Born in Panama, Ildaura Murillo-Rohde came to the United States in 1945. After earning a nursing diploma in 1948, she began her career in San Antonio, Texas where she found few nurses who could understand their primarily Hispanic patients. She continued her education and was the first Hispanic nurse awarded a PhD from New York University. During her role reviewing research and educational grants, she again saw that there were few Hispanic nurses in academic settings or public policy. Inspired to change this, Dr. Murillo-Rohde formed the National Association of Hispanic Nurses in 1975, which is committed to advancing the health in Hispanic communities and to promote the educational, professional, and leadership opportunities for Hispanic nurses.

Learn more at the National Association of Hispanic Nurses.