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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.


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NAHN Receives $25,000 Grant from Johnson and Johnson Services

Washington, DC (August 28, 2015) — The National Association of Hispanic Nurses is pleased to announce the receipt of grant from Johnson and Johnson Services Inc. for the purpose of the expansion of the Mentorship Academy.

The National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN) represents the interests of the over 110,000 Hispanic/Latino Nurses in the US. With over 5,000 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. "The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health" report highlights the actions that need to be taken by the nursing profession in order become partners and leaders in improving the delivery of care and the health care system.

According to the IOM report, "All nurses have a responsibility to mentor those who come after them, whether by helping a new nurse become oriented or by taking on more formal responsibilities as a teacher of nursing students or a preceptor. Nursing organizations (membership associations) also have a responsibility to provide mentoring and leadership guidance, as well as opportunities to share expertise and best practices, for those who join."

Hispanics are the fastest growing segment of the population in the United States, expecting to grow to 30% by the year 2050, according to the US Census Bureau. According to the 2008 National Sample of Registered Nurses (NSRN) Hispanics currently comprises 15.4% of society but only 3.6% of the nursing profession is Hispanic. Hispanic nurses tend to most commonly pursue an Associate's degree so that they can enter the workforce quicker. The Associates degree provides increased earning power sooner than going to a four year BSN program. And while they are more likely to pursue the BSN later on, they are less likely to pursue a Master's degree or a Ph. D. As a result, Hispanic nurses hold only 10% of management positions (2008 NSRN). There aren't enough Hispanic nurses to handle the health care needs of the growing Hispanic population resulting in language barriers and lack of cultural understanding which impacts the provision of healthcare in the Hispanic communities.

The NAHN Mentorship Academy follows a conceptual framework for mentoring developed by McKimm, Jollie, & Hatter (2007) based on the definition of mentoring centered on a mentor being someone who helps another person through an important transition such as career development. The mentor acts as a role model, confidant, and colleague to the protégé. The reciprocal relationship adds dimension to the learning and sharing process by both mentor and protégé and enrich the personal and professional lives of all those involved.

In 2012, NAHN developed the Mentorship Academy with the primary goal to expand the formal mentoring model tested to every chapter in the Association. The Grant will allow NAHN to offer start-up support, with the goal that five chapters will initiate the mentorship program per year.

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About National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN)
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.

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