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NAHN National Association of Hispanic Nurses® is a non-profit professional association 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.

NAHN is also dedicated to the improvement of the quality of health and nursing care of Hispanic consumers.

NAHN Awards

NAHN Nurse of the Year

2010 NAHN Nurse of the Year: Dr. Maria Elena Ruiz

Congratulations to Dr. Maria Elena Ruiz, Assistant Adjunct Professor at the School of Nursing at UCLA and Associate Director for the Center for Chicano Studies, for being honored with the prestigious National Association of Hispanic Nurses Association's (NAHN) Nurse of the Year Award.

Juan Perez, RN, BSN, Chairman of the Scholarship and Awards Committee bestowed the Award to Dr. Ruiz at the 2010 NAHN Conference in Washington D.C.

Dr. Ruiz was honored for her research and leadership as past president of the Oregon NAHN chapter, her international clinical and educational programs focused on Latinos and other underserved communities, as well as her mentorship and support of nursing students.

Her nomination for this national award was supported by a diverse group of undergraduate and graduate nursing students, as well as various academic and professional colleagues.

In her new role as associate director of the Center for Chicano Studies Research at UCLA, Dr. Ruiz is beginning a new funded research study with older Latinos that explores homelessness and familismo among homeless Latinos in the skid row area of Los Angeles.

Dr. Ruiz most recently received an award from the American Public Health Association for her research that explored intergenerational relations among Latino and Asian families.

"Maria Elena Ruiz, is not only an outstanding nurse, but also an outstanding NAHN leader," said NAHN President Angie Millan. "While she was President of the Oregon-NAHN Chapter (2008-2009), she wrote a grant and received funding to develop the "Puente" program for NAHN-Oregon. This excellent program allowed LANAHN and the Oregon Chapter to collaborate in order to strengthen relationships between California and the Pacific Northwest, where less than 1% of Nurses are of Hispanic origin.

Dr. Ruiz continues her work to build bridges — not only between individual leaders, but between chapters, so that we may strengthen our local and national initiatives," added Millan.



2017 Annual Meeting


2017 Annual Conference
July 18-21, 2017
Phoenix, AZ


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