NAHN At a Glance

The Monthly Newsletter of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses

December 2008

Volume 2, Number 12

In This Issue

·   Health Policy and Legislation

·   A Message from the President

·   NAHN Student Association

·   NAHN Members in the News

·   Meet the Board

·   Website Update

·   Opportunities

·   Industry News Links

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Health Policy & Legislation


The National Coalition on Hispanic Health (NCHH) in junction with The National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA) are working to bring Hispanic issues to the forefront with the new administration.  The NCHH is collecting names of top health care Hispanics to submit for key positions within the new administration.  They will also submit a health policy agenda focusing on developing federal policies to reduce health disparities, improve access to quality health care, and advance linguistic/cultural competence in health care within the US Hispanic Community.  Working together, the NCHH and the NHLA want to provide the Hispanic community with greater visibility and a clearer, stronger influence in our country’s affairs.  For more information visit: or     

A Message from the President


In April, Maya Angelou was interviewed by Oprah on her 70+ birthday.  Oprah asked her what she thought of growing older and her answer was “It’s exciting”.  Maya Angelou said this: “I've learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.  I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.  I've learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you'll miss them when they're gone from your life.  I've learned that “making a living” is not the same thing as “making a life”.  I've learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance.  I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw some things back.  I've learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision.  I've learned that even when I have pains, I don't have to be one.  I've learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back.  I've learned that I still have a lot to learn.  I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”


Isn't it wonderful that we have someone that is so inspirational to give us wise statements. 



NAHN Student Association


Congratulations to Jasmine Seunarine from New York, one of NAHN’s newest Student Association board members.   We heard from Jasmine about personal experiences she has had as a nursing student and being a member on NAHN.  She says that being a high school student, she was very nervous joining the organization.  However, she soon realized that nurses of all levels and experience welcomed her with open arms and were willing to share with her a wealth of knowledge that has been invaluable.  Jasmine says that being part of NAHN is like being part of a loving family who truly cares about her career as well as her personal well-being.  She finds it a great honor to be a Student Association Board Member and will strive help NAHN’s continuing prosperity.  For more information on the Student Association, check out their facebook page at:

NAHN Members in the News


One of our own, Susan Gonzales of the Scholarships and Awards Committee, has been recognized and featured in an article by Windy City Women of Color.  The article, “Educator and Advocate”, praises not only Susan’s passion for nursing but also her many accomplishments and continued success through mentoring and leadership.  Continually expanding her knowledge to enhance both her professional and personal life she proves to be a valuable asset not only to those around her but to the NAHN organization as well.  To read the full article visit:

Meet the Board


Adelita G. Cantu, PhD, RN is a native of San Antonio, Texas.  She received her BSN from the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, her MS with a focus on community health nursing from Texas Women’s University in Dallas, and her PhD in clinical nursing research from UTHSCSA School of Nursing. Dr. Cantu has had various roles as a registered nurse: from a public health nurse to a correctional nurse administrator.  She has also served as administrator in the University Health System. Currently Dr. Cantu works as a faculty member at the UTHSCSA School of Nursing coordinating a student mentoring program that promotes the academic success of at-risk nursing students as well as a faculty advisor to pre nursing students at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Dr. Cantu is on the NAHN Board of Directors, chair of the Bylaws Committee, and on the planning committee for the NAHN annual conference. Excited to be part of the leadership, her goals are to partner in the strategic planning of NAHN that will continue to work towards the reduction of health disparities, as this relates to the need to increase Latino representation in nursing.

Website Update


We are pleased to announce that NAHN website is getting a new look and working on online membership.  We would like to welcome Gretchen Glasscock to the board as our new web administrator. Gretchen is President/CEO of, a website providing career and business strategy, tools and resources to support women’s career, business and leadership goals.  She has also consulted on and developed web and content strategy and websites for professional and business organizations, universities and software developers in the U.S. and Europe.   To learn more  visit:


We invite the submission of abstracts for Podium Presentation and Poster Presentation for the NAHN 34th Annual Conference July 21-24, 2009 in San Antonio, TX.   Submission Deadline is January 15, 2009. For abstract submission information visit:

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and ajcjobs will honor 10 nurses with the annual Nursing Excellence Award. They will be honoring nurses who went above and beyond the call of duty this year.  This year’s Celebrating Nurses awards banquet will be on May 6, 2009 at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. The nomination deadline is Feb 27.   To nominate a deserving nurse visit:

Industry News Links


The American Association of Colleges of Nursing released preliminary survey data showing that enrollment in entry-level baccalaureate nursing programs increased by only 2.0 percent from 2007 to 2008.  Though this marks the eighth consecutive year of enrollment growth, the annual increase in student capacity in four-year nursing programs has declined sharply since 2003 when enrollment was up by 16.6 percent.  To learn more visit:


The Duke University School of Nursing is pleased to receive funding from The Duke Endowment to support the initiative – The Campaign for Difference in Nursing. This grant, in the amount of $100,000, aims to create a nursing workforce for North Carolina that better matches the population of those needing health care.  For more information contact: Stefanie Conrad 919.684.9449 or

In an effort to attract Hispanics to the nursing profession,   Texas A&M International University in Laredo is reaching out to local high-school students.  Natalie Burkhalter, an associate professor of nursing at the University, offers a program that targets Laredo-area high school students 90% of whom are Hispanic. Students who have expressed an interest in nursing are invited to attend a summer camp that exposes them to the university, the nursing school, and the nursing profession.  To learn more visit:

Only one in five registered nurses working in health care settings are routinely using electronic health records according to a new study, which also found that facilities with computerized documentation show a higher degree of nursing excellence and quality improvement efforts.  For the full article visit:

The rate of influenza immunization among health care professionals is dismayingly low, according to infectious disease experts. Despite the urging of public health officials and nursing leaders, a majority of nurses choose not to get immunized annually.  For the full article visit:


This week, December 8-14, is National Influenza Vaccination Week sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  For the first time, Friday, December 12 has been designated as Health Care Worker Vaccination Day.  To learn more visit: