In January of 1986, Jesusita Pedroza-Sepulveda RN brought together the founding committee who identified the many needs of healthcare delivery system for the Hispanic community. Recognizing that the lack of Hispanic Nurses and other healthcare professionals affected access to care for the entire Hispanic Community.
This association continues to increase awareness of nursing, improve access to care by providing educational, professional, and economic opportunities for Hispanic Nurses in Illinois. In 1994 the Illinois Hispanic Nurses Association was created, known as IHNA. IHNA has since, adopted the National title, so we are now known as NAHN-Illinois.
To assess the safety and quality of healthcare delivery services.
To collaborate with other organizations committed to serving bilingual, bicultural Spanish speaking communities and increasing the pipeline of Hispanic nurses.
To provide a forum for Hispanic Nurses to analyze and evaluate the healthcare needs of the community.
The National Association of Hispanic Nurses-Illinois (NAHN-IL) Chapter is a non-profit professional nursing organization representing the voices of Latinx nurses. We are committed to increasing the number of bilingual and bicultural nurses, as well as building the next generation of nurse leaders.
Our chapter is currently the largest NAHN chapter in the nation, with over 200 active members. We believe that there is “power in numbers” and that we will be a stronger Latinx nursing workforce if we unite to fulfill our mission.
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