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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.

2016 NAHN Vote

Candidate for 2016-2018 President-elect:

Maria Elena Ruiz, PhD, RN, FNP-BC

Relevant NAHN Experience:

I have been a member of NAHN for numerous years, first introduced to the idea of creating a national organization for Hispanic nurses in the 1970s. I have been involved in various capacities with NAHN National, as a member, elected Board member, and Chair or Co-Chair of the Policy Committee. In these positions, I have also been involved with developing various position statements, including the Essential Benefits for Latinos, and the position statement Co-Chaired with Adriana Perez (Turning the Tide on College Admissions). From 2009-2014, I was a member of the Oregon Chapter, and served as president for several years.

Platform Statement

One of my earliest memories of NAHN is from my days as a struggling nursing student at the Los Angeles County School of Nursing. A small group of Latina nurses would meet on Saturdays, bringing coffee and pan dulce, but loaded with much passion and support for the organization that would grow to be NAHN. 

I took the slow path; first as a CNA, to RN-to BSN-MS and FNP.  With much family support and mentoring, I earned a PhD and am happy to be an educator, researcher, and mentor for so many.

The slow path to nursing leadership is not where we should be in the 21st Century.  We need to be at the front, with equal opportunities for college, advanced degrees, and highlighted for our cultural, linguistic, policy, and community expertise. 
As Latino/Hispanic nurses, we should be acknowledged for our clinical, bilingual/bicultural expertise. Lets create this change.

Additional Information:

I’m Maria Elena Ruiz, campaigning to be your next President Elect of NAHN. I am a nurse, clinician, educator, and researcher (UCLA). I am a mentor for hundreds- thousands of great students who have moved forward, becoming promotores, MAs, CNAs, RNs, APNs, PhDs, family, community advocates and national leaders.

Like you, my personal and professional goals merge-we practice what we care for. My focus remains on improving the health of our communities, building leaders. My background reflects our goals: My master’s thesis on Home Remedies of Mexican American Women, my PhD on Older Latinos and Familismo.

My To Do List if elected President Elect (we hear you!):
Membership, bridge leadership-clinical-education-advocacy- health policy
Strengthen pipeline
Value diversity, recognize regional differences
Legislative Day, health policy
Advocate for APN scope of work, pay equity
Educational focus on Latino health, sociopolitical climate, cultural understanding

Joining forces to make us larger, prouder, influential leaders




2017 Annual Meeting


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


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