LA NAHN began as the Chicana Nurses Organization (CNO), the first Hispanic Nurses Organization in the U.S. LA NAHN started to form in the 1960's. It was incorporated as a non-profit professional organization in 1969. After serveral requests from NAHN to join as a chapter, the CNO joined as the Los Angeles Chapter of NAHN in August 1990. NAHN is the only national organization representing Latino nurses.
Today, the organization has chapters across the United States and the territory of Puerto Rico. NAHN is actively involved in issues affecting Hispanic nurses and the health of the Hispanic communities on local, state, regional, and national levels. Through mentorship and networking, NAHN promotes communication and collective action by Hispanics in nursing to strengthen their development in a caring and healing profession. NAHN is committed to work toward providing equal access to education and professional and economic opportunities for Hispanic nurses and to improving the health and nursing care for Hispanic consumers.
Hispanics are the largest ethnic group in California who encounter health care issues which are influenced by political and socio-economic factors. The Los Angeles Chapter of NAHN (LA NAHN) was formed in August 1990 to address the need to organize and contribute towards nursing leadership, representation and networking for local Hispanic/Latino nurses.
Since 1975, the National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN) has been the nation’s leading professional society for Latino nurses. With a growing membership and more than 40 local chapters, NAHN, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, represents the voices of Latino nurses throughout the United States.
NAHN is devoted to promoting safe, quality health care delivery to Latino communities and individuals, and we recognize excellence among Latino nurses, provide formal and informal mentoring opportunities, and generally serve as a center of excellence for our members. Our goal is to create a cadre of highly-qualified Latino nurses by advancing educational, professional and leadership skills and opportunities for our membership. In addition, we work to recruit additional Latinos into the nursing profession because, while Latinos represent 18% of the US population, less than 7% of the nursing workforce is of Latino descent.