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Bates Center Welcomes NAHN Records to the Archive

The Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing is pleased to announce an agreement with the National Association of Hispanic Nurses to preserve its rich history in an archival repository for scholarly historical research.

The Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing is thrilled to announce an agreement with the National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN) to preserve NAHN’s invaluable history.

Since 1975, NAHN has been the nation’s leading professional society for Latino nurses. With a growing membership in 46 local chapters, NAHN represents the voices of Latino nurses throughout the country. NAHN is devoted to promoting safe, quality health care delivery to Latino communities and individuals. Its mission is to create a cadre of highly-qualified Latino nurses by advancing educational, professional, and leadership skills and opportunities for its members. NAHN members advocate, educate, volunteer, seek partnerships, and conduct programming in the Latino community to improve outcomes, elevate literacy, heighten education, and influence policy.

“We believe it’s important for everyone to know about NAHN and the history of Latino nursing. Latino nurses are a small cohort but need to be visible and let our history be known,” says Norma Cuellar, PhD, RN, FAAN, current president of NAHN and former Penn Nursing faculty member. “We want to increase the visibility of Latino nurses by sharing our history at the Bates Center. This history will shape directions for the future as the country’s Latino population grows to a projected 27% of the general population in the coming decades.”

The first phase of negotiating the donation of archival materials came after NAHN recognized the need to preserve its legacy and history of Latino nursing and leadership. The previous two presidents, Daniel Suarez and Anabell Castro-Thompson, were heavily involved in this endeavor. Out-going president Anabell Castro-Thompson signed the deed donating materials to the Bates Center with Cuellar’s support in July 2018.

The Center’s next phase is processing and preserving NAHN’s significant paper records, documents, and publications. Once the majority of materials has been received by the Bates Center, an inventory of the collection will be made available on the Center’s finding aid site. “The Bates Center is honored to be stewards of this remarkable organization’s records,” says Patricia D’Antonio, PhD, RN, FAAN, director of the Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing. “NAHN, its members, and its leaders have played, and will continue to play, a critical role in advancing the diversity and representation that has enriched nursing’s practice, research, and educational missions. Its rich archives document the commitment and the hard work that have made this possible.”

Finding Latino history, particularly Latino nursing history, is difficult. The NAHN collection will add to the history of nursing and advocacy present in other Center collections as well as the history of Latino nursing, particularly as the Center has the records of Dr. Ildaura Murillo-Rohde, PhD, RN, FAAN, a founding member of NAHN. With the records held in the archive, the Bates Center and NAHN will work towards their collective goal of increasing awareness of, and research in, Latino nursing history.

To make a donation to help preserve the legacy of NAHN, donate at http://www.nursing.upenn.edu/history/contribute/ or contact the Center at nhistory@nursing.upenn.edu for more information.