IN MEMORIAM: Ildaura Murillo-Rohde RN, Phd, FAAN

It is with great sadness that we inform you that our beloved Founder, Ildaura Murillo-Rohde, RN, Phd, FAAN, passed away on September 5th in her native land of Panama.

 A Memorial Service is planned for Wednesday, September 29th at the Riverside Church, 490 Riverside Drive,  New York, NY 10027@ 11:00am.

 Please RSVP to 201-410-0727 if you are attending the Memorial.

Information about a scholarship fund will be published soon.

Sympathy cards may be sent to her niece, Pat Murillo at 300 West 108th Street, apt. 8C, New York, NY 10025


NAHN Honors Congresswoman Roybal-Allard at Opening Event on Capitol Hill During 35th Annual Conference


HHS Launches

Health and Human Services has created a new website,, a comprehensive resource on health care available for Americans. Using this site, visitors can find options for health insurance by keying some background information such as location and age. As well, the site will soon include pricing information as a way of streamlining the process of buying insurance.

The website also has other information such as a health care reform implementation timeline and state-by-state information for individuals with pre-existing conditions.


Advising the Undocumented

June 7, 2010

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — At the annual NAFSA: Association of International Educators conference, sessions focused on every aspect of the international student experience — recruitment and admissions, student and residential life, and challenges in the classroom. The attendees, more than 7,000 of them, discussed every category of international student and scholar, those in the United States on F visas, Js and Ms. On Friday, the final day of the conference, a session focused on a segment of students who don’t fit into any legal category – the undocumented.

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NAHN Vice-President, Dr. Rosario Medina-Shepherd recently traveled to Colombia as a keynote speaker and visiting nurse scholar to the University of Bogota for their Nurses’s Week Celebrations. Please read a message from Dr. Medina-Shepherd regarding her trip below:

Dear Colleagues,

It is with great honor and humble spirits that I report the privilege of visiting one of our Hispanic sister countries. My objective for the trip was to report my research trajectory and to present issues of Hispanic Disparities in America. I was the key note speaker and visiting nurse scholar to Bogota Colombia National University for their Nurses Week celebration May 10th-15th.

Mere words could not begin to express the wonderful experience of sharing cultural similarities and clarifying misconceptions.  As I presented Hispanic disparity issues in US, the Colombian nursing student body was in dismay-They had perceived the US health system to exist without flaw and were surprised to learn that we suffered similar issues.

I dialogued about cultural sensitivity as defined for US health care professionals and contrast with the Colombian cultural sensitivity needs. Although they are considered Hispanic they are composed of three raises: indigenous, Spaniard European, and afro descent. These subcultures with their individual needs provoke the need for culturally competent health care.

I met students from undergraduate to graduate levels and noticed their eagerness to learn.  The University is the only one in all of Colombia to have a PhD nursing degree. I was pleased to see them use our US theory books in English. They shared desires to collaborate with our Hispanic Americans in conducting research and sharing results that are specific to the Hispanic population.

The best part of the trip was submerging with such gracious and noble people. They were polite, courteous, and generous qualities that we as Hispanics were grounded on but have lost in becoming Americanized. It was refreshing being treated with and expecting respect. Colleagues greeted each other with hugs and kisses.  They cheered each others accomplishments and endeavors.  Of course there was the celebration of the Nurses week which included cake, La Tuna Española, and ended with a band playing cumbia, meringue and salsa by the nursing building court yard-dancing broke among the crowd.  As we celebrated our contribution to society I felt proud to be a nurse. Moreover, I felt proud of belonging to such a rich culture this thing we call Hispanic.

Rosario Medina-Shepherd PhD, ARNP, FNP-BC , ACNP

For more pictures from Dr. Medina-Shepherd’s trip to Colombia, please click to visit the NAHN photostream on Flickr.


Congratulations to the Illinois chapter! They received an award of excellence on May 4th from the Office of Cook County Treasurer, Maria Pappas. It was a lovely reception and award presentation.


McNeil Consumer Healthcare Reminds Consumers It Is Important to Check If Any of Their Pediatric Liquid Medicines Were Part of the April 30, 2010 Recall of Certain OTC Infants’ and Children’s Products.

Fort Washington, PA (May X, 2010) – McNeil Consumer Healthcare, Division of McNEIL-PPC, Inc., is reminding parents and caregivers to check their infants’ and children’s forms of TYLENOL®, MOTRIN®, ZYRTEC® and BENADRYL® after the April 30, 2010 voluntary recall (see list of recalled products below).  Please note that this recall did not affect children’s solid dosage forms such as chewables.

McNeil Consumer Healthcare initiated the voluntary recall because some of these products did not meet required quality standards. The recall was not undertaken on the basis of adverse medical events. However, as a precautionary measure, parents and caregivers should not to administer these products to their children. Some of the products included in the recall may contain a higher concentration of active ingredient than is specified; others may contain inactive ingredients that may not meet internal testing requirements; and others may contain tiny particles. While the potential for serious medical events is remote, the company reminds consumers who have purchased these recalled products to discontinue use.

The company has conducted a comprehensive quality assessment across its manufacturing operations and has identified corrective actions that will be implemented before new manufacturing is initiated at the plant where the recalled products were made.

McNeil encourages consumers to contact the company’s Consumer Care Center at 1-888-222-6036 or to visit for more information on the recall, to receive a refund or coupon, and for information about proper disposal of recalled products. Parents and caregivers who are not sure about alternative pediatric health treatment options should talk to their doctor or pharmacist and are reminded to never give drug products to infants and children that are not intended for those age groups as this could result in serious harm.

For additional information, including affected NDC numbers, consumers should visit or call 1-888-222-6036 (Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Eastern Time, and Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern Time). Any adverse reactions may also be reported to the FDA’s MedWatch Program by fax at 1-800-FDA-0178, by mail at MedWatch, FDA, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20852-9787, or on the MedWatch website at

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