Alabama’s Hispanic population grew 158% between 2000 and 2011, more than any other state. Nursing literature has addressed the need for ethnic/racial diversity, citing diversification as a means of providing culturally competent care (Taxis, C.J., 2002). Yet, Hispanic nurses represent a mere 1.2% of the nursing workforce in Alabama.
To address the aforementioned and other needs, the Alabama chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN) was formed August 31, 2017. Currently we have 18 members (4 PhD, 2 DNP, 2 MSN, 2 BSN, 1 ADN, 1 LPN, 6 Students). The purpose of this Association is to foster the development and improvement of health care for all people residing in the state of Alabama and, in particular Hispanic ethnic groups, through the concerted efforts of Hispanic Nurses.
Since the inception, the chapter has elected officers, participated in one community service event, and completed two fundraising events. It has taken over five years to finally bring to fruition what started as discussions between three nurses- Yaricet Matos Ramos, MSN, CRNP, Martha Dawson, PhD and Grace Grau, DNP, CRNP . We are thankful to our supporters, the Alabama Health Action Coalition (ALHAC), UAB School of Nursing, HICA.
Alabama’s chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses, immediate goals are:
- to promote leadership, professional and educational advancement of chapter members, particularly the ability of nurse members to meet the healthcare needs of the Hispanic population;
- to promote scholarly activities, including research activities and seek financial support for 2 nursing scholarship/year;
- to be recognized and utilized as a resource by community leaders when considering matters that affect the Hispanic population.