NAHN At a Glance

The Monthly Newsletter of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses

October 2008

Volume 2, Number 10

In This Issue

·   Meet the Board

·   Hispanic Heritage Month

·   A Message from the President

·   Accessing Healthcare

·   NAHN Student Association

·   NCEMNA Update

·   Health Policy and Legislation

·   Industry News Links

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Meet the Board: Fortuna “Tuni” Borrego


Hello everyone, I am your new National Board Secretary, Fortuna “Tuni” Borrego, RN, MSN. I am very excited to hold this position and want to better serve you and keep you informed. I have been a member of NAHN for several years and believe in the associations goal of improving the healthcare and careers of the Hispanic population so much that I founded new chapter in South Florida in 2006. 


I am currently a Director of Nursing at a 300-bed facility and I oversee 4 inpatient units. In addition, I am an adjunct faculty member at a local university where I teach the RN-BSN program. 


Please contact me with any questions or comments. Your input is important to me to better serve you!  Email:

Hispanic Heritage Month

United States Senators Ken Salazar (D-CO) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ), co-chairs of the Senate Democratic Hispanic Task Force, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) introduced a resolution last week recognizing Hispanic Heritage Month, the month-long celebration highlighting the culture, heritage and contributions of Hispanic Americans.

Senator Salazar said: “This month, we celebrate and pay respect to the immense contributions of the Hispanic American community to our nation. Like all Americans, theirs is a way of life firmly rooted in the promise of the American Dream – a promise that if you work hard and play by the rules, anything is possible.  It is a promise they have fought to protect in every war since our nation’s founding, and it is a promise they have served and upheld mightily as productive, dynamic members of our society.  This month, we pause to reflect on the indelible mark Hispanic Americans have left on our nation’s history and to recognize the crucial role they will continue to play in its future.”

A Message from the President


Please mark your calendars for NAHN's annual conference. It will be held in San Antonio, TX from July 21st (pre-conference) to July 24th. Angie Millan, the president-elect will be sending out additional information in the near future. We need all of our members to attend in order to make it a success. 


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Accessing Healthcare


A recent report from the University of North Carolina found that Spanish-speaking Hispanics in the United States have difficulty accessing the health-care system.  The UNC researchers believe that while there are several factors that contribute to their conclusions, the causal factor is the language barrier. However other experts would argue that poverty and a lack of insurance are the real barriers.  With studies saying that 70 percent of Spanish-speaking Hispanics are uninsured, many agree that the US is in need of national health-care reform. 


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NAHN Student Association


As part of a pilot project, an interim student board has been established.  Members include:


 President; Jorge Luis Prada from New York 
 Vice-President: Nina Gonzalez from Philadelphia 
 Secretary: Nicole Zavala from New York
 Treasurer: Alejandra Vasquez from Arizona 
 Board Director: Krystle Cruz from New York 


Last month Jacqueline Perry requested personal anecdotal experiences from nursing students.  We heard from Jessica Lopez, a senior student at Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing in New York.  A member of several associations, Jessica makes a real connection with NAHN and feels that it address her needs more than the others organizations do.  “We need an organization that fulfills our needs, an organization that understands our way of thinking and feeling, an organization that is Hispanic!”


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In an effort to engage nurses in research, Burdett Trust for Nursing funded a nurse-led study which in turn led to a series of workshops.  Lack of understanding and accessibility to research emerged as a key concern but the initiatives described help to support and develop nurses' capacity and demystify research.


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Health Policy & Legislation


The current credit market turmoil and its effect on accessibility to student loans have only exacerbated the current nursing shortage.  However, Congress has been addressing this issue.  On September 15, 2008, the House of Representatives voted 368-4 for H.R. 6889, The Student Loan Act of 2008, extending legislation to July 1, 2010. This will ensure continued access to federal student loans without additional cost to taxpayers.


In a similar issue, to address the increasing college tuition cost and dwindling accessibility, the House of Representatives passed  the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (H.R. 4137) on August 14, 2008. This bill will facilitate the loan application process, assist colleges keep their cost down, provide equal opportunity for students with disabilities, and support low-income and minority students.  In addition, it will provide up to 10,000 in loan forgiveness for students who enter vital public service jobs such as nursing. 


For instructions on how to apply for federal student loans go to:

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The Department of Health and Human Resources has recently come out with new guidelines for “The Road to a Healthy Life”:


Duke University School of Nursing is among the first schools in the nation to receive a grant award from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to support scholarships that address the nation's nursing shortage. 


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