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Hispanic Americans represent 14.1% of the U.S. population. By 2050, it has been reported the Hispanic population will more than double. Unfortunately, Hispanics healthcare providers do not mirror this escalating number. Hispanic nurses, to date, only represent 1.7% of the nursing work force. To be both a bilingual and bicultural nurse is an essential necessity in areas such as Philadelphia where a growing number of Hispanic patients either do not speak or cannot communicate comfortably in English.
The Philadelphia Chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses considers education a priority to empower and promote Hispanic youth pursuing the nursing profession. As part of this effort the Philadelphia Chapter Hispanic Nurse Scholarship Awards (HNSA) was established in 2002. The Philadelphia Chapter of NAHN is a 501-3c non-profit organization working to help bridge the gap and embrace Hispanic youth in our community by providing educational and mentorship programs.
The Philadelphia Chapter will award scholarships to qualified Hispanic students accepted into a National League of Nursing-accredited program leading to Registered Nurse licensure in Pennsylvania, South New Jersey, or Delaware. All awards are endorsed to the respective school of nursing and are presented to the recipients at the annual Hispanic Nurse Scholarship Awards Banquet in September.
The mission of the Philadelphia Chapter of National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN) is to educate, inform and disseminate healthcare related information to the Hispanic communities of Philadelphia and surrounding vicinities. Therefore, the Philadelphia Chapter of NAHN identifies Hispanic high school seniors and college students to recognize based on their academic excellence and community service.
For the past 11 years, NAHN has had the opportunity to award merit-based scholarships to Hispanic students pursuing a career in nursing. In addition, our association was able to send a nursing student to the National Conference. This experience exposes students to nursing leadership, professionalism and allows for networking opportunities with Masters and Doctoral prepared nurses across the country.
To continue these efforts our chapter seeks support by donations to our scholarship fund, as well as other events our association hosts throughout the year. It is through the help of organizations that our association is able to achieve our mission and enhance the future for the Hispanic nurses of our community one student at a time. This consorted effort will greatly impact the quality of care that patients and their families deserve when seeking healthcare. Find a sponsorship application for this upcoming event. To become a sponsor please find letter and download and complete sponsor application