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A Tribute to Dr. Ildaura Murillo-Rohde

The founder of NAHN, Ildaura Murillo-Rohde, was concerned that the ANA did not meet the needs of Latino nurses. An active member of the American Nurse Association, Ildaura was worried that the ANA wasn’t meeting their needs. In her vision, Latinas would be assisted in obtaining their education to serve their community and themselves.

On September 6, 1920, Dr. Rohde was born in Panama City, and after that, she arrived in the U.S. in 1945. She started her nursing career in San Antonio, Texas, a predominantly Hispanic-populated city. This experience motivated her to obtain a Bachelor’s degree in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing at Columbia University in New York. She continued her education at New York University and received a Master’s degree and a Doctorate.

Dr. Rohde obtained a federal position in the 1970s. She discovered the same problem as in San Antonio; in research or policy, there were no Latina nurses in academic settings.

Being a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing is the highest honor a nurse can achieve. Dr. Ildaura Murillo-Rohde served as faculty, then professor, then Dean of Nursing at SUNY in Brooklyn, New York, and was now Dean and Professor Emeritus of SUNY. Among her other honors was being named as a permanent representative to UNICEF, New York, for the International Federation of Business and Professional Women.

She was always present at NAHN conferences until ill health prevented her, and she always wore an orchid that her members provided.

Presented annually, the Dr. Ildaura Murillo-Rohde Award for Education Excellence by a Hispanic Registered Nurse recognizes NAHN members who have demonstrated excellence in nursing education and scholarship. In addition to outstanding contributions to nursing education, research, and practice, this award also recognizes exceptional clinical expertise and commitment to excellence in nursing.

Additionally, NAHN offers the Scholarship for Hispanic nursing students established by Dr. Ildaura Murillo-Rohde.

Dr. Rohde was always an inspiration to all who knew her. NAHN is honored to honor and celebrate her achievements and dedication.

Contributions of Murillo-Rohde to health

Latinos make up 5.7% of registered nurses in the United States, according to a 2017 Department of Health and Human Services analysis,

It would not have been possible to grow without Dr. Murillo-Rohde’s assistance.

In 1975, Dr. Murillo-Rohde founded the Spanish Speaking/Spanish-Surnamed Nurses’ Caucus, now known as the National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN).

In the 1970s, Dr. Rohde received a federal grant review position. According to the National Association of Hispanic Nurses, she experienced the same situation as in San Antonio, with no Latina nurses in academic settings, research, or public policy. She was motivated to make a difference.

Health care delivery and outcomes for U.S. Latinos are NAHN’s mission.

As an individual and part of NAHN, The underrepresentation of marginalized groups in medicine was highlighted by Murillo-Rohde.

“I saw that I was the only Hispanic nurse going to Washington to work with the federal government, review research grants, and so on,” Dr. Murillo-Rohde told the NYAM Center for History. “There were no others.” I wondered, “Where are my people?”

While serving as a psychiatric nurse, faculty member, professor, and dean, Dr. Murillo-Rohde promoted cultural awareness.

Google Doodle Archives reports that “the American Academy of Nursing honored dr ildaura murillo rohde accomplishments with its prestigious fellowship-one of the highest nursing honors in the nation.”

According to the Archives, Murillo-Rohde dedicated her life to improving healthcare for underrepresented communities while educating other Hispanic nurses.

The impact of Murillo-Rohde today

Until her passing on September 5, 2010, Dr. Murillo-Rohde continued to work for the NAHN.

Despite the challenges faced by Latina nurses, NAHN continues to offer them opportunities. Members who have demonstrated outstanding achievements in nursing education, research, and practice are recognized with the Dr. Ildaura Murillo-Rohde Scholarship and Hispanic Registered Nurse Ildaura Murillo-Rohde Award for Education Excellence.

During Hispanic Heritage Month, dr ildaura murillo rohde was featured on a Google Doodle created by Latina artist Loris Lora.

Ildaura Murillo-Rohde Married Life

Her husband’s and relationship details are not available. Therefore, we cannot provide any additional information regarding her boyfriend or husband.

On September 5, 2010, Dr. Ildaura Murillo-Rohde passed away in her native Panama. dr. ildaura murillo-rohde age was 90 Years.