
- Inland Empire, CA
- Las Vegas, NV
- Los Angeles, CA
- Lubbock, TX
- Miami, FL
- New Jersey
- New York
- North Carolina
- Orange County, CA
- Philadelphia, PA
- Portland, OR
- Puerto Rico
- San Antonio, TX
- San Diego, CA
- San Francisco, CA
- San Joaquin Valley, CA
- San Xavier (Tucson, AZ)
- Savannah, GA
- Southeastern, WI
- Southern Colorado
- Southeastern Massachusetts
- Valle (McAllen, TX)
- Valle del Sol (Phoenix, AZ)
- Virginia (Richmond)
- Washington, D.C.
- Western Washington
If you would like to contact the National Association of Hispanic Nurse’s directly, pleas euse the following contact information:
Corina Ibarra Chick, BSN, RN